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The Crypto Bull Is Off Of Life Support

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There may be some bad days for cryptocurrencies in the future.  There may even be a few bad weeks. But crypto markets survived the worst shellacking in their brief history.  The soon to be ending month of April is an appropriate time for Mark Twain: “Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated”.

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Anytime an asset class gains $100 billion in value over the course just under 30 days, the death watch is over.  Anytime the largest member (bitcoin) gains 30% in value and still ends up being the weakest major performer, the crypto bull market is not only off life support, it is alive and in recovery.

Signs of Better Times

Making highly successful predictions about the direction and magnitude of stocks, bonds or cryptocurrency is a 51% proposition. What this means is that at least 49% of the time, you are going to be wrong.  

At least with stocks and bonds there is a huge database that can be massaged in the hope of  accurately predicting the future. None of that applies to crypto. So here are some of the things that create confidence that the future will be far better than the most recent past.

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Relative Value

When the stock market is near a record high,  interest rates are headed much higher and the market fear index, the VIX, suddenly shoots up, this is a clear sign of an overvalued market for conventional intangible assets.  The same can be said for tangible things like real estate.

After having lost more than half their value in something like 90 days, cryptocurrencies offer comparative value.  Most interesting is how the smallest and most speculative cryptos experienced the best performance. That type of recovery never took place in the post dotcom period.

This is a measure of long term vision investors are applying.  Many of these Gen III projects are little more than white papers and promises at this stage.  This is good to remember the next time someone drags up the notion of a crypto bubble.

Skeptics will point out the thin trading in many of these Gen III names as the underlying reason for their quantum moves.  There is probably some truth here, but simple risk analysis argues in favor of the big familiar names like bitcoin holding leadership.  Crypto investors obviously see things differently.

Cryptocurrencies Can Take A Punch

While watching the favorable price action in recent weeks, there was little obvious impact from the same regulators that contributed to the Q1 price avalanche.  What we are referring to is the April 23rd talk at the MIT Technology Review: Business of Blockchain.

The secession was headlined by an address by Gary Gensler the former chair of the CFTC. The issue at hand: are cryptocurrencies securities and thus regulated by the SEC?  In my mind, Gensler exploded a bomb: Ethereum and Ripple were securities while bitcoin fit the description of a medium of exchange.

Wow, think about this for a second.  If Ethereum was truly a security that could spell a miserable amount of registration work to conform with SEC regs.  While that would be unpleasant, the implications for the thousands of ICO tokens using the Ethereum platform could be far worse.  Fortunately, Gensler isn’t running the SEC but his legal arguments can and probably will be used at some point.

Back in February, when crypto prices were tumbling, Gensler’s comments would surely added to the fear and selling pressure.  On the day of Gensler’s talk, ether rose in price by nearly 7% according to Coinbase while Ripple gained 8%. This shows that cryptocurrency investors are learning to take a punch without losing perspective.

Trade Signs Are Good

We can all pretty much agree that we are relieved when see prices are rising.  However, when price increases are driven by higher volume, that gets technical analysts buzzing. Since the beginning of April, bitcoin transactions have increased 90% and Ethereum by 50%.  While all of this has been happening the median fee for bitcoin has been $0.16 and ETH is an even lower $0.07. While this isn’t exactly free, it is a gargantuan improvement over the $30 bitcoin investors were paying back in December.

A Two Way Street

Not every period will be as profitable as the month of April. Double digit price changes, the hallmark of this market, are part of the drill.  But even after the April rally, cryptocurrencies will still offer better value than the average Nasdaq technology stock.

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Crypto Update: Coins Lose Ground as Range Trading Continues

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While the weekend rally got bulls hope up that the consolidation phase might have ended, the technical setup hasn’t changed much in the segment, and today all of the major coins are lower again. The losses, which range from 2-5%, are not significant from a long-term standpoint, and most of the top coins are still clearly above the crucial support levels that mark the lower boundaries of the short-term trading ranges.

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With that in mind, traders still shouldn’t change their neutral stance, as there is no clear momentum present that would justify new positions here. Bitcoin continues to slightly outperform most altcoins today, but the divergence is not significant from a technical standpoint. Trading volumes continue to be well below the levels of the recent weeks, and that reinforces the bullish consolidation scenario.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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BTC drifted back below the key $8400-$8600 zone, and it remains stuck the lower boundary of the range today, despite its slight relative strength. As the short-term MACD indicator is neutral, and our trend model is also on a neutral signal, further choppy trading is likely ahead.  Short-term support is found near the intraday low, at $8150, with a stronger zone between $7650-$7800, with further resistance ahead between $9000 and $9200, $10,000, and $10,500.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is trading right at the center of the short-term range, as the coin gave back most of its weekend gains, while losing its relative strength in the process as well. The coin remains on a neutral short-term trend signal similarly to the broader market, with the price action still being consistent with an orderly correction. Resistance is ahead between $735 and $780, at $845 and $900, while support is found between $625 and $645 and between $555 and $575.

Tron Still Outperforms as Correlations Remain High

TRX/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Tron made the most progress among the op coins since bottoming out after the correction, and the coin remains bullish from a short-term perspective despite the current pullback. The $0.075 support/resistance level is in the center of attention, while the late-April high at $0.010 is the next target for the move. As the broader market remains in a corrective phase, but the coin is one of the prime candidates to hit a new high in the coming weeks.

Dash, Monero, Ripple, and Litecoin are still weaker than segment average, while the recently lagging IOTA held the key $1.7 level. For now, there is still no sign of a developing robust leadership, as EOS failed to regain its bullish momentum, and no major joined Tron in the rally.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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Technical Analysis: Dow Jones Moves Toward Intermediate-Term Target, Closes above 25,000

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Technical Overview

  • On May 8, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was on the verge of completing a 2-month bottoming pattern. On May 9, the index gave the buy signal with a minimum price target of 26,200 (1,300 points from the point of the breakout – white vertical trendline in Figure 1).
  • Last week’s advance fell less than 5 points short of the 25,000 level. The 8 EMA served as support during the subsequent correction (yellow line).
  • Today (May 21), the index jumped by nearly 300 points to close above 25,000 for the first time since March 13.
  • The Feb 9 & April 2 lows have created a tentative “double bottom” formation. The pattern will be completed if the index breaks above the pattern’s interim high (red horizontal trendline).

Major support levels:

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  • The 24,600 level (last week’s base).
  • The neckline of the inverse H&S pattern (white downward-sloping trendline, currently at 24,200).

Major resistance levels:

  • Double bottom interim high at 25,800 (red trendline).
  • Origin of February correction & January high – 26,400 to 26,617 range.

Figure 1. Dow Jones Industrial Average Daily Chart

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Implications

  • While the tech-heavy NASDAQ pulled back from its intraday high, DJIA continues to perform strongly, marching towards the upside target obtained from the H&S pattern.
  • In one trading session, the index made up for an entire week of sideways/corrective movement. Such price action is indicative of fast-moving markets, which are leaping towards a specific target. In this case, the completion of the inverse H&S is expected to continue driving the index higher at least until it retests the 25,800 level.
  • If the index moves above 25,800 the double bottom will be completed. A move above January’s high will further strengthen the bullish thesis and shift the long-term outlook to bullish.
  • Long positions in index-tracking ETFs and constituents recommended.

 Outlook

  • Short-term outlook as long as the index remains above its 8 EMA.
  • Intermediate-term bullish as long as the index remains above the neckline of the inverse H&S pattern.

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Crypto Update: Sideways Drift Continues as Bitcoin Fights with the $8400 Level

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The largest coins attempted another rally towards the end of the weekend, but today the, not too strong, momentum faded and the majority of the majors is sliding lower today. The coins are in or close to the recent trading ranges, with the whole segment hovering in or near the recent ranges, without major changes in the technical setups.

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The low-momentum environment means that the coins are still on neutral short-term trend signals, and traders should still wait before entering new positions, as the short-term trend remains corrective. That said, most of the majors are holding up above crucial support levels and the underlying bullish trend is intact while the overbought readings that developed during the late-April rally are being cleared. Out of the top coins, only Tron made significant technical progress, and until a clear leadership develops, choppy conditions will likely continue.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Bitcoin finally showed some relative strength today, reclaiming the $8400 level, and reaching an intraday maximum near $8600. Despite the move, the coin is now back near the key support level, and with $8700 level still ahead as strong resistance, the trend signal remains neutral.  While the coin drifted out from the declining short-term trend, a new trend hasn’t established yet.

Short-term support is found near $8150, while the $7650-$7800 range provides long-term support, with resistance ahead between $9000 and $9200, $10,000, and $10,500.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is still hovering around the $700 level, still in a corrective phase following strong April rally, and the coin remains on a neutral trend signal as well. Resistance is still ahead between $735 and $780, with targets above that at $845 and $900, while support is found between $625 and $645 and between $555 and $575.

Total Market Value Stuck Below $400 Billion

IOT/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

As altcoins gave back a large portion of the weekend gains, the total market cap of the coins is at $380 billion again, despite Bitcoin’s stability. On a negative note, the previous leaders of the rally, IOTA and EOS failed to make a move, and the latter is showing weakness today, trading near the correction low. All in all, price action points to further consolidation in the segment, and traders should remain patient until buy signals start ot pop up.

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