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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”.

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.

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 Settle Down After Weekend Pump & Dump

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While crypto bulls had something to cheer about early on during the weekend following a rally attempt in the majors, the move once again failed to improve the technical setup in the segment, and the top coins quickly gave back their gains. Now, most of the coins are trading near the bottom of their short-term ranges and technicals continue to point to the continuation of the bear market.

Correlations are still very high, there is no sign of a developing bullish leadership, and with none of the key coins showing bullish momentum, bulls are facing strong headwinds. While trading volumes and volatility remain relatively low thanks to the range-trading environment a move below primary support could trigger larger moves in the majors soon.

The negative long-term trends are still in no danger, and although there is still a slight chance of a failed break-down pattern to develop in the market, odds favor a bearish short-term outcome as well. With that in mind, traders and investors still shouldn’t enter positions here, with our trend model being on sell signals on both time-frames in the case of the majority of the coins.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Although Bitcoin is still relatively stable compared to its most important peers, it gave back all of its weekend gains and fell back below the key $3600 support/resistance level yesterday. Now, BTC is threatening with a break-down below the prior sing low, and given the recent weakness, our trned model is now on a short-term sell signal.

While bulls could still be saved by a move above $3850, the failed rally attempts warn of selling pressure, and a bearish continuation is more likely here. Further strong resistance is ahead between $4000 and $4050, with support zones still found near $3250 and $3000, and traders should still not enter positions.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum shoed relative weakness during the rally attempt this weekend, and it is now very close to a break below the key swing low, which would likely lead to a move towards the key support zone between $95 and $100. The coin remains on sell single son both time-frames, and with a test of the bear market low near the $80 price level seems likely in the coming weeks.

Strong resistance is ahead just above the current price level and near $130, with further zones at $145, $160, and near $180 while a weak short-term support is found near $112, and the coin’s weakness is a negative sign for the whole segment.

Altcoins Still Weak Despite Rally Attempt

STR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While none of the major altcoins broke the key short-term support levels, the overall picture remains bearish and we haven’t seen signs of resilience that would indicate a short-term bottom and the resumption of the counter-trend move.

Stellar, which has been among the bearish leaders towards the end of 2018, is once again showing relative weakness while following the trends in the broader market, should the coin violate the $0.10 level, a quick to new bear market lows would be likely, with the $0.09 level being the only lone of defense for bulls.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple still seems very fragile from a technical standpoint, and a move below $0.30 looks inevitable in the coming weeks, with a likely test of the bear market low near $0.28. The $32 support/resistance level remains in focus, but given the weak rally attempts and the bearish long-term setup, we don’t expect the coin to get back to the $0.3550 level in the coming period.

Our trend model is still on sell signals on both time-frames, with further strong support found near the $0.26 level, with resistance ahead near $0.3750, and in the key long-term zone between $0.42 and $0.46.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin is back near the key $30-$30.50 support zone after the volatile weekend, and it also looks ready to dip below that zone, even as the short-term trading range is still intact. The steep long-term downtrend is intact despite the recent counter-trend move, and traders and investors shouldn’t enter positions here, with the short-term setup also being bearish. Strong resistance is ahead near $34.50, $38, and $44 with further support found near $26 and $23.

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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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GBP/USD Price Prediction: Bulls Reclaim 1.2900, Eyes Locked on Another Retest of 1.3000

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  • GBP/USD bulls pick up momentum to the upside, following generally positive tone to Theresa May’s Plan B statement.
  • Next upside targets for the bulls should they firmly breakdown 1.2900 again, will be the psychological 1.3000 mark.

GBP/USD throughout the session on Monday remained very much elevated. This came as market participants were somewhat maintaining an optimistic view. All of which heading into the British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech to the House of Commons, on her Brexit plan b. Of course, this had to be drafted again, given her humiliating defeat at the vote last week, on the initial EU withdrawal plan.

Theresa May Plan B

In terms of her details this time round, she will be going back to Brussels, to seek some amendments to her initial agreement. This needs to be done in order to get a plan through another vote in the commons. Looking at some of the GBP bullish takeaways from this statement; she guaranteed rights for EU citizens at several angles, scraping the application fee EU nationals registering in Britain, discussing the backstop with the DUP this week.

To conclude, PM May appears keen in her language to ensure of a soft-Brexit, rather than one that is hard. All of which supported GBP in its push to session highs, at the time, briefly moving back above 1.2900. The price had given up this area on 18th January, when the bears were reversing the run observed on 17th, where GBP/USD touched to big psychological 1.3000 mark again.

Technical Review – GBP/USD

GBP/USD 60-minute chart. Near-term resistance eyed at 1.2900, with bulls locked in on a retest of 1.3000.

GBP/USD at the time of writing continues to trade around the 1.2900 territory. This price did see a brief period cooling, on touted profit-taking post the statement. Near-term resistance can be seen within this price region, but if convincingly broken down again, then there is decent upside potential. Aside from the supply observed here, there isn’t much in the way of the 1.3000 price region.

Given the renewed optimism around Brexit now, this has assisted in maintaining momentum to the upside for GBP. In terms of support to the downside, a strong area of demand should be noted at 1.2850-25 price region. As can be seen via the 60-minute chart view, this has supported the price since 15th January.

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today

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1, Chinese GDP Growth Slows to Multi-Decade Low

Shanghai Composite, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

When even the strongly PR-optimized Chinese economic releases are showing severe weakness, it’s not at all surprising that the local stock market is in a deep bear market, and even the explosive oversold rally on Wall Street combined with the trade optimism of last week is not enough to meaningfully change the technical setup.

While economic growth slowed to an almost 30-year low on a yearly basis, retail sales and industrial production beat the consensus estimates by a hair, but that wasn’t enough to cause a material rally in equities, with the global sentiment leaning slightly bearish. This week’s most important question will be how risk assets will hold on to their recent gains, with a special attention on China and Europe, which continue to lag behind the US from a technical perspective.

The Shanghai Composite is more than 30% below its bull market highs, while the main European benchmarks are also around 20% below their respective highs, and that’s following one of the strongest short squeezes in history on Wall Street, mind you. The next few days could be crucial for markets, and we now advise caution even for short-term bulls.

2, Stocks Retreat after Friday Ramp with Wall Street Closed

German DAX 30 Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking at Europe, the major indices failed to extend their gains from Friday, while US stock futures are also modestly lower after the European close. With the US markets being closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day, trading volumes and activity has been predictably low, and things will likely get heated tomorrow, as the earnings season will also continue.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and IBM (IBM0 will report earnings tomorrow, and all eyes will be on their overseas numbers and guidance amid the global economic slowdown. We had some negative reports regarding the US-Chinese trade talks, concerning the sensitive issue of Intellectual Property, and we still think that even though an agreement is likely in the coming months, implementation and enforcement will be borderline impossible.

3, Oil Tests December High

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While risk assets, in general, had a slightly bearish half-session crude oil kept on pushing higher following Friday’s move to new correction highs, with the WTI contract entering the resistance zone that capped the December consolidation. The crucial commodity, which has been slightly lagging US stocks from a technical perspective is still squeezing late shorts, but we expect a short-term top very soon, possibly after a stop hunting rally above the $55 per barrel level.

What’s sure, is that we wouldn’t be buyers at these levels, even in light of the OPEC production cut, since over-supply remains a major issue, and the increase in US output continues. That said, the short-term uptrend is intact and the topping process could take a while, but we will keep a close eye on the day-to-day price action following the 25% rally off the December lows.

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