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U.S. Indices Weekly Technical Update: May 4

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As Apple is making a new all-time high, U.S indices found their footing, moving sharply higher on Friday (May 4). While today’s move attracted most of the attention, it is really Thursday’s price action that is of the greatest significance.

Technical Overview

S&P 500

  • On Thursday, the index retested both its intermediate-term support (ITS – violet trendline in Figure 1) and 200 SMA (white line). The candle on the day was a doji hammer – quite the development when the lower wick is touching two major support levels.
  • Price action on Wednesday through Friday formed a modified morning star pattern.
  • Next major resistance remains the trendline connecting the January & March highs (orange trendline currently at 2,715).
  • Next major supports – the intermediate-term support (ITS – violet trendline, currently at 2,615) and 200 SMA.

Figure 1. S&P 500 Daily

NASDAQ

  • The tech-heavy index outperformed S&P 500, making a higher low on Thursday.
  • On Friday, the index broke above its short-term resistance (i.e. March & April resistance – orange trendline in Figure 2).
  • Next major resistance – lower support of long-term trading channel (green trendline; only lower support of the channel shown).
  • Next major support – the intermediate-term support (ITS – violet trendline, currently at 6,925)

Figure 2. NASDAQ Daily Chart

DJIA

  • On Thursday, the index bounced off the 23,500 level (only 150 points away from retesting the Feb 9 and April 2 lows – green horizontal trendline in Figure 3).
  • Similar to S&P 500, DJIA found support at its 200 SMA on Thursday (white line).
  • Next major resistance – resistance formed by connecting the January and April highs (orange trendline, currently at 24,450).
  • Next major supports – 200 SMA and 23,350 (Feb and April lows)

Figure 3. Dow Jones Industrial Average Daily Chart

Implications

  • Further bullish momentum likely in the short-term.
  • Price action continues to confirm the significance of the intermediate-term supports (i.e. each successful retest further validates the trendlines). Potential breaks of the intermediate-term supports for both S&P 500 and NASDAQ will carry significant bearish implications, with downside targets of at least 10 to 15%.

Outlook

  • Neutral with a bullish bias.
  • Short-term bullish if S&P and DJIA break above the orange trendlines.
  • Short- and long-term bearish if S&P 500 and NASDAQ break their respective intermediate-term supports.

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    Tron Price Analysis: TRX/USD Constructing a Head and Shoulders Pattern

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    • TRX/USD remains vulnerable to further downside, with eyes on the possible head and shoulders technical structure.
    • TRX/BTC bulls are having much difficulty breaking down huge area of supply.

    TRX/USD Price Action

    TRX/USD daily chart.

    There has been little in terms of committed market direction. It appears that after the huge bull run, which was observed from mid-December until 10th January, the price is trying to find its feet again. The gains of that push higher were a chunky 180%, before quickly becoming unstable and losing some of that ground.

    Head and Shoulders Pattern

    TRX/USD head and shoulders formation, via daily chart.

    A near-term ascending trend line can be observed via the daily chart. This could be forming a head and shoulders formation. The left shoulder and head have already been constructed, with attention on this possible right shoulder. It is currently moving back towards the trend line, acting as a neckline for the technical pattern. A breach could see a fast fall below the $0.020000 mark.

    The next major area of support is seen at a demand zone, which tracks from $0.017500 down to $0.016000. TRX/USD last traded here on 20th December, when the bulls ran through this range, which at the time was acting as supply. At a worse case scenario, a failure of this zone holding will shift attention to the December low area, $0.011150.

    TRX/BTC Bulls Cannot Break Down Big Supply Zone

    TRX/BTC daily chart.

    This trading week, the TRX/BTC bulls attempted on a few occasions,to break down heavy area of supply. It can be seen tracking from 0.00000700 up to 0.000007500. The price has not been convincingly breached since June 2018, a strong sign of the bearish trend gripping the market. Briefly on 10th January, an aggressive spike to the upside was observed, pushing above for a very short-time before the sellers piled in.

    Weekly Chart

    TRX/BTC weekly chart.

    Looking via the weekly chart view, TRX/BTC has been pushing higher for the past three consecutive weeks, at the time of writing. Despite this run of gains, the technical picture does still somewhat express some vulnerabilities. The large upper wick produced during the week which commenced 7th January appears to be a bearish pin bar formation.

    If this week fails to close in the green, it could suggest that a larger wave of selling pressure may materialize. Typically, the types of candlesticks described above tend to come ahead of downside pressure. In addition, then numerous rejections seen within the earlier detailed supply zone, stacks favorably for the bears.

    Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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    Monero Price Analysis: Stronger Malware to Mine Monero; XMR/USD Has Room for Another Potential Squeeze South

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    • Researchers: a stronger malware has been uncovered, which can mine Monero.
    • XMR/USD price action remains stuck in a narrowing range, subject to an imminent breakout.

    The XMR/USD price has seen some upside on Saturday, holding gains of around 3% towards the latter stages of the day. Despite the press higher from the bulls, a move which has been observed across the cryptocurrency market, vulnerabilities remain. Price action has been ranging for the past nine sessions. Once again, this isn’t specifically just XMR, as this type of behavior is witnessed across the board. The narrowing in play came after the steep drop that rippled across the market on 10th January.

    Price action was initially well-supported to the upside by an ascending trend line, which was in play from 15th December. This at the time was a very promising recovery, as XMR/USD had gained as much as 55%. Unfortunately, however, the bulls were unable to break down supply heading into the $60 region and were eventually dealt a big hammer blow. On 10th January, the market bears forced a heavy breach to the downside, smashing through this support. The price had dropped a big double-digits, some 20%.

    Stronger Malware Mining Monero (XMR)

    There is a dangerous form of malware that can bypass being detected and mine Monero (XMR) on cloud-based servers. A recent notice was put out by Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42, an intelligence team that specializes in cyber threats, regarding a Linux mining malware. This was detailed to have been developed by Rocke group, which has the ability uninstall cloud security products. It can do this to the likes of Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud, to then illegally mine Monero on compromised machines.

    The two researchers from Palo Alto Networks, Xingyu Jin and Claud Xiao, detailed the findings of their studies. Once the malware is downloaded, it takes administrative control to initially uninstall all cloud security products. Shortly after, it will then then transmit code that will mine the Monero (XMR). Further within their press release, they said, “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first malware family that developed the unique capability to target and remove cloud security products.”

    Technical Review – XMR/USD

    XMR/USD daily chart.

    Given the current range block formation, eyes should be on the key near-term technical areas. Firstly, to the downside, $43, which is the lower part of the range. A breach here will likely see a retest of the December low, $38. To the upside, resistance be observed at around the mid $46 level. Should a breakout be observed here, then a potential retest of the broken trend line will be watched.

    Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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    Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD Bulls Enjoy Big Jump But Stubborn Resistance Capping Potential

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    • Litecoin sees a relief rally on Friday, but is still stuck within stubborn range-block.
    • LTC/USD price action has formed a bearish flag pattern structure, subject to a potential break lower.

    The Litecoin price on Saturday was seen holding decent gains of over 5%, as life is kicked back into the bulls. The LTC/USD pair has been victim of trading within a stubborn daily $3 range. This very much being the case for the past nine trading sessions. It is a form of consolidation after the breach south from an ascending trend line. This had been supporting the price from 14th December 2018, up until the bears forced a breach on 10th January.

    In light of the breakout below the above-mentioned trend line, a large wave of selling pressure came with that. LTC/USD plunged by as much as 25% to the lowest levels seen since the start of the month. The earlier described range-block formation has come as a result of the increased volatility that accompanied the break south. The high of the range should be noted at the $33 mark, with the lower support eyed down at the psychological $30 level.

    Bear Flag

    Given this type of price behavior from a technical standpoint, it appears to demonstrate some vulnerabilities to the downside. The calming and consolidating after an initial explosive drop lower to then potentially resume the selling pressure reflects this point. As can see from either the 4-hour or daily chart, price action has formed a bearish flag pattern. When the market fell from 9-10th January, this formed the pole of the bearish flag of the structure. The actual flag is currently being constructed, as part of the sideways trading being observed.

    Lightening Network Trial Underway

    As reported by the CCN team, Coingate, a cryptocurrency-based payments platform, has now executed a trial run of its Lightening Network via Litecoin.  The platform has partnered up with a privacy service provider, known as Surfshark for this pilot project. Within the partnership, the implementation of Lightening Network payment solution for Litecoin transactions is a big milestone for the cryptocurrency community.

    Technical Review – LTC/USD

    LTC/USD daily chart. A bearish flag structure can be seen.

    As detailed earlier, a breakout from the range-block formation will be the next trend defining move. Should the bears manage to force a break below the lower support, tracking at $30, then a demand area below will be called into action. This can be observed tracking within the $28 price region, which is a known area to find buyers. A failure to do so could see LTC/USD drop back down towards $23-22 range.

    Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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