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Weekend update for ETHXBT, XRPXBT, Litecoin and Bitcoin

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The week passed by in a surprisingly different manner than I had been expecting. One week ago I thought that it was going to be an exciting week of fireworks in many of the coin markets. But overall, it was a week of sideways movements for the most part, with an awakening just in the past 2 days or so.

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I was therefore enticed to look a bit further into a few of the charts, to see what I may have overlooked. As you may have already guessed there are so many forces acting on the different charts that “Chaos Theory” becomes real. The butterfly effect, the wings of a butterfly causing small perturbations that cause a hurricane half a world away, is an everyday occurrence in the charts.

Chaos Theory posits that the smallest influences on a dynamic system causes huge ripples later, so much so that something as studied as the weather with billions of dollars of equipment and thousands of people studying, have a hard time getting the weather right beyond a few days out, because a sudden warm Santa Ana wind can change the charts in a moment.

ETHXBT

Let’s look at the ETHXBT chart as an example. I have removed many of the lines, Gann Fans in particular to make this screenshot easier to understand. If you look, you will note that there are not one, but two different setups on the same chart. Price encountered a 2nd arc pair (green) which brought the price down over a few weeks. It rose again until it hit a 1st arc pair (red) of a shorter-term setup.

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I will demonstrate this phenomenon on another chart or two today. For now, it is enough to recognize the short to medium term implications on price. As traders that’s what we care about the most. But ultimately, one day, my fervent hope is to understand exactly how it is possible, that the independent decisions of tens of thousands of traders, buying and selling for undisclosed reasons, can create such beautifully choreographed fractal images that would have made Mandelbrot blush.

Since this screenshot was captured, price has closed above the red arc. This is short term bullish, with the promise of a good run when/if price gets above the 2nd arc of the pair.

 

XRPXBT

This charts has traded almost flat, on the 50% retracement line, fluctuating from .382 to .618, of the high and low after the fall at the beginning of the month. Any close above or below that channel will give an indication of direction – but my guess is up. But when?

Here we see that price is soon to hit the 2nd arc of the pair. My advice is to watch this carefully. It is likely to find a good reason to rally when it passes through the arc.

Litecoin

Litecoin is another coin that I found multiple setups acting price simultaneously. I changed the colors of the longer term setup’s 3rd arc pair to yellow, so they could be easily differentiated from the 1st arc pair of a shorter setup.

Note that at the recent high, price hit both arcs at the same time at the moment they intersected (highlighted in yellow). This is too improbable to be a coincidence. It seems like a case of Chaos Theory’s “Strange Attractor” for those who have studied Chaos.

After the more recent rally, note how pricetime is responding to both arc pairs, even though they are from completely different setups on the same chart. I am fairly confident that price will get through the pair(s) and rally to the next resistance at ~ $15. But cautious traders will wait for the buy signal.

 

Bitcoin

On a longer term setup on the daily chart, Bitcoin is in a 4th arc pair. Anything can happen while within the pair, but I am not bullish here. Time will tell, but I have a feeling that price will head to $1000 before rallying again.

 

There are simply too many coins to cover these days to adequately cover them all in a single column. Watch Dash, Zcash, and Ethereum of course… Until next time….

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  1. And

    April 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks Jim, your columns are really great! Please remember to give us some buy signal, like April 3rd, for Litecoin 🙂

  2. Jim Fredrickson

    April 15, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    now, at 11.80, looks like a good entry point for ltcusd.

  3. And

    April 16, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Thank you Jim!

  4. Ershad

    April 18, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Jim,

    can you recommend a good stop loss and selling price for XRP. should it start to rally?

    Kind regards

    • Jim Fredrickson

      April 19, 2017 at 3:04 am

      I’m not sure of your timeframe, but there will be resistance at .048, and longer-term at .09…

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Daily Analysis: Oil Extends Rally as Nasdaq Leads Stocks Higher

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Friday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2749 1.38%
DAX 12,483 0.18%
WTI Crude Oil 63.58 1.29%
GOLD 1330.00 -0.16%
Bitcoin 10,14 -0.09%
EUR/USD 1.2295 -0.28%

US equities built up some bullish momentum towards the end of the week, ignoring the technical damage that the volatility-crash caused, and the major US indices rallied into the close today, squeezing the shorts. The Nasdaq, which led the rally as we expected, took out the key 6850 level in late trading and added another percent to, incredibly enough, finish only a hundred point of the all-time high.

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NASDAQ 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Should the tech benchmark retest the high next week, it will be amid very strong negative divergences, but hey, those divergences have been building for months now. The rally in equities was boosted by the dip in Treasury yields, especially at the long end of the curve, while Amazon continued ot lead the charge, closing right at the historic $1500 per share level.

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Russell 2000 (Small Cap) Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The advance in the Dow and the S&P 500 is much less convincing and with small caps also lagging the tech-behemoth juggernaut, we remain skeptical regarding the sustainability of the move. That said, if the broader indices stay above the key levels, we will be trading the long side in equities, even as from an investment standpoint, valuations are still way above acceptable.

Forex Markets and Commodities

The lackluster performance of European and Asian stocks adds to the negative divergences, especially as the Euro stopped appreciating against the Greenback, and that should be helping stocks of the old continent. Of course, the DAX and the EuroStoxx 50 could play catch-up next week, barring another surge in the common currency.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The most-traded forex pair remains in a short-term downtrend, as it failed to recapture the previously broken rising trendline, and the commodity related risk-on currencies also remained under pressure. The Canadian Dollar did bounce back off yesterday’s 8-week lows, boosted by the much hihger than expected inflation release and the jump in the price of crude oil.

USD/CAD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Oil benefited from the positive shift in sentiment, while the Syrian situation, which took a backseat in the headlines, still supports the rally. The Japanese Yen and gold were stable amid the risk-rally and that adds to our suspicions regarding the upside potential form these levels.

Cryptocurrencies

The segment started out the day with a strong bounce that carried the major coins higher by around 10%, but given the recent steep short-term pullback, even that wasn’t enough to turn the tide, and the day ended with an (almost usual) sell-off after the US close. Despite the recent volatility, the overall picture is still encouraging, with most of the majors being safely above the crash lows, likely in a new bullish cycle that has the potential to last for several more weeks or even months.

While new all-time highs are it guaranteed following the 60-70% declines among the largest coins, but even without those, plenty of upside potential is left for investors. With that in mind, investors should hold on to their coins and even add to their holdings on the short-term dips like the current one.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Technical Analysis: Majors Stage Rally but Strong Levels Still Ahead

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The cryptocurrency segment has recovered from a broad correction today in early trading, with the most valuable coins all turning into green during the session, despite the bearish start to the overnight session. With bottom-to-top gains of up to 15%, the rally helped in easing the worries of bulls, especially in the case of the relatively weaker coins.

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Bitcoin and most of the largest altcoins remained stable during the selloff, and BTC recaptured the $10,000 level quickly after trading as low as $9600 overnight. The initial rally topped out near $10,400, and the coin is trading back near the $10,000 level, as the bullish momentum faded away somewhat.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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That said, we expect the uptrend to continue even if the correction could still carry Bitcoin lower. Further strong support is found between $9000 and $9200, while targets are ahead at $11,300, $13,000, and $14,250.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum showed strength during the bounce again after yesterday, together with the early leaders of the rally, and although the coin dipped below the $845 level in the second half of the session, the signs remain positive for bulls. Support levels are now found at $780, $740, $625 and $575, while resistance is ahead near $910 and $1000.

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Pre-Market: Stocks Refuse to Fall Even as China Takes Over Key Insurer

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Although it should have been a very quiet week in China, thanks to the New Year celebrations, the recent surge in volatility and the plunge in equities didn’t pass without consequences in the key market. Just shortly after effectively shutting down the Chinese version of the Volatility Index (VIX) (presumably to calm the markets…), one of the main actors of the monstrous financial web, Anbang, of the country had to be taken over to avoid a systemic event and stop the “creative” financial engineering that involved criminal activity (the shadow of 2008).

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China will likely need many more duck-tapes like this one if it wants to stop the largest credit bubble in human history to collapse, but for now, the solution could work. Equity futures edged higher since yesterday’s volatile close, and as the major US indices are holding up well, not far off last Friday’s highs, our bearish short-term view might have to be revised.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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As we discussed before, the long-term uptrend is intact, and we expect at least a re-test of the highs even if we are in a large-scale top formation, but we thought that the technical damage caused by the crash three weeks ago would require more healing.

We are not turning bullish just yet, but today’s session could finally decide if we the BTFD-crowd is strong enough to turn the tide after the choppy drift lower this week. We are still focusing on the Nasdaq, as the broader market seems to be following the lead of the tech benchmark, and a move 6850 (in the Nasdaq 100 futures, and still the 2735 level in the S&P) would be a very positive sign for bulls.

DAX Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The German DAX index is also showing some tentative short-term relative strength although it remains almost 10% below its all-time high, and it remains a strong negative divergence to be monitored.

Forex Markets Quiet

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The main pairs are trading in a choppy narrow range today after the strong move in the Yen and the drop in the USD yesterday. US Treasury Yields are edging lower today, helping the calm in equities and currencies, but on a bearish note, commodity currencies failed to rebound so far, and they were providing good signals since the crash. Day-traders should note that the Canadian Dollar will likely be very active again, with the Canadian CPI report coming out pre-market.

To sum the outlook up, we are still leaning on the risk-off side here regarding the short-term outlook, but we wouldn’t bet the farm on that, as there are mixed signals before the weekend.

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