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Weekly Analysis: Litecoin, France, and North Korea in the Spotlight

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Asset Current Value Weekly Change
S&P 500 2345 0.85%
DAX 12105 -0.50%
WTI Crude Oil 49.61 -8.12%
GOLD 1285.50 -1.14%
Bitcoin 1229 4.19%
EUR/USD 1.0728 1.21%

 

 5 Things to Watch Next Week

  1. How will the market react to the French election?

As the last polls before the first round of the presidential election show a move towards the moderate Macron and Marine Le Pen, stocks are expected to benefit in the beginning of the week, as the run-off between those two candidates is considered a “safe” pairing. That said, the uncertainty regarding the referendum is still high and a surprise surge by Melenchon could still stir sings up.

  1. Which altcoins will make their moves?

Several high-flying cryptocurrencies have been trading in relatively narrow ranges recently, and traders are eagerly waiting for the next major swings in Ethereum, Ripple, and Monero. This week’s star, Ethereum Classic, could also remain active as it’s holding on to its recent gains above the $3 level. Litecoin is already on the rise again, and volatility could jump in the other markets as well next week.

  1. Will the NASDAQ lead stock markets higher again?

The relative strength of US technology stocks could face a real test next week, as several of the behemoths of the segment will release their quarterly numbers. Microsoft, Google (Alphabet), Amazon, and Intel are all scheduled to report during the week representing more than $1.5 trillion in markets capitalization.

  1. Will economic numbers continue to disappoint?

US, British, and European economic releases have been consistently missing analysts estimates in recent week, with as the so-called economic surprise index hit a new 6-year low. While global markets showed strength, despite the weak numbers, a further deterioration could undermine the foundations of the global “growth-story”.  Investors will pay special attention to the US GDP reading on Friday, the Durable Goods Report on Thursday, the CB Consumer Confidence Index on Tuesday, and first the German IFO Business Climate Index tomorrow.

  1. Will the North Korean situation escalate further?

There were some interesting developments this week that could be hints on a background deal between the China and the US to “fix” the North Korea problem. While a direct conflict might be way too costly for the superpowers, and the status quo is not that bad for China, it’s hard to say what the real intentions of Donald Trump are. We will pay special attention to the country in the coming weeks.

In Focus: Cryptocurrencies

 

Litecoin  breaking out, 4-Hour Chart

Litecoin broke out of its recent consolidation pattern and surged to the $16 level, gaining more than 25% over the course of the weekend, and taking over Dash on the capitalization list. Some projections suggest that LTC could test the $20 level in the coming days. Other Cryptocurrencies are quiet this weekend, as Bitcoin and Ethereum Classic are holding on to their recent gains, while the other altcoins are little changed compared to their weekly averages.

The restructuring of the cryptocurrency market continued this week, as Ethereum Classic and Litecoin moved significantly higher regarding their market capitalization. Bitcoin experienced more active trading as it got closer to its all-time highs, and we expect fireworks to follow if BTC gets close to the $1300 zone. Ethereum’s position is safe for now as the second largest altcoin, but the third place of the podium seems to be up for grabs, with Litecoin being the most likely candidate.

Currency Weekly Volume Monthly Volume Market Cap
Bitcoin 1,629 9,144 19,943
Ethereum 367 2,756 4,401
Ripple 91 831 1,192
Dash 67 576 719
Litecoin 605 2,452 507
Monero 35 200 314
Ethereum Classic 79 251 296

 

Key Economic Releases of the Week

Day Country Release Expected Previous
Monday GERMANY IFO Business Climate 112.3
Monday CANADA Wholesale Sales (monthly) 3.30%
Monday US FOMC’s Kashkari speaks
Tuesday UK Public Sector Borrowing 2.6 billion 1.1 billion
Tuesday US CB Consumer Confidence 123.7 125.6
Tuesday US New Home Sales 590,000 592,000
Wednesday AUSTRALIA CPI (quarterly) 0.60% 0.50%
Wednesday CANADA Core Retail Sales -0.30% 1.70%
Wednesday US Crude Oil Inventories -1 million
Thursday JAPAN Monetary Policy Satement
Thursday EUROZONE Base Interest Rate 0 0
Thursday EUROZONE Monetary Policy Satement
Thursday US Core Durable Goods 0.40% 0.50%
Thursday US Initial Jobless Claims (weekly) 241,000 244,000
Thursday US UOM Consumer Sentiment 97.1 96.9
Friday UK Prelim GDP 0.40% 0.60%
Friday GERMANY Retail Sales 0.10% 1.80%
Friday US Advance GDP 1.30% 2.10%
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Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH/USD Bearish Flag Structure Eyed

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  • Ethereum price has stabilized but is moving within a dangerous range-block formation.
  • ETH/USD via the daily chart view is forming a bearish flag pattern.

ETH/USD price action has stabilized over the past five days, and is moving within a narrowing range. This movement appears to be somewhat expressing potential downside risks after the selling pressure seen in the second week of January. As a recap, the price was supported in its move north from mid-December 2018 up to 7th January. An ascending trend line was proving necessary comfort in this trend higher, however markets bears managed to force a breach. The support gave way, opening the door to a fresh wave of selling from 8th January.

ETH/USD daily chart.

Around 30% of the bull run that was seen in the above-mentioned period has been reversed. Vulnerabilities continue to linger, as ETH/USD trades around key daily support. The level to be aware of is $116.70, which is vital ahead of the big psychological $100 mark. A breach could see a test of daily support at $102, with the price likely to consolidate between here and $116. Given prior behavior around these areas, ETH/USD may be forced to retest the December 2018 low, $83.10. This would likely be the case, should a return of bullish momentum not see a pickup in pace soon.

Constantinople Hard Fork Delay

The stability in price is surprising given the let down for the community with regards to the heavily anticipated Constantinople hard fork. As reported by the CCN team, Ethereum’s core developers called for the Constantinople upgrade to be delayed. This was just some hours before the hard fork was scheduled to go live on the network. ETH/USD fell double-digits on the back of this being postponed. A drop of 10% was observed.

Technical Review – ETH/USD

Looking via the daily chart view, price action is forming a bearish flag pattern structure – the pole which is seen with the fall from 7-10th January. In terms of the actual flag, this is the current range-block viewed. Upside resistance can be seen just ahead at $135, and lower support noted the mentioned $116.70 area. The next major areas of support are the $102 daily pivot point, the December 2018 low of $83.10, and then lastly, the May 2017 low of $65.85.

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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Crypto Update: Sideways Drift Continues but Sellers Still in Control

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While the bounce on Monday gave some hope to crypto bulls that last week’s plunge was just a correction in an ongoing broader counter-trend move, so far, we haven’t seen meaningful follow-through. That means that the bearish short- and long-term trends are still dominant in the segment and sellers are clearly in control of every major top coin.

Also, while volatility is relatively low, correlations are still elevated, and volume patterns are bearish as well, so our trend model remains on sell signals with regards to the overwhelming majority of coin on all time-frames. Traders and investors are still advised to stay away from entering new positions, as we have no evidence the bear market is over, and at least the test of the lows is likely in the coming months.

That said, a quick recovery above the primary resistance levels would be a positive sign here, but until we see signs of technical strength, the defensive approach is warranted as bearish risks remain very high here.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin’s relative stability is still the only positive sign among the top coins, but BTC also lacks bullish momentum and it failed to leave the close vicinity of the key $3600 support level. The $3850 resistance is out of reach, for now, and given the clearly bearish long-term setup, traders and investors shouldn’t enter positions here.

A move above that level would be a positive sign for bulls, with further zones between $4000 and $4050, and near $4450, but we still expect a move towards the support levels near $3250 and $3000 in the coming weeks, even if a broader bottoming process might already be underway.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Ethereum spiked higher again towards the $130 resistance level today, the move failed again and bulls failed to make technical progress, with the recent low still being in danger. A sustained push above $130 could still signal a failed break-down pattern, but the lack of bullish momentum points to a continuation of the decline.  Key support is found near $120 and between $95 and $100, while further resistance is ahead at $145, $160, and near $180.

Altcoins Unchanged and Bearish After Choppy Day

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The volatility compression continued in all of the major altcoins as well, but the broad selling pressure is still apparent in the segment. Litecoin failed to get close to the primary resistance zone near $34.50 despite the early-week rally attempt, and it continues to threaten with a move below the key $30-$30.50 support zone.

A breach of support would likely trigger a move towards the $26 level, with the oversold short-term momentum readings now being cleared in the market of LTC. Further strong resistance is ahead near $38 and $44 and with support found near $23, and traders and investors still shouldn’t enter positions here.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple has been showing signs of relative weakness again today, after the brief period of stability and the technical picture continues to be negative on all time-frames, and our trend model is also on short- and long-term sell signals. The $0.32 price level is still in focus, and we still expect a move below $0.30, with strong support found near the $0.26 level, with resistance ahead near $0.3550 and $0.3750.

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash remained among the relatively weaker majors as well, and it still hovering around the $70 price level after bottoming out close to $67.50. A test of the bear market low near $56 seems very likely in the coming weeks, and only a move above the strong resistance zone between $76.50 and $80 would change the short-term outlook for the coin.

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Crypto Update: Zilliqa a Good Buy on Dips

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Zilliqa (ZIL/BTC) has been on our radar ever since it revisited a price level of 0.0000039 on November 20, 2018. At that point, we were curious whether the market would respect its previous low or breach the support and print a new 2018 low. We got a little bit of both and that’s the stuff that makes crypto very exciting.

While Zilliqa printed a new 2018 low of 0.00000347 on November 25, bulls managed to lift the market back above 0.0000039 on November 27 with heavy volume. This fakeout gave this coin a new lease in life and the market is not taking the opportunity for granted. In this article, we reveal why Zilliqa presents a good buy on dip opportunity.

Solid Base at Parabolic Support

Zilliqa bottoming out and accumulating around 0.0000039 is no coincidence. This is the level where the market rejected lower prices in March 2018. Zilliqa’s ability to stay above 0.0000039 back then sparked a parabolic run that saw the market climb as high as 0.00002508 on May 10. Thus, it is not surprising for the market to return to its low level and start a new market cycle.

To build its base, Zilliqa spent 154 days range trading between 0.0000039 and 0.000006. That’s over five months dedicated to accumulation. We’ve seen many altcoins with significantly shorter accumulation periods launch massive bull runs.

Daily chart of ZIL/BTC

With a solid base in place, you can be fairly certain that market participants will buy the dips. Like you, they also likely know that the market spent a lot of time base-building. Therefore, they’ll take advantage of any opportunity to get in cheap before the market launches its bull run.

Breakout from Consolidation

After five months of base-building, the market appears ready to break out from a double bottom pattern. It made a strong push yesterday, January 15, 2019, to take out our range high of 0.000006. The move up was supported by above-average volume. So far today, the market has managed to stay above 0.000006.

ZIL/BTC Double bottom breakout

This price action tells us that Zilliqa is raring to launch a bull run. This type of bullish momentum is rare in crypto nowadays. With so many suffering from heavy losses in this bear market, a lot of people are eager to ride on markets that are showing bullish potential. As Zilliqa continues to show strength, participants will likely buy on dips in the hope of either growing their capital or recouping losses.  

Key Levels to Watch

If you’re looking to place a long position in Zilliqa, we believe that one of these two scenarios can play out.

The first scenario shows the market pumping in the next few days. The pump might send the market to as high as 0.00000685 where Zilliqa will likely face heavy resistance from bears. If bulls succumb, Zilliqa might retest 0.000006 before resuming its uptrend.

ZIL/BTC Scenario 1

The other scenario involves an immediate throwback as Zilliqa succumbs to profit taking. We can see it retesting support of 0.00000575. If Zilliqa respects the support, the market would print a bullish higher low setup. This will likely send the market to greater heights.

ZIL/BTC Scenario 2

Bottom Line

With an extensive base and a recent breakout from consolidation, Zilliqa is a good buy on dips. It appears that the market now belongs to a small group of alts that show bullish potential. This makes Zilliqa attractive to investors who are looking to grow their capital or recoup their losses.

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