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Weekly Analysis: Cryptocurrencies Shake Off Weakness as Stocks Rally to New Highs and Oil Falls

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Weekly Recap

Asset Current Value Weekly Change
S&P 500 2434 1.05%
DAX 12822 1.85%
WTI Crude Oil 47.78 -4.21%
GOLD 1282.00 1.21%
Bitcoin 2513 14.32%
EUR/USD 1.1280 0.88%

 

Stock markets continued to go higher this week, especially the Japanese and the US exchanges where the main benchmarks all hit new highs and all-time highs respectively. The NASDAQ returned to the spot of the global leader, while the S&P 500 also marched to new highs, despite the weakness in financials and the energy segment and the generally negative economic news. European markets have been more mixed, with the German DAX outperforming its peers, while the broader indices slightly lagging behind.  The coming British elections were in the center of attention during the week, besides Donald Trump’s announcement about leaving the Paris-Accord on climate change.

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Opinion Polling for the UK elections (red line: Labour, blue line Conservative Party)

Polls have been showing the swift narrowing of the gap between the Conservative Party and the Labour party, as the latter gained votes rapidly from the smaller parties since mid-April. The stake of the elections is first and foremost stability, and as the uncertainty increased, the British Pound has been feeling the pressure, lagging even the weak US Dollar in the recent period.

Gold got a boost from the growing uncertainty, and it rose to a new 0ne-month high, despite the bullish global sentiment, while the Japanese Yen also gained The Chinese market remained weak and suspicious, as the leadership implemented new measures to protect the Chinese Yuan’s position. Oil continued its decline that started after the OPEC meeting, even after the positive US inventory data, as shale-oil producers pushed US output to a 20-month high.

WTI Crude Oil 4-hour Chart Analysis

 Cryptocurrencies

The crypto-market enjoyed a strong rebound from the correction lows from last week, as Bitcoin led the way higher after dragging all the majors lower. The steep decline changed the balance of power in the market, as Ethereum emerged as the strongest player, rising to a new high, and continuing its slow catch-up to BTC. Stratis produced the biggest rally among the coins, jumping by a whopping 350% off its lows. Dash also gathered relative strength, while the previously weaker Litecoin continued to consolidate below the $30 level. XRP rallied strongly as well, and it’s now in a bullish consolidation around the 0.30 support/resistance zone. Monero is also looking healthy, although it failed to re-test its prior highs for now, just as NEM, which has been slightly left behind after the correction.

ETH/BTC, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Economic Numbers

Economic releases were disappointing across the board, especially in the US where non-farm payrolls gained only 138,000 during May while consumer confidence also took a nosedive during the month. The Dollar got under pressure, as the soft numbers could mean fewer rate hikes later on this year although the next Fed tightening move is almost certain to take place at the next meeting of the central bank in less than two weeks. The Eurozone numbers were also weak with the CPI Index and German Retail Sales both missed the consensus estimate, although the IFO Business Climate index ticked higher. Overall, global growth is still sluggish, and that might lead to more pressure on fiat currencies, as the central banks are expected to continue monetary easing.

Key Economic Releases of the Week

Day Country Release Actual Expected Previous
Monday EUROZONE Eurogroup Meeting
Tuesday EUROZONE Manufacturing PMI 57 56.5 56.7
Tuesday EUROZONE Services PMI 56.2 56.5 56.4
Tuesday GERMANY IFO Business Climate 114.6 113.1 112.9
Tuesday CANADA Wholesale Sales 0.90% 1.10% -0.20%
Tuesday US New Home Sales 569,000 611,000 621,000
Wednesday CHINA Manufacturing PMI 51.2 51 51.2
Wednesday CHINA Services PMI 54.5 54.2 54
Wednesday GERMANY Retail Sales -0.20% 0.40% 0.10%
Wednesday EUROZONE Flash CPI 1.40% 1.50% 1.90%
Wednesday CANADA GDP 0.50% 0.30% 0.00%
Wednesday UK Chicago PMI 59.4 57 58.3
Wednesday US Pending Home Sales -1.30% -0.80% -4.4 mill
Thursday AUSTRALIA Capital Expenditure 0.30% 0.60% -2.10%
Thursday AUSTRALIA Retail Sales 1.00% 0.30% -0.10%
Thursday UK Manufacturing PMI 56.7 56.5 57.5
Thursday US ADP Employment Growth 253,000 181,000 177,000
Thursday US Initial Jobless Claims 248,000 239,000 234,000
Thursday US ISM Manufacturing PMI 54.9 54.7 54.8
Thursday US Crude Oil Inventories -6.4 mill -2.7 mill -4.4 mill
Friday US Prelim GDP 1.20% 0.90% 0.70%
Friday UK Construction PMI 56.0 52.7 53.1
Friday CANADA Trade Balance -0.4 bill 0.0 bill -0.1 bill
Friday US Non-Farm Payrolls 138,000 186,000 211,000
Friday US Hourly Earnings 0.2% 0.2% 0.3%
Friday US Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.4% 4.4%
Friday US Trade Balance -45.5 bill -45.5 bill -43.7 bill

 

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Crypto Update: Coins Hit 6-Week Highs as Rally Continues

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Bullish price action is still dominant in the cryptocurrency segment today, despite the recent lofty gains, and the overbought short-term picture in the ace of most of the majors. Correlations continue to break down, as more and more coins are in confirmed uptrends, with the total value of the market hitting $400 billion for the first time since early March.

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The top digital currencies are mixed today in the generally positive environment, with Bitcoin Cash, IOTA, Ethereum Classic, Dash, and Monero showing relative strength, in the face of the slightly overbought short-term momentum readings. While this is not the best moment to enter new short-term trades with regards to the majority of the coins, the long-term setup favors further gains in the coming weeks.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Altcoins have been leading the market higher in the last couple of weeks, and Bitcoin is still stuck below the $9000 level, as it continues to slightly lag behind from a short-term perspective. The coin ran into the strong resistance zone between $9000 and $9200 after breaking out of the broad declining trend.

Now a pullback is likely, given the slight weakness, with a possible test of the prior swing high at $8400. In case of a bullish move, the next target is at $10,000, and long-term investors should still add to their holdings on the short-term dips.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum kept on creeping higher to marginal no rally highs in the last couple of days, nearing the $650 level despite the overbought short-term picture. Short-term traders should still not enter new positions here until the overbought readings are cleared, while long-term investors could still add to their holdings during the pullbacks.  Resistance zones are ahead near $735 and $780, while primary support is between $555 and $575.

Altcoins Diverging but Bulls Remain in Control

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

As we noted, the correlation between the coins is lower than during the downswing, and that confirms the bullish price action in the segment. Ripple is trading in a consolidation pattern near the $0.84 level, and although the overbought momentum readings are not yet fully cleared, the trend is clearly bullish and a new short-term buy signal is likely in the coming days.

Among the other recent leaders, IOTA triggered short-term sell signal, reaching the strong resistance zone near $2.2. EOS, Stellar, Cardano, and NEO are consolidating their gains, while Dash, Monero, and ETC are trading slightly above last week’s highs, but traders shouldn’t chase them higher here, as a short-term correction is likely soon.

Stay tuned for our detailed long-term technical analysis coming out later on today.

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Bitcoin and Gold are Trading Inversely With One Another

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Advocates of bitcoin often compare the digital currency to gold for its finite supply and store-of-value characteristics. While BTC hasn’t come close to dethroning gold as the world’s most trusted safe-haven, it has steadily outperformed bullion amid the latest recovery. This has some people asking whether virtual currencies are eating away into gold’s demand.

Inverse Relationship

Strategists have identified a strong inverse trading pattern between gold and bullion stretching all the way back to the fall, right around the time that cryptocurrencies rebounded from a China-induced selloff. As bitcoin and other cryptos surged, gold experienced a steep fall from a high above $1,351 in early September to a low of $1,241 just three months later.

As bitcoin cooled down in the new year, gold resumed its upward trajectory and eventually peaked near $1,370 at the end of January.

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Below are the charting patterns for gold and bitcoin going back one full year.

The latest divergence is easy to spot. Since hitting a settlement high of $1,360 on Apr. 11, bullion has declined 2%. Over the same period, bitcoin surged 27%.

Bitcoin’s oversized percentage move relative to gold is a reflection of underlying volatility in the cryptocurrency market. Crypto assets as a whole are but a tiny fraction of gold’s $7.8 trillion worth. That said, the digital asset class peaked above $830 billion earlier this year, making the case for a trillion-dollar market more believable.

Systemic Risks

Proponents of bitcoin’s safe-haven status generally agree that the cryptocurrency is well suited to outperform the market during periods of heightened economic and political instability. This is generally believed to be the period in which gold prices thrive. However, unlike gold, bitcoin has also outperformed during periods of relative calm.

The second-largest bull market in history started off as a positive for gold as prices crossed $1,900 a troy ounce in 2011. However, bullion hasn’t been able to hit anywhere near those levels ever since. Bitcoin, on the other hand, has been the world’s best-performing currency (if one calls it that) in six of the past eight years.

Although the charts seem to indicate an inverse relationship between gold and bitcoin, it’s much more difficult to prove that investors are swapping one asset for the other at any given time. There’s some anecdotal evidence to suggest this is the case but a lack of trading data makes it difficult to conclude definitively one way or the other.

Supply and demand factors must also be weighed in analyzing the price trajectory of both assets. Gold’s total supply is increasing by an average of less than 2% annually, according to the World Gold Council. At the other end of the spectrum, the final bitcoin is expected to be mined in 2140, with total supplies engineered to decline until that date.

On the demand side, gold has been losing its allure as investors continued to pile into stocks. In 2017, appetite for bullion fell by 7%, with gold-backed ETFs plunging to one-third of the previous year’s demand. On the other hand, bitcoin’s demand has skyrocketed as more traders noticed its meteoric rise.

One area in which bitcoin has an advantage over gold is non-correlation. As the above examples clearly demonstrate, BTC is not correlated with the broader market. Gold, on the other hand, is influenced by risk-off sentiment, geopolitics, interest rates and inflation, among others. At present, these factors may play into the hands of bullion as investors prepare for the new business cycle.

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Technical Analysis: Bitcoin Tests $9000 as Altcoins Pull Back after Strong Rally

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The cryptocurrency segment is in a short-term correction after a great week that saw several key resistance levels fall, as the major coins kept up the bullish momentum and hit new rally highs after a shallow correction. Ethereum and the smaller altcoins continued to outperform Bitcoin on the way higher in the last couple of days, but today, Bitcoin is holding up relatively well amid the pullback, indicating a slight change of behavior.

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BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin broke out of its lengthy declining trend, rallying quickly up to the key $9000-$9200 zone as expected, even though the momentum of the move has been relatively weak, and the coin failed to enter the zone, with the lower resistance line halting the advance, for now. The currency should remain above the declining trendline, but another short-term consolidation phase could be ahead as altcoins are likely entering a correction. Further resistance is ahead at $10,000 and $10,500 while support is found near $8400 and $7800.

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ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum hit the $625 level as we expected and it also broke out of its declining trend, after confirming a new short-term advance earlier on this week. Traders shouldn’t enter new positions here, as the coin is stretched from a short-term perspective, while investors could still add to their holdings on the pullbacks. Support is now found between $555 and $575, and below that zone at $500, while strong resistance is ahead between $625 and $645 and near $740.

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