The general sentiment in the crypto industry is positive today, as most of the major coins are moving higher. Bitcoin is again flirting with the $ 9000 level, which seems to be a price magnet. And Stellar Lumen, Tron and Monero inextricably follow the main cryptocurrency on green territory after halving event on Monday.
There are Still No Fireworks from Bitcoin Halving
The most anticipated event for cryptocurrencies in 2020, the third halving of Bitcoin (BTC), has just come into force. Happening only once every 4 years, the last halving lowered the reward for a Bitcoin block from 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC. The Bitcoin network is designed to have only 21 million coins. It is estimated that this will be the catalyst for another bull rally, as more than three quarters of these coins are already in circulation. The impact of halving may reduce the supply of new coins, as miners may have to wait for the price to rise before selling their blocks in order to cover their costs.
BTC/USD buyers took control of the market after four bearish days. On Tuesday, Bitcoin rose more than 3.5% after halving on Monday. However, so far, we have not had a sharp rise in price. The borders of the 20-day Bollinger Bands indicator are beginning to narrow, indicating declining volatility. This morning, BTC/USD found support at the 20-day SMA and continued the upside momentum to the $ 8,965 high.
From a technical point of view, the bulls will now try to break over the 9K resistance. Also watch for possible crossings of the 55- and 200-day SMAs as confirmation. A convincing move above $ 9,000 should lead the price for test to $ 10,000/33.
On the downside, initial support is around $ 8,760, where the hourly SMA 50 is located. A clear break below that level could extend the sell-off to Monday’s low at $ 8,235, followed by $ 8,150.
How Does the Crypto Market React to the Third Halving?
Monero closely followed the footsteps of Bitcoin (BTC) and made a profit of 2.8% for the last 24 hours. The rest of the cryptocurrency market is green as buyers focus to extend the prolonging bullish momentum after a disastrous weekend slump. Stellar Lumen (XLM) made the biggest profit of 6.30%, Tron (TRX) rose by 4.09% and Binance Coin grew by 2.93%.
At the time of writing, the total market cap is $ 242.50 billion. Bitcoin dominance is below 67% level. And 24-hour trading volumes amounted to $ 136.45 billion.
Monero Technical Analysis
Indicators such as RSI and MACD show a positive picture in the short term for XMR/USD. The RSI is heading north after recovering from support at 30 level. The indicator even managed to break above the midline (50). And with that, XMR buyers should gain the confidence to join the market and increase their positions in anticipation that the $ 68.26 resistance will be brought down. If that happens, the next bulls’ target will be $ 70.50
The same upward trend is supported by the MACD, which has returned to positive territory. A bullish divergence over the MACD may signal a stronger upside momentum in subsequent sessions.
On the other hand, we have immediate support with the 200-day SMA in the region of $ 59.50. A clear break there will take Monero for testing the bottom from Monday at 55.93.
Author: Silviya Velcheva
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