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Geopolitics set the tone for the crypto market in the first days of 2020

Iran’s war boosts crypto market demand during the first week of the New Year

The new year starts with the improvement of the mood in the crypto sphere. The war between the United States and Iran affects all countries around the world. Some people worry that this could trigger World War III. On the other hand, the US stock market remains volatile amid fears that Iran’s retaliate could cause chaos.

The cryptocurrency market seems to be taking advantage of the US-Iran situation to gain momentum. Mostly Bitcoin presents itself as a safe haven for investors. Especially, since it is decentralized and can function without the censorship of any government. The rest of the cryptocurrency market responds accordingly in tandem with Bitcoin and the bullish momentum is likely to continue.

 

Bitcoin renews hopes for 2020

The main digital asset has jumped by 5.52% in the last 24 hours. Accordingly, Altcoins also show strength. Chainlink (LINK) gained 15.70% growth and Litecoin (LTC) 5.83%.

The total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies is now at $ 217.7 billion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate has risen to 69.1%.

Technically, Bitcoin would have to stay above $ 8,300 to see the first resistance test at $ 8,516.3/600.

We can expect the news to have a significant impact on the day, with volatility likely to come from events in the Middle East. I believe that Bitcoin could break through the second major level of resistance if the USA responds to Iran’s attacks against military bases in Iraq. But that region of $ 8,877- $ 9,000 would probably limit the bullish momentum in the event of a prolonged daytime rally.

If the price fails to hold above the first resistance, the main digital coin may recede.

 

Litecoin with a rally of 5.83% on Monday

LTC/USD is moving in a short bullish channel with the upper limit created by the upper line of the 4-hour Bollinger Bands at $ 48.00. Support was created by SMA 50 on the daily chart and the mid-line of the 4-hour Bollinger Bands around $ 44.00. A convincing breakthrough and movement in either direction should create strong momentum. This should allow further price action to develop in the direction.

Technically, we had a bullish crossover of moving averages on the 4-hour chart. As the SMA 50 breaks above the SMA 200, this indicates a continuation of the upward movement. On the upside, $ 50 could be the next target for the bulls. A clear breakout above this psychological level will open the doors to the $ 50.70 resistance. There is located the 100-Day SMA. LTC/USD has been trading below this SMA since mid-July 2019, which means that bulls may have a hard time taking it out.

On the other hand, a sustainable decline below $ 44 will turn short-term prospects to downward and will put $ 40 back in focus. This support was followed by the low for 2020 at $ 38.74 and the bottom line of the daily Bollinger Bands – $ 37.60.

 

Author: Silviya Velcheva


* The views expressed in this material do not constitute a recommendation or advice for the purchase or sale of cryptocurrencies in the digital assets market or other financial instruments. The predicted forecasts meet the expectations of the author of the material and may not materialize. Trading in currencies, contracts for differences on margin or cryptocurrencies poses a high risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Past results are not a guarantee of future success.

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Tezos stops its rally after 100% growth

Today again we have a bearish start for the major cryptocurrencies. Yesterday, Bitcoin and all major altcoins suffered losses on a daily basis with the only exception of Chainlink (LINK).

At the time of writing, total market capitalization is $ 196.95 billion. Bitcoin dominance remains at levels below 67% after major losses. The steady sell-off managed to pull investors away, with trading volume reaching $ 60 billion before settling down.

 

Who are the winners and losers of the day?

The Chinese Center for Information and Industry Development has released its latest revision of its crypto index. This index evaluates the technology, applications and creativity of blockchain projects. The first position is occupied by EOS, followed by Ethereum, and the third is TRON. Bitcoin ranks ninth in this ranking.

Among the top 100 cryptocurrencies, the best of the day was ZEN (+16.13%), LINK (+8.62%) and STEEM (+4.64%). In the red were RVN (-21.41%) and (-19.16%). But MATIC was the biggest loser yesterday, falling 50%.

The Tezos case is a little more interesting. In just 24 hours from the best performing coin, the asset became one of the biggest losers. The coin dropped by more than 8% on a daily base against the background of the strong bearish pressure caused mainly by technical factors.

 

Technical analysis of Tezos

Tezos became one of the most active altcoins in 2019, with the XTZ token giving returns more than three times in dollar terms after the ICO, as well as 4X returns against ETH appreciation. Also, over 42% of XTZ volumes are going against Tether (USDT).

Technically, at the beginning of the month, Tezos’s price continued to make higher lows on the 4-hour chart, which usually marked an upward trend and broke the formed triangle in early December. Accordingly, we saw XTZ/USD test the next resistance area at $ 1.60.

But at the same time, the RSI indicator began to show bearish divergence, which generally marks a potential reversal of the trend. On a daily chart, the RSI also turned from the overbought area and is pointing down now. This means that the coin may continue its downside correction in the near future.

The first support to keep track of is $ 1.30. It was created by the middle line of the daily Bollinger Bands and the H4 50 SMA. A clear break below this area could extend the sells to $ 1.26. There is located a 200-day moving average on the 4-hour chart.

On the other hand, if the price manages to keep above the support of 1.30, then we will probably see another Tezos’s test of the resistance zones around $ 1.65 and $ 1.85 (the August and May highs).

 

Author: Silviya Velcheva


* The views expressed in this material do not constitute a recommendation or advice for the purchase or sale of cryptocurrencies in the digital assets market or other financial instruments. The predicted forecasts meet the expectations of the author of the material and may not materialize. Trading in currencies, contracts for differences on margin or cryptocurrencies poses a high risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Past results are not a guarantee of future success.

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Litecoin went up above $ 60

Bitcoin settled above $ 9,300

The crypto currency market has a mixed picture on Wednesday as Bitcoin and all major altcoins fluctuate in narrow ranges during the early Asian hours. Total market capitalization reached $ 251 billion. The average daily trading volume was $ 89 billion. And Bitcoin’s market share reached 66.8%.

BTC/USD hit a weekly high at $ 9,621.8 on November 4 and has been retreating ever since. At the time of my writing, the main digital coin is trading for $ 9,425, down 1.02% on a daily basis. The SMA 100 on the daily chart is located around $ 9,606 and seems to be limiting the recovery. It needs a clear break above it and a weekly high to allow the bulls to gain likely traction for the next goal at $ 10,000.

 

LTC sees optimism return, with the potential to rise again to three-digit prices

Currently, Litecoin is far from its peak value, reaching above $ 360 during the bull market of 2017 and early 2018. However, LTC has the potential for more significant profits, as the coin is considered as undervalued.

The crypto currency is seen as a relatively insignificant asset, although it has established stable liquidity. This makes Litecoin relatively attractive and has the potential for rallying, especially in times of BTC stability. LTC is one of the coins in which active and rapid price movement is associated with an increase in price action.

The coin has also recently saw a spike in daily transactions, to over 67,000 transactions a day, above the average of 18,000 a typical day. Litecoin has also shown its ability to rise in price amid pure speculation. More than 46% of all LTC volumes receive inflows from Tether (USDT), allowing the price to move independently. Also, keep in mind that LTC is still one of the assets that almost doubled its value in 2019, though still behind BTC’s performance.

 

Technical analysis of Litecoin

Litecoin is currently trading at $ 63.58, with increase of 3.75% over the last 24 hours. Yesterday, LTC extended its bullish move to the high at $ 64.02, but failed to keep above that level. That is why this peak is now acting as a short-term resistance.

If we look at the four-hour chart, Litecoin’s struggle to defend the $ 60 support is at its peak. In addition, the price moves within a formed rising triangle pattern. The first scenario is for Litecoin to break above the resistance of the triangle ($ 64) and open the door to $ 70. On the other hand, if the coin fails to clear the $ 64 hurdle combined with a correction below the trendline support, Litecoin can easily approach to $ 50.

In hindsight, a drop to $ 50 would not have a completely negative impact. It is likely that a new LTC demand will be created in the area and the basis for a potential rally towards $ 100 at the end of the year.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) shows that the price is oversold in the short term (H4) and the reversal is at the beginning. Bulls hold relative control according to the Moving Average Divergence Convergence (MACD).

 

Author: Silviya Velcheva


* The views expressed in this material do not constitute a recommendation or advice for the purchase or sale of cryptocurrencies in the digital assets market or other financial instruments. The predicted forecasts meet the expectations of the author of the material and may not materialize. Trading in currencies, contracts for differences on margin or cryptocurrencies poses a high risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Past results are not a guarantee of future success.

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Does sales pressure mean a new downtrend for BTC/USD

Cryptocurrencies have come under fresh pressure

Bitcoin price struggled to hold over $ 8,000 during Wednesday’s Asian session. However, the bearish pressure, coupled with the increasing sales volume, outweighs the bulls. The entire cryptocurrency market is in the red territory, with most of the major coins registering losses at the beginning of the European session also.

Almost all of the top 20 coins show red candles on the charts. And Bitcoin SV (BSV) took the prize for the worst performing cryptocurrency of the day with a loss of 4.5%. Cosmos (ATOM) and Tezos (XTZ) followed closely, with losses of more than 3% each.

The total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies dropped from $ 223.3 billion to $ 218.5 billion, with Bitcoin representing 66.3% of the total.

As for the fundamental news, Opera has announced that it now facilitate making payments with Bitcoin (BTC) directly inside the web browser. Opera detailed in a press release that its 350 million users can now send and receive BTC directly from the browser, as well as use the cryptocurrency to buy goods and services on e-commerce websites.

 

The bears pushed BTC/USD under $ 8,000

Over the past few weeks, Bitcoin has gone through a series of up and down movements. Now the level we need to keep a close eye on is the key support at $ 7,800. This region has been tested repeatedly without giving in. In addition, a rebound from this area resulted in significant movements above $ 8,000. For example, the most recent correction pulled the price over $ 8,300 before hitting $ 8,750.

On the upside $ 8,800 is the most significant resistance. The movement above that level has been unsuccessful in the last month. If BTC/USD manages to break through this resistance, the chances of raising above $ 9,000 will be huge.

From a longer-term perspective, BTC/USD has been moving within a narrowing range over the past 4 weeks, following the strong downside trend that played out between June and September. Technically, the price has formed a bearish flag on the daily chart. This makes the BTC/USD pair vulnerable to further potential downturns if current daily support recedes. A clear break below $ 7,800 can easily push Bitcoin to $ 6,400 (key support for the downtrend in 2018). Failure to hold above this level could open the door for a new wave of sell-offs to the next critical support at $ 5,000.

All indicators, including the Relative Strength Index (RSI), indicate that the trend is in the hands of the bears. The RSI plunged close to the oversold area while the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) is below the zero line.

 

 

Author: Silviya Velcheva


* The views expressed in this material do not constitute a recommendation or advice for the purchase or sale of cryptocurrencies in the digital assets market or other financial instruments. The predicted forecasts meet the expectations of the author of the material and may not materialize. Trading in currencies, contracts for differences on margin or cryptocurrencies poses a high risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Past results are not a guarantee of future success.

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