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Litecoin (LTC) Flips Bitcoin Cash (BCH) In Crypto Bear Plunge

The Flappening

During 2018’s earliest months, as Ethereum (ETH) surged above $1,000 in a surprising turn of events, many began to expect for the platform-centric cryptocurrency to overtake Bitcoin (BTC) — crypto’s undoubted leader — in terms of market capitalization. Charlie Lee, creator of Litecoin, a former Coinbase employee, and seeming ETH skeptic, took to his Twitter feed to defend BTC, noting that the aforementioned “will never happen.”

At the same time, Lee added that the cryptocurrency of his own creation, Litecoin (LTC), could overtake Bitcoin Cash (BCH), as many believe that the former accomplishes what the latter has sought to do — a cryptocurrency that closely resembles the “OG” Bitcoin, but with slightly altered characteristics to be classified as “true digital cash.”

In response to Lee’s tweet, the ardent Litecoin community quicked to the industry insider’s side, launching LTC v.s. BCH data aggregator Flappening.watch, whose name is an evident nod to the “flippening” (ETH>BTC) and Lee’s mascot — a chicken clad in armor. For most of the year, the valuation of all BCH stayed far ahead of LTC’s capitalization, moving relatively higher on the back of Bitmain’s stamp of approval and other catalysts.

Yet, with the recent market downturn, coupled with the hard fork of the Bitcoin Cash chain, Charlie Lee’s brainchild has begun to gain on the favorite cryptocurrency of Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver, Bitmain, and Jihan Wu.

Litecoin (LTC) Overtakes Bitcoin Cash (BCH) On Crypto Leaderboard

On Friday afternoon, in the midst of a further BTC sell-off to $3,150, BCH began to capitulate hard, falling below key support levels and underperforming the market at large. At the same time, LTC began to undergo a slight recovery, bouncing off its year-to-date lows at ~$22.5, posting the only positive performance in crypto’s top 20.

And as that happened, to the chagrin of Bitcoin Cash’s diehard proponents, who have clung onto the asset for dear life since November 14th’s contentious network upgrade, Lee, who is a brother to BTCC co-founder Bobby Lee, took to Twitter to give an update.

Through the use of three emojis, the likeness of a chicken, a flying dollar bill, and a rocket ship, coupled with a GIF, Lee accentuated the fact that his prediction had come true, tagging the Flappening Twitter in pure ecstasy.

Per data from Flappening.watch, the market capitalization of LTC is $5 billion higher than its rival in BCH. Not only has coblee’s creation ousted the most prominent Bitcoin fork in terms of standing, but Litecoin also touts 384% more active addresses, 340% higher daily transactions, and 288% more in trading volume.

Data gathered from CoinMarketCap also indicates that this pertinent industry event has occurred, with the price tracker making it more than clear that Litecoin has passed Bitcoin Cash on crypto’s long-standing leaderboards — filled to the brim with every brand of cryptocurrency.

It remains to be seen whether LTC will stay on top of its altcoin brethren, but considering the trajectory that BCH is taking, some believe that Litecoin’s relative surge will be a permanent play.

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(Former?) Kid Crypto Millionaire Bashes Bitcoin (BTC), Calls It “Dead”

Erik Finman, The “Teenage Bitcoin Millionaire”

Erik Finman is likely a name you have heard in crypto’s lore. If this name doesn’t ring any bells, here’s some background on this near-mythical figure in Bitcoin’s history.

As revealed in a Buzzfeed News video posted on Youtube, which has garnered 5.94 million views in its one and a half year lifespan, Finman was formerly an average American adolescent with dreams of grandeur, and an unbridled hate for college. Due to his hate for higher education, his parents decided that he wouldn’t have to attend college, only if he was worth $1 million by 18.

So, when $1,000 was given to Finman by his grandmother to start a college fund, the then-tween decided to play his cards in a risky manner. This, of course, was an all-in allocation into Bitcoin (BTC), valued at ~$2.5 a piece at the time of purchase.

Speaking with Buzzfeed, Finman, who currently resides in a lofty New York high tower, divulged the reasoning behind this unique investment. He explained that prior to his grandmother’s gift, his brother, who also saw $1,000 come his way, had begun to dabble in cryptocurrencies. The now-early-stage adopter followed suit, finding interest in cryptocurrencies, and, as is now ingrained into the internet’s immortal stone, purchased 403 BTC.

With the funds he garnered, which reached a maximum valuation of $8 million in late-2017, he has since purchased a flashy apartment block in New York, one of the world’s most expensive housing markets, and funded and participated in a number of innovative startups, including a satellite-centric project most recently.

From what Ethereum World News can gather, Erik has not divulged how much BTC he has sold, at which price, and subsequently, how much he has directly profited from his investment.

Change Of Heart?

Yet, speaking with MarketWatch, the now-millionaire entrepreneur has hinted that he may have liquidated his entire cryptocurrency portfolio into fiat, likely to fund his ambitious ventures. In an interview with the financial outlet, Finman exclaimed that putting too many eggs in one basket, namely cryptocurrencies, could produce dismal results.

He said flat-out that “Bitcoin is dead,” adding that the fragmented nature of the crypto community, as made by apparent by the Bitcoin Cash hard fork, could spell the end for the asset… eventually. Finman noted that while he could see BTC undergoing one more bull run, the asset is likely to fail in the long-term, presumably due to the theory that Bitcoin hasn’t been able to keep up with blockchain’s rapidly expanding value.

Finman then bashed Litecoin, explaining that the project has been “quite dead for a while,” likening the asset to the setting Sun when it’s about to go under the horizon.

In closing, he told MarketWatch that he expects project/platform cryptocurrencies to continue operations in the long haul, drawing attention to Ethereum (ETH) and ZCash (ZEC).

Regardless, his investment in the world’s first cryptocurrency likely changed his life entirely for the better, as Finman has since embarked on a number of ventures, as aforementioned, while catalyzing quite the growth in his social media following.

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Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Stellar, EOS, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Bitcoin SV, TRON, Cardano: Price Analysis, Dec. 14

While total market cap threatens to break below $100 billion, new research shows that the amount of crypto users doubled by Q3 2018. Does this signal a recovery in the future?

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange.

A lot of crypto investors have lost a staggering amount of money this year. The total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is threatening to break down of the $100 billion mark. Unlike the traditional assets, there is no set standard to arrive at a fair value for cryptocurrencies. Various experts have proposed many different methods to determine the valuation.

One of the most popular Bitcoin advocates and a co-founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors, Thomas Lee, believes that the fair value of Bitcoin is between $13,800 and $14,800. He expects the price to rebound if the asset class is widely embraced and its user adoption increases.

After this year’s bear market, one would expect the hitherto existing owners to abandon the asset class. However, a study by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance shows that the number of ID-verified cryptocurrency users has doubled in the first three quarters of this year — from 18 million to 35 million. Does this signal a likely recovery in the near future?

Let’s look at the charts and try to forecast whether the price will fall or rise from the current levels.

BTC/USD

A weak bounce on a retest of either a low or a critical support is a bearish indication. It implies that the price has still not reached a level that is attractive to buyers. Today, Bitcoin easily slipped through the yearly low of $3,329.05 and made a new one of $3,307.02.

BTC/USD

If the BTC/USD pair bounces off the current support and breaks out of the 20-day EMA, it will be a positive sign. Such a move can result in a pullback to $5,000.

However, if the bounce from the current level turns out weak, a break down of $3,307.02 is probable. The next support on the downside is $3,000. Though $3,000–$3,500 is a strong support zone, we are yet to see any signs of buying. If $3,000 breaks, it might invite further selling, sinking the digital currency further to $2,416.52.

The only bullish indication is the positive divergence on the RSI, but if the price doesn’t move up, it can turn into a bear trap.

XRP/USD

Ripple has been holding the support of $0.28600 for the past seven days, but it has not been able to achieve a meaningful bounce.

XRP/USD

Failure to rebound has increased the probability of a breakdown of the support. Both moving averages are falling, and the RSI is in the oversold zone. This suggests that the sellers have an upper hand.

The next level to watch on the downside is $0.24508. If this support also fails to hold, the downtrend can extend to $0.15. The first sign of a likely change in trend will be a break out of the 20-day EMA. Above this level, the XRP/USD pair might see some buying and can reach $0.4.

Traders who are long can hold their positions. We shall take a call on whether to keep holding or to sell in our next analysis.

ETH/USD

Ethereum has been clinging to the bottom of the $83–$102.5 range. This shows a lack of buying even at the current levels. The failure to move up in the past three days is likely to attract sellers.

ETH/USD

A breakdown and close (UTC time frame) below $83 will resume the downtrend and can plunge the ETH/USD pair to the next support of $66.

The first sign of an end to the incessant selling will be a sustained rally above the 20-day EMA. Until then, every pullback will be sold into.

XLM/USD

After a two-day pullback, Stellar has resumed its downtrend and has made a new yearly low. The down sloping moving averages and the RSI in the oversold zone confirm that the path of least resistance is to the downside.

XLM/USD

The next support on the downside is at $0.08. However, in a strong downtrend it is difficult to call a bottom as the price continues to slice through support levels with ease.

The first sign of a trend reversal will be when the XLM/USD pair sustains above the 20-day EMA. In such a case the pullback can extend to $0.184. Traders should stay away from long positions until the price confirms a bottom.

EOS/USD

Though EOS continues to be in a downtrend, it has been trading close to the overhead resistance of $2.1733 for the past five days. This shows some buying in the pair. However, if the bulls don’t scale the resistance quickly, it will invite selling.

EOS/USD

A break out of $2.1733 can reach the 20-day EMA, which is likely to act as a stiff resistance. The recovery will gain traction if the bulls sustain above the 20-day EMA.

On the downside, a break down of the Dec. 7 low of $1.55 will resume the downtrend that can reach $1.2. The traders should wait for the EOS/USD pair to signal a trend reversal before attempting a trade in it.

BCH/USD

After trading in a tight range for five days, Bitcoin Cash resumed its downtrend and made a new low on Dec. 18.

BCH/USD

Both moving averages are trending down and the RSI is deep in the oversold territory, confirming a downtrend. There has not been a meaningful pullback since the downtrend gained momentum on Nov. 19. This suggests that the bears are in complete control. The BCH/USD pair can now correct to $72.39.

The traders should wait for the decline to end and a trend reversal to be signaled before establishing a long position in the pair.

LTC/USD

Litecoin has slipped back to the low of $23.1. Though the bulls are defending the support level, if they don’t manage to push the price above $29.349 within the next few days, a new low is likely. The next lower support is at $20.

LTC/USD

The downtrending moving averages and the RSI in the oversold zone show that the bears are in complete control. A small ray of hope for a bottom formation at the current levels is the positive divergence on the RSI. However, for that, the LTC/USD pair will have to sustain above the 20-day EMA. Until then, we suggest traders remain on the sidelines.

BSV/USD

After trading inside the range since Nov. 26, Bitcoin SV broke below the support of $80.352 on Dec. 13. Unless the bulls quickly reverse and scale the previous support-turned-resistance of $80.352, the sellers are likely to pounce on it. The next lower target is a retest of the Nov. 23 low of $38.528, with a likely minor support at $57.

BSV/USD

The first sign of strength will be when the BSV/USD pair climbs back into the range. Though the digital currency is currently trading way above its lows, it has a short trading history. Hence, we suggest traders wait for a new buy setup to form before buying it.

TRX/USD

TRON continues to trade inside the symmetrical triangle. The bulls are defending the support of the triangle, whereas the bears are not allowing a break out of it.

TRX/USD

The next leg of the move will be decided after a break out or break down from the triangle. A breakout can result in a rally to $0.0183, which is likely to act as a stiff resistance.

On the other hand, if the TRX/USD pair breaks down of the triangle, the downtrend will resume. Though the pattern target of the breakdown is $0.00554133, we expect some support at $0.00844479. The traders should wait for a breakout and close above the triangle to initiate any long positions.

ADA/USD

The failure of Cardano to climb back into the previous range is likely to attract selling. The bears will now attempt to break down of the support at $0.027237 and plunge towards the next support of $0.025954.

ADA/USD

On the other hand, if the ADA/USD pair bounces off the Dec. 7 low, it might remain range bound for a few more days. The first sign of buying will be when the price sustains above $0.035. We can expect the recovery to gain traction if the bulls scale the 20-day EMA and sustain it for three days. Until then, the path of least resistance is to the downside.

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Litecoin (LTC) Price Analysis: Bracing For Fresh Rally

Litecoin price is forming a solid support above the $22.00 level. LTC seems to be forming a base for a major upward move above $25.00 and $30.00.

Key Talking Points

  • Litecoin price remained well bid above the $22.00 support area (Data feed of Kraken) against the US Dollar.
  • There was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance at $23.65 on the hourly chart of the LTC/USD pair.
  • LTC price may perhaps start a fresh upward move as long as it is above $20.00.

Litecoin Price Forecast

Recently, we saw a nasty decline towards the $20.00 support in litecoin price against the US dollar. The LTC/USD pair traded as low as $22.20 and later it started forming a support base above $22.00.

Looking at the chart, LTC price climbed higher recently and traded above the $25.00 level. However, the price failed to gain bullish momentum above the $26.00 resistance and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

As a result, there was a fresh decline and the price retested the $22.00 support area. Buyers protected further declines and pushed the price above $23.50. There was a break above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $26.57 high to $22.78 low.

Moreover, there was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance at $23.65 on the hourly chart of the LTC/USD pair. The pair tested the $25.00 resistance and the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $26.57 high to $22.78 low.

It is currently trading lower, but there is a strong support formed near the $23.00 and $22.00 levels. Therefore, there are high chances of a fresh bullish wave above the $25.00 resistance and the 100 hourly SMA in the near term.

The current price action is short term bearish below $25.00. Having said that, it seems like LTC sellers are exhausted, which could result in an upward move towards $30.00 in litecoin as long as there is no break below $22.00.

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Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Stellar, EOS, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Litecoin, TRON, Cardano: Price Analysis, Dec. 12

The recent slump in markets has provided traders with a good buying opportunity, but a recovery may not come in the form of a dramatic vertical rally.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange.

When markets were rising, the novice traders believed they can never go down, and one must only have the courage and patience to HODL. However, after this year’s nerve-racking correction, most of those same traders now believe that the cryptocurrencies are going to zero. They were wrong on the way up, and they are wrong again on the way down. The fundamentals are getting better and are pointing to a better future.

Mike Novogratz, former hedge fund manager and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner said that the markets are sober now, as the speculative mania is gone. He remains bullish and believes that Bitcoin is not going to zero, it is just in a “methadone clinic.”

The most popular twins in the crypto space, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, are also undeterred by the current bear market. They have launched a new mobile crypto trading app with various investment features. Their crypto exchange, Gemini plans to enter the Asian crypto space in 2019.

But not everyone is bullish about the future. Harvard University Professor of Economics and Public Policy Kenneth Rogoff believes that the long-term value of Bitcoin is “more likely to be $100 than $100,000,” as reported by The Guardian.

We, however, believe that the current fall is a good buying opportunity, but the traders should not expect a vertical rally. The markets are likely to form a large base before starting a new uptrend.

BTC/USD

Bitcoin is currently trading inside a descending channel. The bulls have been attempting to defend the $3,500 mark for the past three days. A break of this first support will result in a retest of the Dec. 7 low of $3,329.05.

BTC/USD

If the bulls hold $3,500, the BTC/USD pair might pull back to the resistance line of the channel, just below the 20-day EMA. We expect this level to act as a stiff resistance.

Though the moving averages continue to fall, the RSI has been forming a positive divergence for the past few days. This is a bullish sign. If the price climbs above the 20-day EMA, we can expect the pullback to reach the next overhead resistance of $5,000.

A failure to break out of the 20-day EMA, and a plunge below $3,329.05 will test the $3,000 threshold. If this support also breaks, the next support is way lower at $2416.52. However, we expect the leading digital currency to hold the $3,000–$3,500 zone, so we had recommended a buy in our previous analysis.

XRP/USD

Since breaking down of the support at $0.33108, the bulls have been attempting to keep Ripple above the Dec. 7 low of $0.28600.

XRP/USD

A break below $0.286 and the support line of the channel can result in a fall to the Aug. 14 low of $0.24508. If this support breaks, the next support is at $0.15.

If the bulls hold the support and break out of the 20-day EMA, we expect the XRP/USD pair to rally to the 50-day SMA. A sustained move above $0.4 will increase the probability of a rally to the top of the channel at $0.5. Therefore, we suggest traders hold on to their existing long positions.

ETH/USD

Ethereum has been trading in a tight range of $83–$102.5 since breaking down of the previous support of $102.2.

ETH/USD

The RSI has been forming a positive divergence, which increases the possibility of a pullback. On the upside, any recovery attempt will face resistance at $102.5, the 20-day EMA and at $130.5.

If the ETH/USD pair plummets below $83, the downtrend will resume. Its next lower target is $66. The traders can wait for a bullish pattern to develop before entering any positions.

XLM/USD

Stellar is trying to pull back from the lows. It has broken out of the downtrend line, which shows some respite from the incessant selling. The recovery will gain strength if the price breaks out of $0.13427050. On the upside, the 20-day EMA and $0.184 will act as major hurdles.

XLM/USD

On the other hand, if the XLM/USD pair turns down from the overhead resistance and breaks $0.10488320, the downtrend can extend to $0.08. The down sloping moving averages and the RSI in the oversold territory suggest that the downtrend remains. We shall wait for a new buy setup to form before proposing any trades in the pair.

EOS/USD

EOS has broken out of the downtrend line, which suggests that the intensity of the selling has reduced. But the trend remains headed downward, as both moving averages are still falling, and the RSI is in the oversold zone.

EOS/USD

If the bulls break out of the immediate resistance of $2.1733, the pullback can extend to the 20-day EMA, which is likely to act as a stiff resistance. A break above this can carry the EOS/USD pair to $3.8723.

If the next dip doesn’t break the low of $1.55, we can confirm that a bottom is in place. However, if the next dip breaks the Dec. 7 low, the digital currency can fall to $1.2. We suggest traders wait for a reversal pattern to form before entering any long positions.

BCH/USD

Bitcoin Cash dipped below the Dec. 7 low of $94 and made a new year-to-date low on Dec. 11 at $92.13. This indicates a lack of buying even at the current levels.

BCH/USD

Currently, the bulls are attempting to push the price back above $94. If successful, the BCH/USD pair will continue to trade in the range of $92.13–$115.61. Both moving averages are falling, and the RSI is deep in the oversold territory. This confirms that the trend is down with no signs of a reversal yet.

The first sign of buying will be when the bulls break out and close (UTC time frame) above $116. In such a case, the pullback can extend to the 20-day EMA. Though the digital currency has a history of vertical rallies, we suggest traders wait for buying to resume before attempting a trade in it.

BSV/USD

While the other cryptocurrencies are showing signs of bottoming out, Bitcoin SV is facing selling at higher levels.

BSV/USD

For the past five days, the BSV/USD pair has been falling gradually and has reached the bottom of the range. A break below the range can result in a retest of $38.528.

On the other hand, if the bulls bounce from the bottom of the range, we can expect the digital currency to reach the top of the range at $123.98. Trading inside a price range can be volatile, so we shall wait for a break out of the range before recommending a trade in it.

LTC/USD

Litecoin has been consolidating close to the lows for the past five days. Though the price has stayed above the low of $23.1, it has not been able to move up. This shows a lack of buying at higher levels. The trend remains in favor of the bears as long as the price is below the downtrend line.

LTC/USD

A return of buyers will be signaled when the LTC/USD pair sustains above the 20-day EMA. The RSI has formed a bullish divergence, which is a positive sign.

Aggressive traders can wait for the price to close above the 20-day EMA and establish long positions with a short-term target of $40. The stop loss can be placed at $23. The traders should keep the position size at only about 30 percent of usual because it is a countertrend move. If the digital currency slides below $23.1, it can reach $20.

TRX/USD

TRON has formed a symmetrical triangle, which is usually a continuation pattern. However, in some cases it acts as a reversal pattern as well.

TRX/USD

If the bears break below the triangle, the downtrend might resume. The pattern target of such a breakdown is $0.00554133. It has a minor support at $0.00844479, which can attract some buying.

Conversely, if the TRX/USD pair breaks out and closes (UTC time frame) above the triangle, it has a pattern target of $0.02055867. However, we believe $0.0183 will offer a stiff resistance. If the digital currency doesn’t break down or break out of the triangle within the next few days, the pattern will be invalidated.

ADA/USD

Cardano has been consolidating close to the lows. It is currently facing resistance at $0.35. Any recovery is likely to face resistance at the 20-day EMA. If the bulls break out of this resistance, a rally to $0.456 and thereafter to the 50-day SMA is probable.

The RSI is developing a positive divergence, which is a bullish sign. But still, in a downtrend, traders should wait for the price to show an uptick before jumping in to buy because positive divergences turn out to be bear traps.

ADA/USD

If the ADA/USD pair turns down from one of the overhead resistances and slides below $0.027237, the downtrend will resume. The next stop on the downside might be $0.025954. We can’t find any reliable buy setups yet, so we are not recommending a trade in it.

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Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Stellar, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, EOS, Litecoin, TRON, Cardano: Price Analysis, Dec. 10

The trade volume of retail investors has been dropping and there is still a lack of participation from traditional investors like investment banks.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange.

November has seen the overall trade volume of retail-focused crypto exchanges drop, while the trade volume of exchanges preferred by larger players has increased instead. After an extended decline, when retail activity drops and institutional activity picks up, a market bottom usually approaches.

However, there is still a lack of participation from traditional investors such as investment banks, pension funds and asset managers. These investors are fairly conservative due to regulatory issues, and are likely to gradually enter the space after the groundwork regarding compliance with regulations and custody solutions has been completed.

In the cryptocurrency market, more than 50 percent of transactions are done through over-the-counter (OTC) trading, and the competition to attract institutional investors is heating up. Coinbase, Poloniex and MV Index Solutions are some of the latest entrants into the lucrative OTC space.

Chart data supports our view that a bottom in crypto markets is near. However, it is difficult to pinpoint the lowest price range. Therefore, investors and traders should start building positions on dips to the $3,000–$3,500 area.

BTC/USD

Bitcoin is attempting to stage a recovery from the Dec. 7 low of $3,329.05. Currently, the pullback is facing resistance at $3,387.33. The bulls haven’t even managed to reach the 20-day EMA after breaking down of the $5,900 line in mid-November. This shows that the sellers are in a hurry to establish short positions on every small pullback.

BTC/USD

Both moving averages are sloping down, and the RSI is near the oversold levels, confirming a strong downtrend. The only silver lining is that a positive divergence is developing on the RSI.

After a two-day pullback, the bears might attempt to resume the downtrend. A break down of $3,329.05 can result in a fall to $3,000, which is an important support. Below this level, the next support is at $2,416.52.

However, we believe that the $3,000–$3,500 zone will offer a strong support. If the $3,329.05 level holds, the BTC/USD pair can rise to the 20-day EMA, close to $4,100.

The next fall — if the price holds above $3,329.05 — can be a buying opportunity. We recommend going long with 50 percent of the usual position size in the $3,000–$3,500 zone. We shall suggest increasing the position after the pair moves in our favor.

XRP/USD

Ripple held the support line of the descending channel on Dec. 7. However, the ensuing bounce could not scale the immediate overhead resistance of $0.33108.

XRP/USD

The bears will try to sink the XRP/USD pair below the channel. If successful, a retest of $0.24508 will be on the cards. The moving averages are falling and the RSI continues to trade close to the oversold zone. This shows that the sellers have an upper hand.

If the bulls defend the zone between $0.24508 and the support line of the channel, the virtual currency might enter into a consolidation. Traders should wait for the trend to change before adding to their existing positions.

ETH/USD

Ethereum continues to be in a strong downtrend. For the past three days, the bulls have failed to sustain above $100, which is close to the previous support-turned-resistance of $102.2. This suggests a lack of buying by the market participants.

ETH/USD

If the ETH/USD pair breaks down of Dec. 7 low of $83, the downtrend will resume. The next stop on the downside is way lower at $66.

On the other hand — if the bulls defend the support — the virtual currency might consolidate for a few days, before starting a new uptrend. Traders should wait for the confirmation of a bottom formation before attempting to buy the coin.

XLM/USD

The pullback in Stellar could not scale the overhead resistance of $0.13427050. The failure of the bulls to rise above the first resistance shows that the supply is outstripping demand.

XLM/USD

If the bears succeed in breaking down of a Dec. 7 low of $0.10488320, the fall can extend to the next support at $0.08. The downward moving averages and the RSI in the oversold zone show that the path of least resistance is to the downside.

Contrary to our opinion, if the bulls defend the Dec. 7 low, the XLM/USD pair might consolidate between $0.10488320 and $0.13427050 for a few days. There are no bullish setups yet, hence, we are not proposing any trades in it.

BCH/USD

Bitcoin Cash is unable to find buying support at higher levels. Though the fall in the past few weeks has been sharp, the pullbacks have been weak and short-lived.

BCH/USD

After trading inside a range for the past three days, the bears are attempting to break down of the support at $94 and resume the downtrend. There is a strong support at $91.78. If the BCH/USD pair stages a recovery from the support zone, a pullback to the 20-day EMA is probable.

We suggest traders wait for the decline to stall and a buy setup to form before turning positive. As there are no bullish setups, we suggest traders remain on the sidelines for a few more days.

BSV/USD

Bitcoin SV has been an outperformer among the top cryptocurrencies in terms of market capitalization. It has been trading inside the range of $80.352–$123.98 since Nov. 26.

BSV/USD

Trading inside the range is likely to remain volatile, without any clear sense of direction. The next decisive move in the BSV/USD pair will happen either on a breakout or on a breakdown from the range.

A breakout will confirm that the buyers have overpowered the sellers and a rally to the pattern target of $167.608 is possible. On the other hand, a breakdown can result in a retest of the bottom. We suggest traders either buy above the range, or if the overall sentiment improves, a trade can be attempted closer to the bottom of the range at $80.

EOS/USD

After a prolonged downtrend, EOS found some buying at the $1.55 level. It has pulled back to the downtrend line, which is acting as a resistance.

EOS/USD

In a strong downtrend, the pullback usually lasts from one to three days. If the EOS/USD pair turns down from the current levels, it can retest the support on the downside at $1.5257–$1.55. If this support breaks, the downtrend will resume.

On the upside, a break out of the downtrend line can result in a relief rally that can extend to the 20-day EMA, which will act as a stiff resistance. The short-term traders can stay on the long side of the trade if the price sustains above the downtrend line. Swing traders, however, should wait for the trend to change before initiating long positions.

LTC/USD

Litecoin has been facing resistance at just below the $28 level for the past three days. A break out of $28 can result in a pullback to the 20-day EMA at $32.

LTC/USD

If the LTC/USD pair fails to scale $28, a retest of a Dec. 7 low of $23.1 is probable. A break down of this can extend the downtrend to the next support at $20.

The moving averages are sloping down, and the RSI is in the oversold zone. This confirms that the trend is still down. Though it is forming a positive divergence, traders should wait for the price to follow through to the upside, before buying it.

TRX/USD

TRON continues to face resistance at the 20-day EMA, which is showing signs of flattening out. The RSI has also been trading close to the 40 levels since Nov. 29. This points to a likely consolidation in the next few days.

TRX/USD

We continue to like the TRX/USD pair because it has not fallen to a new year-to-date low since Nov. 25. A breakout above the overhead resistance of $0.0183 will signal a likely bottom.

Conversely, if the virtual currency turns down from the current levels and breaks down of $0.01089965, it can fall to the next support of $0.00844479. We are waiting for a bullish pattern to develop before suggesting a trade in it.

ADA/USD

Cardano has been facing resistance at the breakdown level for the past three days. If the bulls succeed in sustaining above $0.035, a pullback to the 20-day EMA is probable.

ADA/USD

Though the RSI is still in the oversold zone, it is showing signs of a positive divergence. However, traders should wait for the price to bottom out before buying it.

If the bears defend the overhead resistance or the 20-day EMA, the ADA/USD pair might remain in a range for a few days. On the downside, a break below the Dec. 7 low can result in a fall to $0.025954.

The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. The charts for the analysis are provided by TradingView.

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Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD Remains Sell Near $26 and $30

Litecoin price declined heavily and traded close to $22.00. LTC/USD is currently recovering, but upsides are likely to be capped near $26.00, $28.00 or $30.00.

Key Talking Points

·         Litecoin price declined sharply below the $35.00 and $30.00 support levels (Data feed of Kraken) against the US Dollar.

·         There is a crucial bearish trend line formed with resistance at $26.00 on the hourly chart of the LTC/USD pair.

·         LTC price is likely to struggle near the $26.00, $28.00 and $30.00 resistance levels.

Litecoin Price Forecast

In the last analysis, we discussed that litecoin price couldbe dear near $20.00 against the US dollar. The LTC/USD pair remained in a bearish zone and traded below the $28.00 and $26.00 support levels.

Looking at the chart, LTC price declined close to the $22.00 level and settled below the 100 hourly simple moving average. A new multi month low was formed at $22.26 and later the price started an upside correction.

It moved above the $24.00 level and the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last drop from the $30.10 high to $22.26 low. However, the upward move was capped by the $26.00 and $26.50 resistance levels plus the 100 hourly SMA.

More importantly, there is a crucial bearish trend line formed with resistance at $26.00 on the hourly chart of the LTC/USD pair. The pair also failed near the 50% Fib retracement level of the last drop from the $30.10 high to $22.26 low.

Therefore, the price is likely to face a strong resistance near $26.00 and the 100 hourly SMA. Above the trend line and $26.00, the price is likely to test the next major resistance near $28.00.

To sum up, litecoin price remains in a major downtrend as long as it is below $30.00. If LTC attempts an upside correction, it could face sellers near the $26.00, $28.00 and $30.00 resistance levels. On the downside, the recent low at $22.20 is a decent support, followed by the $20.00 handle.

The market data is provided by TradingView.

 

 

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Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Stellar, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, EOS, Litecoin, TRON, Cardano: Price Analysis, Dec. 7

Markets are down following more delays on a Bitcoin ETF decision from the U.S. SEC. Let’s consult the charts and see how top coins are faring.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange.

The selling in cryptocurrencies dragged the total market capitalization down to about $106 billion on Dec. 7. The crypto market has lost more than 87 percent of its value from the high achieved in late 2017.

The latest leg of selling gained traction on the news that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has delayed its decision on Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) until Feb. 27 of next year.

Based on the performance of the Directional Movement Index and the Average Directional Index, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Mike McGlone expects Bitcoin to drop to $1,500.

The fall has scared away most retail investors. Nevertheless, crypto-focused institutional asset manager Morgan Creek Digital believes that its Digital Asset Index Fund — a basket of ten major crypto assets — will offer better returns than the SPX over the next 10 years, starting from Jan. 1, 2019. Morgan Creek Digital is ready to wager a $1 million bet on their forecast.

The bear market has been good for the stablecoin Tether, which continues to climb the ladder in terms of market capitalization. It is now sitting at the sixth position, threatening to break into the top five if the selling continues.

As Bitcoin SV, which has recently hard forked off from Bitcoin Cash (BCH), has a few days of trading behind it, we shall introduce it in our analysis from today onward.

BTC/USD

Bitcoin has plunged to a new year-to-date low, but the decline is still not showing any signs of slowing down. The previous low of $3,620.26 did not offer any support, which demonstrates a lack of buying at the current levels. We expect the $3,000—$3,500 zone to act as a stronger support.

BTC/USD

However, if the BTC/USD pair dips below $3,000, the fall can extend to $2,416.52, which is the pattern target following the break down from the pennant.

The current situation is opposite to last year when traders were expecting the price to skyrocket. Now, most believe that digital currencies are doomed. We believe that the selling has been overdone, and a pullback should be around the corner.

Still, we want to see evidence of strong buying at some support before initiating fresh long positions. Our positions suggested earlier were closed at $3,800 and $3,500.

The lower the cryptocurrency falls, the closer it gets to the bottom. Therefore, we suggest traders be ready to initiate long positions upon the signs of a probable bottom. Unlike on previous occasions, when we had proposed using only a portion of the usual position size, this time we shall recommend using the normal position size. The risk-reward is getting attractive at these levels.

XRP/USD

Ripple (XRP) is still above its year-to-date low, but the price is fast approaching those levels. Currently, the price is at the support line of the descending channel, which is likely to hold.

XRP/USD

A bounce from the current level will face resistance at $0.33108, and above that at the 20-day EMA. Conversely, if the bears break below the support, a retest of $0.24508 is probable.

We continue to like the XRP/USD pair because it has been outperforming a number of top digital currencies. Therefore, we suggest traders hold their long positions. We shall propose adding more when the pair turns around.

ETH/USD

Ethereum plummeted to double digits on Nov. 6, and has not recovered yet. Currently, it is trying to bounce off the support at $83. We expect some buying in this area.

ETH/USD

If the bears maintain their selling pressure, the ETH/USD pair can drop to the next support at $66. The selling has been so intense that the RSI could not even rise above the oversold zone, from the deeply oversold levels.

The first sign of a likely change in trend will be when the price sustains above $100. Until then, it is best to wait and watch. We anticipate a strong pullback within the next few days.

XLM/USD

After a successful defense of $0.184, the bears have renewed their selling, pushing Stellar to new year-to-date lows.

XLM/USD

The next level to watch on the downside is $0.08. Though we anticipate the bulls to offer some buying support at this level, it is difficult to pinpoint the bottom.

The XLM/USD pair will signal a likely bottom when it sustains above the downtrend line. We expect it to consolidate for a few days before starting a new uptrend. The traders should wait for a trend reversal before buying.

BCH/USD

Bitcoin Cash continues its journey southwards. Within three days, the price slumped from an intraday high of $157.58 on Dec. 4 to an intraday low of $104.99 on Dec. 7. Currently, the bears are trying to sustain below the psychological support of $100, while the bulls want to maintain the price in triple digits.

BCH/USD

If the bears succeed in holding the BCH/USD pair below $100, the next support on the downside is $91.78. The RSI has fallen to about 15 levels, which shows that the selling has been overdone and a pullback can start anytime. However, the traders should wait for the decline to end before jumping in. Until then, it is best to remain on the sidelines.

BSV/USD

While the other cryptocurrencies are sliding to new lows, Bitcoin SV is bucking the trend. It is attempting to turn around and move up.

BSV/USD

The BSV/USD pair is currently in a range of $80.352—$123.98. A break out of the range gives it a pattern target of $167.608, with a minor resistance at $150.47.

If the bears defend the overhead resistance at $123.98, the digital currency might consolidate for a few more days. Short-term traders can look for buying opportunities as long as the price stays above $80.352. As the overall sentiment is negative, we suggest traders keep the position size at about 40 percent of usual.

EOS/USD

EOS is under a strong bear attack. The fall has been so severe that the support level of $2 could not even hold for a day. The next support on the downside is $1.5257. However, with this kind of incessant selling, it is difficult to predict where the decline will end.

EOS/USD

When the digital currency makes new lows on a daily basis, the new money sitting on the sidelines doesn’t want to come in. On the contrary, the traders who have been long since higher levels, dump their positions, as they are not able to take the losses. This vicious cycle usually ends in a capitulation.

After an extended decline, the price becomes so attractive that a few aggressive bulls start bottom fishing. We shall wait for signs of buying in the EOS/USD pair before turning positive. Until then, it is best to wait and watch.

LTC/USD

The bears have broken down of another critical support at $28. Litecoin can now slide to $20, where we expect buying to emerge.

LTC/USD

The trend is clearly in favor of the bears, as the bulls are unable to hold the price in a range.

The bulls will try to push the price back into the range, whereas the bears will try to maintain the downward momentum. If the bulls succeed, the LTC/USD pair might consolidate for a few days, before starting a new uptrend. Traders should wait for a new buy setup to form before initiating any new positions.

TRX/USD

TRON has broken down of the immediate support of $0.01339050. Its next support is at the Nov. 25 low of $0.01089965. The moving averages are trending down, and the RSI is in the negative zone, which shows that the sellers have an upper hand.

TRX/USD

However, we like the way the TRX/USD pair has not broken down to new year-to-date lows. This shows that the owners are not keen to sell at the current levels, and the buyers are supporting it just above the recent lows.

If the bulls defend $0.01089965, the digital currency might enter a basing formation. We shall wait for a few days for it to confirm a bottom before suggesting a trade in it.

ADA/USD

The downtrend in Cardano has resumed, as the pair makes new year-to-date lows. The next support on the downside is at $0.025954.

ADA/USD

The falling moving averages and the RSI in the oversold zone will continue to pressure the ADA/USD pair. The first sign of a change in trend will be when the price breaks out of the 20-day EMA and the top of the tight range at $0.45624. Until then, every pullback will be sold into. We suggest traders wait for the trend to reverse before initiating any long positions.

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Market Mayhem: Bitcoin Sinks Below $3.4K, Ethereum Plummets to Double Digits

Crypto markets have today again taken a major downturn, with virtually all of the major coins by market cap seeing double digit losses — some as high as over 20 percent.

Friday, Dec. 7 — Crypto markets have today again taken a major downturn, with virtually all of the major coins by market cap seeing double digit losses. Some coins are down by over 20 percent, as data from Coin360 shows.

Market visualization

Market visualization by Coin360

Bitcoin (BTC) has taken a steep hit of over 11 percent on its 24-hour chart, and is trading at $3,400 as of press time. Having attempted to reclaim ground above the $4,000 price point in early December — to briefly trade close to $4,300 — the top coin’s recovery has failed to hold, and the asset has seen stepped losses in the days before today’s dizzying tumble.

On the week, Bitcoin is now down by around 20.5 percent; monthly losses are at a severe 47.3 percent.

Bitcoin 7-day price chart

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Bitcoin Price Index.

Second-largest crypto by market cap Ripple (XRP) is down by around 12 percent on the day, trading at almost $0.30 as of press time, according to Cointelegraph’s Ripple Price Index. Ripple’s weekly and monthly charts are also blisteringly red, with losses of around 23.5 and 40 percent respectively.

Ripple 7-day price chart

Ripple 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Ripple Price Index.

Third-ranked crypto by market cap Ethereum (ETH) has fared even worse, with 24-hour losses pushing 16 percent as of press time. The top altcoin is down to double-digit value, currently trading at $84. On the week, Ethereum down by 31.4 percent; monthly losses are close to 60 percent.

Ethereum 7-day price chart

Ethereum 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Virtually all of the remaining top ten coins on CoinMarketCap are seeing deep red; Stellar (XLM) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) are both down almost 18 percent, at $0.11 and $102.3 respectively; eighth largest ranked crypto Litecoin (LTC) is down close to 15 percent, trading at $25.3, and EOS (EOS) is the hardest hit, down almost 23 percent on the day at $1.68.

Newly-forked “Bitcoin SV” (BSV) is the only exception among the top ten, soaring 20 percent on the day to trade at around $109, sealing the ranking of 5th largest crypto. With a market cap of around $1.94 billion as of press time, BSV is holding a slim margin ahead of BCH; the latter, ranked 7th, currently has a market cap of about $1.77 billion.

Just yesterday, news broke of a new lawsuit from tech development firm UnitedCorp against Bitmain, Bitcoin.com, Roger Ver, and the Kraken Bitcoin Exchange, which alleges the defendants engaged in manipulation and unfair practices during the immediate aftermath of the BCH-BSV hard fork.

The remaining coins in the top twenty by market cap are all seeing losses of between a 8 and 22 percent range.

IOTA (MIOTA) is down over 16 percent to trade at $0.22: Binance Coin (BNB) is down just under 20 percent at $4.56, and privacy-focused alts Monero (XMR) and ZCash (ZEC) are down 14.5 and 20 percent respectively.

Similar losses have hit Dash (DASH) and Neo (NEO): with the former down 21.7 percent at $61.33, the latter 17.4 percent at $5.85.

Dogecoin (DOGE), ranked 20th, is the “strongest” 24-hour performer, down 2.6 percent at $0.0021.

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is atca around $107.1 billion as of press time, down around 20 percent since the start of its weekly chart, when it was close to $136 billion.

7-day chart of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies

7-day chart of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies from CoinMarketCap

With the markets unremittingly bleak, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has meanwhile yet again postponed its decision on the high-profile Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) from investment firm VanEck and blockchain company SolidX.

A new deadline of the end of February 2019 has now been set; SEC commissioner Hester Peirce — who earned the moniker of “Crypto Mom” for her dissent over the SEC’s decision to reject a Bitcoin ETF proposed by the Winklevoss twins — told investors this week; “Don’t hold your breath” awaiting a BTC ETF approval.

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Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD Could Be Dead Near $20

Litecoin price is down more than $300.00 from the all-time high. LTC/USD is likely to test the $20.00 level and it could continue to bleed in the near term.

Key Talking Points

  • Litecoin price extended losses below $35.00 and traded towards $25.00 (Data feed of Kraken) against the US Dollar.
  • There was a break below a declining triangle pattern with support at $27.00 on the hourly chart of the LTC/USD pair.
  • LTC price is likely to extend the current decline towards the $20.00 support level in the near term.

Litecoin Price Forecast

This week, we saw a slow and steady decline from the $35.00 resistance level in litecoin price against the US dollar. The LTC/USD pair broke many important supports near $32.00 and $30.00 and fell further into a bearish zone. All major cryptocurrencies are down heavily, including bitcoin, ethereum, ripple, neo, eos and bitcoin cash.

Looking at the chart, LTC price declined below the $28.00 support recently and settled below the 100 hourly simple moving average. The recent decline was such that there was hardly any substantial recovery above the $30.00 level.

Moreover, there was a break below a declining triangle pattern with support at $27.00 on the hourly chart of the LTC/USD pair. It opened the doors for a test of the $25.00 support level.

The price spiked below $25.00 and formed a new multi month low near $24.90. The current price action is super bearish and it seems like the price may continue to slide. Litecoin is back to pre-rally levels (rally from $20.00 to $360.00) and it seems like sellers are in full control.

An initial resistance is near the $26.50 level and the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $30.11 high to $24.91 low. However, the main resistance for buyers is near the $28.00 and $30.00 levels, which were supports earlier.

Moreover, the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $30.11 high to $24.91 low is near $27.50 to act as a solid hurdle for buyers. Therefore, litecoin price may continue to slide and it seems like LTC may even test the $20.00 level.

The market data is provided by TradingView.

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