Bitcoin Price Weekly Analysis – BTC Rebound Approaching Crucial Resistance

Bitcoin Price Weekly Analysis - BTC Rebound Approaching Crucial Resistance

Bitcoin Price Weekly Analysis – BTC Rebound Approaching Crucial Resistance

  • Bitcoin price formed a support base near $3,370 and recovered higher above $3,450 against the US Dollar.

  • There was a break above a major contracting triangle with resistance at $3,440 on the 4-hours chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).

  • The pair seems to be approaching a couple of important resistances near $3,500 and $3,510.

Bitcoin price is slowly moving higher with positive signs against the US Dollar. However, BTC/USD is now approaching a significant hurdle near the $3,500 resistance zone.

Bitcoin Price Analysis

This past week, bitcoin price remained in a bearish zone below the $3,500 resistance against the US Dollar. The BTC/USD pair tested the $3,375 support area on the couple of occasions and later bounced back. The pair moved above the $3,400 and $3,420 resistance levels to start a decent recovery. The price also traded above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $3,673 high to $3,346 low. There was a positive price action developed above the $3,440 resistance level.

Moreover, there was a break above a major contracting triangle with resistance at $3,440 on the 4-hours chart of the BTC/USD pair. The price spiked above the $3,475 resistance level, but it remained well below the 100 simple moving average (4-hours). Besides, there was no test of the 50% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $3,673 high to $3,346 low. Buyers failed to clear the $3,500 resistance area, which ignited bearish moves. At the outset, the price is trading near the $3,440 level, with supports near $3,420 and $3,400. If there is a downside break below $3,400, the price is likely to test the $3,350 and $3,320 levels.

Looking at the chart, BTC price is clearly facing a solid resistance near the $3,500 level and the 100 SMA. As long as the price is trading below $3,500, there is a risk of a downside break in the near term.
 

Technical indicators

4-hours MACD – The MACD for BTC/USD is slightly placed in the bullish zone.

4-hours RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is currently well above the 50 level.

Major Support Level – $3,400

Major Resistance Level – $3,500

 

AAYUSH JINDAL | FEBRUARY 3, 2019 | 5:00 AM

Alan Zibluk Markethive Founding Member

Bitcoin Is Now Officially In Its Longest Bear Market Ever

 

Bitcoin Is Now Officially In Its Longest Bear Market Ever

Bitcoin has officially entered the longest stretch of declining prices in its 10-year history.

The world’s oldest and most valuable cryptocurrency achieved an all-time high of $19,764 on Dec. 17, 2017 on the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index and has printed a series of lower price highs ever since, making February 2 (as per UTC time), the 411th consecutive day prices have been in decline.

As such, bitcoin’s latest stretch surpasses the duration of the infamous 2013-2015 bitcoin bear market, which spanned 410 days from its price high to low.

Bitcoin’s Historical Price Declines

Indeed, bitcoin’s most recent stretch of declining prices is the longest in duration ever witnessed by the cryptocurrency, but it has yet to become the worst in terms of total depreciation.

As can be seen in the chart above, bitcoin’s first significant bear market in 2011 spanned just 163 days but remains the worst performer to date.

From its price high of $31.50 to $2.01 low, bitcoin’s price fell slightly more than 93 percent, which is a steeper drop than the subsequent 2013-15 bear market when prices fell 86 percent from the previous high. The current bear market still has yet to exceed a depreciation of more than 84 percent from its all-time high, while its current prices near $3,400 register an 82 percent decline.

No one can be certain if or when bitcoin’s record decline will come to an end, but whether it be the market’s subdued response to the withdrawal of a highly anticipated bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposal or bitcoin’s next deflationary halving event slowly approaching, it does seem evidence is beginning to mount for a bitcoin bottom occurring in the not too distant future.

Weekly chart and halving history

As part of bitcoin’s deflationary monetary policy, the rewards per mined block get cut in half every four years or 210,000 blocks, as a result slowing the creation of new bitcoins.

The event is now known as a “halving” and has long been considered a bullish catalyst for bitcoin’s price since the existing or growing demand for the cryptocurrency is likely to outweigh the slowing production of supply. Simply put, since demand is greater than supply, it creates a higher valuation for the underlying asset, regardless of the market.

As the tweet below from CoinDesk Markets shows, bitcoin’s price trend tends to bottom out and rise substantially several months in advance of the actual halving date.

While the sample size is small, bitcoin’s price finding a floor 378 days before the 2012 halving and 539 days before the 2016 halving creates an average “bottom” date of 458 days or one-and-a-quarter years before an actual halving event

With the next halving likely to occur in late May of 2020, bitcoin is now just under 500 days away, so a potential bear market ending bottom date may not be too far off if investors preemptively price in the deflation of supply like they have in the past.

Coin News Telegraph

02/02/2019

Alan Zibluk Markethive Founding Member

Bitcoin The Bears Fight back to Drag Bitcoin to sub-3500

Bitcoin – The Bears Fight back to Drag Bitcoin to sub-$3,500

Bitcoin – The Bears Fight back to Drag Bitcoin to sub-$3,500

It’s back in the red and after a 6th consecutively monthly loss, can Bitcoin avoid sub-$3,000 levels?

Bitcoin fell by 0.73% on Thursday, partially reversing a 1.48% rise from Wednesday, to end the day at $3,503.8.

For the month of January, Bitcoin fell by 8.58% and for the bears, the monthly loss was a 6th consecutive monthly in the red, with Bitcoin seeing monthly gains in just 3 of the last 13 months.

A bullish start to the day saw Bitcoin rally to an intraday high $3,574.8, breaking through the first major resistance level at $3,569.33 before hitting reverse.

Sliding through to the early evening, Bitcoin fell to an intraday low $3,482.1 before finding support to move back through to $3,500 levels by the day’s end. Bitcoin managed to steer clear of the first major support level at $3,470.53 in spite of the reversal, with sub-$3,500 support continuing to limit the damage.

Elsewhere amongst the top 10 cryptos, there were no buck-trending moves on the day, with Tron seeing the heaviest losses on Thursday, sliding by 7.44% to eat into January’s gains.

The negative sentiment even weighed on Ripple’s XRP that had bounced on Wednesday on news of SWIFT adopting R3’s platform for global payments on a trial basis.

For January, it wasn’t a great month for the majors. Stellar’s Lumen saw the heaviest losses, down by 26.64%. Bitcoin Cash SV and Bitcoin Cash ABC were close behind, the pair down by 25.21% and by 24.03% respectively.

Ethereum managed to hold onto $100 levels, but a 19% slide in the month will leave it on the defensive going into February.

Bucking the trend through the month were Litecoin, which gained 4.9% and Tron’s TRX, which trailblazed its way through January with a 33.3% rally. It could have been a lot more had it not been for Thursday’s sell-off.

On the news front, there was very little driving the cryptomarket through the day, with even the news of VanEck resubmitting its Bitcoin ETF application providing little support. The reason for withdrawing had been the U.S government shutdown, rather than any material issues with the application, so there was very little reason for the market to respond.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was down by 0.73% to $3,478.2. A bearish start to the day saw Bitcoin slide from a morning high $3,513.4 to a low $3,462.2. The pullback saw Bitcoin call on support at the first major support level at $3,465.67 before steadying, the morning high having come up well short of the first major resistance level at $3,558.37.

For the day ahead, a move back through the morning high $3,513.4 to $3,520 levels would support a run at the first major resistance level at 3,558.37. We can expect Bitcoin to continue to face plenty of resistance at $3,500 to pin Bitcoin back from a breakout to $3,600 levels on the day. For the bulls, a move back through to $3,500 would be needed and sentiment across the broader market will also need to shift to support a recovery.

Failure to move back through the morning high could see Bitcoin fall deeper into the red. A fall through the first major support level at $3,465.67 could see Bitcoin call on support at the second major support level at $3,427.53 before any recovery. We would expect Bitcoin to steer clear of sub-$3,400 levels on the day, barring a crypto meltdown event.

 

Bob Mason

42 minutes ago (Feb 01, 2019 4:

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Fidelity’s Bitcoin Custody Service Could Launch This March

 

Fidelity’s Bitcoin Custody Service Could Launch This March

Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest asset managers, is breaking into bitcoin custody.

According to a recent report from Bloomberg, three people “with knowledge on the matter” from firms in contact with Fidelity have said that the company is tentatively planning to launch a custody service for bitcoin in March.

This move would fall in line with the company’s recent pushes toward the crypto space. Last October, Fidelity announced the creation of a platform for institutional traders to invest in cryptocurrencies, using over-the-counter trading and cold storage to ensure the security of the various assets.

As the first quarter of the 2019 fiscal year is well underway, Fidelity is making moves to turn this proposal into reality. These sources claim that bitcoin will naturally be the first crypto asset offered on the platform, though “ether custody is expected to be next.”

Fidelity did comment directly on the imminent plans for this custody service, although they made no guarantees of the projected launch date. “We are currently serving a select set of eligible clients as we continue to build our initial solutions,” they said. “Over the next several months, we will thoughtfully engage with and prioritize prospective clients based on needs, jurisdiction and other factors.”

Custody is a commonplace service in the world of markets but is significantly less common in the crypto asset investment space at the institutional level. Relying on third-party actors to protect securities from the risk of theft or fraud, most crypto custody takes place within the realm of startups. With the recent announcement that New York state will condone crypto custody, however, many financial banks are looking to get in on the action.

An institutional custody service from a titanic asset manager like Fidelity, which deals with trillions of dollars of properties, could give a boost to bitcoin’s slow progress with Wall Street.

 

This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.

January 30, 2019

Fidelity's Bitcoin Custody Service Could Launch This March

Alan Zibluk Markethive Founding Member

Bitcoin Finally some Green on the Board But Can It Hold?

Bitcoin – Finally some Green on the Board. But Can It Hold?

Bitcoin – Finally some Green on the Board. But Can It Hold?

Is $3,500 the new line in the sand for Bitcoin? A breakout through to $3,550 levels would certainly ease the pressure…

Bitcoin slipped by 0.66% on Tuesday, following on from Monday’s 2.65% slide, to end the day at $3,477.9.

A start of a day move through to an intraday high $3,517.5 failed to draw in sidelined investors, with Bitcoin coming up short of the first major resistance level at $3,584.77 before hitting reverse.

Tracking the broader market through much of the day, Bitcoin fell through the first major support level at $3,432.17 to a mid-morning intraday low $3,422 before finding support.

Bitcoin managed to break back through to $3,500 levels with an afternoon high $3,504.4 before falling back through to $3,400 levels and the lowest end of day price since 16th December’s $3,301.5.

Elsewhere amongst the top 10 cryptos, it wasn’t all doom and gloom, with EOS and Tron managing to buck the trend through the 2nd half of the day. EOS led the way, gaining 1.63% for the day, with Tron’s TRX not far behind, rising by 1.06%, the pair partially recovering from Monday’s sell-off.

EOS managed to knock Bitcoin Cash off the number 4 spot, by market cap, with Tether taking the number 5 spot to leave Bitcoin Cash down at 6. Litecoin and Tron are battling it out for the number 7 spot and if things don’t get better for Bitcoin Cash, it could be facing the prospects of a number 8 spot sooner rather than later.

The bearish trend through the day came as the majors, with the exception of EOS and Tron, failed to break back through to key levels following the morning sell-off. There was no particularly negative news hitting the crypto wires to drive the reversal.

On the news front, a positive for Bitcoin and the broader market should be news of Fidelity looking to launch custody services for Bitcoin, before the end of the first quarter, with services for the broader market to follow. As one of the key issues identified by the SEC, Fidelity is looking to fill a considerable gap in the cryptomarket.

The timing could have been more favorable, with the SEC currently scheduled to announce the outcome to its review of the 8 remaining Bitcoin ETF applications, but following the government shutdown, it wouldn’t be surprising if there was a further delay to the decision. The VanEck withdrawal could have been the right decision should Fidelity deliver on its promise and the markets avoid another high profile theft or fall victim to more price manipulation.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was up by 0.56% to $3,497.4. Bitcoin managed to avert another crisis by recovering from a start of a day dip to a morning low $3,451.2 to strike a morning high $3,509.4 before easing back. The day’s major support levels were left untested early on, while resistance at $3,500 played a hand in the early hours.

For the day ahead, a hold above $3,470 levels would support another run at $3,500 levels, though sentiment across the broader market would need to materially improve, investors taking a more cautious stance following 3 consecutive days in the red. We would expect Bitcoin to be pinned back from a breakout to $3,600 levels, by the day’s second major resistance level at $3,567.97, any rebound likely to see Bitcoin break through the first major resistance level at $3,522.93 with relative ease.

Failure to hold above $3,470 levels could see Bitcoin return to the red, with a fall through the morning low $3,451.2 bringing the first major support level at $3,427.43 and a visit to $3,300 levels into play before any recovery.

Bob Mason

(Jan 30, 2019 4:18 AM GMT

 

Alan Zibluk Markethive Founding Member

Bitcoin drops further as 2018’s agony keeps going

Bitcoin drops further as 2018's agony keeps going

Bitcoin drops further as 2018’s agony keeps going

Bitcoin’s painful 2018 crash continues, with the original cryptocurrency touching the lowest in more than a month on Monday.

Falling as much as 5.2% since the weekend, the largest digital asset in the space dragged the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index to its worst decline in more than two weeks. Ether and Bitcoin Cash both fell more than 10%.

It’s been a disappointing start to the year for crypto investors, who hoped that the pain of the downturn was behind them. More than $400 billion in market value was wiped out in the past 12 months as widespread adoption failed to materialize, according to data from CoinMarketCap.com. The total market capitalisation is now about $113 billion.

Meanwhile, the economics of the industry has come under pressure, with so-called miners finding the average cost of producing Bitcoin was more than its value. More work is being done to identify money laundering using the asset class.

The technical outlook doesn’t bode well for the bulls. Based on the GTI VERA Convergence Divergence Technical Indicator, the largest cryptocurrency just entered a new selling trend today for the first time since mid-November.

The last time a sell signal was sent Bitcoin tumbled about 50% from $6,280 a coin to $3,156 over a nearly two-week span.

 

Business Tech Staff Writer 29 January 2019

Alan Zibluk Markethive Founding Member

Wall Street quietly shelves its bitcoin dreams

Wall Street quietly shelves its bitcoin dreams

Wall Street quietly shelves its bitcoin dreams

Squeamish from the start about pursuing profits in one of the darker corners of finance, established firms this year slowed their already halting efforts to make a business out of Bitcoin mania.

While none has thrown in the towel, and some continue to develop a trading infrastructure, most flinched as the value of virtual coins collapsed.

Take Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which sought to position itself at the cutting edge of digital assets that skeptics see mainly as a domain of day traders and anarchists. Progress has been so slow as to be barely noticeable, according to people familiar with its crypto business. Many in the industry now say it was quixotic to have expected last year’s frenzy to translate into a Wall Street crypto offering.

“The market had unrealistic expectations that Goldman or any of its peers could suddenly start a Bitcoin trading business,” said Daniel H. Gallancy, chief executive officer of New York-based SolidX Partners, which hopes to launch a Bitcoin ETF in the US. “That was top-of-the-market-hype thinking.”

Goldman remains a focal point for expectations of an establishment embrace of crypto. The firm was among the first on Wall Street to clear Bitcoin futures and people familiar with the matter said last year it was preparing a trading desk—the bank even provided its bankers to the New York Times for an interview on its plans. After considering a custody service for crypto funds, the firm invested in custodian BitGo Holdings Inc. It’s also offering derivatives on Bitcoin called non-deliverable forwards.

The bank has yet to offer to trade of crypto and has gained little traction for its NDF product, having signed up just 20 clients, according to people familiar with the matter. Justin Schmidt, who was hired to head its digital-asset business, said at an industry conference last month that regulators are limiting what he can do. Still, Goldman plans to add a digital-assets specialist to its prime brokerage division, the person said.

 

Courtesy- ET Alastair Marsh

Alan Zibluk Markethive Founding Member

Bitcoin – Triangle range about to end

Bitcoin - Triangle range about to end

Bitcoin – Triangle range about to end

  • BTC stuck in a triangle trading range that is about to end.

  • May continue earlier downward trend after breaking out of the range.

Bitcoin, the poster boy of cryptocurrencies, has been trading in a narrowing range of a triangle for last one month and now seems to be in the process of breaking out of this triangle which may result in BTC continuing its earlier southward journey.

 

BTC/USD is lower by two cents of a percent on day at $3,549 in just over one percent range for the day. On the six-hour chart of the largest crypto, BTC has been trading in a narrowing triangular range since last one month and is now closing in on breaking out of it, which would mean continuing the earlier downward journey which paused for a while.

 

This breakdown would also mean BTC would break lower of the $3k mark and may even inch closer to $2k mark.

 

BTC/USD 360-minute chart:

Manoj B Rawal

FXStreet

Alan Zibluk Markethive Founding Member

Bitcoin BTC Long Term Price Forecast- January 26

Bitcoin (BTC) Long Term Price Forecast- January 26

Bitcoin (BTC) Long Term Price Forecast- January 26

BTC/USD Long-term Trend: Bearish

  • Resistance levels: $7,200, $7,400, $7,600

  • Support levels: $3,500, $3,300, $3,100

The BTC/USD pair is now in a bearish trend zone. On January 1, the price of Bitcoin has an opening balance of $3,832.60. The crypto appreciated in value as the bulls took price to the high of $4,218. On January 10, after price retracement, the bears broke the 12-day EMA, the 26-day EMA and price fell to the low of $3,712.80. The crypto fell into the bearish trend zone and became range bound between the levels of $3, 500 and $3,800.

The price of Bitcoin had been fluctuating between these levels and the levels are yet to be broken. Presently, the BTC price is trading at $3,626 as at the time of writing. Meanwhile, the MACD line and the signal line are below the zero line which indicates a sell signal. The crypto’s price is below the 12-day EMA and the 26-day EMA which indicates that price is likely to fall.

 

By Azeez M – January 26, 2019

Alan Zibluk Markethive Founding Member

Four Major Crypto amp Blockchain Strategies for Italian Businesses

Four Major Crypto & Blockchain Strategies for Italian Businesses

Four Major Crypto & Blockchain Strategies for Italian Businesses

Potential entrepreneurs think that in the 2019 framework, Italy will create economic value from distributed ledger technologies. Now, there are 4 potential entrepreneurial strategies, with various risk profiles and levels of value creation for the Italian scheme – in terms of acquisition, transfer of knowledge and job creation. The four strategies include:

 

1. Speculative investment in cryptocurrency

A large population in Italy has heard of crypto, especially Bitcoin (BTC), the flagship digital currency globally. Recently the news broke out on many media platforms claiming that “the BTC bubble has broken out,” since the market value of BTC and several other significant cryptoassets went through a strong collection in the past one year, which many people would dub a breakdown.

The crypto investor must know the golden rule of all investors, that is to say: invest only in something that is clearly known, of which the basis is understood.

The crypto market is still comparatively small. The present market cap of Bitcoin is around $63 billion USD, which is 1/10 of Apple’s cap and 100th of the gold market. Because of that, the market is vulnerable to manipulation by big actors and characterized by lofty volatility in comparison with the traditional assets.

Also, crypto asset trading is not regulated, hence making it very easy for risky inside trading manipulations.

Therefore, the value created in the Italian scheme by a clear speculative strategy is indeed close to zero: depleted acquisition of know-how & pathetic job creation
 

2. Creation of products & services where distributed ledger technology (DLT) adds value

The most lucrative opportunities for a dynamic entrepreneur now are those that are associated with the ‘tokenisation’ of products and services. In summary, tokenize a product means to form one or more DLT tokens which represent rights associated with the asset itself.

When an asset possesses a lucid market value but with low liquidity, connecting the ownership of the asset to a DLT token enables the buyers to expand significantly and can soar the liquidity of the asset.

Good examples of tokenisable products include software licenses, e-tickets, certificates of ownership of collectible & valuable tangible assets, and elements of video-games.

The commercial enterprise strategy leads to the development of innovative startups which leads to the creation of massive value in the Italian system.
 

3. Contribute to the operation & maintenance of blockchain tech

Contributions to the operation of a DLT, in particular, the dependable certification of transactions, are compensated in encryption. Taking part in these operations is thus a way of investing in the crypto option to direct financial investment.

Bitcoin and Ethereum (ETH) use a type of certification basing on the rationale of Proof of Work (PoW). In summary, the security of these cryptos is connected to the use of a huge computing power to execute certification. And since certification is too expensive, sets it to be virtually impossible to modify existing certified transactions.

The key selection criterion is a high level of DLT know-how and the potential to form important software to support users and offer great contributions to the enlargement of the ecosystem.

Accordingly, from the point of view of a startup interested in entering the decentralized proof of stake (DPOS) world, the ability to obtain know-how and form skilled jobs is very high.
 

4. Provide blockchain advice

Firms which will attempt to get knowledge and create value in the aforementioned strategies 2 and 3 will be positioned to benefit in the future from the market for the supply of training and advice in the DLT space.

The opportunity is tremendous: now, virtually all giant firms resort to outsourcing IT services & consulting.

The coming of DLT, in which financial institutions, exchanges and e-commerce bulls are investing huge amounts of funds, will cause a significant demand for training, consulting and management services in the blockchain technology field, according to a report by Econopoly, a local news outlet.

Read more news about blockchain and the cryptocurrency industry of Italy in the Italian language at www.it.coinidol.com

 

Jan 24, 2019 at 16:17

Author Coin Idol

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