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Bitcoin has been submitting shorts to a classic test of nerves in the last week, with what so far looks like a feint upwards. The prognosis is still lower however; our BTC targets remain unchanged: $5000 in September, $29,000 by January 2020.

Let’s take a look.

Bitcoin

BTCUSD daily chart

Chart 1: Bitcoin daily

The last week’s small rally, in context against the 50 week moving average (superimposed in yellow here). This looks like a test of the underside of that moving average. Volume has been dropping as it’s risen; bulls are running out of steam. With heavy resistance just overhead the chances of this pushing higher look slim. The only thing in the bulls’ favour is the MACD bullcross, marked - but when these are below the zero line on MACD they can simply be an asset writhing during its bear market, so I’m not taking that as a strong signal.

BTCUSD 4-hour chart

Chart 2: Bitcoin 4-hour

Zooming into the 4-hour chart (each bar is 4 hours), we’ve had an attempt at an inverse head and shoulders bottom (blue arrows) from bulls. These need confirmation from a surge of volume as price breaks over the dashed blue neckline to be valid signals, but instead we’ve seen declining volume. Price then ascended in a bearish wedge, knocking on the 50 week MA just overhead. This isn’t a bullish chart.

What would negate the continued bearish outlook? Volume from the bulls, simply. Until we see that, the path of least resistance (quite literally), is down.

Ethereum

ETHUSD daily chart

Chart 3: Ethereum daily

Something we’re seeing on a bunch of the big cryptos is a test of the 50 RSI line (the mid-line). Added here in blue dashed. This can act as resistance - while we are below it we are in a bear market. This throws the recent head fake over the 200MA (red) into perspective.

As you can see ETH is rejecting 50 RSI currently, as well as showing a similar declining volume ascending wedge. Another retest of the 50 week (yellow) seems likely.

Ripple

XRPUSD daily chart

Chart 4: Ripple daily

Ripple too is testing its 50 RSI level. This remains a bearish chart. A reminder that a break under 0.47 will likely see a very swift move down to 0.299 support (marked).

Litecoin

LTCUSD daily chart

Chart 5: Litecoin daily

LTC is looking weaker than we’ve seen for ages, being so close to the 50 week (superimposed in yellow). It’s still at strong support though (upper green). If that gives way, it has a decent safety net from the next support close below at $93. For that reason this remains the lowest risk of these 4 currencies from a TA point of view.

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Jon Cotton

Jon Cotton

Strategy and Execution Partner

Jon is BCB’s head strategist, with an emphasis on market intelligence. An expert in behavioural science and highly experienced chartist, Jon has been providing BCB’s clients with crypto and macro technical analysis since 2017, and has quickly gained a reputation for accuracy after correctly calling the December 2017 top and August 2018 bottom.

Jon is also MD of British music production company Poseidon. He began studying technical analysis in 2000 due to its overlap with behavioural economics – much used in Poseidon's international marketing work, which has seen the company achieve three iTunes US number one albums among other notable successes.