News and Talking Points – Bitcoin, Ripple, Ether, Litecoin
– Prices ending the week higher in low turnover.
– If chart support levels hold, further gains may be on the cards.
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Bitcoin Building a Base for Another Move Higher?
The largest cryptocurrency ends the week marginally higher and is currently building a base for a potential move higher, while the RSI indicator sees BTC bouncing back from oversold territory. BTC has good support between $5603 and $6438 and is unlikely to threaten support in the short-term – all things being equal. On the upside $8578 looks a likely first target before the coin re-tests the recent the recent high just above $10,000.
Bitcoin (BTC) Daily Price Chart in US Dollars (October 2017 – June 1, 2018)
Ripple Remains Rangebound
Ripple continues to trade either side of $0.60 and likely needs a fresh fundamental push to break this level. IG Client Sentiment continues to show that retail is heavily net-long the token – currently around 96% – which does leave a possible sharp move to the downside a possibility. Support between $0.54 and $0.58 should hold in the short-term although a sell-off back to $0.46 cannot be discounted. A break and close above $0.96 would put bulls back in control of short-term price action.
Ripple (XRP) Daily Price Chart in US Dollars (February – June 1, 2018)
Ether’s Higher Lows Point to Further Gains
A series of five higher lows this week helped Ether rebound strongly from the $500 area and leaves the token eyeing $600 or potentially higher. Upside targets include the 20- and 50-day moving averages, at $633 and $644 respectively before the 200-day ma comes into play just above $700. On the downside $500 should provide solid support with $454 below.
Ether (ETH)Daily Price Chart in US Dollars (February – June 1, 2018)
Litecoin Needs Further Consolidation
Litecoin bounced off the double low around $109 made in late-March/early-April early in the week and has been creeping higher ever since. LTC needs to consolidate above the $124 – $129 level – the gap formed on the May 22/May 23 candles – before it can be seen in a positive light. Above this level $140 is the next resistance level. On the downside $109 should provide a reasonable level of support ahead of $103.
Litecoin (LTC) Four Hour Price Chart in US Dollars (January – June 1, 2018)
Essential Cryptocurrency Trader Resources
If you are interested in trading Bitcoin, Ripple, Ether or Litecoin we can offer you a wide range of free resources to help you. We have an Introduction to Bitcoin Trading Guide along with a Free Practice Account. In addition we run a Weekly Bitcoin Webinar and have an IG Bitcoin Sentiment Indicator to help you gauge the market and make more informed trading decisions.
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— Written by Nick Cawley, Analyst.