Price analysis 10/2: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, BNB, DOT, LINK, CRO, BSV, LTC – BTC Ethereum Crypto Currency Blog

The bulls are buying the dips in Bitcoin and a few altcoins, suggesting that investor sentiment remains positive.

The shallow pullback in Bitcoin (BTC) following the news of the CFTC’s regulatory crackdown on BitMEX and the late announcement that U.S. President Donald Trump tested positive for coronavirus shows that the underlying sentiment is still bullish.

Generally, most damage during such periods of negative news flow is caused by the squaring up of leveraged positions. Data shows that Bitcoin futures volume and open interest has been dropping since hitting the peak in early September

This means that there were fewer long positions that had to be squared up in a hurry and it also may explain why a sharper crash was avoided.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

Even though Bitcoin has largely been range-bound for the past few weeks, on-chain data shows a sharp inflow of new participants. Analysts view this user growth as positive because it suggests that new traders consider Bitcoin as a store of value.

Traders can look for the cryptocurrencies that bounce back quickly from the current weakness because that shows strong buying on dips. Let’s analyze the top-10 cryptocurrencies to spot the critical support and resistance levels. 

BTC/USD

Bitcoin once again reversed direction from close to $11,000 on Oct. 1, which shows that the bears are aggressively defending the zone between the 20-day exponential moving average ($10,704) and the 50-day simple moving average ($11,017).

BTC/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

The price action of the past few days has formed a symmetrical triangle pattern, which shows indecision among the bulls and the bears about the next directional move. This uncertainty could resolve after the price breaks above or below the triangle.

The gradually downsloping moving averages and the relative strength index in the negative territory suggest that bears have a slight advantage.

If the BTC/USD pair breaks and closes (UTC time) below the triangle, it will suggest that the bears have overpowered the bulls. The sellers will then try to break the critical support at $9,835 and if they succeed, a drop to $9,000 could be on the cards.

However, the long tail on today’s candlestick shows that the bulls are accumulating on dips to the uptrend line. They will now try to push the price above the resistance line of the triangle. 

If they succeed, the pair may face minor resistance at $11,178 but if the bulls can push the price above this level, a rally to $12,460 is possible. 

It is difficult to predict the direction of the breakout with certainty, hence, it is better to wait for the breakout to happen before taking large bets.

ETH/USD

The bulls had pushed Ether (ETH) above the downtrend line on Oct. 1, but they could not sustain the higher levels. This may have attracted profit-booking by short-term traders that pulled down the price back below the 20-day EMA ($358).

ETH/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

The gradually downsloping moving averages and the relative strength index in the negative zone suggests that sellers have the upper hand.

However, the previous two sharp bounces off the $308.392 support zone show that the bulls aggressively accumulate closer to this level. Hence, the buyers may again use the current dips to buy. 

A breakout of the 20-day EMA will be the first indication that the correction could be over. Conversely, a break below $308.392 may signal the start of a deeper correction to $240.

XRP/USD

XRP’s failure to rise above the 20-day EMA ($0.241) could have attracted profit-booking by the aggressive bulls and shorting by the bears. The downsloping moving averages and the RSI in the negative zone suggest that the sellers have the upper hand.

XRP/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

If the bears sink the XRP/USD pair below the $0.2295–$0.219712 support zone, the downtrend could resume. The next support on the downside is at $0.19.

However, the bulls are likely to defend the support zone aggressively and make one more attempt to push the price above the 20-day EMA and the downtrend line. If they succeed, it could signal a possible change in trend. 

BCH/USD

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) turned down from just below the downtrend line on Oct. 1 and has continued its downward march towards the critical support at $200.

BCH/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

The repeated retest of a support level within a short interval tends to weaken it. A breakdown and close (UTC time) below $200 could lead to panic selling and increase the possibility of a deeper fall to $140.

Contrary to this assumption, if the price turns up from the current levels or rebounds sharply from the $200 support, it will suggest that bulls are accumulating at lower levels. 

A breakout and close (UTC time) above the downtrend line will be the first sign of strength and a break above $242 will increase the possibility of a rally to $280.

BNB/USD

Binance Coin (BNB) turned down from just above the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level of $29.0886 on Oct. 1. However, the positive sign is that the bulls have not allowed the price to sustain below the 20-day EMA ($26.37)

BNB/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

The upsloping moving average and the RSI in the positive zone suggest that the advantage is with the bulls. If the buyers can push the BNB/USD pair above the downtrend line and the overhead resistance at $29.5646, the uptrend could resume.

Contrary to this assumption, if the bears sink the BNB/USD pair below the moving averages, it will increase the possibility of a deeper correction to $22.20.

DOT/USD

The bulls attempted to push Polkadot (DOT) above the 20-day EMA ($4.49) on Oct. 1 but failed. This has dragged the price down to the critical support zone of $3.90–$3.5321.

DOT/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

The downsloping 20-day EMA and the RSI in the negative zone suggest that the path of least resistance is to the downside. 

If the bears can sink the DOT/USD pair below the support zone, a decline to $2.782 and below it to $2 is possible.

However, if the pair rebounds off the support zone, the bulls will make one more attempt to push the price above the 20-day EMA and the overhead resistance at $4.6112. If they succeed, it will open up the doors for a move to $5.5899.

LINK/USD

Chainlink (LINK) has broken below the $9.3771 support and if the bears can sustain the lower levels, a retest of $6.90 is possible. The downsloping moving averages and the RSI close to 40 suggests that the path of least resistance is to the downside.

LINK/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

If the bears sink the price below $6.90, the downtrend could resume and the next support is at $5.70.

The bulls will have to break the lower high and lower low formation by pushing the price above $11.1990 to signal a possible change in trend. 

If they are able to achieve this, the LINK/USD pair may start a new uptrend above the downtrend line.

CRO/USD

The bears are attempting to sink and sustain Crypto.com Coin (CRO) below the critical support at $0.144743. If they succeed, it will complete a descending triangle pattern, which is a reversal setup.

CRO/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

The down sloping 20-day EMA ($0.154) and the RSI below 40 suggest that the path of least resistance is to the downside. Below $0.144743, the CRO/USD pair may fall to $0.124129 and then to the pattern target of $0.10607.

This bearish view will be invalidated if the pair rebounds off $0.144743 and rises above the moving averages. The failure of a bearish setup is considered as a bullish sign, hence, above the 50-day SMA, a retest of the $0.183416–$0.191101 zone is likely.

BSV/USD

Bitcoin SV (BSV) climbed above the downtrend line on Sep. 30 and Oct. 1 but on both days, the bulls could not clear the 50-day SMA ($178), which suggests that the bears are defending this resistance.

BSV/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

The failure to clear the hurdle at the 50-day SMA could have attracted profit booking by the short-term traders and shorting by the aggressive bears. 

As a result, the BSV/USD pair has again dipped back below the 20-day EMA. The bears will now once again try to challenge the $146.20–$135 support zone. 

If they are able to sink the price below this zone, the pair may decline to $100. This bearish view will be invalidated if the pair turns up and sustains above $180.

LTC/USD

Litecoin (LTC) broke above the 20-day EMA ($46.83) on Oct. 1 but could not rise above the downtrend line. This could have led to profit booking by the short-term traders and has pulled the price back below the 20-day EMA.

LTC/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

However, the long tail on today’s candlestick suggests that the bulls are buying on dips. The buyers will once again try to push the price above the downtrend line. 

If they succeed, the LTC/USD pair could move up to the 50-day SMA ($52.51) and if this level is scaled, the rally may extend to $64.

This bullish view will be invalidated if the pair turns down and breaks below the $41.6298–$39 support zone. Such a move could start a new downtrend.

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Market Wrap: Blame BitMEX as Bitcoin Dumps to $10.4K; Record Month for Ethereum Fees – BTC Ethereum Crypto Currency Blog

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Market Wrap: Blame BitMEX as Bitcoin Dumps to $10.4K; Record Month for Ethereum Fees

Derivative exchange BitMEX’s legal issues with U.S. regulators took a toll on bitcoin’s price while DeFi gave Ethereum miners more fee revenue than ever. 

  • Bitcoin (BTC) trading around $10,582 as of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET). Slipping 1% over the previous 24 hours.
  • Bitcoin’s 24-hour range: $10,427-$10,931
  • BTC below its 10-day and 50-day moving averages, a bearish signal for market technicians.
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Bitcoin trading on Coinbase since Sept. 29.
Source: TradingView

Bitcoin’s price was as high as $10,932 on spot exchanges such as Coinbase before quickly plunging 4% within two hours to as low as $10,427. It subsequently rebounded a bit to $10,582 as of press time. 

The drop coincided with the announcement crypto derivatives venue BitMEX was formally being charged by U.S. regulators for unregistered trading, among other transgressions. 

“The news of BitMEX being served with a lawsuit by the [Commodity Futures Trading Commission] was met with broad-based selling pressure,” said Denis Vinokourov, head of research for crypto brokerage Bequant.

“This is big,” said Vishal Shah, an options trader and founder of derivatives exchange Alpha5, on the CFTC’s announcement. However, Shah noted the declining influence of BitMEX on the market since March, when over $700 million in liquidations helped cause the price of bitcoin to dump as low as $3,854 on spot exchanges.

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BitMEX open interest the past year.
Source: Skew

“BitMEX has slowly and consistently bled open interest since March,” Shah said. “This news may accelerate that narrative, but I do not see it being a systemic risk at this point if there is an orderly resolution.”

A number of new derivatives venues, most of which do not provide access to anyone in the United States, is one of the reasons for BitMEX’s decline in the market, said Bequant’s Vinokourov. “BitMEX’s overall importance to the broader ecosystem is not as critical as was the case a few years ago,” Vinokourov added. “Not only have many other exchanges been catching up with BitMEX liquidity and order book depth, but also a widely publicized tech issue earlier this year put a big dent into venue’s reputation amongst the larger crypto trading desks.”

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BitMEX open interest (blue) versus other major crypto derivatives platforms.
Source: Skew

Nonetheless, liquidations on BitMEX helped push bitcoin’s price down Thursday, as $15 million in sell liquidations in the past 24 hours wiped out long-oriented traders on the derivatives platform, similar to a margin call in traditional markets.

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Liquidations on BitMEX the past 24 hours.
Source: Skew

Outside of BitMEX, macro economic events could lead to selling pressure as October opens, according to Andrew Tu, an executive at crypto quant trading firm Efficient Frontier.

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Bitcoin trading on Coinbase the past month.
Source: TradingView

“Bitcoin has been stuck in the $10,000-$11,000 range since the drop in the beginning of September,” noted Tu. “The elephant in the room at this point is pretty much the macro climate, with [U.S.] elections coming up and the inability to compromise on a fiscal stimulus between the House [of Representatives] and Senate,” he added.

Ethereum miners reap record revenue from fees

Bequant’s Vinokourov was more bullish on the crypto market’s future, particularly with progress in Ethereum’s long and winding upgrade. “The underlying fundamentals are positive, especially for ETH given the very recent launch of ‘Spadina’ – the final testnet ahead of the Ethereum blockchain’s upgraded mainnet release,” added Vinokourov.

The second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, ether (ETH), was down Thursday trading around $353 and slipping 0.83% in 24 hours as of 20:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. ET). 

As increasing numbers of users adopt decentralized finance, or DeFI, on Ethereum, miners are reaping more revenue from the network than ever. Miner revenue from fees charged to use Ethereum averaged 38% in August, which was then a record high. It was surpassed in September, when miner revenue from fees hit another record, at 48.5%. 

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Percent of Ethereum miner revenue from fees the past two years.
Source: Glassnode

Tellurian Capital’s Jean-Marc Bonnefous, who has been investing in the crypto ecosystem since 2014, said some of the outrageous returns within DeFi are enticing users despite high transactional fees the miners are pocketing.

“Even with high gas costs on Ethereum, some of the net returns available on DeFi are still quite attractive compared to alternatives,” said Bonnefous. ”The basic problem, though, is that these returns are not sustainable in the long run, whatever the Ethereum costs and issues are.”

Other markets

Digital assets on the CoinDesk 20 are mixed on Thursday, mostly in the red. One winner as of 20:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. ET):

Notable losers as of 20:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. ET):

Equities:

Commodities:

  • Oil was down 3.2%. Price per barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude: $38.62.
  • Gold was in the green 1% and at $1,903 as of press time.

Treasurys:

  • U.S. Treasury bond yields fell Thursday. Yields, which move in the opposite direction as price, were down most on the 10-year, dipping to 0.676 and in the red 1.6%.
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