Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Cardano, Monero, IOTA: Price Analysis, August 22

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On August 21, at 01:00 AM UTC time, Bitcoin prices surged, breaking out of the overhead resistance at $6,617.5. Within 20 minutes, Bitcoin spiked from $6,459.5 to $6,827.5, topping out at $6,888.32, an hour later.

The upward move coincided with the scheduled maintenance on BitMEX and looks to have been a short-term trade. However, a breakout above $6,617.5 is likely to have triggered stops on the short positions that had reached a four-month high on August 21. However, it is still too early to confirm if the trend has changed or not.

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This is another positive step that might allay some of the apprehensions of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). Two Bitcoin ETF proposals will come up for consideration this week and a few others in September. The SEC’s ruling will decide the next short-term trend for the cryptocurrencies.

Should the traders initiate long positions or should they remain on the sidelines? Let’s find out.

BTC/USD

On August 21, the bears attempted to sink Bitcoin but the bulls bought the dip to $6,000, which is a positive sign. Today, the breakout of the overhead resistance of $6,617.5 resulted in a spike to $6,888.32, which triggered our buy proposed in the previous analysis at $6,750. However, the bulls could not hold on to the higher levels.

The bears have pushed prices back below the critical support at $6,617.5. This shows that the short sellers are pouncing on any short-term rise. The BTC/USD pair is likely to witness a few more days of range bound trading. The bears will make another attempt to break down of the critical support zone of $5,900-$6,000 within the next few days. If this support breaks, our assumption of a large range on the pair will be invalidated.

On the upside, $6,617.5 is the critical level to watch out for because the downtrend line of the descending triangle, the horizontal resistance and the 20-day EMA all converge at this point. If prices sustain above this level, the bulls are likely to make another attempt to break out of the 50-day SMA.

We suggest traders hold the long positions with the stop loss at $5,900. They can add the remaining 50 percent of the position after the cryptocurrency sustains above $7,000.   

ETH/USD

Ethereum is in a downtrend with both moving averages sloping down. It is struggling to even pull back to the 20-day EMA, which is a bearish sign.

ETH/USD

If the bears succeed in breaking below the support zone of $249.93-$269.78, the ETH/USD pair can slump to $200.

On the upside, a breakout of the 20-day EMA can result in a rally to $358, which will act as a stiff resistance. The pair has not broken out of the 50-day SMA since May 24 of this year, hence, a break out of the 50-day SMA will indicate a change in trend.

The traders should wait for a buy setup to form before initiating any long positions.

XRP/USD

The pullback on Ripple is facing resistance at the 20-day EMA and the bulls are struggling to sustain above the moving average. If this level is crossed, the bulls will again face selling pressure at the downtrend line 2 and above that at the 50-day SMA.

XRP/USD

Once the bulls scale above the 50-day SMA, the XRP/USD pair can move up to $0.5, where it will again face resistance from the downtrend line 1.

The bulls are defending the $0.31 level on the downside. If this level breaks, a fall to $0.27255 and thereafter a retest of the lows at $0.24508 is probable.

We shall wait for some buying to return before turning bullish.

BCH/USD

Bitcoin Cash has been trading between $500 and the 20-day EMA since August 15. If the bears sink the prices below $500, a retest of the $473.9060 line is probable.

BCH/USD

On the other hand, if the bulls break out of the 20-day EMA, a rally to the downtrend line is likely. We shall turn positive if the BCH/USD pair sustains above the downtrend line for a couple of days.

Until then, it is best to remain on the sidelines.

EOS/USD

EOS broke out of the downtrend line but could not cross the 20-day EMA. The bears have again pushed the prices back below the downtrend line. On the downside, the support is in the zone of $3.8723-$4.1778.

EOS/USD

The EOS/USD pair has not broken out of the 50-day SMA since June 10. Hence, it is likely to act as a strong resistance. Once the bulls scale the 50-day SMA, a rally to $9 and thereafter to $11.6 is possible.

Our buy recommendation made in the previous analysis stands cancelled. We shall wait…

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