Markets Update: Leading Markets Break ATH Descending Trendlines

BTC price action has broken above a major long-term trendline stemming back to December 2017’s all-time highs. When looking at the 2014 – 2015 bear market, a similar move precipitated the final sell-off of the trend before price action moved into an accumulation pattern. BCH also appears to have broken above two major descending trendlines stemming back to the market’s all-time high in recent weeks.
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BTC Breaks Major Descending Trendline
Amid the anxiety and FUD surrounding BTC’s seemingly inevitable retest of support at 2018’s price low just above $3,000, price action has firmly broken above a major descending trendline stemming back to the all-time high of nearly $20,000.
BTC/USD – Bitstamp – 1D
The break appears to have taken place across multiple time-frames, however, only the current weekly candle appears entirely outside of the trendline’s range, and is yet to close.
BTC/USD – Bitfinex – 1W
When looking at the 2014 – 2015 bear trend, a comparable trendline was broken following 15 months of bearish fallout after the then-all-time high of nearly $1,200 was posted during the end of November 2013. While BTC would not produce a higher high until 10 months later, the break of the trendline comprised a catalyst for both a retest of the support area of the downtrend’s low and the upper side of the descending line, after which the markets channeled sideways to produce a multi-month accumulation pattern.
BTC/USD – Bitfinex – 1W – Aug. 2013 to May 2017
As of this writing, Bitcoin Core has a market capitalization of $59.64 billion and a dominance of 53.4%. BTC is currently trading for approximately $3,400.
BCH Breaks Multiple ATH Trendlines
BCH/USD appears to have broken two major trendlines stemming back to the market’s all-time high, in the process breaking out of a range that has guided price since November.
BCH/USD – Kraken – 1W
The first ATH descending trendline was broken at the end of October, with BCH gaining more than 50% during the following two weeks as price action rallied from roughly $410 to $640. The failure for prices to break above $650 created a secondary ATH trendline and led to approximately six weeks of selling pressure, during which the upper side of the broken trendline guided price action. After a dramatic rally during mid-December, BCH produced sideways consolidation, recently resulting in a break of the secondary all-time high trendline.
When measured against BTC, BCH has spent most of 2019 channeling sideways in a tight range between approximately 0.033 BTC and 0.036 BTC.
BCH/USD – Bittrex – 1W
BCH currently is the fifth-largest cryptocurrency with a market cap of $2.04 billion and dominance of 1.83%.
XRP Retains Second Largest Cryptocurrency Market Cap
While the scale and speed of the parabola that drove XRP’s all-time high 14 months ago makes it hard to draw trendlines from the ATH area, XRP appears to have broken above its major descending trendline stemming from February 2018 during mid-December. As of this writing, XRP is trading for nearly $0.30 following several weeks of tight consolidation.
XRP/USD – Poloniex – 1W
When measured against BTC, XRP has spent approximately 12 weeks consolidating between 0.000085 BTC and 0.00010 BTC.
XRP/USD – Poloniex – 1W (Calculated by Tradingview)
XRP has continued to rank as the second largest crypto asset by capitalization, posting a market cap of over $12 billion and a dominance of 10.75% as of this writing.
ETH Holds Above $100
ETH price action has continued to hold above double digits following several weeks of tight consolidation, with ETH currently trading for roughly $105.
ETH/USD – Bitfinex – 1W
When measured against BTC, ETH has continued to test support at the 0.03 BTC area following nearly five months of sideways consolidation.
ETH/BTC – Bitfinex – 1W
Ethereum is currently the third largest cryptocurrency with a market cap of nearly $11 billion and a dominance of 9.85%.
Do you think that the markets are preparing to shift gears, or will we see further downtrend throughout 2019? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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