Bitcoin off Highs, Litecoin Down

Bitcoin is trading at $7770 right now, $716 dollars off the $8,486 high reached last week. Today’s losses are taking down other crypto-currencies as well, with Litecoin down around 5 percent.

Bitcoin Off Highs

Bitcoin traders took a while to digest the news about the ETF rejection but it appears that it’s finally starting to happen. As noted in our previous article this rejection is problematic because a large part of the rally was build on speculation about a possible ETF approval in August. But with the rejection reasons dealing with the bitcoin market itself and not a particular trading vehicle, that ETF now seems dead in the water too.

Technically BTC/USD is still in a bull market on the daily charts. To end it we need a breakdown below the $7,212 dollars swing low. A move below the $6,000 round figure is needed to trigger a new downtrend in prices.

In between these two levels there’s strong support in the $6,800 – $6,900 area. This was the breakout point for the current rally and this is also where we find several previous swing highs such as $6,840, $6,788, $6,821 and $6,806 dollars. Because resistance becomes support this area should at least slow down any decline. On the weekly charts bitcoin is in a downtrend. The monthly charts are still looking bullish.

Litecoin Down 5 Percent

Litecoin is down by 5 percent today, from $82 to $78 dollars per coin. As you can see on the chart below, LTC/USD is still inside the same range it’s been in for the past few weeks. Two times the bulls tried to unsuccessfully break out, the first time trading as high as $94.34 dollars. This was heavily sold into and by the end of that day LTC was back below the top of the range, closing at $87.81. The second try took us only to $90.40 before sellers reemerged.

Part of the reason why altcoins have been so weak in the face of a 49 percent rally in BTC prices was the fact that the bitcoin rally was ETF-based, as noted above. In the hypothetical situation of ETF approval it’s likely that specs money would’ve flown from alts to bitcoin in attempt to front run a possible rise in prices. While BTC rallied by 49 percent, Litecoin only rose by 30%, when measured from bottom to top.

The breakout points for LTC/USD are now at $94.34 and $72.50 dollars. A decisive move beyond either of these two price extremes could start a new trend. On the longer-term charts Litecoin is in the same boat as BTC, bearish on the weeklies but bullish on the monthlies.

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Petar Kotevski

Petar is a forex trader and writer with 9 years of experience in financial markets. He has been following bitcoin since 2010. A year ago, as the BTC market matured, he started getting more involved by writing articles on bitcoin and other alternative currencies.

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