Bitcoin Rallies Above $1,700, Litecoin Hits $29.75

The crypto bubble continues for another week. Yesterday bitcoin hit a high of $1,705 dollars on Fxopen. It’s little brother Litecoin narrowly missed hitting the $30 dollars level.

Bitcoin Rallies Above $1,700 Dollars

The bitcoin rally goes on. Prices hit a high of $1,705.80 dollars yesterday. We are currently quoted only slightly below this high water mark at $1,691 dollars.

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Fundamentally we can ‘pin’ this latest surge on three reasons. The first and most obvious one is the ongoing bubble in crypto markets. Bitcoin prices have risen almost 100% since hitting a low of $901 on March 25th. Its market cap is now flirting with the 30 billion figure while the total crypto market cap is approaching 50 billion.

The second reason is troubled exchange Bitfinex announcing an audit. While the company didn’t choose one of the four major accounting firms, traders took the announcement as a sign of solvency. Spreads between Bitfinex and the rest of the USD market narrowed significantly, adding to the positive market sentiment.

The third and final reason for BTC gains is the bloodbath in the altcoin market. Ether, Bitcoin’s largest competitor, fell by over 25 percent in the past two days before recovering somewhat. Most of the top ten altcoins are trading deep in the red today.

There is little doubt that prices are now in bubble territory across all cryptos. But bubbles can last a long time and provide even more profits if you’re already long. A break of the current bullish trend requires a move below the $1,272 swing low. A move below the $1,200 round figure would switch the current rally to a downtrend. If you’re not already in a position, taking one near the potential highs seems risky. Volatility is already high and any trades should be done with very small size to account for this.

Litecoin Almost Hits $30 Dollars

Litecoin narrowly missed the $30 round figure on Fxopen, trading as high as $29.75 yesterday. Today, however, the coin is under severe selling pressure due to the ongoing bleeding in the altcoin market. A low of $23.49 was hit few hours ago, a drop of over 20 percent from the highs.

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Nonetheless, the bullish trend is still in place and to end it the bears will have to push LTC/USD below the $14 dollars swing low. A decisive break below the $10 round figure could switch the current trend from up to down. On the long-term charts (both weekly and monthly) LTC is still in a bullish trend.

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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