Bitcoin Rally Ends, Litecoin Move Awaited

The rally in bitcoin prices ended last Saturday after prices decisively broke below the important $270 support level. While the initial push took us to a low of $252 dollars per coin, we have since bounced back somewhat. Meanwhile the rest of the cryptomarket is more or else stable as well. For example Litecoin has been trading flat for the past six days hovering right below the $4 figure.

Bitcoin Rally Ends

The bitcoin rally ended on August 8th with a break of $270 that took out $265 one hour later. In the next 10 hours, BTC/USD was down by $13 dollars to $252 flat, a decline of 4.9 percent. Bitcoin has since rebounded and is currently quoted at $261.95, after trading as high as $269.26 this morning.

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The rebound shows that it’s hard for prices to switch from uptrend to downtrend mode right away. While BTC hit new monthly lows on August 9th, follow-through lacked. Everyone’s favorite cryptocurrency may need to break $250 dollars per coin to start a new downtrend in prices. This figure is important because it was the starting point for bitcoin’s latest rally.

Below this level, we find weaker support at $240 and $230 dollars per coin. A more important support can be found lower near $210 dollars. This was a double bottom formation that marked the lows for the past six months. If we exclude the short 2 minute spike on July 18th, this level hasn’t been broken since. If the bears manage to push prices below $210, the losses could accelerate.

Litecoin Waits for Next Move

Litecoin traders are waiting for its next move. The LTC rally ended with a blowout top on July 10th and prices have kept a downward bias since. But the losses have been moderate and haven’t sent Litecoin into a new downtrend yet. We are currently quoted at $3.92 dollars per coin, barely changed compared to a close of $3.94 on August 8th.

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What’s next for Litecoin? The altcoin has been trading range-bound, roughly between $3.70 and $5 dollars. A break below $3.70 or above $5.06 may lead to a sustainable downtrend/uptrend. More caution should be exercised on the long side however. Litecoin ended a major rally last month with a crash. Refueling this rally will be hard to do, especially when we have big brother bitcoin making new lows as well.

Below $3.70 notable support levels include $3.50, $3.43 and $3.18 dollars per coin. The first two of these are weak but the $3.18 mark is important support. It’s a former swing high that held up the rally in June for several days. It’s validity was confirmed in July when prices rebounded after having dipped to a low of $3.1840 in the aftermath of the crash. A decisive break below here could lead to more losses.

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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