Bitcoin (BTC) News, Price, Chart and Analysis:
- Latest rally fades as BTC moves out of oversold territory.
- 20- and 200-day crossover nears, fueling bearish momentum.
Bitcoin (BTC) Sell-Off May Continue, Charts Warn
Monday’s cryptocurrency mini-rally looks to have run its course with the 200-day moving average capping any upside breakout. Bitcoin has traded below the longer-dated ma for nearly two weeks and needs a driver to break and close above this important technical indicator. In addition, the 20-day ma is looking set to break below the 200-dma, highlighting the current negative sentiment.
If we look at the 50-day moving average – the blue line on the chart – we can see that this is now approaching the 200-dma, warning of a potential ‘death cross’. Back on April 24 this year, the 50-dma broke above the 200-dma, producing a bullish ‘golden cross’. Bitcoin rallied hard from this cross-over, moving from around $5,000 to this year’s high of $13,862. The two moving averages are now at their narrowest gap in around five months and continue to close on each other. If the 50-dma goes below the 200-dma, a ‘death cross’, this usually signals a further, potentially sharp, sell-off. While this cross-over may still take weeks to form, the daily Bitcoin chart is looking more ominous.
Short-term Bitcoin resistance is pegged off the October 1 high at $8,530 before a gap on the September 24 sell-off candle between $8,810 and $9,610. Initial support between $7,700 and $7.770 before a double low seen in early June at $7,450.
Bitcoin Daily Price Chart (February – October 8, 2019)
IG Client Sentiment data show that 82% of retail traders are net-long Bitcoin (BTC), a bearish contrarian indicator.
EUR/GBP May Rise if Brexit Hopes Continue to Fade
British Pound Outlook, Brexit, GBP/USD Technical Analysis – Talking Points
- British Pound may reverse recent gains if Brexit perils undermine confidence
- UK members of Parliament will be voting on Boris Johnson’s new Brexit plan
- Will DUP derail Johnson’s plan, and if so, will there be yet another extension?
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The Euro may edge higher against the British Pound if hopes for an orderly Brexit continue to dissolve. On October 17, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker jointly announced that a Brexit deal had been reached. Sterling rallied on the news, though its upside movement was curtailed by news that the Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) would not support his plan.
Securing their support is essential if Mr. Johnson wants to pass a deal through the House of Commons. If he fails to do so, it could severely derail plans for an orderly Brexit which would likely see the British Pound reverse a significant portion of its recent gains. However, EU Council President Donald Tusk has not ruled out the possibility of an extension if lawmakers failed to agree on a deal on Saturday.
In Parliament there are currently 287 voting conservative lawmakers which Mr. Johnson will need if his proposal is to survive. He may also have to lean on over 20 former Tory MEPs who switched over to become independents. However, that may not be enough votes which may compel the PM to ask for help across the political aisle.
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Australian Dollar Firm After China GDP Miss But Trend Aims Lower
CHINA, GDP, TRADE WAR, AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR – TALKING POINTS:
- 3Q Chinese GDP registers narrowly worse than expected at 6.0% y/y
- Industrial production data, US trade talks may have offset the headline
- Australian Dollar little-changed but overall trend still pointing lower
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The Australian Dollar found little of interest in mildly disappointing Chinese GDP data. The figures put the on-year growth rate at 6 percent, a hair lower than the 6.1 percent expected by economists. Nevertheless, this marks the slowest pace of expansion in at least 27 years.
Upbeat industrial production readings might have helped offset a soggy headline figure. The rate of on-year growth unexpectedly jumped to a three-month high of 5.8 percent. Early signs of stabilization in retail sales figures may have helped as well.
The report’s limited implications for larger macro themes dominating investors’ attention may likewise explain the tepid response. Extrapolating a view on future Chinese growth seems nearly impossible without greater clarity on trade negotiations with the US, making today’s release appear somewhat moot.
Assessing the broader landscape, choppy AUD/USD consolidation since early August leaves firmly intact a well-defined downtrend established from late December 2018. Prevailing monetary policy trends suggest it is likely to continue, with longer-term charts setting the stage for deep losses in the months ahead.
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USD/JPY Rate Faces Bearish Reversal Pattern Amid Brexit Deal Hopes
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AUD/USD, NZD/USD Climb as Japanese Yen and US Dollar Sink
The sentiment-linked Australian Dollar and similarly-behaving New Zealand Dollar soared against their major counterparts on Thursday. This was at the expense of the anti-risk Japanese Yen and haven-linked US Dollar. A rosy mood in stock markets, fueled by hopes of a Brexit deal, could have been the source of optimism from investors as the S&P 500 closed 0.28 percent to the upside.
During European trading hours, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a Brexit deal has been reached. However, optimism receded after officials from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) saying that they would not support Johnson’s agreement. Their support is crucial for Mr Johnson to pass his deal in Parliament perhaps on Saturday.
Still, the British Pound and Euro aimed nervously higher despite giving up some losses. Disappointing economic data out of the United States also likely fueled their gains against the US Dollar. Local industrial production unexpectedly declined 0.4 percent m/m in September versus -0.2% anticipated. US front-end government bond yields traded lower as markets kept their hopes up for further Fed easing.
Friday’s Asia Pacific Trading Session
Ahead, the Australian Dollar will be closely watching incoming third quarter Chinese GDP data after rosy local jobs data offered AUD/USD a boost. Data out of China has been tending to underperform relative to economists’ expectations, opening the door to a continuation of the trend. As a China-liquid proxy, the Aussie could reverse recent gains should weakness in growth from a close trading partner spread slowdown fears.
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Meanwhile, the Japanese Yen will likely look past a set of local CPI data due to its limited implications for near-term BoJ policy action. Rather, it may focus more on China GDP and the mood in regional stock exchanges. S&P 500 futures are little changed with a slight downside bias heading into Friday’s APAC session. A bittersweet mood from investors may boost the Yen.
Japanese Yen Technical Analysis
The USD/JPY could be in the process of carving out a rising wedge candlestick formation. This is typically a reversal pattern and if so, may down the road open the door to downtrend resumption – as outlined in my Q4 USD/JPY forecast. As such, the latest test of the ceiling of the Rising Wedge may pave the way for a test of the floor which goes back to the end of August – red area on the chart below.
Chart of the Day – USD/JPY
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— Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com
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