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Asian Cryptocurrency Trading Update: Litecoin Lifted as Rumors of Lee Leaving Emerge

Entering the weekend crypto markets have remained bullish and are continuing to climb. Total market capitalization has crossed $450 billion and is marching upwards for the time being. Bitcoin has crept towards the critical $10k barrier but has failed to break it rising 2% on the day to trade at $9,800. Altcoins are largely mixed during Asian trade this morning with most of the top ten in the green but many of the others retracting slightly. One showing the biggest gains in the top 25 at the moment is Litecoin.

LTC is rarely featured as the top performing coin of the day as it is a relatively slow mover compared to some of the others. Coinmarketcap however is reporting an 8.5% rise for Litecoin which has enabled it to retake sixth spot in the market cap charts from Cardano. Currently Litecoin is trading at $172, up from $158 this time yesterday. A couple of clear ‘steps’ can be seen in the chart where LTC has pumped in the past 24 hours. Over the week Litecoin has made a 16% gain from $148 this time last weekend. The monthly picture has shown steady gains but nowhere near that of other altcoins. LTC is currently 43% higher than its $120 level this time last month. Against BTC Litecoin has lifted 6% at 1750000 satoshis from just over 1645000 sats this time yesterday. Over the week gains against Bitcoin have been around 7.5% from 1628000 satoshis this time last week.

Rumours that founder Charlie Lee will be leaving the Litecoin team for the sake of decentralization have been floating around the crypto sphere. This followed a conversation on Twitter during which Lee said that he would eventually leave Litecoin but gave no time frame. His actions can be seen to be in the interest of the coin which, without a leader or controlling figure, could become truly decentralized. Other news that crypto-debit card provider Wirex has just added Litecoin support would have further lifted the coin.

Most of the action at the moment has been on Hong Kong exchange OKEx which has almost 30% of the total Litecoin volume. Daily trade volume has been pretty stable and is currently around $660 million. Market cap has increased 9% over the past 24 hours and is currently at $9.7 billion however LTC still has a long way to go to catch EOS in fifth with over $15 billion.

Total market capitalization for all cryptocurrencies has climbed once again and is up 3.1% on the day to $464 billion signaling that the uptrend has been solidified and recovering is in full swing. Other altcoins posting solid gains during the morning’s Asian trading session include Bitcoin Cash, VeChain, and Aeternity.

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Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD has broken out of an intraday chart pattern

  • Litecoin trades 2.33% higher on Tuesday as cryptocurrency sentiment improves.
  • This move could price the pullback over the last few days was just a blip.

LTC/USD 1-Hour Chart

Litecoin is breaking higher today like much of the other cryptos on Tuesday.

The sell-side volume is still much larger so we would need a pick up to ensure the market is behind this move.

At the moment 70.00 seems to be a good area of support for LTC/USD and a break of the 77.30 resistance would be a good sign for the bulls.

On the daily chart, the shadows (wicks) at the bottom of the candles indicate the buyers are stepping back in.

The level that needs to be taken out on the higher timeframe is 84.50.

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Additional Levels

LTC/USD

OVERVIEW
Today last price75.5522
Today Daily Change2.1365
Today Daily Change %2.91
Today daily open73.4157
TRENDS
Daily SMA2073.4086
Daily SMA5060.0875
Daily SMA10053.7531
Daily SMA20060.786
LEVELS
Previous Daily High75.4404
Previous Daily Low68.69
Previous Weekly High84.4232
Previous Weekly Low72.4372
Previous Monthly High70.0854
Previous Monthly Low38.7677
Daily Fibonacci 38.2%71.2686
Daily Fibonacci 61.8%72.8617
Daily Pivot Point S169.5903
Daily Pivot Point S265.765
Daily Pivot Point S362.84
Daily Pivot Point R176.3407
Daily Pivot Point R279.2657
Daily Pivot Point R383.091

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Litecoin’s bullish divergence could facilitate 9% rise this week

Litecoin has recorded some much-needed upward price-action this year. After a staggering 40% drop over the last two months of 2019, LTC appreciated by nearly 76% year-to-date in 2020. According to CoinMarketCap, Litecoin had a market capitalization of over $4.58 billion, with $5 billion worth of Litecoin traded over the last 24 hours, at press time.

Litecoin 1-hour chart

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Source: LTC/USD on TradingView

Litecoin appeared to have dropped into a symmetrical triangle formation over the last few days. These patterns are mostly bullish, indicating that an upward breakout might be on its way. The accompanying decreasing volume trend further confirms the pattern.

However, the EMA ribbons were seen moving above the price candles, something that is usually a sign of downward movement to come. Considering the fact that the latest candle on the chart was at the lower pattern boundary, this could be some cause for concern.

The Ichimoku Clouds also indicated some downward movement over the next couple of days. However,  since the price was within the last cloud, consolidation seemed more likely.

While the last two indicators predicted downward or sideways movement, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) presented a case for bullish divergence. This happens when the price touches a new low as the RSI fails to do so. Bullish divergence is usually a sign of greener pastures and it could push Litecoin to the breakout point at $74.60 over the next few days.

Nevertheless, if Litecoin does break under the symmetrical triangle, a move under the $69 level seems highly unlikely as the price will probably find strong support there. This could form a busted symmetrical triangle, leading to a move back into the pattern, followed by a bullish breakout.

A move above the upper pattern boundary could push Litecoin to the $78 level, at the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement line, over the next few days.

Correlation with Bitcoin

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Source: CoinMetrics

CoinMetrics‘ data on Litecoin’s 180-day correlation with Bitcoin shows LTC‘s relatively stable correlation with BTC through the second half of 2019. However, it looks to have been rising since mid-December and it is currently at its highest level since April last year. With Bitcoin projected to move up in the short-term, Litecoin might seem some of that action too.

Conclusion

Despite bearish indications from EMA Ribbons and Ichimoku Clouds, the bullish divergence from RSI and the overall trend of upward breakouts for this pattern likely mean that Litecoin will appreciate in the short-term. LTC will probably move up to the $74.60 level, before breaking out to the $78 level over the next few days. Though there is potential for a downward-facing breakout, it is unlikely that Litecoin will move under the $69 level before returning to its bullish path.

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Litecoin (LTC/USD) forecast and analysis on February 18, 2020

Cryptocurrency Litecoin (LTC/USD) is trading at 70.85. Cryptocurrency quotes are trading below the moving average with a period of 55. This indicates the presence of a bearish trend on Litecoin. At the moment, cryptocurrency quotes are moving near the lower border of the Bollinger Bands indicator stripes.

Litecoin (LTC/USD) forecast and analysis on February 18, 2020

As part of the Litecoin exchange rate forecast, a test level of 76.00 is expected. Where should we expect an attempt to continue the fall of LTC/USD and the further development of the downward trend. The purpose of this movement is the area near the level of 63.80. The conservative sales area for Litecoin is located near the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator strip at 85.10.

Litecoin (LTC/USD) forecast and analysis on February 18, 2020

Cancellation of the option to continue the decline in the rate of Litecoin will be a breakdown of the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator stripes. As well as a moving average with a period of 55 and closing of quotations of the pair above the area of ​​85.60. This will indicate a change in the current trend in favor of the bullish for LTC/USD. In case of breakdown of the lower border of the Bollinger Bands indicator bands, we should expect an acceleration in the fall of cryptocurrency.

Litecoin (LTC/USD) forecast and analysis on February 18, 2020 implies a test level of 76.00. Further, it is expected to continue falling to the area below the level of 63.80. The conservative sales area is located is near the area of ​​85.10. The cancellation of the option of falling cryptocurrency will be a breakdown of the level of 85.60. In this case, we should expect continued growth.

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