Bitcoin on Friday surged a minor 0.21 percent against the US Dollar, intensifying the bias conflict it has been in since yesterday.
The BTC/USD opened the day while valued at 6590-fiat and is currently fluctuating around 6593-fiat. Between then and now, the pair, however, witnessed a robust intrarange action, in which the value retested 6500-fiat as its psychological support, and found its uptrend capped by an equally strong resistance level near 6627-fiat. The sideways consolidation action offers adequate opportunities to traders to enter and exit markets on decent profits.
BTC/USD Technical Analysis
The medium-term triangle pattern continues to trap the Bitcoin price action. We still haven’t been able to establish a breakout action, despite BTC/USD moving in an upward parallel channel. On smaller timeframes, the pair is trending above its 100 and 200H SMAs, while the RSI and Stochastic both are also inside a buying region, with their heads towards the north.
A near-term bullish sentiment can be established if BTC/USD closes above the upper trendline of the prevailing triangle formation. Similarly, a sell-off towards the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the last swing from 6447-low and 6627-high could switch the bias towards bears. If the long-term trend is taken into consideration, BTC/USD is clearly going down to retest its bottom range below 6000-fiat.
BTC/USD Intraday Analysis
No wondering too much about where the price would go, we will rather focus on what we can make out of the current sideways action. That said, let’s see what levels are we watching out for today.
As of now, the upper trendline of the triangle formation serves as our interim resistance. A breakout scenario will be confirmed if we break above 6627-fiat. Even if we don’t, a false breakout signal on a close above the interim resistance would have us put a long position towards 6627-fiat. Also, a stop loss 3-pips below the entry level will define our risk.
If we do break above 6627-fiat, we’ll confirm a near-term bullish bias, and open a long position towards 6660-fiat, the higher high from September 30.
Conversely, a pullback from the interim resistance level would have us enter a short position towards 6558-fiat. At the same time, we’ll open a stop loss order 3-pips above the entry level to protect our trade from additional losses, if price reverses towards the north.
Decreasing trading volume and plateauing volatility sets stage for Bitcoin’s surge?
As of November 17, 2019, trading volumes across major exchanges dropped to a 3-month low and it looks like it is going to continue dropping. Is it the calm before the storm? If yes, what could be in store – surge or a drop?
The interesting observation is that the trading volume started its decline on November 15 and rapidly declined to the current lows. For Coinbase, the poster child for crypto exchanges in the U.S., the volume declined from $185 million to $65 million. For Binance, the decline occurred from $1 billion to $517 million.
Coinbase Vs. Binance
For Bitfinex, the trading volume dropped from $96 million to $39 million, whereas, BitMEX’s trading volume dipped from $2.9 billion to $905 million, a whopping 68% decline in BitMEX’s trading volume,
Bitfinex Vs. BitMEX
For all of the above charts, it is clear that the drop is the lowest seen in the last three months. The most brutal drop was seen with BitMEX which saw a 68% decline in trading volume. Following it was Coinbase with a 64% decline, Bitfinex at 59% and the least affected exchange among the lot was Binance with a decline of 48%.
A Look into Volatility
The volatility of Bitcoin hit a low of 2.5% on October 25 which was seen with a reaction from Bitcoin’s price which rose from $7,400 to $10,000 in a single daily candle. Since then, the volatility has plateaued near the 4% point for over 20 days.
The last time volatility moved sideways was after the April-pump when Bitcoin went from $4,100 to $5,600 in 30 days. Following this, the volatility dropped giving rise to more price surges. At present, the volatility looks like it will do something similar, causing a massive price movement. However, the direction in which BTC will move is still unknown.
However, looking at the price chart of Bitcoin, the price keeps forming lower lows on the daily time frame. The price is stuck inside a falling wedge pattern indicating a pump when it breaks out of the pattern. Moreover, the price has also tested the 0.786-Fibonacci level [$8,370] and seems to be supported by it. Disagreeing with the above is the Death Cross which has been clobbering the price and preventing bulls from taking control. This gives a 50-50 chance, meaning BTC could break out either way. However, one thing is sure, the breakout will be volatility induced move much like the one seen on October 25.
Adoption: 5 Business Industries That Accept Bitcoin In 2019
Bitcoin saw the light of day a decade ago, and since then, it attracted serious interest in the financial sector. Even though a lot of people use it mainly to get exposure to its price denominated in fiat currencies, there are a lot of businesses that accept Bitcoin as a payment method.
Traveling With Bitcoin
Back in 2013, the popular American travel agency Cheapair began accepting Bitcoin as a means of payment. This led to other companies implementing it as well, and now clients can use their bitcoins to book flights and hotels all around the world.
The cryptocurrency can be used to directly book a flight with Norwegian Air that also allowed it as a payment option earlier this year. Interestingly enough, the company is also reportedly looking into creating its cryptocurrency exchange.
People can also use Bitcoin to book certain hotels. For instance, a large Canadian group called Sandman Hotels started accepting BTC back in 2014. More recently, a Swiss luxury hotel, The Dolder Grand, announced that its clients could use the largest cryptocurrency to pay for their accommodation.
Entertainment & Sports
If you are into mind-boggling and adrenaline-boosting experiences, then chances are you have heard about escape rooms. Those real-life puzzle rooms where you have to solve a lot of mysteries and problems to get out of a specific space have become nothing short of accessible. Interestingly enough, there are many escape rooms that accept crypto as a means of payment.
On another note, a close variation of an online library, the Internet Archive, that includes vast loads of information, is also accepting donations in crypto. Some of the most popular ones include Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, Zcash.
As CryptoPotato reported earlier this year, cryptocurrency adoption and usage continue with one of the most popular sports in the world – soccer. A famous Portuguese team, S.L. Benfica, allows its fans to use Bitcoin and Ethereum to purchase its merchandise.
Since Bitcoin’s idea is to be an electronic, peer-to-peer payment method, it’s only logical that online stores are among the first businesses to ever accept it. The tech giant Microsoft added the popular cryptocurrency back in 2014 for some of its products.
Since then, others were quick to follow in these footsteps. Overstock, the popular US-based online retailer, was among the first major stores to accept Bitcoin as a legitimate payment method. Those who want to purchase their electronics with crypto can do so with Newegg as well, which is a tech-focused online store.
The Food Industry
This is where things get a little bit interesting because it’s still somewhat uncommon to pay for your Sushi with Bitcoin. However, there are plenty of venues which would gladly take it. Clients can enjoy their favorite meals from pizzas to burgers while paying with their cryptocurrency assets.
Back in 2010, on May 22nd, a man from Florida called Laszlo Hanyecz paid 10,000 BTC for two large pizzas. This amount is currently worth millions, and it’s perhaps one of the most famous Bitcoin transactions in the relatively short history of the cryptocurrency. Of course, back then Hanyecz paid someone in Bitcoin just to order him two pizzas for his own FIAT but was also a way of spending your Bitcoins.
Whereas most of the information comes from fast-food chains and takeaways, Bitcoin, as a form of payment, has been recently added to other major outlets in the industry. Reports have it that the Amazon-owned Whole Foods are accepting Bitcoin in their stores as of this year.
Lambo (from Lamborghini) is a term often used in the cryptocurrency community when describing a possible price surge. The question “When Lambo?” is perhaps one of the most commonly used ones within the community. However, it turns out that Lamborghini dealerships have seen an increased number of transactions involving cryptocurrencies, especially around the 2017 parabolic price boom.
Some venues allow for the most significant cryptocurrency to be used to purchase impressive models from carmakers like Aston Martin and Ferrari. Still, clients can also choose classic cars, as well.
Furthermore, using Bitcoin for car purchases spreads beyond just supercars. Numerous local dealerships, as well as giants in the automotive game, have adopted it as a payment method.Be the first to know about our price analysis, crypto news and trading tips: Follow us on Telegram or subscribe to our weekly newsletter.
Alibaba Denies Working With Bitcoin (BTC) Company or Support for Crypto: Report
Contrary to an announcement made by Bitcoin cashback company Lolli, e-commerce giant Alibaba says it has no partnership with the platform.
Lolli announced on China’s Singles Day that its app now allows Alibaba shoppers to earn Bitcoin rewards.
According to a report by CoinDesk, however, Alibaba representatives are denying the partnership. Additionally, Alibaba clarifies that it does not support payments in BTC.
An Alibaba representative tells CoinDesk,
“One of Alibaba.com’s contractors hired a subcontractor who brokered an affiliate marketing program with Lolli. This was done without the knowledge of Alibaba.com. Alibaba.com’s contractor is terminating the relationship with the subcontractor who was working with Lolli. As a result, Lolli should no longer promote or bring traffic to Alibaba.com.”
Lolli’s head of communications, Aubrey Strobel, says Alibaba.com trialed the platform for 24 hours during the Singles Day campaign which drew attention as shoppers broke records and the day’s marketing event, an entertainment extravaganza featuring Taylor Swift, sparked global attention. Shortly thereafter “the partnership” was deactivated.
In a statement reviewed by CoinDesk, Strobel writes,
“It seems as though there was a miscommunication on Alibaba’s end and while that’s unfortunate, we look forward to the possibility of working with Alibaba.com again in the future. In the interim, Alibaba Group’s AliExpress is still live on Lolli.”
In the days following Singles Day, China is showing signs of renewing its crackdown on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. While President Xi Jinping has embraced blockchain in addition to removing cryptocurrency mining from a list of banned activities, rolling out mobile app lessons about Bitcoin and calling BTC the first successful use case of blockchain, the country’s anti-crypto stance has not entirely faded. It remains complex.
The Weibo accounts of leading cryptocurrency Tron and trading platform Binance were recently blocked for violating community regulations as China is rolling out new directives that are designed to squash the speculative trading of cryptocurrencies.