Litecoin is one of the most popular cryptocurrencies in the industry and over the past two years, we have seen a rapid increase in the hash rate of the Litecoin blockchain network, which represents computing power that protects the protocol. Specifically, this quick increase comes with the strong performance of Litecoin over the past few months.
Even though the significant increase in the hash rate of any blockchain network is generally considered a positive indicator of confidence, arguments are commonly made that improvements in hardware and mining equipment can lead the hash rate to rise.
The recent surge in the hash power of the LTC network was more than likely affected by the momentum of the short-term price trend of Litecoin. With this, it is possible that the overall improvement in the efficiency of mining equipment might have triggered the hash rate on the network.
An early team member at Litecoin, Franklyn Richards has spoken on the recent rise saying:
“Another potential explanation for the recent rise, besides price, may be more efficient mining hardware being issued /used. If this were the case we are not expressly aware of it.”
JP Vergne is a professor at the Ivey Business School in Canada and in 2017, Vergne discovered in a study that developer activity is the most accurate predictor of the price movement of cryptocurrency.
The study released by Vergne, dubbed “Buzz Factor or Innovation Potential: What Explains Cryptocurrencies’ Returns?” noted that while new cryptocurrencies are always surfacing, if they aren’t backed by active development, investors may lose confidence. The study states:
“Besides, a new cryptocurrency may look more appealing than its older competitors at the time of introduction, but if it is not backed by a solid team of developers who continually improve its underlying software, over time it will be unable to maintain its initial technological advantage.”
Also speaking on Litecoin was its creator, Charlie Lee who has said:
“Fungibility is the only property of sound money that is missing from Bitcoin & Litecoin. Now that the scaling debate is behind us, the next battleground will be on fungibility and privacy. I am now focused on making Litecoin more fungible by adding Confidential Transactions.”
Litecoin market update: LTC/USD trims gains within a falling channel
- Lower lows and lower highs within a descending have seen Litecoin test the support at the 23.6% Fib level.
- The trends shown by the MACD and the RSI show that the price has found a short-term bottom.
Litecoin is trading below the moving averages after extended the declines from the highs achieved in April. Lower lows and lower highs within a descending have seen Litecoin test the support at the 23.6% Fib level between the last drop from $98.1092 to a low around $60.8035 close to $70.00.
Meanwhile, attempts to beat the bearish pressure in the three weeks have failed miserably. At the time of writing Litecoin is trading at $74.36 while battling the resistance at the 38.2% Fibo. LTC/USD needs to zoom above this hurdle in order to enter a bullish zone between $75 and $80.
The trends shown by the MACD and the RSI show that the price has found a short-term bottom. The RSI touched the oversold but recovered to 47.05. Although it is unable to correct above the average at 50.00 the ranging motion means that traders can expect LTC/USD to say above the key support at $70.00 and the immediate resistance at $75.00.
Litecoin (LTC) Price Remains At Risk Of More Losses
- Litecoin price failed to stay above the crucial $75.20 support and extended losses against the US Dollar.
- LTC price tested the $70.40 level and it remains at a risk of more losses.
- There is a major bearish trend line in place with resistance at $76.20 on the 4-hours chart of the LTC/USD pair (data feed from Coinbase).
- The pair could decline sharply if there is a break below the $70.40 and $70.00 support levels.
Litecoin price is currently trading below key supports against the US Dollar and bitcoin. LTC could tumble towards the $65.00 or $62.00 support if the $70.00 gives way.
Litecoin Price Analysis
In the past few days, there were range moves litecoin price below the $84.50 and $85.00 resistances against the US Dollar. The LTC/USD pair made a few attempts to break the $84.50 resistance, but it failed. As a result, there was a drop below the $78.00 support and the 55 simple moving average (4-hours). The decline was such that the price failed to stay above the crucial $75.20 support and extended losses. Sellers even kicked the price below the $72.50 support level and a new monthly low was formed near $70.40.
The price is currently consolidating gains above $70.50. It broke the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last drop from the $79.77 high to $70.72 low. On the upside, there is a strong resistance formed near the $75.20 and $75.40 levels. The 50% Fib retracement level of the last drop from the $79.77 high to $70.72 low is also near the $75.20 level. Moreover, there is a major bearish trend line in place with resistance at $76.20 on the 4-hours chart of the LTC/USD pair.
Finally, the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the last drop from the $79.77 high to $70.72 low is at $76.20. Therefore, the price is likely to struggle near the $75.20 and $76.20 resistance levels. Only a successful close above $78.00 and the 55 simple moving average (4-hours) could start a fresh increase.
Looking at the chart, litecoin price is clearly trading below key supports at $75.20. If it fails to recover above $75.20 and breaks the $70.40 support, there could be more losses. A clear break below the $70.00 support may push the price towards the $65.00 level. However, the main support is near the $61.40 level (the previous breakout resistance area).
4 hours MACD – The MACD for LTC/USD is placed heavily in the bearish zone, with a lot of negative signs.
4 hours RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for LTC/USD is currently recovering from 30, but it is well below 50.
Key Support Levels – $70.00 and $65.00.
Key Resistance Levels – $75.20 and $78.00..
Litecoin (LTC/USD) forecast and analysis on April 25, 2019
Cryptocurrency Litecoin (LTC/USD) is trading at 73.92. Cryptocurrency quotes are trading below the moving average with a period of 55. This indicates a bearish trend on Litecoin. At the moment, cryptocurrency quotes are moving near the lower border of the Bollinger Bands indicator bands.
Litecoin (LTC/USD) forecast and analysis on April 25, 2019
As part of the Litecoin course forecast, a test level of 77.20 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 64.10. The conservative Litecoin sales area is located near the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator at 82.00.
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. As well as a moving average with a period of 55 and closing quotations of the pair above the 84.20 area. This will indicate a change in the current bullish trend for LTC/USD. In case of a breakdown of the lower border of the Bollinger Bands indicator bands, one should expect an acceleration of the fall of the cryptocurrency.
Litecoin (LTC/USD) forecast and analysis on April 25, 2019 implies a test level of 77.20. Further, it is expected to continue falling to the area below the level of 64.10. The conservative area for selling Litecoin is located area of 82.00. The cancellation of the option of falling cryptocurrency will be the breakdown level 84.20. In this case, we can expect continued growth.