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Fake news: Litecoin price surges 35% following Walmart adoption hoax

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The price of Litecoin (LTC) rose to more than $237 earlier on Monday following erroneous reports from major news outlets that United States retailer Walmart would be introducing a payment option for the cryptocurrency on all of its e-commerce websites.

CNBC, Reuters, Decrypt and others reported on Monday that Walmart planned to have a “Pay with Litecoin Option” for its retail websites starting on Oct. 1 as part of a partnership with the Litecoin Foundation, the organization financing and promoting adoption of the Litecoin ecosystem. The reports seemed to spawn from a single press release through distribution service GlobeNewsWire. The release claimed that Walmart chose to adopt LTC for payments based on its “cheaper and faster” features and the token having “no central authority.”

However, according to CNBC, a Walmart spokesperson confirmed the press release was “not authentic” roughly an hour after the initial report broke. The Litecoin Foundation’s director of marketing, Jay Milla, also told Cointelegraph the announcement did not come from the foundation.

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“The Litecoin Foundation has yet to enter into a partnership with Walmart,” said Milla. 

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro shows that LTC’s price surged more than 35% immediately following the spread of the fake report — from $175 to a monthly high of more than $237 — before sharply falling. At time of publication, the price of Litecoin is $180.

With a market capitalization of more than $406 billion, Walmart has previously hinted it would be looking into cryptocurrencies. In August, the company posted a job listing for an expert who could develop a digital currency strategy and product roadmap, but did not specifically mention it would be introducing a path for crypto payments. In addition, Walmart has used blockchain technology for supply chain management, customer marketplaces and smart appliances.

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Cointelegraph reached out to Walmart but did not receive a response by time of publication. 

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Litecoin Weekly Forecast December 6 — 10, 2021

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Litecoin LTC/USD ends the trading week at 195.56 and continues to move within the correction and the bullish channel. Moving averages indicate a bullish trend. Prices are testing the area between the signal lines again. This indicates pressure from buyers of the digital asset and a potential continuation of the decline in the Litecoin rate in the current trading week. At the moment, we should expect an attempt to develop a price decline and a test of the support area near the level of 180.55. Where can we expect a rebound again and an attempt to raise the value of Litecoin with a potential target above the level of 335.05.

Litecoin Weekly Forecast December 6 — 10, 2021

An additional signal in favor of raising the LTC/USD quotes in the current trading week December 6 — 10, 2021 will be a test of the support line on the relative strength index (RSI). The second signal will be a rebound from the lower border of the bullish channel. Cancellation of the growth option for the Litecoin digital asset will be a fall in price and a breakdown of the 135.05 area. This will indicate a breakdown of support and a continued fall in the LTC/USD rate below the level of 85.05. Confirmation of the rise in the cryptocurrency will be the breakdown of the resistance area and the closing of quotations above the level of 235.05.

Litecoin Weekly Forecast December 6 — 10, 2021

Litecoin Weekly Forecast December 6 — 10, 2021 implies an attempt to test the support area near the 180.55 level. Then, continued growth to the area above the level of 335.05. An additional signal in favor of an increase in Litecoin will be a test of the trend line on the relative strength index (RSI). Cancellation of the growth option will be a fall and a breakdown of the 135.05 area. This will indicate a continued decline in cryptocurrency with a target below 85.05.

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Litecoin Forecast and Analysis December 3, 2021

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LTC/USD are traded at the level of 204.06 and continue to move within the correction and the downward channel. The capitalization of the Litecoin cryptocurrency at the time of the publication of the forecast is $14,068,777,013. Moving averages indicate a short-term sideways trend in Litecoin. Prices went down from the area between the signal lines, which indicates pressure from the sellers of the asset and a potential continuation of the fall from the current levels. At the moment, we should expect an attempt to develop a correction in the value of a digital asset and a test of the support level near the area of ​​185.05. Where can we expect a rebound upward again and a continuation of the rise in the Litecoin rate with a potential target above the level of 255.05.

Litecoin Forecast and Analysis December 3, 2021

An additional signal in favor of raising the LTC/USD quotes will be a test of the support line on the relative strength index (RSI). The second signal will be a rebound from the lower border of the Head and Shoulders reversal pattern. Cancellation of the coin growth option will be a fall in the value of the asset and a breakdown of the 175.05 area. This will indicate a breakdown of the support area and a continued fall in the cryptocurrency rate with a potential target below 135.05. With the breakdown of the resistance area and closing of quotations above the level of 225.05, we should expect confirmation of the development of the bullish trend in Litecoin and the beginning of the development of the “Head and Shoulders” reversal pattern.

Litecoin Forecast and Analysis December 3, 2021

Litecoin Forecast and Analysis December 3, 2021 suggests an attempt to correct and test the support area near the level of 185.05. Where can we expect a rebound and continued growth in the LTC/USD price to the area above the level of 255.05. An additional signal in favor of an increase in Litecoin will be a test of the trend line on the relative strength index (RSI). Cancellation of the growth option will be a fall and a breakdown of the 175.05 area. This will indicate a continued fall in the cryptocurrency with a target below 135.05.

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Litecoin price must hold critical support to avoid crash to $100

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  • Litecoin price action is precarious as it flirts with final support zones that would threaten a deep sell-off.
  • $180 represents the most vital area of support for Litecoin, which it must hold.
  • Recent whipsaws in Litecoin’s movement make upside potential difficult.

Litecoin price shows significant weakness on its daily chart, with the current support at $200 showing signs of failure.

Litecoin price could retest its final and most substantial level of support at $180

Litecoin price is currently trading against some strong support at the $200 level, though the support is unlikely to hold and more downside is expected. $200 is not just an important and natural psychological number, but it is also the 50% Fibonacci retracement. The daily Tenkan-Sen (blue moving average) is just above the $200 level at $205.

While those levels all indicate a collection of strong near-term support, the position of the Chikou Span and the Cloud warn that $200 may not hold. The Cloud up ahead shifts, abruptly, much higher over the next two trade days.

Additionally, by Sunday (December 5th), if Litecoin is still trading in the same value area, the Chikou Span will slide below the candlesticks, and Litecoin price will shift below the Cloud. Consolidation: here is not a supportive condition but rather a bearish warning sign.

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$180 is the strongest and final support zone for Litecoin price. The 38.2% Fibonacci retracement and 2021 Volume Point Of Control all reside within the $180 level. Failure to hold $180 could trigger a move to retest the June 2021 lows at the $100 value area.

LTC/USD Daily Ichimoku Chart

Litecoin price must close above the daily Kijun-Sen and Cloud at the $240 value area to invalidate any near-term bearish expectations. Traders should look for any major bullish spike that would result from the daily candlesticks respecting Senkou Span A (top of the Cloud) as support. Sharp and fast moves higher on Saturday and Sunday would be expected in that event. 

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