Prices remain soft across the market as traders await Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s statement on the size of the next interest rate hike.
At the moment, the market consensus is a 0.75 bps rate hike and a sliver of analysts are banking on 1%.
Stocks also appear en route to close the day in the red, with the Dow down 0.75% and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq registering a 0.79% and 0.64% loss, respectively. Bitcoin (BTC) continues to fight what appears to be a losing battle at the $19,000 mark, while Ether (ETH) dug a little deeper into its post-Merge dip by making an intra-day low at $1,329.
While BTC, ETH and altcoins aren’t making any notable moves that defy the current downtrend, from the perspective of market structure and technical analysis, there are a few interesting developments occurring.
Lido (LDO) has corrected alongside Ethereum now that the Merge-trade fervor has subsided, but the asset currently trades in what some would say is a bull flag. While ETH bulls and traders might have taken profits on their long Ether positions, the Merge was a success, stakers and validators still derive yield from the altcoin and the fundamentals that turned investors bullish on Ether remain present.
Ideally, if Ether’s decentralized applications (DApps) and active users continue to expand and traders keep accumulating, then in an otherwise down market, yield should be a capital magnet, no?
From a market structure point of view, Ripple (XRP) looks interesting, and there’s been a ton of social chatter about it on Twitter lately. Following the usual hopium-laced narrative, members of the XRP army have been suggesting that if XRP beats its SEC case and is not deemed a security, the price could “moon.”
Of course, solid fundamentals and signs of growth via new address and an in-demand product to market fit should drive investments, but in the absence of that, the market structure does look interesting.
Basically, there’s a pre-bull market precedent of a lengthy consolidation phase within a rounding bottom that is somewhat similar to what we can see from the last 137 days. Volumes are kicking up, price broke through a long-term descending trendline that has historically served as resistance and from the perspective of XRP’s HTF market structure, one might conclude that a price bottom has been found.
But, as a word of caution, hype and expectation tend to trigger volume surges. Regardless of whether the SEC decides that XRP is a security or the opposite, investor excitement could still peter out and the price could simply trade in the same sideways range in perpetuity or until the “next bull market.”
Algorand’s (ALGO) market structure also looks interesting. Price fully retraced the complete bull market rally and now trades in the same range as it did in 2019 and 2020. Occasional buy volume pops haven’t been sustained for long enough to clear the $0.40 level, but things could get spicy if a few daily closes above this zone and a test of the 200-MA at $0.48 occurred.
If the wider market began to consolidate and ALGO buy volume sustains, flipping this moving average to support could see an upside to $0.69, and daily closes above $0.80 would set a significantly higher high that would indicate confirmation of a trend reversal.
As a disclaimer, these charts simply reflect assets that look “interesting.” Currently, the market is still overwhelmingly bearish and large caps like BTC and ETH have yet to find a bottom.
Ultimately, it’s the Federal Reserve that is calling the shots on what happens in risk assets like crypto. So take these snapshots with a grain of salt and proceed with caution.
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Ray Schuetz received a Masters Degree in computer science from The University of Texas (Austin). Ray has been working as a full-time blockchain consultant for the past 3 years. In his spare time, Ray enjoys writing for EthereumCryptocurrency.com and other crypto news publications.