Bitcoin Consolidates, Altcoins Rally After Segwit2x Pulled
- A period of consolidation is needed before BTC makes a new attempt at $8,000
- Altcoins record double digit gains as investors switch out of BTC
- Ethereum breaks out of its recent sideways trading pattern.
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Bitcoin (BTC): Bullish Momentum Suggests Further Highs on The Horizon
After Wednesday’s decision to cancel the Segwit2x fork, Bitcoin went on a roller-coaster ride making a new high in excess of $7,900 before sliding all the way back down to $7,200 as sellers took control of the market. It is likely that a lot of investors had bought BTC in the run-up to the Segwit2x fork in anticipation of a free coin drop, but those hopes were dashed when the fork was cancelled. In the run-up to the decision, the supposed new coin, B2x, was soft quoted between $600 and $1,000, a figure that accounts for most of Bitcoin’s fall from its high. With the market now steadying between $7,000 and $7,200, the token will likely see a period of sideways trading before attempting a fresh push higher.
We have been discussing the upcoming Segwit2x fork and its price-moving potential, over the last couple of weeks at our Weekly Bitcoin Webinar on Wednesday’s at 12:00pm - if you would like to join us, please click here.
Chart: Bitcoin (BTC) Daily Timeframe (April – November 9, 2017)
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Altcoins Record Double–Digit Gains
While the price of Bitcoin swung initially higher then lower, a wide variety of altcoins recorded double-digit gains post the Segwit2x announcement, as investors widened their holdings of digital currencies.
The gains in these altcoins were mainly driven by overnight Korean Won (KRW) buyers and from investors switching out of Bitcoin as hopes of a new, free, B2x coin were dashed.
Ethereum (ETH) Breaks Out
The second-largest crypto-currency by market capitalization, Ethereum broke out of its recent trading pattern overnight as buyers took control of the market. ETH haslagged BTC over the past months and is still around $100 short of its June 12 high of $420. The chart below shows the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement level at $333 as the next upside target ahead of the October 16 print at $350. Ethereum was also in the news yesterday after wallet provider Parity disclosed that due to an accidental individual coding error, hundreds of millions of US dollars’ worth of Ether tokens were frozen with clients unable to access them.
Chart: Ethereum (ETH) Price Daily Timeframe (May 14 – November 9, 2017)
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