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Ether Up from 100-Day Low, But Bounce Back Lacks Substance

Omkar Godbole

Ether's technical recovery from the 100-day low hit yesterday looks to be a "dead cat bounce."

The world's second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, which traded around $740 a week ago, fell to $460 on Sunday - its lowest level since Dec. 11.  The 37.8 percent fall looks to be associated with ether-specific news flow and broad-based risk aversion in the crypto markets.

Last week, an official at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said the agency is investigating "dozens" of initial coin offerings (ICOs) - news that seems to have weighed over ether, given the ethereum blockchain serves as a platform for token creation via its ERC-20 standard.

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Further, ETH's drop below $500 yesterday coincided with reports that the EOS team is releasing about 400,000 ETH tokens on the market. While the EOS token is built on ethereum, it is widely considered a crypto competitor.

Currently, ETH is trading at $535, having clocked a high of $556 earlier today, according to CoinMarketCap. The retreat from the intraday high suggests the rally from $460 was likely a "dead cat bounce" - a correction in a bearish trend.

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The above chart (prices as per Bitfinex) shows that the head-and-shoulders breakdown seen last week confirmed a longer-term bullish-to-bearish trend change.

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However, the oversold conditions, as highlighted by the relative strength index (RSI) and the previous's day long-tailed candle (signals bearish exhaustion) indicate ether will likely trade in the sideways manner for the next couple of days.

The upside could be capped around the descending (bearish) 10-day moving average (MA), while the previous day's low of $452 could act as a strong support, given the oversold conditions.

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  • Ether could consolidate in the range of $630-$550 over the next 48 hours.
  • Only a daily close (as per UTC) above the head-and-shoulders neckline resistance (former support) of $640 would abort the bearish view.
  • Bearish scenario: Repeated failure to beat resistance at $565 (Feb. 6 low) could yield a bigger sell-off to  $385 (Nov. 30 low).

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