Crypto markets threw a pleasant head pretend this week by rallying into resistance on a “constructive” Shopper Value Index (CPI) report, earlier than retracing the majority of those gains proper after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell took on a surprisingly hawkish tone throughout his post-rate-hike presser. 

The Fed hiked rates of interest by 0.50%, which was effectively inside the expectation of most market members, however the eyebrow-raiser was the Federal Open Market Committee consensus that charges would need to reach the 5%–5.5%+ vary so as to hopefully obtain the Fed’s 2% inflation goal.


This mainly threw chilly water on merchants’ lusty goals of a Fed coverage pivot happening within the first half of 2023, and the damper on sentiment was felt all through crypto and equities markets.

Because the charts under present, Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) reversed course proper as Powell started his presser on Dec. 14.

BTC/USDT and ETH/USDT, 4-hour chart. Supply: TradingView

How do you want them apples?

It’s additionally not shocking that BTC and ETH worth motion and market construction on the decrease time frames additionally look equivalent.

So, sure, markets retraced their current features over unhealthy information, however has something truly “modified?” Bitcoin remains to be buying and selling with a transparent vary; Ether is doing the identical, and neither asset has made new yearly lows lately.

Because the saying goes, when doubtful, zoom out. So, let’s try this briefly and take a greater have a look at the lay of the land.

When doubtful, zoom out!

On the weekly timeframe, Bitcoin remains to be bouncing round in a falling wedge, a traditional technical evaluation sample that tends to lean bullish. The value is doing just about what one would count on the value to do inside the framework of technical evaluation.

There’s anticipated resistance on the 20-MA, which is lined up with the descending trendline. The amount profile metric reveals a bulk of exercise within the $18,000–$22,500 vary, and the decrease arm of the falling wedge has to this point functioned as help.

Related worth motion was seen in Could 2021–July 2021, however after all, the conditions had been fully completely different, in order that’s a little bit of an apples-to-oranges comparability. There’s a divergence on the MACD and RSI. Briefly, the value is trending down, and MACD and RSI are trending up on the weekly timeframe, which is probably one thing value keeping track of.

BTC/USDT 1-week chart. Supply: TradingView

What I like concerning the weekly timeframe is that candles kind slowly, and tendencies, whether or not bullish or bearish, are fairly simple to name and make sure. It’s simpler to construct a stable funding thesis of the weekly time-frame than spend infinite hours pouring over four-hour, one-hour and each day charts.

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Anyhow, breakouts from the falling wedge are prone to be capped on the descending trendline, whereas a breakdown of the sample or drop under the decrease help might see the value fall as low as $11,400. That’s all inside the market consensus for many analysts.

As for Ether, like I lined in higher element in last week’s Substack and publication, it’s nonetheless doing the bull flag factor: bouncing round between help and resistance and seeing breakouts capped at key shifting averages and the descending trendline of its bull flag.

$2,000 stays the eventual goal on the radar of most analysts, and draw back to the $1,100 is much from stunning.

A dip below $1,000 is prone to increase eyebrows and draw the eye of these on the lookout for extra resolute shorts.

ETH/USDT 1-week chart. Supply: TradingView

Ether worth motion is mainly doing the identical predictable factor as Bitcoin: nothing to see right here, persist with the plan (no matter that may be for you). Much like BTC, there’s additionally a divergence on Ether’s MACD and RSI — one thing value keeping track of.

Litecoin replace

Final week, I additionally put eyes on Litecoin (LTC) attributable to its upcoming community reward halving. Whereas the value has retraced from its native high at $85, the uptrend stays intact, and on the each day timeframe, the GMMA indicator remains to be brilliant inexperienced.

LTC/USDT 1-week chart. Supply. TradingView

The vertical black strains monitor LTC’s bullish momentum main into halvings and the corrections that happen proper after the halving happens. In the meanwhile, all the pieces appears to be continuing in line with plan.

After all, none of that is monetary recommendation. Ensure you do your personal analysis, calculate your danger, take into consideration the worst-case situations, weigh your ROIs and take revenue, and reduce losses zones just a few days earlier than truly making a commerce. Do not forget that 1:3 and 1:5 is the optimum risk-to-reward final result one ought to be chasing after.

Ignore the short-term FUD and worth motion. Zoom out and construct a robust thesis from that vantage level.

This text was written by Massive Smokey, the writer of The Humble Pontificator Substack and resident publication writer at Cointelegraph. Every Friday, Massive Smokey writes market insights, trending how-tos, analyses and early-bird analysis on potential rising tendencies inside the crypto market.

The views, ideas and opinions expressed listed here are the authors’ alone and don’t essentially mirror or symbolize the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.