Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Cardano, Monero, IOTA: Price Analysis, October 5

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2017 was about large range days and superlative returns in cryptocurrencies. 2018 is about a crushing bear market and a sharp drop in volatility. Bitcoin’s volatility is at year-to-date lows and most altcoins have followed suit. While flat markets are despised by speculative traders, it is a good time to make an investment for the long term.

A small range trading period with low volatility will be followed by range expansion and increased volatility. However, we believe that the rise from current levels will face a number of hurdles on the way up. A large number of retail investors stuck at higher prices will bail out when the price of Bitcoin starts a new uptrend. Mike Novogratz, CEO of crypto investment firm Galaxy Digital Capital Management, does not see Bitcoin scaling above $9,000 in 2018.

So, has Bitcoin bottomed or can it fall further?

Fundstrat managing partner and head of research Tom Lee asked this question to institutions and Twitter users. The results of the poll were interesting. A majority of 25 Wall Street institutions believed that the Bitcoin price had “already bottomed”, whereas the majority of 9,500 Twitter poll respondents think that it is likely to fall further.

57 percent of institutions have a minimum target of $15,000 on Bitcoin by the end of 2019, which is about 127 percent higher than the current price of the leading digital currency.

BTC/USD

The bears did not take advantage of the breakdown below the trendline and Bitcoin has bounced back above the 20-day EMA. The important level to watch on the upside is the downtrend line of the descending triangle and $6,832. If the bulls scale above these two levels, it will invalidate the bearish pattern, which is a bullish sign.

BTC

The first level to watch on the upside is the intraday high of Sept. 4 at $7,413.46. If this level is crossed, the BTC/USD pair could rally to the next level of $8,500. The bears might launch a stron