Price Analysis, Dec. 12: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, IOTA, Litecoin, Dash.

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Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency universe have created numerous records in 2017, almost on a monthly basis. On Jan. 1 this year, the combined market capitalization of cryptocurrencies stood at $17.7 bln. Fast forward to the last month of the year and the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is close to hitting half a tln dollars.

In another new milestone, Bitcoin futures trading started on Sunday and it has also turned out to be positive for Bitcoin price.

Futures trading at a premium to the cash market, showed that traders were in a hurry to own a position in the hottest asset class of the year. As a result, Bitcoin hit a new lifetime high yesterday.

The interesting point to note in the past few days has been that the altcoins have also started to make their presence felt.

One such digital currency is IOTA. It has maintained its standing among the top 5 cryptocurrencies based on market capitalization and our readers have been requesting to include it, so, we have added it to our list.

Please note that the pattern targets given in the analysis are a guideline. Many pattern targets are never met. Therefore, traders should always trail their stops higher to protect their paper profits. Please don’t wait to book profits at the designated target levels only, because the charts are dynamic and as they change, so do the targets.

BTC/USD

The pullback in Bitcoin could only reach the 38.2 percent Fibonacci retracement levels, which shows strength. From the lows of $12,505 on Dec. 10, the cryptocurrency surged about 39 percent to hit a new lifetime high at $17,389.95 on Dec. 11.  

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The long wick on Dec. 10, shows enough buying support at lower levels. Since early October the price has closed below the 20-day EMA only once. Therefore, the first sign of bearishness will be when the price movement breaks down below the 20-day EMA. Until then, all dips are likely to be aggressively purchased.

On the upside, we see some selling above the $16,700 levels. Though the digital currency has breached the $17,000 mark on two occasions, it has not been able to sustain the level. Therefore, once it breaks out and holds above $17,000, it is likely to start the next leg of the upmove, which has a target of $24,291.58.

However, it is unlikely to be a straight dash to the above-mentioned target objective. I expect some profit booking at $18,281.68, which is a critical Fibonacci extension level. Above this, $20,000 is likely to act as another roadblock.

For the past six days, Bitcoin’s daily trading range has expanded. I expect a few small range days of trading action, if the price fails to rise and sustain above $17,000.

Initiating fresh long positions can be risky as the logical stop loss position is way lower. I would prefer to wait for a set up to present itself with an attractive risk to reward objective before recommending anything.

ETH/USD

I had anticipated a breakout above $480 in my previous analysis and that is what happened. Ethereum broke out to new highs yesterday.

ETH

The pattern target of the breakout from the bullish ascending triangle is $652, where I expect a significant resistance. Traders, however, should trail their stops higher to protect their paper profits.

The first signs of weakness will be when Ethereum falls back below $480. Until then, all dips are likely to be purchased.

BCH/USD

Bitcoin Cash is yet to catch the fancy of the bulls. It remains range-bound between $1,129.33 and $1,758.4.

BCH

The digital currency was facing resistance at the downtrend line, as drawn in the chart. Currently, Bitcoin Cash is attempting to break out of the downtrend line. Once the price sustains above this for four hours, a move to the upper end of the range is likely.

An aggressive trade can be taken at $1,520 with a stop loss of $1,400. The target objective is a retest of the highs at $1,750.

Another profitable way to trade is to buy on a breakout of the range. Traders can wait for a breakout above $1,758.4 to enter long positions, if price sustains above the level for more than four hours. The breakout from the range is likely to carry Bitcoin Cash to $2,387. Once this level is taken out, a retest of the highs is likely.

IOTA/USD

After staying range-bound for almost five and half months, IOTA started a vertical rally at the end of November. It quickly rallied from a low of $0.78735 on Nov. 27 to a high of $5.59 on Dec. 6, a rally of 609 percent.

IOTA

For the past few days the digital currency has been consolidating and has formed a pennant, which is a continuation pattern.

A breakout and close of this pattern is likely to resume the uptrend in IOTA. While $5.59 is likely to act as a resistance, the pattern target is $9.62.

This higher target is invalidated and the cryptocurrency will become negative if it breaks down the pennant pattern.

LTC/USD

I expected Litecoin to consolidate after reaching $157 levels before resuming its uptrend