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Altcoins pop as bitcoin consolidates, analysis of Ethereum, XRP, IOTA, and Binance Coin

The market is catching up with bitcoin.

Altcoins pop as bitcoin consolidates, analysis of Ethereum, XRP, IOTA, and Binance Coin

Disclaimer: This article contains technical analysis, which is a methodology for forecasting the direction of prices through the study of past market data, primarily price and volume. The content presented in this article is the opinion of the author. None of the information you read on CryptoSlate should be taken as investment advice. Buying and trading cryptocurrencies should be considered a high-risk activity. Please do your own diligence and consult with a financial advisor before making any investment decisions.


The market is catching up with bitcoin. After breaking—and monetarily holding—$8,000, other altcoins are getting some action. XRP recently saw a 40 percent increase, Ethereum is surging, and Binance coin is approaching all-time highs.

Technical analysis suggests a major correction could happen at any moment. Nevertheless, there are indicators that the top three cryptos by market cap, in addition to Binance coin and IOTA, show promise.


Bitcoin continues to make new highs after breaking above $6,450 on Apr. 12. So far, it went as high as $8,350, and now it could even try to test $9,500 resistance.

The TD Sequential Indicator, created by Tom Demark, sets various numbers above and below the candlesticks on a chart that can be interpreted as bullish or bearish signals.

  • A bullish signal is given when the indicators show a red nine candlestick and/or when a green two candlestick trades above the previous green one candle (shown below).
  • Conversely, a bearish signal is given when there is a green nine candlestick or when a red two candle trades below the previous red one candlestick. The stop loss can be placed above the last high of the current bullish trend or the last low of the current bearish trend depending on if its a long or short trade.

On the 1-day chart, bitcoin is currently on a green eight candlestick. A sell signal could be given on May 16 if, by that time, BTC is still trading above $6,980 as per the sequential indicator.

A close below $7,600 could take it down to the next support line found at $6,800, but a break above $8,350 could take BTC to a new yearly high of $9,500.

bitcoin price
Source: TradingView

On the 12-hour chart two different patterns are visible:

  1. A bullish pennant predicting a 13 percent target to the upside, which is given by adding the height of the flagpole to the top of the flag sitting around $8,080.
  2. A bearish reversal candlestick, which signals a potential pullback.
coinbase bitcoin price
Source: TradingView

On the 4-hour chart, bitcoin seems to be trading inside an ascending parallel channel as the price has been showing areas of support and resistance that can be used to set stop-loss orders and profit targets.

At the bottom of the channel, a bullish engulfing candlestick pattern formed, signaling that BTC could go back to the top of the channel. A breakout above the ascending channel will signal a continuation of the move higher, while a breakout below will indicate a possible trend change from bullish to bearish.

bitcoin coinbase
Source: TradingView


An ascending triangle has formed on the Ethereum 1-day chart as it breaks out. The target of this pattern can be calculated by taking the height of the triangle and adding it to the $160 breakout point.

ethereum price
Source: TradingView

Based on the TD Sequential Indicator, a buy signal was given once a green two started trading above a green one candlestick on the 12-hour chart. The current candle is a green three validating the bullish perspective.

The next resistance level is at $255, and if broken to the upside it could get ETH to try and test the next resistance point at around $290. Conversely, the support levels sit at $196 and $176.

ethereum coinbase price
Source: TradingView

On the 4-hour chart, ether has been rising, forming a channel, inside three ascending parallel lines. A break out of the parallel channel could take ETH to reach new highs, while a break below could set it back to the previous support level.

eth price
Source: TradingView


XRP finally broke out after trading inside a parallel channel since the beginning of the year. Now, the altcoin reached the first level of resistance at $0.44. If it is able to move above this level it could try to reach the next level of resistance at $0.52.

XRP price
Source: TradingView

On the 12-hour chart, a sell signal has been given by the TD Sequential Indicator, warning of a potential pullback to $0.38. A move above $0.44 could eventually invalidate the sell signal.

XRP price
Source: TradingView

A bull flag formed on the 4-hour chart and now it seems to be at its breakout stage. A target is given by adding the height of the flagpole to the top of the flag sitting around $0.40. At the time of writing, XRP traded above $0.45, which is very close to the ultimate target given by this pattern.

XRP USDT price
Source: TradingView


Recently, IOTA went through a 30 percent push up, which seems like it could have been predicted with the red nine, which is a buy signal given by TD Sequential Indicator. The trading technique was accurate the last two time it signaled a buy for the coin.

Now that IOT has moved above $0.32, it could test the next resistance level at $0.45 or even $0.61 if bullish momentum continues.

IOTA price
Source: TradingView

On the 12-hour chart, the TD Sequential Indicator has given a sell signal, which will be confirmed once there is a red two trading below a red one candlestick. If it was to fall, the closest support level sits at $0.32

Source: TradingView

IOTA could be about to make a higher high if it is able to break above $0.39. Once and if it does the next level of resistance is at $0.45, as previously mentioned. However, breaking below $0.35 could set it back to $0.32.

Source: TradingView

Binance Coin

On Apr 20, 2019, Binance coin made a new all-time high when it rose all the way up to $25.5. Now after a pullback to the $18.5 support level, it was able to bounce back above $20.

BNB could be about to reach higher highs if it is able to trade above $25.5, which could set the stage for a major bull run of this cryptocurrency.

Source: TradingView

The TD Sequential Indicator has given an unperfected green nine candlestick on the 12-hour chart. This means that although it is a sell signal, it is not a strong one, and the potential for a pullback diminishes. If the price actually corrects, it could try to test the previous support level at $21.55. If BNB continues rising it could get to a new all-time high

BNB price
Source: TradingView

On the 4-hour chart binance coin is trading within an ascending parallel channel. After almost touching the bottom of the channel it could bounce and rise to the top of the channel. A break above the channel could give it a big push to new highs while a break below the channel could set it back below $20.

Binance coin price
Source: TradingView

Are altcoins catching up to bitcoin?

Most of the coins analyzed in this article have recently made a significant move up in their market valuation. At this point, it seems like they could reach higher highs, especially Binance coin. Even XRP, the most bearish looking altcoin, has increased more than 40 percent and Ethereum may be about to make a move as well. These all support the case that altcoins are starting to follow Bitcoin’s lead.

Disclaimer: None of the information above should be construed as investment advice. Trading cryptocurrencies is extremely risky and we advise our readers to only trade what they can afford to lose.


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