Crypto markets have started the week on a weak note, suggesting that buyers remain skeptical about buying any significant dips.
Continued selling in the cryptocurrency markets pulled the total market capitalization below $800 billion on Nov. 21. Traders are increasingly nervous about the extent of damage FTX’s collapse may have on several crypto firms. Until the uncertainty clears, it is futile to expect a sustained recovery in cryptocurrency prices.
The FTX saga has broken the close correlation between the United States equities markets and Bitcoin (BTC). While Bitcoin is trading close to its 52-week low, the S&P 500 (SPX) has recovered sharply from its low made on Oct. 13.
Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360
The U.S. dollar index (DXY) is usually inversely correlated to Bitcoin, but its recent drop from the multi-year high did not benefit Bitcoin. This suggests that crypto buyers remain on the sidelines and are not venturing in to buy.
However, Billionaire investor and hedge fund manager Bill Ackman said in a Twitter thread on Nov. 20 that crypto was “here to stay with proper oversight and regulation.” He also highlighted the potential of cryptocurrencies to “greatly benefit society and grow the global economy.”
Could the cryptocurrency market catch up with the United States stock markets? Let’s study the charts of the S&P 500 index, the U.S. dollar index (DXY) and the major cryptocurrencies to find out.
The S&P 500 index has been in a strong recovery since bottoming out at 3,491 on Oct. 13. Although the 4,000 level has been acting as a resistance in the past few days, a positive sign is that the bulls have not given up much ground.
SPX daily chart. Source: TradingView
The rising 20-day exponential moving average (EMA) of 3,879 and the relative strength index (RSI) in the positive territory indicate an advantage to buyers. If the bulls push the price above 4,029, the up-move could reach the downtrend line.
The bears have successfully halted previous relief rallies near the downtrend line, hence they will try to do the same again.
If the price turns down from the downtrend line but does not slip below the 20-day EMA, it will suggest that the bulls are buying on dips. That could increase the likelihood of a break above the downtrend line.
The first sign of weakness will be a break and close below the 20-day EMA. The index could then decline to the 50-day simple moving average (SMA) of 3,786.
The U.S. dollar index plunged below the uptrend line on Nov. 10. This is the first indication that the index may have topped out in the near term.
DXY daily chart. Source: TradingView
The index rebounded off the support near 105, indicating strong buying on dips. The 20-day EMA of 108 is sloping down and the RSI is in the negative territory, suggesting that the bears have an edge in the short term.
If the relief rally stalls near the 20-day EMA, the bears will make another attempt to pull the index below 105. If they succeed, the next stop could be 103.50 and then 102.
Alternatively, if buyers drive the price above the 20-day EMA, the index could rise to the uptrend line. The bulls will have to push the price back above this level to indicate that the corrective phase may be over.
Bitcoin remains in a downtrend. The bears pulled the price below the immediate support of $16,229 on Nov. 21, which suggests a lack of demand from the bulls.
BTC/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView
If the price sustains below $16,229, the BTC/Tether (USDT) pair could retest the vital support at $15,588. This is an important level to keep an eye on because a break and close below it could signal the start of the next leg of the downtrend. The pair could then start its downward journey toward $12,200.
On the contrary, if the price turns up and breaks back above $16,229, it will suggest that the bulls are buying the dips below $16,000. The bulls will then attempt to push the price toward the overhead resistance at $17,190.
Ether (ETH) continues to slide gradually toward the support line of the descending channel pattern. This is an important level for the bulls to defend because a break below the channel could intensify selling.
ETH/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView
The ETH/USDT pair could then drop to the psychological level of $1,000 and after to the vital support at $881. The downsloping 20-day EMA of $1,381 and the RSI in the negative territory indicate that the bears are in control.
Contrary to this assumption, if the price rebounds off the support line with strength, it will suggest that buyers are defending the level with all their might. They will then try to clear the moving averages and open the doors for a possible rally to the downtrend line of the channel.
BNB (BNB) has declined to the critical support at $258, which could witness a tough battle between the bulls and the bears.
BNB/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView
The downsloping 20-day EMA of $284 and the RSI below 37 indicate that the bears have the upper hand. If the bears sink and sustain the price below $258, the selling could pick up momentum and the BNB/USDT pair could drop to $239 and thereafter to $216.
Alternatively, if the price turns up from the current level, it will suggest that the bulls continue to buy the dips to $258. The pair could then rise to the moving averages where the bears may again mount a strong defense.
Buyers pushed XRP (XRP) above the downtrend line on Nov. 20 but could not clear the hurdle at the 20-day EMA of $0.39. This suggests that the sentiment remains negative and traders are selling on rallies.
XRP/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView
The XRP/USDT pair could drop to the support line where buyers may step in. A strong rebound off the support line will suggest that the pair has formed a symmetrical triangle pattern.
On the other hand, if the price slips below the support line, the pair could drop to the $0.32 to $0.30 support zone. A strong rebound off this zone will indicate that the pair may remain stuck between $0.30 and $0.41 for a few days.
The bears will have to pull the price below $0.30 to signal the start of the next leg of the downtrend.
Cardano (ADA) remains in a strong downtrend. The bears pulled the price below the immediate support at $0.31 on Nov. 21 opening the doors for a possible drop to the support line.
ADA/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView
A minor positive for the bulls is that the RSI is forming a bullish divergence. This suggests that the bearish momentum could be waning. The ADA/USDT pair could attempt a recovery from the support line, which is likely to hit a wall at the 20-day EMA of $0.34.
If the price turns down from this level, it will suggest that the bears continue to sell on rallies. That could result in a retest of the support line. If this level cracks, the selling could accelerate and the pair may drop to $0.25. Contrarily, a break above the 20-day EMA could embolden the buyers who may push the pair to the downtrend line.
After trading between the moving averages for several days, Dogecoin (DOGE) plunged below the 50-day SMA of $0.08 on Nov. 20. This indicates that the uncertainty resolved in favor of the bears.
DOGE/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView
The 20-day EMA of $0.09 is sloping down and the RSI is in the negative area, indicating that the DOGE/USDT pair could decline to the immediate support at $0.07. If this level also gives way, the pair could complete a 100% retracement of the entire rally and drop to $0.06.
Conversely, if the price rebounds off the current level or $0.07, the bulls will again try to propel the pair above $0.09. A close above this resistance could signal that the corrective phase may be over. The pair could then rally to $0.12.
Polygon (MATIC) dropped to the uptrend line on Nov. 21. This level has acted as a support on two previous occasions, hence the bulls will again try to defend it.
MATIC/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView
A recovery from the uptrend line could face strong selling near the 20-day EMA of $0.91. If the price turns down from this level, the pair could again retest the uptrend line. A break below this level could pull the pair to the important support at $0.69. This level is likely to attract buyers.
On the upside, the 20-day EMA remains the key resistance to keep an eye on. If buyers drive the price above the 20-day EMA, the pair could rise to $0.97 and later to the stiff overhead resistance at $1.05.
Polkadot (DOT) remains in a strong downtrend. The bears pulled the price below the pennant formation and the Nov. 10 intraday low of $5.32 on Nov. 20. This indicates the resumption of the downtrend.
DOT/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView
Buyers may attempt to start a recovery from the psychological level of $5, which could reach the breakdown level from the pennant. If the bears flip this level into resistance, the prospects of a decline to a $4.08 increase.
On the contrary, if buyers thrust the price above the 20-day EMA of $5.86, it will indicate aggressive buying at lower levels. That may trigger short covering from the aggressive bulls, clearing the path for a possible rally to $6.50.
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