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Bitcoin flash crashes by $2K in 5 minutes, liquidating $600M in longs

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Bitcoin (BTC) fell over $2,000 in five minutes on March 31 as a wave of volatility disrupted an otherwise calm market.

BTC/USD 1-minute candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: Tradingview

BTC sees sudden volatility

Cointelegraph Markets Pro and Tradingview showed a nightmare for long traders unfold on Wednesday, with BTC/USD suddenly dropping from $59,350 to $57,000.

At the time of writing, the losses were still mounting after the pair hit lows of $56,713 on Bitstamp. 

“Exactly Bitcoin,” trader Michaël van de Poppe reacted to what has become a familiar event on short timeframes for Bitcoin.

Previously, upside had been the focus for day traders as news from PayPal spawned a run-up to just below $60,000.

Those betting on a continuation of the bull run lost big on Wednesday, however, as the downturn liquidated long positions worth $600 million amid a 24-hour total wipeout of $1 billion.

For quant analyst PlanB, their demise was nonetheless beneficial, helping to rid the market of unwanted leverage and ensure more organic future rises. As Cointelegraph reported, similar events have occurred with both long and short positions in recent months.

“Beautiful stop loss hunting .. again,” he commented on Twitter.

“Now that all leveraged longs are liquidated, we finally have room for breaking $60K in April.”

Funding rates creep up

Meanwhile, indicators showed reason to believe that further price increases for Bitcoin would need some work.

Funding rates across derivatives platforms were higher on the day, reaching as high as 0.375% on Huobi, a classic sign that downward pressure is incoming.

Bitcoin funding rates vs. BTC/USD chart. Source: Bybt

The longer-term picture remains more than positive, with analysts pointing to $68,000 and $73,000 as the next hurdles to watch.

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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitcoin-flash-crashes-by-2k-in-5-minutes-liquidating-600m-in-longs

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Why ADA could run hotter than Bitcoin and make 10x gains

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After breaking in the crypto top 10 by market cap and with 3.597% gains over the past year, Cardano (ADA) seems to be laying low. At the time of writing, ADA trades at $1,24 with 1.7% profits in the daily chart and 6.4% in the weekly chart.

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ADA moving sideways in the 24-hour chart. Source: ADAUSDT Tradingview

Cardano’s native token and its platform are moving towards a major milestone. Targeting a Q3 entry into DeFi with Hard Fork Combinator Alonzo.

Bullish investors are betting on ADA’s further appreciation. Analyst Justin Bennett claims this token next rally will happen by the end of April. Around this time IOG should be stress-testing its smart contracts platform, Plutus.

A day ago, Bennet said to be building a “sizeable” ADA position and set support at $1.10 to $1.30. Over the next month’s, according to the analyst, ADA could go as high as $10.

On the Cardano’s native token recent price action, the analyst said it moving sideways is an indication of a “fair game”, a sign that ADA’s price is not overvalued. Bennet added:

ADA moving sideways for 6 weeks tells me the market doesn’t believe it’s overvalued at all. I don’t buy markets that are going vertical. I buy markets that went vertical recently and have since gone sideways for over a month. That’s a recipe for the next leg higher.

By the end of the month, ADA could target $2, as indicated by the chart below, and then could go for a higher price at $3 in the coming months.

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Source: Justin Bennett

In the 2017 bull run, ADA peaked at $1,18 therefore Bennet claims it could a 10x from its current price. Comparing ADA to Bitcoin, the analyst said the latter has “never done less than” a 10x profit in a bullish cycle. He added:

We know alts run hotter than Bitcoin. Translation: $10 $ADA is conservative, and $20 – $30 wouldn’t surprise me.

Smart contracts capabilities closing in on Cardano

Cardano’s next protocol upgrade is set to make it “the leading smart contract platform”, according to Olga Hryniuk from IOG. Outlining Alonzon’s roadmap and launch, Hryniuk wrote:

Throughout March and April, the IO Global team has been gradually combining the Alonzo rules with the Cardano node and ledger code (…). We expect the Alonzo upgrade (hard fork) to happen in late summer, and we will announce a firm date in April’s Cardano360 show.

In the crypto space, many believe Ethereum’s high fees are pushing users towards cheaper options. Cardano’s platform promises this with higher security for its smart contracts and EVM compatibility.

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” href=”https://www.newsbtc.com/dictionary/coin/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Coin (BNB), performance is any indication of where ADA could go, then investors should pay attention to BNB’s rally.

With a 70.6% increase in just one month, BNB seems pegged to smash all resistance and keep scoring all-time highs. It remains to be seen if ADA will follow and take a place amongst DeFi giants.

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Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/news/why-ada-could-run-hotter-than-bitcoin-and-make-a-10x-gains/

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Litecoin Price Analysis: 11 April

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The Litecoin market has been seeing significant growth in price since the beginning of the year. At the time of writing, LTC was returning 93% year-to-date to its investors.

LTC was being traded at $257.39 with a market capitalization of $17.22 billion. The digital asset just saw a bullish breakout, however, will it be able to maintain this high value going forward in the market?

Litecoin 1-day chart

Source: LTCUSD on TradingView

The Litecoin price was building higher within an ascending channel and witnessed a strong surge as the price broke out of the channel. LTC saw the price surge from $163 to $258 within 16 days and turned the prevalent bearishness into a bullish market.

However, LTC has been closely trading to the resistance at $258 and if it rejects this price level, the value may trade lower.

Reasoning

The surge in the value of the digital asset has resulted in increased volatility in the market. The divergence of Bollinger Bands has been an indicator of the rise in volatility, while, the signal line moved under the candlesticks. The signal line will be acting as a support if the price pushes lower.

Meanwhile, the relative strength index was noting that the digital asset was close to becoming overbought as its value hit 68. The market has been witnessing selling pressure evolve at this stage and if it escalates, the RSI will be pushed towards the equilibrium zone.

While the market switches trends, the momentum has remained high owing to the recent surge. The bullish momentum could help the asset to maintain its high value, but the rise in selling pressure could result in a correction.

Crucial level

Entry-level: $240.99
Take Profit: $191.84
Stop-level: $268.88
Risk to Reward: 1.76

Conclusion

The current Litecoin market has been fairly bullish. However, a rising sell-off could push the price of the digital asset lower under $200. With 50 moving average and the signal line extending support close to $200, the price may not drop beyond this point.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/litecoin-price-analysis-11-april

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: 11 April

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Is the top in for Bitcoin? Unlikely. Multiple on-chain metrics showed that, although strongly bullish, this was not the top for Bitcoin. Funding rates are high but the market is not driven solely by derivatives. The spot volume has been high as well and so the market is not yet at the point where the rally is solely driven by derivatives. The overcrowded long trade could even see a burst to $64,000, although some pullback could be seen before another wave to $68,000.

Bitcoin 1-day chart

Bitcoin Price Analysis: 11 April

Source: BTC/USD on TradingView

The charts showed BTC break out of a descending channel to climb back to $61,000 over the weekend, and at the time of writing was trading at $59,750. Not shown on the chart, but an ascending triangle pattern was emerging, with the base at $53,000 and a higher low at $55,900, while the resistance at $60,000 has held over the past few days. This could see a move to $67,000-$68,000 in the next week or two.

However, there is sure to be a liquidity hunt to the downside before a breakout – and the funding rate could get exorbitant quickly as everybody tried to long a breakout past ATH. Hence, the $58,000 and $55,600 are strong support levels should a dip occur. A demand zone at $53,000 has also been established.

Rationale

The RSI was forming higher lows, showing that bullish momentum was weakening. The OBV has also been relatively flat in recent days and has not yet climbed above the highs seen in mid-February even though the price has formed a higher high.

Trading volume has also been trending lower, showing consolidation was in progress.

The Chaikin Money Flow was moving in the neutral area for nearly 10 days now – something that last happened on the daily chart in May 2020, when Bitcoin consolidated at the $9400 area.

Conclusion

Jumping in on a long position upon breakout past $60,000-$61,000 could result in losses. Rather, a pullback to $58,000 or even deeper to $56,600 can be used to scale into long positions. Bitcoin Dominance is also falling, and large-cap coins are performing strongly, showing that capital is flowing from BTC to large-cap coins, that is, coins with more than a $2 billion market cap.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/bitcoin-price-analysis-11-april

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