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Top 5 cryptocurrencies to watch this week: BTC, UNI, THETA, VET, LUNA

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Bitcoin’s (BTC) fundamentals received a boost as the U.S. Senate passed the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill on March 7. If traders react to this bill in the same way as they had done to the first stimulus package in April 2020, then the crypto markets may witness a strong rally.

The stimulus package also intensifies the focus on the devaluation of the U.S. dollar. These concerns could lead some investors to park their money in hard assets or Bitcoin instead of keeping them in fiat currencies, according to veteran trader Peter Brandt.

Crypto market data daily view. Source: Coin360

In addition to investors, a growing number of listed companies are choosing to protect their fiat reserves by buying Bitcoin. After the high-profile purchases by MicroStrategy, Tesla, and Square, a Chinese listed company called Meitu revealed that it had acquired $40 million worth of Bitcoin and Ether.

If other companies across the world also follow this lead and invest a portion of their treasury reserves in Bitcoin, that could create a massive supply and demand imbalance, sending prices through the roof.

Let’s study the charts of the top-5 cryptocurrencies that may resume their uptrend in the short term.

BTC/USD

Bitcoin dipped below the 20-day exponential moving average ($48,484) on March 5 and March 6 but the long tail on each candlestick shows buyers are ready to jump in at lower levels. The bulls have currently pushed the price toward the $52,040 overhead resistance.

BTC/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

While the 20-day EMA is flat, the relative strength index (RSI) has started to turn up and it has risen above 58, indicating that the bulls are attempting to make a comeback.

If the buyers can propel the price above the resistance, the BTC/USD pair may retest the all-time high at $58,341. A breakout of this level could start the next leg of the uptrend, which may reach $72,112.

Contrary to this assumption, if the price turns down from the overhead resistance and breaks below $46,313, the pair may drop to the 50-day simple moving average at $42,861. This level is likely to act as a strong support.

If the pair rebounds off this support, the pair may spend a few more days in consolidation. But if the bears sink the price below $41,959.63, traders may rush to the exit, which could signal a possible change in trend.

BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

The pair has formed an inverted head and shoulders pattern on the 4-hour chart that will complete on a breakout and close above $52,040. This bullish setup has a pattern target of $61,075.

The 20-EMA has started to turn up and the RSI has jumped above 62, indicating a minor advantage to the bulls.

This bullish view will invalidate if the price turns down from the current levels or the overhead resistance and breaks below $47,000. Such a move could open the doors for a decline to the next major support at $41,959.

UNI/USD

After consolidating near $29 for three days, Uniswap (UNI) has broken out of the overhead resistance today. If the bulls can sustain the price above $29, it will enhance the prospects of the resumption of the uptrend.

UNI/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

Both moving averages are sloping up and the RSI is in overbought territory, which indicates that bulls are in command. If the UNI/USD pair rises above $33, the next level to watch out for is $38 and then $46.

This bullish view will invalidate if the price turns down from the current levels and breaks below the 20-day EMA ($25.31). If that happens, the pair may drop to $22 and then to the 50-day SMA ($19.78).

UNI/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

The 4-hour chart shows that the bears are likely to defend the $32 overhead resistance aggressively. However, if the bulls do not allow the price to dip below the 20-EMA, it will signal strength. A breakout and close above the $32 to $33 zone may start the next leg of the up-move.

This bullish view will invalidate if the price turns down and breaks below the 20-EMA. Such a move will suggest that traders are booking profits on rallies. The pair could then drop to the 50-SMA.

THETA/USD

THETA is in a strong uptrend. Although the altcoin turned down on March 7, the long tail on the March 8 candlestick shows buying at lower levels. Corrections in a strong uptrend generally last for one to three days after which the main trend resumes.

THETA/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The rising moving averages and the RSI near the overbought zone suggest the bulls are in control. If buyers can drive the price above $4.72, the THETA/USD pair may resume the uptrend and rally to $5.73.

On the contrary, if the price turns down from the $4.50 to $4.72 overhead resistance zone, the pair may drop to the 20-day EMA ($3.58). A strong rebound off this support will suggest the sentiment remains positive as the bulls are buying the dips.

If the bears sink the price below the 20-day EMA, a deeper correction to the 50-day SMA ($2.82) is possible. Such a move will indicate that the momentum has weakened and may delay the resumption of the up-move.

THETA/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

The 4-hour chart shows the 20-EMA is rising and the RSI is in the positive zone. If the bulls can push and sustain the price above the downtrend line, the pair may retest $4.72. A breakout of this resistance could start the next leg of the uptrend.

On the other hand, if the price continues to correct, it may find support at the 20-EMA. If that happens, the bulls will again try to propel the price above the downtrend line. However, a break below the 20-EMA may pull the price down to $3.85.

VET/USD

VeChain (VET) is currently stuck in a large range between $0.0345 and $0.060774. The price had reached the resistance of the range, but the long wick on today’s candlestick shows profit-booking near $0.060774.

VET/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

However, the moving averages are sloping up and the RSI has also inched higher into the positive territory, suggesting that the path of least resistance is to the upside. If the bulls can push and sustain the price above $0.060774, the VET/USD pair may start the next leg of the uptrend.

The first target on the upside is $0.087048 and if this level is also crossed, the pair may rise to $0.10.

Contrary to this assumption, if the price turns down from the current level, the pair may drop to the 20-day EMA ($0.047). A bounce off this support will suggest that the uptrend remains intact, but a break below it may bring the range-bound action into play.

VET/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

The 4-hour chart shows some profit-booking near $0.060, but the positive sign is that the bulls have not allowed the price to collapse. If the pair rebounds off the 20-EMA, the bulls will make one more attempt to thrust the price above the stiff overhead resistance.

If they can sustain the price above $0.060774, the next leg of the uptrend could begin. However, if the price dips below the 20-EMA, the selling could intensify and the price may drop to the next support at the 50-SMA.

LUNA/USD

Terra (LUNA) is currently consolidating in a large range between $5 and $8.50 for the past few days. Both moving averages are sloping up and the RSI is near the overbought territory, indicating the path of least resistance is to the upside.

LUNA/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The bulls pushed the price above the range on March 5, but could not build up on the breakout as the price turned down and slipped back below $8.50 on March 6. This suggests that demand dried up at higher levels.

However, if the bulls do not give up much ground, it will indicate that traders are waiting to buy the shallow dips. If that happens, the buyers may make one more attempt to start the next leg of the up-move. If they succeed, the LUNA/USD pair could rally to $12.

LUNA/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

The long wicks on the candlesticks above $8.50 show profit-booking at higher levels and the bulls are currently attempting to defend the 20-EMA. If the price rebounds off the current levels, the buyers will again try to resume the uptrend by driving the pair above the $8.50 to $9 overhead resistance zone.

On the contrary, if the bears sink and sustain the price below the 20-EMA, the pair could dip to the 50-SMA. If the price bounces off this level, the pair may consolidate in the upper half of the range for some time. A drop below the 50-SMA will be a signal that the price may settle into the $5 to $6 range.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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MicroStrategy Directors Now Receive Board Fees in Bitcoin

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MicroStrategy, a publicly-listed company spearheaded by Michael Saylor, who’s arguably one of Bitcoin’s biggest proponents, will now pay the board fees to its non-employee directors in bitcoin.

  • According to a new filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), MicroStrategy has modified the compensation arrangements for non-employee directors.
  • Per the document, they will “receive all fees for their service on the Company’s Board in bitcoin instead of cash.”
  • Going even further, the filing reads that “in approving bitcoin as a form of compensation for Board service, the Board cited its commitment to bitcoin given its ability to serve as a store of value, supported by a robust and public open-source architecture, untethered to sovereign monetary policy.”
  • As to the technicalities of the payments, the amount of the compensation payable to each non-employee director will remain unchanged and nominally denominated in USD. However, at the time of payment, the fees will be converted from USD into bitcoin using a payment processor and deposited to the wallets of the applicable non-employee directors.
  • With this move, the company cements its already bullish stance on Bitcoin and highlights its strong belief in the primary cryptocurrency and the technology that underpins it.
  • The company is also getting closer to owning almost 100,000 bitcoins.
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ConsenSys-Backed Virtue Poker Closes $5 Million Strategic Investment Round

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Virtue Poker, a project backed by the blockchain mogul ConsenSys, has completed a strategic investment round of $5 million.

Strategic Investment Ahead of Mainnet Launch

The news comes ahead of the mainnet launch, which is scheduled to happen in May 2021.

Virtue Poker is the only blockchain-based company that’s received an official license from the Malta Gaming Authority, Virtue Poker has closed a $5 million strategic investment round led by notable investors ConsenSys, DFG Group, Pantera Capital, and Jez San from FunFair.

In a press release shared with CryptoPotato, the project’s CEO, Ryan Gittleson, said:

“After years of consultation, in-person meetings, and effort, Virtue Poker can proudly say we are the only licensed blockchain-based poker application in the market.”

The project tackles some of the pressing issues that are currently riddling major poker platforms by leveraging the capabilities of distributed ledger technology.


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“Blockchain technology provides modern and secure payment infrastructure that provides global accessibility to consumers, unlike our competitors.

By working with regulators to become a licensed online gambling company, Virtue Poker now has the legitimacy to crossover and compete for customers from legacy providers to bring blockchain-based wagering mainstream.”

The Virtue Poker team, as well as the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), worked together for more than two years in establishing a regulatory framework that’s suitable for blockchain-based gambling applications. The company is now allowed to operate legally and compete in most global markets to deliver the promise of fair pair playing, as well as transparency to mainstream adoption.

What’s Next?

Next in the pipeline for Virtue Poker is the release of the mainnet, which is scheduled for May 2021. Phil Ivey, the legendary player and member of the Poker Hall of Fame, who’s also a stakeholder in Virtue Poker, said:

“I’ve been working with the Virtue Poker Team for over 3 years,” says Ivey. “Their innovative blockchain platform can be a major part of poker’s future.”

The project is among the first ones to be incubated by ConsenSys – it was founded not much after the debut of Ethereum.

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Litecoin, Dogecoin, Chiliz Price Analysis: 12 April

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Funding rates for many major altcoins were quite high, prompting that a shakeout to reset funding could occur sometime soon. On the spot trading side, Litecoin and Dogecoin saw heavy demand in the past few days as they flipped crucial levels of resistance to support. Chiliz continued to slide down the charts.

Litecoin [LTC]

Litecoin, Dogecoin, Chiliz Price Analysis: 12 April

Source: LTC/USD on TradingView

On the hourly chart, LTC formed a rising wedge pattern (white) and dipped from $228 to $217 before resuming its move upwards. The $220 area of demand lived up to its name, and the $230 and $244 levels have been flipped to support.

LTC was trading at $256 at the time of writing. The $270 and $287 are levels of overhead resistance.

While the Awesome Oscillator was forced to retreat to the zero lines, on longer timeframes, momentum was strongly bullish.

Dogecoin [DOGE]

Litecoin, Dogecoin, Chiliz Price Analysis: 12 April

Source: DOGE/USDT on TradingView

Dogecoin flipped the $0.062 level from resistance to support a few days ago and has seen strong buying volume since. The RSI reached into overbought territory and pulled back to 66 as DOGE also saw a pullback from $0.075 to test the $0.0716 retracement level.

A deeper retracement to $0.066 is also possible. After this correction, DOGE would likely begin another move toward $0.08, and some extension levels are plotted in gray.

Dropping beneath the 50% retracement level at $0.062 will see DOGE descend toward $0.05 once more.

Chiliz [CHZ]

Litecoin, Dogecoin, Chiliz Price Analysis: 12 April

Source: CHZ/USDT on TradingView

Chiliz was in a steady downtrend since reaching highs at $0.94. CHZ has support at $0.47 and $0.42, and a further drop could see demand step in at $0.37. However, there was no sign that CHZ was ready to begin recovery toward $0.9 again.

The A/D line showed strong, steady selling pressure on CHZ which has forced the coin to trend lower down the charts in recent weeks. It appeared to be only a matter of time before CHZ broke beneath the $0.4 mark.


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