Weekly Opportunities In Cryptocurrency: Did We Just Bottom?

May 25, 2018 9:43 AM ETBTC-USD, ETH-USD10 Comments

Summary

  • We are now deep into the wave two corrections I mentioned in my last article.
  • Bearish sentiment was loud and clear.
  • We're now tracking a micro rally that might start a bottom process.

In my last article—“Crypto Market Ready For Lunar Launch?”—I stated that we have been tracking bullish 5-wave patterns off the April lows, and viewed most cryptocurrencies in wave-2 corrections or about to complete the impulse and enter wave 2s. However, some disparate coins are currently in B waves or wave iv corrections.

I also stated that some of the corrective fractals that we were beginning to see were shallow, particularly that in Ethereum. Meanwhile, I said that corrective waves are notorious for twists and turns, and for changing the views of traders and analysts alike. So, I always ground myself in a zoomed-out point of view.

By that view, we went deep—deeper than we prefer—on a few of the coins we track, but have so far stayed well above April lows in most. Yet, most coins we track are well within ideal range for a wave-2 bottom that will set us up for much higher.

I want to focus on the opportunities in Bitcoin and Ethereum, leading bellwethers for the crypto market that—at the time of writing—are quite shallow even after a horrific, impulsive drop this morning (May 24). But before I get to charts, let’s discuss sentiment.

Wave 2s are the life blood of the Elliott Wave trader, as this is the wave that washes sentiment out and sets up the third wave—which is usually the most extended wave, and often the fastest.

Paraphrasing R. N. Elliott in the 1930s, the wave-2 correction fools the crowd into believing the bear market has returned. In the case of cryptos, the “bear market” is the correction that started in late December to early January, and continued at least until the April lows.

I can say that sentiment gave us a hint that we were reaching bearish crescendo. From Twitter “whining” to those reminding everyone the bubble popped—and from stories of larger traders selling their positions to the high-volume selling we have seen between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST on May 23—it seems that crypto traders have been bloodletting.

This is the normal course for an Elliott Wave trader, focused on waves of sentiment that are reflected in mathematical price patterns. But how do we know when this bearishness has reached its limit, exhausted its fury, and given room for bulls to re-enter? First, we need to see price not push through key support.

For Ethereum, that ideal level is $495, with $430 the lowest I allow. We are still slightly shallow in Ethereum. Bitcoin ideally held $7,624 and we have a small breach. But as long as it is over $7,085, I will give this room to start a third wave.

Note there is a triangle pattern on the daily Bitcoin chart that give room into the high $6000's.

See hourly charts of Ethereum and Bitcoin

Hourly Chart of BitcoinSource: Motivewave.

Hourly Chart of EthereumSource: Motivewave.

Next, we need to see a 5-wave move, and the probability of a bottom being in rises if prices retrace .618 of the correction. Key levels to the upside are $719 in Ethereum and $8,910 in Bitcoin. In that regard, we have work to do. But I am, as of writing, tracking a potential nano 5-wave move in both.

In the charts, these labels reflect a 5-wave pattern off these lows, which I would like to see before I can call this a bottom. Then, I would expect small retraces to set up our larger, expected third wave, which targets north of $1,800 in Ethereum and $15,000 in Bitcoin—and beyond, if there is a larger degree follow-through.

See 5 minute charts of Bitcoin and Etherum tracking a potential fractal higher.

5M chart of BitcoinSource: Motivewave.

Ethereum 5m ChartSource: Motivewave.

As of writing I have micro support at $7350 in Bitcoin and $560 below which further lows may be reached in the wave 2 corrections.

In short, we have the first condition met for an important trade set-up and lasting bottom, mentioned in my article on May 10—a deep-enough correction to wash out sentiment and stoke weak hands to sell. Now, we need to see bulls take control, and witness this in impulsive price action that takes out resistance.

And, as always markets will do what they do. If these fresh impulses break down and support eventually gives way, we must look down—even to a break below April lows, and a protracted correction. Clearly, this is an important point in time.

This article was written by

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Ryan Wilday has over two decades of experience trading equities, futures and options. He was introduced to cryptocurrency in 2013 by a programmer friend and began mining and trading shortly thereafter. Though he read Prechter's Elliott Wave Principle in the early 2000's, he didn't make practical use of the theory until joining EWT in 2015. He has used the theory to call many of the most important turns in Bitcoin and other cryptos since 2017. Of late, Ryan has developed many quantitative systems for trading crypto which he has deployed in this service to the benefit of subscribers. Ryan is a popular speaker at financial forums and conferences in the U.S., including The Traders Expo and The Money Show, and widely syndicated on sites including Seeking Alpha, MarketWatch, and Nasdaq.com. He is the author of two eBooks: "The Risks & Rewards of Cryptocurrencies" and "10 Rules To Be A Successful Crypto Trader."

Disclosure: I am/we are long BTC-USD, ETH-USD. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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