The first weekend of 2019 ends with a positive sign. From Friday evening levels, the average growth of crypto prices is above 5%, with bitcoin marking a +8% rise.

Yesterday saw important increases for many altcoins which were caged in a lateral movement in recent days. The few red signs were balanced out by the rises of recent days.

Among the cryptocurrencies under the parity level, there are Waves and Maker (MKR), which interrupt the small elevations of recent days. Litecoin (LTC) on the other hand, marked an excellent rise over the weekend, jumping over 20% from last Monday’s levels.

The total capitalisation is over 136 billion dollars. Meanwhile, bitcoin’s dominance starts to rise again and reaches almost 52%, while Ethereum tries to extend the gap from XRP after regaining the second position more than a month ago.

The number of cryptocurrencies listed on Coinmarketcap also goes up again, today reaching almost 2090 tokens after having stopped at just over 2060 for the whole month of December.

Bitcoin chart: https://it.tradingview.com/symbols/BTCUSD/

Bitcoin on the rise (BTC)

After several attempts during the last two weeks, always with a negative result, yesterday afternoon’s bitcoin rise managed to break the $4,000 threshold, a break that caused many bearish positions to be covered. This has fueled further purchases reaching over $ 4200 where the profit takings of daily speculators began.

However, bitcoin’s recovery of the psychological price of 4000 dollars and especially the technical level positioned at 4100 dollars, still needs further confirmation in the coming days.

The first one will be the stability of these levels and a consolidation that will be perfected with prices above 3900 dollars. On the contrary, a return below this level will again make the umpteenth bullish attack fade away.

Ethereum chart: https://it.tradingview.com/symbols/ETHUSD/

Ethereum (ETH)

The $165 resistance is proving difficult. Yesterday afternoon, prices tried for the second time in three days to break the threshold definitively, albeit without success.

Once again, the profit-taking prevailed, which rejected prices below the medium-long term technical threshold of 160 dollars. The trading volumes on the second cryptocurrency are still lively, waiting for the next forks during the 11th to 16th January period. For those with little experience, it is preferable not to set up operations during this timeframe and pay close attention to the sources of news.

In the last hours. the rumours concerning the possible scam of the Nowa (ETN) hard fork are taking more and more consistency. This “fork” promises to reward users with another token for every Ethereum in possession. For this reason, be very careful before registering your keys on other wallets that are not officially recognised.

 

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Federico Izzi
Financial analyst and independent #trader – S.I.A.T. & Assob.it partner. He operates actively on stock and derivatives markets (futures and options) since 1997. A precursor of cyclic-volumetric analysis he is known for having identified the most important upward and downward movements in the financial markets of recent years. He participates annually as a speaker at the ITForum in Rimini since the 2010 edition and InvestingRoma and Napoli since the first edition of 2015. He is a guest and market expert on the "Trading Room" and "Market Driver" broadcasts of Class CNBC, Borsa Diretta.tv and on the evening news of Traderlink. Since July 2017 he is a permanent guest on LeFonti.TV, the only weekly national space dedicated to cryptocurrencies alongside the most important international experts in the field. Since May 2017 he is officially a Bigbit technical analyst. He was interviewed as a #cryptocurrency expert for Forbes Italia, Panorama, StartupItalia and DonnaModerna. He was recognized as the first Italian technical analyst to have published the first secular cyclic analysis on #Bitcoin. Periodically publishes articles on ITForum News, Sole24Ore, MILANOFINANZA, TrendOnLine and Wall Street Italy. Federico Izzi is... "Zio Romolo".