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Bitcoin [BTC/USD] and Litecoin [LTC/USD] Price Analysis: Sideways movement takes over as bullish momentum stalls

Akash Anand



Bitcoin [BTC/USD] and Litecoin [LTC/USD] Price Analysis: Sideways movement takes over as bullish momentum stalls
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Price fluctuations in the cryptocurrency industry have been ongoing for some time now, with some cryptocurrencies enjoy a slight bullish run while others still in the bear’s claws. Bitcoin [BTC], the world’s largest cryptocurrency, saw a significant rise in value over the previous week, almost touching the $6000 mark. On the contrary, Charlie Lee’s Litecoin [LTC] could not boast of Bitcoin’s gains as the cryptocurrency was trapped in sideways movement pattern.

Bitcoin 1 day

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The one-day chart for Bitcoin showed an uptrend that lifted its price from $4159.09 to $5119.17. The long term support was at $3162.09.

The Bollinger bands had diverged from each other, signaling the start of a bullish price outbreak.

The Chaikin Money Flow indicator was above the zero line which meant that the capital coming into the market was more than the capital leaving the market.

The Awesome Oscillator displayed a slight fall in its amplitude due to a fall in Bitcoin’s market momentum.

Litecoin 1 day

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Litecoin’s one day chart showed a similar pattern to that of Bitcoin, with the uptrend having lifted its price from $33.22 to $64.38. The long term support was holding at $22.56.

The Parabolic SAR was below the price candles, meaning that the cryptocurrency was going through a bullish atmosphere.

The Relative Strength Index was in the middle of the graph, a sign of the equilibrium between the selling and buying pressures.

The MACD indicator, after a bearish crossover, saw the signal line and the MACD line fall to the bottom of the graph. The MACD histogram was a mix of bearish and bullish signals.


The aforementioned indicators stated that the cryptocurrency market was going through an imminent bullish turn, that may however, be short-lived. This was evidenced by the lack of market momentum.

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Bitcoin and Ethereum Classic find themselves on opposite ends of the 51% attack spectrum




Bitcoin and Ethereum Classic find themselves on opposite ends of the 51% attack spectrum
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Every revolutionary product comes with its own fallacy. However, to its internal metrics, in order for that product to remain adherent to the principle it hopes to expound, the cryptocurrency world is no less. Bitcoin [BTC] and other Proof-of-Work [PoW] cryptos have an in-built fallacy as well, the dreaded “51 percent attack.”

A recent study by cryptocurrency analytics firm LongHash, detailed the cryptocurrencies that are the closest to being subjected to the aforementioned attack.

The report looked at ten of the most significant PoW coins including, Bitcoin, Ethereum [ETH], Bitcoin Cash [BCH], Litecoin [LTC], Dash [DASH], Bitcoin SV [BSV], Zcash [ZEC], Monero [XMR], Ethereum Classic [ETC], and Bitcoin Gold [BTG].

Prior to detailing the study, Longhash listed out the two key points required to execute a 51 percent attack. First, a single mining pool/entity/individual would have to control over 50 percent of a network’s mining power. Second, the energy expenses related to the same, based on renting or sheer purchase of mining power.

Dividing the parameters of performance into two key parts, LongHash initially looked at the one-hour attack cost based on data from OnChainFX as on June 19, and consequently, the percentage of mining power available for rent on NiceHash. The matrix for an unsuccessful attack would be a high one-hour attack cost with low power availability, deeming the network “quite safe.”

Source: LongHash

Bitcoin took the top spot, with the report stating that there exists “very little power available to rent,” coupled with a “very high hourly attack cost.”

Traversing down the estimate cost Y-axis, several coins are scattered including, LTC, ETH, BCH, ZEC, BSV, DASH, and XMR, citing low power available via NiceHash. However, the estimated cost to rent the mining power is fairly low.

The report added,

“Most tokens, however, are clustered in the bottom-right corner of our chart, with low mining power availability and hourly attack costs north of $10,000, which makes them appear relatively safe.”

Moving horizontally further down the total mining power X-axis, BTG is the sole cryptocurrency exhibiting around 35 percent mining power availability on Nice Hash, with the lowest estimated cost to rent 51 percent of mining power for sixty minutes.

The biggest worry by far, was Ethereum Classic. The ETH hardfork had more than 80 percent of its mining power available on NiceHash, while the hourly attack was estimated to cost less than $10,000.

Earlier this year, the ETC network was the subject of a 51 percent attack, with several exchanges pausing ETC-related transactions in the process. The attack led to several cases of network double-spends and re-organisations totaling around $1.1 million or 219,500 ETC.

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