Litecoin Trading in an Ascending Triangle Consolidation

Litecoin Trading in an Ascending Triangle Consolidation

When we look at litecoin in the daily chart, we can see that the cryptocurrency has been bearish but has gotten into a low volatility drift. For most part of the year, ltcusd drifted lower, with a spike to 1.00, which still remains the target for a bearish outlook.

Litecoin (LTCUSD) Daily Chart 5/11
litecoin daily chart 5/11
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The moving averages (SMAs) in the daily chart are sloping down and in bearish alignment, with price under the 200-, 100-, and 50-day SMAs. The RSI is still under 60 after it tagged below 30. So in the daily chart, we have a market that is still bearish even though it seems to have lost the push.

Litecoin (LTCUSD) 4H Chart 5/11
litecoin 4h chart May 11
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The 4H chart shows the the consolidation since ltcusd tagged 1.30 at the end of April. The resistance continues to hold around 1.50, but the lows are rising. Note the convergence of the moving averages, which reflect the sideways drift. The RSI has come close to tag 70, which reflects very slight bullish momentum, especially because it has held above 40 for the most part in May. Thus in the 4H chart, the technical assessment is a market that has turned from bearish to sideways, and is now threatening to turn bullish.

A break above 1.50 would do just that, forming a price bottom out of the action since mid-April. This scenario opens up the 1.60-1.62 level first, which is where the spike to 1.00 anchored from.

A break below 1.40 however, would put pressure back at 1.30, with risk of continuing the prevailing downtrend towards the 1.00 low on the year.

Litecoin (LTCUSD) 1H Chart 5/11
litecoin 1h chart May 11
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As we ended the 5/11 session, the 1H chart shows a flat day. with price oscillating above and below 1.45. Overall, we actually have a slight bullish bias. Price is trying to hold above the moving averages and  the RSI has held above 40 after pushing above 70. The pressure is thus on the 1.50 ascending triangle resistance.

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Fan Yang has been a professional forex trader and analyst since 2007. He specializes in technical analysis and has a Chartered Market Technician designation since 2011. He was the chief technical strategist at CMSFX He was also the founder and chief currency strategist at FXTimes Over the years, Fan has not only been a trader and analyst but also an educator. As a proponent of both technical and fundamental analysis in trading, Fan advocates simplicity and discipline as key factors in making trading decisions when faced with so many "clues" and "signals". Currently Fan Yang is the chief currency analyst and webinar instructor at