Litecoin Price Running Out of Gas After Meteoric Rally: Crypto Analyst

Journalist:
Josiah Wilmoth @Y3llowb1ackbird
April 17, 2019

By CCN: The litecoin price has been one of the cryptocurrency market’s top performers in 2019, climbing a ridiculous 162 percent since the new year.

Among large-cap cryptoassets, only binance coin has performed better, and litecoin’s year-to-date rally leaves the bitcoin price’s 40 percent advance in the dust. However, one team of crypto analysts says the sixth-largest cryptocurrency looks poised for a sell-off.

Litecoin Price Likely to Crash Through Support – And That’s OK!

The sixth-largest cryptocurrency has climbed more than 150 percent in 2019. It might be running out of gas. | Source: CoinMarketCap

Writing in a note to clients on Wednesday, crypto brokerage BitOoda said that a downward wedge has begun to form on the litecoin chart, suggesting that the cryptocurrency could be on the verge of a short-term breakdown. That sell-off would likely cause the litecoin price – which currently holds near $80 – to crash below its near-term support line at $75.

BitOoda EVP Brian Donovan wrote:

“[W]e have seen a downward wedge forming over the last week or so. We look for potential breakdown of that $75 near-term support.”

Analysts say the litecoin price is forming a “downward wedge,” which suggests the cryptocurrency will drop below its $75 support line. | Source: BitOoda

But while Donovan’s analysis suggests that traders might be wise to take some short-term profits, a breakdown would not necessarily be a sign of long-term weakness in the cryptocurrency. Rather, it would be a “healthy” retracement given that the litecoin price has already surged more than 350 percent from its bear market low at $22.

“LTC has rallied from the lows of last December from ~$22 roughly 350%. A short-term retracement would not at all be unlikely NOR would it be a bad sign for the token. Healthy pullbacks can and should occur in an asset that rallies this hard, this fast.”

LTC Bull: Triple-Digit Mark Not Out of the Question

Even so, not everyone is convinced that litecoin’s support level test will result in a breakdown.

Writing on Twitter, The Rhythm Trader set forth a more bullish scenario, arguing that if more volume rushes in to defend that support level – which until recently was a key resistance line – the litecoin price could quickly vault into triple-digit territory.

“If $LTC shows a little volume here, this could get really interesting with a break of $100 quick if this support holds.”

Josiah Wilmoth @Y3llowb1ackbird

Josiah is the US Editor at CCN, where he focuses on financial markets. He has written over 2,000 articles since joining CCN in 2014. His work has also been featured on ZeroHedge, Yahoo Finance, and Investing.com. He lives in rural Virginia. Follow him on Twitter @y3llowb1ackbird or email him directly at josiah.wilmoth(at)ccn.com.