Price analysis 1/6: BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, ADA, DOT, BCH, XLM, LINK, BNB

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Bitcoin’s slow crawl toward $36,000 has given select altcoins the green light to rally higher.

Aggressive buying by institutional investors is one of the main reasons for the current Bitcoin (BTC) bull run. Some investors expressed their intent to hold their positions for a few years, but it is also prudent to note that many of these investors have recently developed a love for Bitcoin and their conviction to HODL may not resemble that of the early Bitcoin whales.

The current bull market could also differ from the last as institutional investors simply cannot hold on to their positions if Bitcoin unexpectedly enters a sharp correction. These fund managers will have to face angry clients if Bitcoin’s performance wanes, thus it’s important to keep a level head when considering the lofty price estimates being thrown out by analysts. 

Bitpay’s chief commercial officer Sonny Singh said in an interview with Bloomberg that if Bitcoin’s rally continues, the institutional investors may be tempted to lock in their gains and are unlikely to HODL for the long term.

If that happens, the markets may have to deal with a huge amount of selling, which could result in a sharp fall unless new institutional investors or long-term Bitcoin whales step in and buy.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

A few metrics such as rising futures open interest and a high funding rate suggest that traders are taking aggressive bullish bets on Bitcoin’s rally continuing. As has occurred in the past, a sharp downturn in Bitcoin price could result in leveraged players facing a massive long liquidation.

Therefore, it only makes sense that at this juncture, traders exercise caution and use proper money management principles to protect their paper profits.

While Bitcoin’s rally toward $36,000 may have slowed down, several altcoins are skyrocketing. Let’s study the charts of the top-10 cryptocurrencies to determine the possible target levels on the upside.

BTC/USD

The long tails on the Jan. 4 and 5 candlesticks suggest that the bears tried to start a correction but the bulls aggressively purchased the dips. Bitcoin has resumed the uptrend today by pushing the price above the previous all-time high at $34,786.04.

BTC/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The next target objective on the upside is $37,000 and if that level is scaled, the BTC/USD pair could rise to $45,000.

However, the relative strength index (RSI) remains in overbought territory indicating the risk of a correction. The first support on the downside is the 20-day exponential moving average ($28,213).

If the pair rebounds off this support, it will suggest that traders continue to buy the dips and that could keep the uptrend intact.

Conversely, if the price breaks below the 20-day EMA, it could result in panic selling that could sink the pair to the 50-day simple moving average ($22,285).

ETH/USD

Ether (ETH) has resumed the uptrend today as the bulls have pushed the price above the Jan. 4 intraday high at $1,156.456. However, the RSI above 88 suggests that the biggest altcoin is overbought in the short term.

ETH/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

If the price does not sustain above $1,156.456, the ETH/USD pair could consolidate in a tight range for a few days before attempting the next trending move.

Conversely, if the pair sustains above $1,156.456, it will suggest that the melt-up is likely to continue. In such a case, the pair may rally to $1,260 and then to $1,420.

The pair will signal a possible change in trend if the price turns down and plummets below the $840.93 support.

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