Crypto Price Watch: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple and Litecoin Hold Their Ground

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Bitcoin is holding its position at $8,100. Following a near $400 drop just 48 hours ago from $8,300, the father of cryptocurrencies has been staying strong since yesterday’s ascension to the present price.


If anything, this shows that Bitcoin has developed new strongholds at the $8,000 range, which is good news considering its position of $6,600 less than a week ago. While news has been relatively simple or even scarce over the last few days, analysts remain confident that the currency has entered a solid bull phase, and further spikes may be relatively close.

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Broker Jim Iuorio comments that Bitcoin will undoubtedly go higher from here, striking $8,200 in the coming days and ultimately targeting $9,400 not long after. In addition, blockchain and the technology behind Bitcoin continues to enjoy mass adoption, which may be paving the way for current price stability.

A new report stemming from a Quebec-based government office suggests that no credible link exists between Bitcoin and money laundering, as most criminals are turned off by Bitcoin’s “newfound” lack of anonymity. While the currency has undoubtedly been considered non-transparent in the past, law enforcement agencies do have the capabilities to track and uncover transactions.

This knowledge is reportedly bringing further blockchain players to the table, including financial and technology services group True Potential. The company is set to become the first U.K.-based asset management company to implement blockchain technology into its in-house trading platform, ensuring all transactions are dutifully recorded.

Bitcoin Chart - April 18, 2018
Bitcoin reached a weekly high of $8,409.54 and had continued trading around the $8,000 mark. Bitcoin saw its sharpest price increase to date, going from $6,962.60 to $7757.92 in a mere one hour.

Examining Bitcoin’s current trends would suggest that the next goal could be an even $10,000 granted it’s able to surpass the 50-day SMA. Major resistance is expected at approximately $12,700, which the currency isn’t expected to reach just yet.


Bitcoin’s behavior appears to be rubbing off on its crypto-cousins, with Ethereum spiking to $515 at press time after yesterday’s $507 mark. Ethereum has bounced back from a recent dip that saw it trading in the $400 range, but the 20-day EMA suggests the currency could be at the start of a new uptrend. However, we’re not likely to know until the week’s end.

Ethereum Chart - April 18, 2018
Ethereum had a bumpy ride but overall increased from $503.44 to $521.83. Ethereum continues to regain some ground following its recent crash.

As the second-largest cryptocurrency, Ethereum is widely connected to Bitcoin, which means if Bitcoin goes down, Ethereum will follow suit. Granted Bitcoin can keep up its momentum, we’ll continue to witness ongoing spikes for Ethereum.

The currency was recently the subject of mass speculation after founder Vitalik Buterin proposed a potential cap of 120 million coins. The move has been heavily criticized as a diminishment of Ethereum’s security, though Buterin cites “economic instability” as his main concern.

Bitcoin Cash

The “spin-off” currency has jumped by over $100 in the last 24 hours, leaping from yesterday’s $765 to a solid $880.

Bitcoin Cash Chart - April 18, 2018
Bitcoin Cash ascended from $762.05 to $888.12, following the rest of the crypto market.

Previous analyses had suggested Bitcoin Cash would experience a solid price hike in the coming days granted it was able to break $778, which has noticeably occurred. A rally of the 50-day SMA would bring the currency up to $945 and $1,114 not long after that.


Ripple having a hard time breaking its current spot. The asset has only risen by $0.01 from yesterday’s $0.67, but if the bulls can remain defensive, a rise to $0.70 and $0.83 soon after could be expected.

Ripple Chart - April 18, 2018
Ripple continued to rise – it is currently trading at $0.71, an increase of 9.23% since yesterday.


Litecoin is presently trading at $138, a one-dollar hike since yesterday’s $137 position. Most analysts remain neutral on Litecoin, with current trends suggesting incoming resistance at $141.

Litecoin Chart - April 18, 2018
Although Litecoin dipped here and there, it trended upward, going from $134.40 to 139.32. Litecoin is seemingly less volatile than the other leading tokens this week. The cryptocurrency’s total market capitalization is starting to rebound, following the crash in early 2018.

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Nick Marinoff


Nick Marinoff

Nick Marinoff is an author, writer, and journalist that has been covering the cryptocurrency arena since 2014. In the past, he has served as a news writer and editor for Money & Tech, and as a senior writer several cryptocurrency websites. He also has several guest publications under his belt from Sludge Feed to Coin Journal to Digital Gold Magazine. He has since traveled extensively to libraries, offices and other locations delivering seminars on the book’s subject matter and the growing student debt crisis in America.

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