Bitcoin Trading Alert: Continuation of a Move up

By: Mike McAra | Fri, Aug 22, 2014
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Bitcoin Trading Alert originally published on August 22, 2014, 12:29 PM


Cutting right to the chase: we support long speculative positions, stop-loss at $440, take-profit at $620.

A recent report by Wedbush Securities considers the effects volatility might have on the Bitcoin market:

We see investing and trading bitcoin as one of the first major applications of crypto currency and believe increased investment and trading activity is helping create the payment network infrastructure and monetary base that will facilitate increased economic activity in the future.


(...) volatility in the price of bitcoin may not go away anytime soon, as the potential for bitcoin is being constantly measured by the market in light of rapid technology development and unpredictable regulatory constraints. However, we do not believe this volatility, in itself, will impede the growth of bitcoin technology and ecosystem.

We believe traders value volatility as they continue to gravitate to bitcoin trading as an active 24/7 market uncorrelated with other asset class returns. The connection between volatility and trading volumes is well established in equities (page 3) and is beginning to emerge in bitcoin trading.


Volatility in the price of bitcoin should not impede retailer acceptance of bitcoin, in our opinion, as merchants and payment processors are entirely shielded, and we expect consumers will be shielded in the future.

The remarks on the impact of volatility on future Bitcoin adoption seem insightful. The fact that Bitcoin is not correlated with other assets like stocks or bonds might make it valuable for investors since it provides diversification benefits. This could increase the trading volume in the future as further investors and finance professionals enter the market.

The comments on volatility not being a significant threat to Bitcoin becoming a widespread payment system also seem accurate. Retailers like Dell have entered into agreements with Bitcoin startups to lock in the exchange rate applied to transactions. In the future, we would expect more startups working on similar solutions, possibly not only for retailers but also for customers.

Let's turn to the charts.

BITSTAMPUSD Bitcoin BitStamp (USD)
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On BitStamp, we saw a move up yesterday but the appreciation was subsequently erased and Bitcoin ended the day where it had started it. The volume was down from the day before yesterday but not necessarily weak.

Yesterday, we wrote:

On BitStamp, we saw another move up yesterday, approximately 5.0% up. The volume was relatively high, lower than during the final part of the recent decline but still relatively significant.

Does this mean that we're actually seeing a reversal now? Our answer will follow in the course of this commentary.


It has actually turned out so far that the move is not spurious (this is written around 8:15 a.m. ET). Bitcoin has gone up some more and is now trading around $525. The volume is down compared with yesterday but it isn't actually weak. Based on a move above $500 yesterday and the action today, the short-term outlook seems to have improved.

Today, Bitcoin went down in the early hours today but has recovered these losses (this is written around 11:45 a.m. ET). The volume might be down from yesterday (the day is not over yet) but is not insignificant. The current situation seems not to change much in the short-term outlook. If anything, the daily reversal today suggests more strength than the move yesterday.

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On the long-term BTC-e chart, we see little change but the move to $550 is now visible. Whether this move will be completed remains to be seen.

Yesterday, we wrote:

It would seem that the action up has become stronger now. It is still not very strong, but strong enough, in our opinion, to bet on a move further up at this time.

Today, we've seen a daily reversal on BTC-e just as we have on BitStamp. The volume might not be up but the move still seems in place. If the move was strong enough yesterday, it seems even more pronounced today because of the daily reversal. Consequently, the short-term outlook remains bullish.

Summing up, in our opinion long speculative positions might be the way to go now.

Trading position (short-term, our opinion): long, stop-loss at $440, take-profit at $620.




Mike McAra

Author: Mike McAra

Mike McAra
Bitcoin Trading Strategist
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Mike is a quantitative analyst focused on the economic reality, not theoretical models. His investment thinking is grounded on empirical evidence and common sense.

A holder of 2 master's degrees, in quantitative methods and finance, he researches economic uncertainty, portfolio management, and investor behavior.

Mike joined Sunshine Profits in 2009. He develops innovative investment tools, verifies usefulness of popular techniques, and provides thorough internal research. His quantitative and financial background, along with experience in the gold market and personal interest in bitcoin led to the launch of our Bitcoin Trading Alert service.

Mike passed the first CFA exam at the first attempt with the highest calculated percentage range in the following areas: Alternative Investments, Corporate Finance, Derivatives, Equity Investments, Ethical & Professional Standards, Financial Reporting & Analysis, Portfolio Management, Quantitative Methods.

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