ETHUSD: Push To 1045 Before Potential Correction?

ETHUSD update: Price hesitates around 1000 which appears to be developing into a double top formation. Isn't this bearish? In this report I will evaluate the price action and consider what is more likely to follow based on market structure.

The price structure leading up to the 1K area is bullish and has not shown any signs of significant weakness yet. The potential double top at the moment does not carry much weight. Why? Markets that are going to retrace often reject resistance areas quickly upon a retest, not float around the highs. Based on this price action, this market is more likely to consolidate on a smaller time frame and break higher. Which is also another way of saying it is NOT a good time to short this market.

Based on the most recent pull back attempt, there is now a reversal zone boundary at the 1046 level. This means price can push slightly higher into new high territory and fail for a more significant retrace. This makes the area between current price and the 1045 area an attractive place to lock in some profit, and reduce risk. It is not an area to establish new swing trade or position trades long because the risk of retrace increases the higher it goes.

The 978 area which has seen some price gyration is also a notable level because it is a 1.618 extension projected from the 642 low. These levels are usually not precise, but offer a good area to estimate a general target when it comes to assessing reward vs. risk.

What all this means is this: To maximize your investment and your operations in this market, you need to at least have a sense of the time horizon for your position. If you are swing trading and bought in recently, this is an area to lock in profit to justify the risk taken, which means it is wiser to unload more of the position than less since the retrace risk is so high. If you are holding for longer term, and own from much lower prices, this also offers a chance to lock in some profit and reduce risk, but you have much more flexibility because a 20 to 30% retrace is much less threatening.

Without some sense to time horizon, you will be at the mercy of the market. Your greed and fear will govern your decision making and more than likely get you to buy at the high and sell at the low.

As far as buying goes, I am most interested in the retrace IF the market offers such an opportunity. The 881 level (.382 of recent bullish structure) is the first level I am watching for a possible bullish reversal. If price happens to retrace further, the 835 area (old resistance/new support) and the 788 to 724 zone (.618 of recent bullish structure) are the areas I will be watching for an attractive reward/risk opportunity as far as a swing trade goes.

In summary, a key concept to remember about technical analysis is this: it offers a framework to organize market information in a way that helps us uncover clues as to what the market is more likely to do in the near future. It offers a way to measure and compare the decisions of the crowd and use that information to develop potential scenarios that the market is more likely to follow. It does not mean the market WILL follow. It is up to us to adjust as new information becomes available. When a market is on it's highs, as a swing trader, that is a place for me to take some profit and reduce risk. I don't care if it goes higher without me. IF the market is nice enough to offer a more attractive opportunity by pulling back to a support, then I will be happy to look for a place to get long in the area. Having this decision making structure allows me to operate in ways that stack probabilities in my favor, and give me a better chance of a profitable outcome on a repetitive basis. Having the ability to extract smaller profits repetitively is much more valuable than a single home run.

Comments and questions welcome.

Special thanks to The Henry Raines Show and @Goldbug1 for having me on as a guest. Listen to the archive:
Marc Principato, CMT |Author: Analyze Any Financial Market Like The Pros Using Price Action| | Cofounder (S.C.)

i opened short position becouse of you it is 1200 now
The best write up as always. Respect from Toronto!
ETH is now at 1124, can you update us Marc, do you still think it will correct?
Amit26 dandan55
@dandan55, The correction has started I think
I would like you to make recommendations for small digital currencies priced below the dollar and thank you very much for your efforts
Great ta
As always , an impeccable Analysis Marc. Thanks for sharing .
First... Very nice descriptions, I enjoyed reading this article! As ETH reaches close to the $1,100 mark this hour, I'm now wondering if I should have bought as much as I did just hours before. I have a litte bit of ETH from several months ago, but not nearly as much as the impulse buy I just made last night. If you look at Coinbase, and see how quickly ETH has increased (est. 10761.83% since last year) in comparison to BTC (+1689.03%), BCC (+480.93%), and LTC (+6778.54%)'s fair to say that Ethereum has been outdoing the other 3 on all timelines, like a freight train without brakes almost. I know maybe some of the frenzy over the past few months has been decentralized virtual cats that make-up part of the ETH shares....I am just now reading into this and so I ask....
What do you think about all this recent Ethereum Cryptokitties frenzy? Is it possibly just a phase like 'Pokemon Go!' was? or the makeshift cure for cybernetic crazy cat lady? Though somewhat cute, I have to laugh somewhat.... reported last month that
"CryptoKitties has attracted so much user activity since its launch that at one point the game made up 14 percent of all transactions on the Ethereum network. Furthermore, over $5 million has been spent by users on virtual cats with the most expensive being sold for over $100,000."
Not sure if I want to call the market bullish or bearish if this is the case, but maybe the double top formation and unpredictability of what happens next after a black cat gets frightened and rigid on Halloween? Not sure if it's the sharpest ratio to say that Ethereum will have 9 lives as well, I guess only time will tell.
I like your analysis style. Maybe you should also do analysis for alt/btc pairs :)
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