BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, AVAX, DOT, LINK

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The crypto markets are buzzing with the possibility of the spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund seeing the light of the day in January. K33 Research analysts said in a Dec. 19 report that the recent ETF updates about BlackRock and ARK Invest agreeing to a cash-creation setup for their funds signals that an approval is “nailed” for January.

MicroStrategy co-founder Michael Saylor said in an interview with Bloomberg that the approval of the spot Bitcoin ETF “may be the biggest development on Wall Street in 30 years.” The ETF and the Bitcoin halving in April, are expected to lay the stage for “a major bull run for the asset class” in 2024.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

Continuing the bullish narrative, Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein said in a CNBC interview that the spot Bitcoin ETF will open the market to “about $30 trillion worth of advised wealth.”

Will Bitcoin and altcoins break above their recent local highs, or will higher levels attract sellers? Let’s analyze the charts of the top 10 cryptocurrencies to find out.

Bitcoin price analysis

Bitcoin dipped below the 20-day exponential moving average ($41,760) on Dec. 18, but the bears could not sustain the lower levels, indicating strong buying on dips.

BTC/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The bulls pushed the price above the downtrend line on Dec. 19, but the bears sold at higher levels. However, renewed buying on Dec. 20 has pushed the price above the immediate resistance at $43,500. This increases the likelihood of a rally above the 52-week high at $44,700. If that happens, the BTC/USDT pair could surge to $48,000 and eventually to $50,000.

Contrarily, if the price turns down sharply from $44,700, it will suggest that the sellers remain active at higher levels. The bears will have to sustain the price below the 20-day EMA to accelerate selling and challenge the solid support at $37,980.

Ether price analysis

Ether (ETH) has been witnessing a tough battle between the bulls and the bears near the strong support at $2,200.

ETH/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The failure of the bears to sustain the price below $2,200 indicates buying at lower levels. The flattish 20-day EMA ($2,210) and the RSI near the midpoint suggest a range-bound action in the near term.

Buyers will try to push the ETH/USDT pair to $2,332 and then to $2,403. Sellers are expected to defend this zone with vigor. On the downside, the 50-day SMA ($2,091) remains the key level to keep an eye on. A break below it may result in a fall to $1,900.

BNB price analysis

BNB (BNB) fell below the moving averages on Dec. 18 but quickly changed direction, indicating aggressive buying at lower levels.

BNB/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The upsloping moving averages and the RSI in the positive zone indicate that bulls have the edge. If buyers sustain the price above $260, the BNB/USDT pair could rally to the neckline of the inverse head-and-shoulders pattern. A break and close above the neckline will complete the bullish setup, having a pattern target of $333.

The immediate support on the downside is at the moving averages and below that at $223. A drop below this level may sink the pair to $203.

XRP price analysis

The bulls purchased the dip in XRP (XRP) near the strong support of $0.56 on Dec. 18, as seen from the long tail on the candlestick.

XRP/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The bulls will try to drive the price above the moving averages. If they do that, the XRP/USDT pair could rise to $0.67, where the bears will try to vigorously defend the level. If the price turns down from $0.67, the range-bound action may continue for a few more days.

On the contrary, if the price turns down sharply from the 20-day EMA, it will signal that the bears are trying to take charge. A drop below the crucial support of $0.56 could open the downside to $0.46.

Solana price analysis

Solana (SOL) is in a strong uptrend. The bulls purchased the dip to the 20-day EMA ($69.77) on Dec. 18, pushing the price above the resistance at $79.50.

SOL/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

Although the upsloping moving averages indicate advantage to buyers, the negative divergence on the RSI warrants caution. The bears will have to yank the price below the 20-day EMA to trigger stops of several traders, pulling the pair down to the 50-day SMA ($59.51) and subsequently to $50.

Conversely, if buyers sustain the price above $80, the SOL/USDT pair could start the next leg of the rally to $100.

Cardano price analysis

Cardano (ADA) turned up from the 20-day EMA ($0.54) on Dec. 18, as seen from the long tail on the candlestick.

ADA/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The bulls will have to overcome the minor barrier at $0.62 to challenge the 52-week high at $0.68. This level is likely to act as a stiff resistance, but if buyers kick the price above it, the ADA/USDT pair could attempt a rally to $0.78.

If bears want to prevent the upside move, they will have to quickly drag the price below the 20-day EMA. If they do that, the pair could plummet to the breakout level of $0.46, likely attracting buyers.

Dogecoin price analysis

The bulls are not allowing Dogecoin’s (DOGE) price to maintain below the 20-day EMA ($0.09), indicating solid buying at lower levels.

DOGE/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The 20-day EMA has flattened out, and the RSI is near the midpoint, suggesting a range-bound action in the near term. The DOGE/USDT pair may swing between the 50-day SMA ($0.08) and $0.11 for a while.

If buyers want to seize control, they will have to propel the price above $0.11. That could start the next leg of the uptrend to $0.16. Alternatively, a drop below the 50-day SMA will suggest advantage to bears, plunging the pair to $0.07.

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Avalanche price analysis

Avalanche (AVAX) is attempting a rebound off $38, indicating that the bulls are trying to flip the level into support.

AVAX/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The rising 20-day EMA ($34.71) suggests advantage to buyers, but the overbought levels on the RSI caution that a consolidation or correction is possible in the near term. Sellers are expected to fiercely defend the overhead resistance at $45.33, but if the hurdle is cleared, the next stop could be $50.

The first sign of weakness will be a break and close below $38. That opens the door for a drop to the 20-day EMA. A break and close below the 20-day EMA will signal that the uptrend may have ended in the short term.

Polkadot price analysis

Polkadot (DOT) has been finding support at the 20-day EMA ($6.61), indicating that the bulls continue to buy the dips.

DOT/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The bulls will try to push the price toward the overhead resistance at $7.90, where they are likely to encounter strong selling by the bears. If buyers overcome the resistance, the DOT/USDT pair could pick up momentum and rally to $10.

The bears are likely to have other plans. They will try to sell the rallies from the current level and tug the price below the 20-day EMA. If they do that, the selling could accelerate, and the pair may slump to the 50-day SMA ($5.74).

Chainlink price analysis

Chainlink (LINK) has been consolidating inside the large range between $12.85 and $16.60 for the past few days.

LINK/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The moving averages are on the verge of a bearish crossover, and the RSI is just above the midpoint, indicating that the sellers have a slight edge. If the price sustains below the moving averages, the LINK/USDT pair could slide to the strong support at $12.85.

Contrarily, if the price rises above the 20-day EMA ($14.80), it will suggest that the bulls are trying to gain the upper hand. The pair may rise to $15.58 and later to $16.60. If the price turns down from this resistance, it will indicate that the pair may extend its range-bound action for some more time.