Top 3 Losers Of The Week, THETA, AAVE: Bleeding nears end as recovery beckons

  • downtrend continues, but the 200 SMA support could lead to a reversal.
  • THETA's downside is protected by both the ascending trendline and the 50 SMA.
  • AAVE settles above the $40 critical support following migration from LEND.

As the week grinds to a halt, we take a look at the gainers and the losers. As discussed on Saturday, Waves, ABBC Coin and Filecoin emerged best-performers. On the other hand,, THETA and AAVE received a heavy battering from the bears, recording the biggest losses among the top 50.

The news highlight of the week is the suspension of digital assets/cryptocurrencies withdrawals by OKEx, a leading exchange in the market. The incident destabilized the market, raising questions over centralized exchanges' reliability and whether decentralized exchanges are the way to go. The suspended services remain unavailable, but "other functions are up and running." downtrend nears its elastic limit sliced through the descending triangle support as predicted earlier. Besides, a tentative anchorage at $0.14 did little to cushion the crypto asset from the breakdown. At the moment, CRO is dancing at $0.127 even as the bearish grip intensifies. A glance farther down reveals a last resort buyer congestion zone at the 200 Simple Moving Average in the daily timeframe.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) stresses the bearish outlook by diving sharply into the oversold territory. Therefore, the anticipated support must hold; otherwise, losses might become unstoppable. On the bright side, an oversold condition is a bullish sign and coupled with the support mentioned earlier, may lead to a reversal.

CRO/USD daily chart

CRO/USD price chart

IntoTheBlock's IOMAP model illustrates the absence of resistance to the region between $0.136 and $0.14. Here, 275 addresses previously bought nearly 3.5 billion CRO. Therefore, if the price reverses from the ongoing downtrend, room for growth exists until CRO hits this resistance range.

On the flip side, the model reveals the lack of strong support for the token. In other words, the breakdown could continue, mostly if minor support at $0.125 and $0.121 is shattered. Here, 360 addresses previously purchased 8.81 million CRO. IOMAP chart

IOMAP model

THETA recovery in the offing

After losing 15% in the last seven days, THETA seems poised for a reversal. It is trading at $0.63 while the 50-day SMA protects its immediate downside. THETA has not traded below this moving average since May. Therefore, a correction might come into the picture. Besides, a long-term ascending trendline is reinforcing the support. Similarly, the RSI points upwards after hitting levels slightly below the midline, suggesting that the bulls' turn is nigh.

THETA/USD daily chart

THETA price chart

When looking at THETA's network growth, a bearish thesis is brought into the picture. Over the last few days, the number of new THETA addresses joining the network has declined sharply. The number of addresses joining THETA was eight on October 13 but had plummeted to 3 by October 17, representing a 62% drop.

The downtrend in network growth is a red flag for the price of THETA in the near term. The regular inflow and outflow of tokens in the network tend to reduce with a downward trend in network growth, affecting liquidity.

THETA new addresses chart

THETA/USD price chart

AAVE settles for consolation

LEND recently completed the migration to AAVE following a successful "voting period for the first Aave Improvement Proposal (AIP1)." The move was so that the community governs the new token through systematic voting processes. Consequently, staking has been added to ensure that users earn on their holdings. Moreover, the team says, "the purpose of staking is to act as a mitigation tool in case of a shortfall event."

AAVE 1-hour chart

AAVE/USD price chart

Following the migration, AAVE shot up to $57. However, a retreat occurred immediately, sending the token on a spiral to $38. A reflex correction also took place, but recovery hit a barrier at $44. Meanwhile, $40 has been established as the initial critical support. The resistance at the 50 SMA in the hourly range must come down for gains to materialize towards the $44 resistance.

AAVE holder distribution chart

AAVE holder distribution

According to Santiment's holder distribution metric, uptake of AAVE through migration is still in progress. A significant rise in the number of addresses holding between 1,000 and 10,000 AAVE has been recorded. For instance, whales in this range soared from only five on October 15 to 40 on October 18, representing an 87.5% increase. If buying pressure continues to mount behind AAVE in the coming days, recovery will most likely occur.

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