Top 3 Price Prediction Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple: Crypto bull run on track amid surge in US inflation expectations

  • The crypto bull run has taken a hiatus, but US inflation's anticipated rise could jumpstart the rally.
  • Bitcoin is pivotal at $50,000 while facing intense resistance at the 100 SMA on the 4-hour chart.
  • Ethereum is likely to fall to $1,400, especially if the 50 SMA fails to hold in the near term.
  • Ripple dances in a no-trade range as consolidation looms.

The crypto bull run has taken a breather after the gruesome drop in value at the beginning of this week. Bitcoin led the freefall, dropping from $58,000 to $45,000. Generally, all cryptocurrencies retraced and are now holding above key support levels to prepare for another upswing to new yearly highs.

Amid the drop, investors are expecting that US inflation will continue to increase. The expectation has hit 2.38%, the highest level in roughly eight years. On the other hand, the Fed Chair, Jerome Powell, is confident that inflation will remain below the "two per cent longer-run objective."

Bitcoin pivotal at $50,000

The flagship cryptocurrency has not made a definitive move since the recovery from $45,000. Its upside has been capped under the 100 Simple Moving Average (SMA) on the 4-hour chart. On the other hand, the tug of war between the bears and bulls has left Bitcoin in lock-step, trading around $50,000.

A break above $52,500 (the 100 SMA) must come into the picture to open the door for gains to higher levels. The least resistance path is upwards, as revealed by the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD). Therefore, buyers only need to increase their confidence in the recovery and focus on $60,000.

BTC/USD 4-hour chart

BTC/USD 4-hour chart

On the downside, support at the 50 SMA is key to keeping the uptrend intact. Note that, if lost, Bitcoin may fall back to $45,000. However, buyer congestion is expected at $47,500 and may stop declines from extending downhill.

Ethereum bulls seem overwhelmed as declines linger

Ethereum is holding at ascending channel's lower edge. A recent upswing followed the establishment of support at $1,400. However, Ether failed to break the seller congestion at $1,700.

The short-term technical picture is vividly bearish, as observed from the MACD indicator. Since the drop from all-time highs, the MACD has not recovered. The wide divergence formed by the MACD line (blue) under the signal line cements the bears' strong position in the market.

If the support channel fails to hold, ETH will test the next anchor at the 50 SMA on the 4-hour chart. Depending on the drop's magnitude, Ethereum may extend the losses to $1,400 and $1,200, respectively.

ETH/USD-hour chart

ETH/USD-hour chart

It is worth noting that holding within the ascending channel will see the recovery mission continue. On the other hand, bulls must focus on breaking the hurdle at $1,700 and $1,800 to remove Ether from the woods so that they can focus on $2,000.

Ripple stuck in a no-trade zone

XRP's upside has been limited under $0.5 for a couple of days. Recovery from the dive to $0.35 had confirmed to investors that $0.65 was nigh. However, the seller congestion at $0.5 continues to give them sleepless nights.

On the downside, Ripple is immediately supported by the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement level. Additionally, the 200 SMA on the 4-hour chart is in line to prevent the token's value from dropping further. The levelling MACD confirms the sideways trading. Thus, Ripple may remain in this no-trade zone longer.

XRP/USD 4-hour chart

XRP/USD 4-hour chart

Support at the 200 SMA is vital to the consolidation and the potential uptrend. However, if broken, XRP may spiral back to $0.35 and perhaps extend the bearish leg to $0.3 before a significant upswing occurs.

Information on these pages contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Markets and instruments profiled on this page are for informational purposes only and should not in any way come across as a recommendation to buy or sell in these assets. You should do your own thorough research before making any investment decisions. FXStreet does not in any way guarantee that this information is free from mistakes, errors, or material misstatements. It also does not guarantee that this information is of a timely nature. Investing in Open Markets involves a great deal of risk, including the loss of all or a portion of your investment, as well as emotional distress. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of FXStreet nor its advertisers.

Cryptos feed

Latest Crypto News

Latest Crypto News & Analysis

Editors’ Picks

Google Cloud integrates Band Protocol, pushing BAND price up by 40%

Band Protocol announced that Google joined the project integrating BAND oracles on Google Cloud. Band Protocol price reacted instantly, jumping by 40% to new all-time highs at $23.3. 

More Band Protocol News

Ripple aims for significant rebound toward $2

XRP price has had an impressive 240% rally since April 3, hitting a three-year high of $1.96 and moving closer to ranking third again in terms of market capitalization, only $6 billion behind BNB at the moment. 

More Ripple News

Enjin Coin on brink of colossal 45% breakout

Enjin Coin has been under consolidation for the past week, but on-chain metrics still favor the digital asset. ENJ bulls are trying to push Enjin above a crucial resistance level to see a massive breakout.

More Enjin Coin News

ETH seizes spotlight as BTC and XRP contemplate retracement

The hype around Coinbase’s IPO was matched by Bitcoin and Ethereum, which surged to new all-time highs. On the other hand, Ripple price faced an abrupt stop as investors began booking profits.

More Ethereum News


Bitcoin Weekly Forecast: SEC commissioner cozies up to BTC ETF, on-chain metrics reset making way for volatile move

Bitcoin’s mainstream adoption has soared over the last couple of months, with institutions like Visa, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and others dipping their toes in the BTC markets. Likewise, prices look primed to advance further despite the ongoing consolidation phase.

Read the weekly forecast