Bitcoin Price Prediction: BTC/USD Is Range Bound, Battles to Clear the Resistance Zones of $13,300 to $13,500

Bitcoin Price Prediction: BTC/USD Is Range Bound, Battles to Clear the Resistance Zones of $13,300 to $13,500

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Prediction – October 25, 2020
BTC/USD Price has continued to fluctuate between $12,800 and $13,200. Today, the bulls broke the $13,200 resistance but the upward move was subsequently repelled. The price fell to the range-bound zone to resume a sideways move.

Resistance Levels: $13,000, $14,000, $15,000
Support Levels: $7,000, $6,000, $5,000

Today, buyers faced strong rejection above the range-bound zone of $13,200 as price broke the upper price range. The coin broke the $13,200 resistance but faced rejection at the $13,300 to $13,500 resistance zones. Bitcoin’s upward move is under threat as the bulls must clear the resistance zones. The resistance at $13,500 must be broken for BTC price to resumed upside momentum. Otherwise, the range-bound movement between $12,800 and $13,200 will continue. Bitcoin price is trading above the 80% range of the daily stochastic. This implies that sellers may emerge to push BTC price downward.

Ethereum Will Soon Become the First Blockchain to Settle $1 Trillion in One Year
The Ethereum network is said to process twice the transaction volume of Bitcoin and is on-course to process $1 trillion this year. On the other hand, Bitcoin is on track to process $800 million transactions. Ethereum has been able to process twice the transaction volume of Bitcoin as a result of the third-quarter decentralized finance boom. According to reports, the 30-day rolling daily average for Ethereum transaction volume is currently at $7 billion. In the case of Bitcoin, it processes less than $3 billion.

Bitcoin upside momentum is likely to continue if the price clears the resistance zones of $13,300 to $13,500. On October 25 uptrend; BTC was resisted at $13,358 high. The retraced candle body tested the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level. This indicates that the coin will rise to level 2.618 Fibonacci extension. This is equivalent to a high of $14,355.90.

Remember, all trading carries risk. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.



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    Black Chamber cryptanalytic work sheet for solving Japanese diplomatic cipher, 1919

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  • When my oldest son was asked the same question: “Has he been approached by the NSA about backdoors?” he said “No”, but at the same time he nodded. Then he was sort of in the legal free. He had given the right answer, everybody understood that the NSA had approached him.

    — Nils Torvalds, LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens – 11th Hearing, 11 November 2013[84]

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  • The Operations Directorate, which was responsible for SIGINT collection and processing.
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  • The Plans, Policy and Programs Directorate, which provided staff support and general direction for the Agency.
  • The Support Services Directorate, which provided logistical and administrative support activities.[110]
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  • G – Directorate only known from unit G112, the office that manages the Senior Span platform, attached to the U2 spy planes.[116] Also known by GS2E4, which manages Iranian digital networks[117]
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        • S34 – Collections Strategies and Requirements Center
        • S35 – Special Source Operations (SSO), which is responsible for domestic and compartmented collection programs, like for example the PRISM program.[120] Special Source Operations is also mentioned in connection to the FAIRVIEW collection program.[121]
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          National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, 2013

        • FNBDT Future Narrow Band Digital Terminal[205]
        • KL-7 ADONIS off-line rotor encryption machine (post-WWII – 1980s)[206][207]
        • KW-26 ROMULUS electronic in-line teletypewriter encryptor (1960s–1980s)[208]
        • KW-37 JASON fleet broadcast encryptor (1960s–1990s)[207]
        • KY-57 VINSON tactical radio voice encryptor[208]
        • KG-84 Dedicated Data Encryption/Decryption[208]
        • STU-III secure telephone unit,[208] phased out by the STE[209]
        • EKMS Electronic Key Management System[210]
        • Fortezza encryption based on portable crypto token in PC Card format[211]
        • SINCGARS tactical radio with cryptographically controlled frequency hopping[212]
        • STE secure terminal equipment[209]
        • TACLANE product line by General Dynamics C4 Systems[213]
        • National Cryptologic Memorial

          Excerpt of James Clapper’s testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

        • Bamford, James. Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency, Random House Digital, Inc., December 18, 2007. ISBN 0-307-42505-3. Previously published as: Doubleday, 2001, ISBN 0-385-49907-8.
        • Bauer, Craig P. Secret History: The Story of Cryptology (Volume 76 of Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications). CRC Press, 2013. ISBN 1-4665-6186-6.
        • Weiland, Matt and Sean Wilsey. State by State. HarperCollins, October 19, 2010. ISBN 0-06-204357-9.
        • Adams, Sam, War of Numbers: An Intelligence Memoir Steerforth; new edition (June 1, 1998).
          • Mandatory Declassification Review – Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel
        • Bamford, James, The Puzzle Palace, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-006748-5.
        • Bamford, James, The New York Times, December 25, 2005; The Agency That Could Be Big Brother.
        • Bamford, James, The Shadow Factory, Anchor Books, 2009, ISBN 978-0-307-27939-2.
        • Hanyok, Robert J. (2002). Spartans in Darkness: American SIGINT and the Indochina War, 1945–1975. National Security Agency. Retrieved November 16, 2008.
        • Jackson, David (June 18, 2013). “Obama: NSA surveillance programs are ‘transparent'”. USA Today. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
        • Johnson, Thomas R. (2008). American Cryptology during the Cold War. National Security Agency: Center for Cryptological History. Retrieved November 16, 2008.
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        • Kent, Sherman, Strategic Intelligence for American Public Policy.
        • Kahn, David, The Codebreakers, 1181 pp., ISBN 0-684-83130-9. Look for the 1967 rather than the 1996 edition.
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        • Liston, Robert A., The Pueblo Surrender: a Covert Action by the National Security Agency, ISBN 0-87131-554-8.
        • Levy, Steven, Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government—Saving Privacy in the Digital Age, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-024432-8.
        • Prados, John, The Soviet estimate: U.S. intelligence analysis & Russian military strength, hardcover, 367 pages, ISBN 0-385-27211-1, Dial Press (1982).
        • Perro, Ralph J. “Interviewing With An Intelligence Agency (or, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Fort Meade).” (Archive) Federation of American Scientists. November 2003. Updated January 2004. – About the experience of a candidate of an NSA job in pre-employment screening. “Ralph J. Perro” is a pseudonym that is a reference to Ralph J. Canine (perro is Spanish for “dog”, and a dog is a type of canine)
        • Shaker, Richard J. “The Agency That Came in from the Cold.” (Archive Notices. American Mathematical Society. May/June 1992 pp. 408–411.
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        • “The NSA Files”. The Guardian. London. June 8, 2013.
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        • “The Snowden Archive”. The Intercept. London. June 8, 2013.
        • National Security Agency – 60 Years of Defending Our Nation
        • Records of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service
        • The National Security Archive at George Washington University
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        • National Security Agency (NSA) Archive on the Internet Archive
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          Top 3 Losers of The Week, Filecoin, ABBC Coins: these three altcoins struggle to keep up with the market

          Top 3 Losers of The Week, Filecoin, ABBC Coins: these three altcoins struggle to keep up with the market

        • Several altcoins have been losing ground despite the recovery of the cryptocurrency market.
        • TD Sequential indicator is ready to give a buy signal for
        • Filecoin recovered most of the weekly losses, but it is still in the red zone.
        • ABBC Coins struggles to clear a significant resistance.
        • The cryptocurrency market has been on a recovery track recently. Bitcoin settled above $13,000 and tested a new high of 2020; many top altcoins followed the lead showing double-digit gains on a week-to-week basis as the market has been recovering from losses inflicted by the news that one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchange OKEx, suspended all digital assets withdrawals.

          However, several altcoins failed to join the fun and stayed deep in the red compared to the levels registered during the previous week.

          The outsiders of the week are, Filecoin, ABBC Coin. Let’s see if they have a chance to catch up with the rest of the market.

 (CRO) is the 15th largest digital asset with a current market capitalization of $2.1 billion and an average daily trading volume of $63 million. The coin jumped into a top-20 in June 2020 and, for some time, stayed in the top-10.

 Coin was launched in 2016 to simplify the transition from fiat to cryptocurrency. The project offers technical solutions for buying or selling digital assets and paying with crypto for their everyday purchases. 

          Considering that OKEx is one of the most popular exchanges for the coin, the trading platform woes partially explain the coin’s sell-off. At the time of writing, CRO is changing hands at $0.1, mostly unchanged on a day-to-day basis and down over 18% on a week-to-week basis. 

          On the weekly chart, the TD Sequential indicator implies that the coin may be ripe for recovery.  It is developing a buy signal, with red eight candles. If we get the ninth candle, the bullish formation will imply the recovery for one to four weekly candlesticks with the initial target at $0.157. 

          On the intraday charts, the price has created a bottom at $0.095. Still, the further recovery is limited by the local resistance on approach to $0.105; CRO has been trying to clear this barrier since Saturday, October 24. Once it is out of the way, the upside is likely to gain traction with the next focus on $0.135 and the ultimate resistance of $0.157.

          Filecoin has been pretty wild recently. The team of the project launched its mainnet on October 15 with a year delay from its roadmap. The coin initially jumped to as high as $100 but swiftly retreated to $20 amid miners exodus from the network. Read our in-depth report on what happened to Filecoin miners.

          At the time of writing, FIL/USD is changing hands at $32.30. The coin has gained over 36% in the previous 24 hours; however, it is still down over 18% on a week-to-week basis.

          On the downside, the initial support is created by $30 that served as a backstop for the price on October 19-21, before the increased selling pressure took the price to the historic low of $20.63.  A sustainable move below t$30 will bring the former resistance of $26 into focus.

          ABBC Coin takes the 41st place in the global cryptocurrency market rating with the current market capitalization of $383 million and an average daily trading volume of $48 million. The project positions itself as a blockchain solutions provider in the MENA region to bring the ‘future of payment security’ to its users. It is based on a Delegated Proof-of-Stake consensus protocol that can process up to 5,000 transactions per second. 

          At the time of writing, ABBC/USD is changing hands at $0.545, mostly unchanged on a day-to-day basis and down over 14% since this time on the previous Sunday. 

          From the technical perspective, ABBC/USD bottomed at $0.44; however, the recovery stalled on approach to $0.57 that served as strong support during the previous week.  A sustainable move above this area is needed for the upside to gain traction, with the next focus on the previous channel resistance of $0.66.


          Author: FX Street


          Binance Coin, Steem, VeChain Price Analysis: 25 October

          Binance Coin, Steem, VeChain Price Analysis: 25 October

          Bitcoin broke past the $13,000-level over the last few days, before pulling back to $12,937, at press time. This has only furthered the cryptocurrency’s store of value narrative, with Michael Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital, recently claiming that Bitcoin would not be used as a transaction currency five years from now. In fact, a lot of smart money is moving into the crypto-space too.

          As far as the market’s altcoins are concerned, Binance Coin broke beneath an ascending trendline and could see a pullback to $29. Further, STEEM and VeChain could see some losses in the near-term.

          Using the Fibonacci Retracement level on BNB’s move up from $18 to $33.31, we can see the 23.6% and the 38.2% retracement levels at $29.75 and $27.5.

          The RSI dipped under the neutral 50-mark, and the gathering bearish momentum could force BNB down to $29.

          The crypto-asset has been trending upwards since early-September, as highlighted by the cyan trendline. In fact, just recently, the price closed beneath it and re-tested the trendline as resistance, suggesting that a period of consolidation for the asset might follow soon.

          STEEM’s charts underlined a bearish divergence between the price and the buying volume (white). The cryptocurrency’s price made a higher high while the OBV saw a fall in buying volume. Subsequently, STEEM dropped from $0.164 to $0.157, at press time.

          The CMF showed that the market saw some capital flowing out of the market in recent days, affirming the findings of the OBV.

          However, if the market bulls do mount a comeback over the next few trading sessions, STEEM could see another wave of selling pressure, a wave that pushes it towards $0.152, although $0.155 can also offer some support.

          VeChain was on a long-term downtrend, based both on the lower highs it has set since mid-August and the fact that the 200 SMA (purple) was moving above the 100 SMA (pink).

          If the short-term outlook were to be taken into consideration, the 20 SMA (white) had snaked above the 50 SMA (yellow), indicating an uptrend. The MACD has also been bullish over the past few days, but it formed a bearish crossover above zero to give a weak sell signal.

          VET can find support from the moving averages, but the 200 period moving average would be the most significant in this context. The price recently broke with the momentum past it, and a failure to hold above it could give the market’s bears some impetus.


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          5 Fast-Growing Dividends Up To 24% Per Year

          5 Fast-Growing Dividends Up To 24% Per Year


          Firms increasing their dividends in 2020, of all years, are sending a powerful “payout confidence” signal to Wall Street:

          Our dividend is safe—so secure, in fact, that we’re hiking it. Watch our stock price follow.

          The bigger the increase, the greater the level of confidence. In a minute, we’ll investigate five of these dividend buy signals.

          S&P Dow Jones Indices’ Howard Silverblatt writes that there were 309 dividend increases during the third quarter, versus 102 declines—better than the 244 versus 639 “upside-down” split from Q2. (Though we’re still grading worse than this quarter last year, when 426 firms raised and only 94 cut.)

          Why are dividend hikes worth watching? Investors tend to chase dividends higher over time. Let’s look at a few notable names—as their payouts have soared, so have their stock prices!

          JNJ was able to achieve 126% price growth on a dividend that nearly doubled (+87%) over the last 10 years. If we take away the progression of that payout, we would likely have taken away much of the “fuel” that powered JNJ’s price higher.

          Meanwhile ITW hiked its dividend faster (235%), and its price soared nearly three-times as much as JNJ (340%). This simple example illustrates that the surest way to higher prices in the stock market is finding the stocks that are hiking their dividends the fastest.

          JNJ is a pretty good raiser for a blue chipper. ITW is better, partly thanks to the fact that it isn’t a conglomerate already active in a million markets.

          The “law of large numbers” works against JNJ, but these firms are still growing their dividends (like ITW, by 10% or more annually!) off a smaller base.

          So let’s dig into five firms that have announced aggressive double-digit dividend hikes—I’m talking between 10% and 24%—with stock prices that are poised to follow.

          Two Financial Serial Raisers

          Financial stocks are, if nothing else, certainly dirt cheap at the moment. And here are a couple of firms that have raised their payouts by 10% or more in recent months:

        • Bank OZK (OZK, 5.1% yield), an Arkansas-based regional bank, is dishing out 27.5 cents per share in mid-October, up from 25 cents previously. But that didn’t come in one chunk—Bank OZK is a rare breed of stock that upgrades its dividend every quarter.
        • These two stocks managed to produce two of the sector’s best payout hikes in months. But they serve as a prime example of why dividend growth is just a buy signal, not a confirmation. These great “payout fundamentals” haven’t (yet) helped these stock prices.

          Until interest rates begin to get up off the mat, financial firms largely lack a “catalyst” to boost their profits and stock prices. As it stands, the Federal Reserve’s near-zero benchmark rate is brutal for banks’ bottom lines.

          Dividend Yield: 0.9%

          Johnson Outdoors (JOUT), as the name would suggest, boasts a connection to the multigenerational family business S. C. Johnson & Son.

          Sam Johnson, the great-grandson of founder Samuel Curtis Johnson, took what was a massive floor wax company when he started there and eventually turned it into a massive, multi-pronged conglomerate. Some of that was internal—he led the team that innovated new products such as Pledge polishes, Glade air fresheners and Off! insect repellants. But he also used acquisitions to build up what eventually would become Johnson Outdoors.

          JOUT’s brand portfolio includes Minn Kota, Humminbird and Cannon fishing technology, Old Town and Ocean Kayak watercraft, Eureka! and Jetboil camping supplies, and Scubapro diving gear.

          Johnson Outdoors was just plain unlucky in that COVID-19 hit “during the heart of our primary selling season,” to use CEO Helen Johnson-Leipold’s words. Third-quarter net sales declined 21.5%, while net income dropped 42%.

          This hiccup aside, JOUT’s top and bottom lines had been growing consistently for years, and it’s expected to get back on its feet in 2021. And management is so confident in the firm’s resiliency that in late September, it green-lit a 23.5% payout hike, continuing a short streak of raises since it initiated dividends in 2014.

          There’s plenty to like here, especially heading into 2021 when people will be champing at the bit to get back to the great outdoors.

          Atrion (ATRI)

          Dividend Yield: 1.1%

          Atrion (ATRI) is a medical devices company, which has been a fairly en vogue industry of late. Atrion serves a number of medical niches, starting with its MPS2 Myocardial Protection System and other cardiovascular products, but also fluid delivery and ophthalmic products. It also provides manufacturing services for other device makers, and ATRI even has a side hustle making marine and aviation inflation components.

          But most people haven’t heard of this diminutive $1.2 billion firm—in fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to even find analysts covering this name.

          So, Atrion is an under-covered, behind-the-scenes play that serves important niches and has little competition, and it’s still off by double-digits this year. Better still, it has about a decade of dividend hikes under its belt, averaging 17% annual growth in that time, including a 13% raise announced in September. That sounds like the perfect prey for value hunters like us …

          … but there’s no value.

          Despite being in a downtrend since early 2019, shares still look overpriced at 35 times trailing 12-month profits, and 43 times current-year estimates, which are expected to slump.

          And that’s just a single analyst’s estimate—no one else covers ATRI shares. No one trades it, either, with just a few thousand shares dealt every day.

          Atrion might be a little too backwoods. While the dividend growth is nice, the lack of information to analyze isn’t.

          Dividend Yield: 0.7%

          If you crunch numbers, you probably know Intuit (INTU). It’s the name behind TurboTax tax-preparation software, Quickbooks accounting software and Mint personal financial management tools. And its stock’s progress over the past decade isn’t just encouraging for investors—it also speaks volumes about scores of Americans that have taken their own finances (and even business finances) into their own hands.

          2020 has been a bizarre year for Intuit, which is a circus of a stock to follow when it comes earnings time. You see, financially speaking, this is one of the most lopsided companies on the planet because so much of its business revolves around tax season. Intuit typically will record most if not all of its profits during the April quarter—and the rest is a sea of red.

          Contrarian Outlook

          But while COVID was busy disrupting most companies, it actually “normalized” Intuit a little by shifting many tax filings from its April quarter into its July quarter.

          The trend that matters, though, is at the end—solid, significant growth for a half-decade, and most projections are for that to continue for several years into the future. That has allowed Intuit to rapidly raise its dividend, including an 11% increase to 59 cents per share, payable in mid-October. And that only represents about 11% of its 2020 earnings!

          However the stock boasts a rich valuation of more than 40 times estimates. Pretty pricey.

          Brett Owens is chief investment strategist for Contrarian Outlook. For more great income ideas, get your free copy his latest special report: Your Early Retirement Portfolio: 7% Dividends Every Month Forever.

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          Author: Brett Owens

          Bitcoin Price Prediction: BTC/USD Is Range Bound, Battles to Clear the Resistance Zones of $13,300 to $13,500

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