Blockchain tech enters the energy sector

The realm of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies is expanding exponentially. So much so that regular companies and huge multinationals are now looking towards applying the tech to improve their business operations, increase productivity, and reduce unnecessary expenses. The energy sector is slowly embracing the latest hot tech and oil giant Shell is making moves to integrate blockchain systems into its operations.

Foray into energy

It was reported this week that London based blockchain startup, Applied Blockchain, has secured investments from Shell Trading International Ltd and Calibrate Partners LLP for minority stakes in the company. The fintech company which was started in 2015 develops blockchain applications focusing on distributed ledger technology and smart contracts. This is its first entry into the energy sector and it already has clients from the telecoms, banking, automotive, manufacturing, and aerospace industries.

According to the company website Applied Blockchain founder and CEO, Adi Ben-Ari, said;

“Our experience as one of the earliest companies delivering blockchain solutions into production for both start-ups and corporates has provided us with a unique perspective on the value, and challenges, associated with the technology in the real world. The investments and partnerships will accelerate our growth and enable us to deploy our solutions to a truly global business ecosystem.”

Energy giants are already embracing the technology and according to a Reuters report a consortium involving BP, Shell, and Statoil is already working on the development of a blockchain based energy commodity trading platform.

According to Johan Krebbers, Shell Global Solutions International CTO;

“Blockchain applications have huge potential to shake up how we do things in the energy industry from streamlining process, to simplifying how we work with our suppliers and serve our customers. Investing in Applied Blockchain is part of our commitment to use digitalisation to create value in our core business and develop new business models.”

Venture capitalists

Shell was not the only corporation to invest in the Canary Wharf based blockchain startup. They were joined by venture capitalists Calibrate whose fund manager said;

“We believe in the long-term promise and process innovation that blockchain brings and believe Applied Blockchain is strategically positioned to lead in this space. We are particularly excited to partner with Shell and Applied Blockchain to innovate in commodity trading.”

Blockchain and crypto solutions will be increasingly sought as companies latch on to the potential that immutable distributed ledger technology can offer. This can only further the already fired up cryptocurrency industry to even higher levels and greater global adoption.

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Key Points

  • Bitcoin price formed a major bottom at the $9096 low and recovered well against the US Dollar.
  • The BTC/USD pair is currently attempting to settle above two bearish trend lines with resistance at $12,250 on the 4-hours chart (data feed from SimpleFX).
  • The price must settle above the $12800 level to gain upside momentum in the near term.

Bitcoin price is gaining momentum above $11,500 against the US Dollar. BTC/USD is trading with a positive bias and it looks set to break the $12,800 resistance.

Bitcoin Price Resistance

After a major decline, bitcoin price was able to find buyers below the $10,000 level against the US Dollar. A low was formed at $9096 from where an upside recovery was initiated. The price moved higher and was able to trade above the $10,000 resistance. There was a break above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $14,219 high to $9096 low.

There are many positive signs on the chart above $11,000. More importantly, the price is above the 50% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $14,219 high to $9096 low. At the moment, the BTC/USD pair is currently attempting to settle above two bearish trend lines with resistance at $12,250 on the 4-hours chart. It is positive sign above $12,000. However, the pair has to settle above the $12,800 level to gain upside momentum. Moreover, the price should clear the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $14,219 high to $9096 low at $13,010.

Bitcoin Price Weekly Analysis BTC USD

Overall, it looks like the pair is around a crucial juncture below $13,000. Should bitcoin succeeds in moving above $13,000, there could be more gains in the near term above $15,000.

Looking at the technical indicators:              

4-hours MACD – The MACD is now slowly moving in the bullish zone.

4-hours RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI is just above the 50 level and is moving down slowly.

Major Support Level – $11,000

Major Resistance Level – $13,000

 

Charts courtesy – SimpleFX

Key Points

  • Bitcoin cash price started an upside correction from the $1340 swing low against the US Dollar.
  • There was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance at $1800 on the 4-hours chart of BCH/USD (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair is now facing a couple of important resistance levels such as $2200 and $2300.

Bitcoin cash price has recovered nicely above $1600 against the US Dollar. BCH/USD must clear the $2200-2300 hurdle for more gains in the near term.

Bitcoin Cash Price Resistance

This past week, there was a recovery initiated bitcoin cash price from the $1500 swing low against the US Dollar. The price moved higher and was able to trade above the $1700 and $1800 resistance levels. There was also a break above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last drop from the $2960 high to $1340 low. It opened the doors for more gains and the price was able to move above the $1900 level.

During the upside move, there was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance at $1800 on the 4-hours chart of BCH/USD. It helped buyers in pushing the price toward $2000. However, there is a crucial resistance around the $2200 and $2300 level. Both $2200 and $2300 levels provided support earlier, and now they may act as a resistance. Moreover, the 50% Fib retracement level of the last drop from the $2960 high to $1340 low is around $2150.

Bitcoin Cash Price Weekly Analysis BCH USD

All these resistances are major barriers for an upside push toward $2500. On the downside, there are a few supports such as $1800. $1600 and $1500. Any downside reaction will most likely find support at $1500.

Looking at the technical indicators:

4-hours MACD – The MACD for BCH/USD is slowly moving in the bullish zone.

4-hours RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is now above the 50 level.

Major Support Level – $1500

Major Resistance Level – $2200

 

Charts courtesy – Trading View, Kraken

Key Points

  • Bitcoin gold price is slowly recovering and is currently trading above the $200 level against the US Dollar.
  • There is a key bearish trend line forming with resistance at $250 on the hourly chart of BTG/USD (data feed from Bitfinex).
  • The pair may continue to move higher, but it could face sellers near the $240 and $250 resistances.

Bitcoin gold price is recovering from the $140 support zone against the US Dollar. BTG/USD might recovery further and it could test the $240-260 resistance zone.

Bitcoin Gold Price Resistance

After trading as low as $143, bitcoin gold price started a recovery against the US Dollar. The price moved higher and broke the $200 resistance level to set the pace for more gains. It also cleared the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $340 swing high to $143 low. The current price action is positive and there are chances of more gains above $220 in the near term.

At the moment, the price is testing a key resistance at $218-220 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. The $218 level is also the 38.2% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $340 swing high to $143 low. Above the $220 level, there is a major bearish trend line forming with resistance at $250 on the hourly chart of BTG/USD. The trend line resistance around $250 is the most important barrier for buyers on the upside. An intermediate resistance is around the 50% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $340 swing high to $143 low at $241.

Bitcoin Gold Price Technical Analysis BTG USD

The current momentum is positive, but it won’t be easy for BTG/USD to break the $240-250 resistance area.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD for BTG/USD is slowly moving in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTG/USD is moving higher towards the 60 level.

Major Support Level – $200

Major Resistance Level – $250

 

Charts courtesy – Trading View, Bitfinex

Key Points

  • Bitcoin cash price recovered well from the $1340 low to well above $1700 against the US Dollar.
  • However, this week’s highlighted crucial bearish trend line with current resistance at $1900 is preventing gains on the hourly chart of BCH/USD (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair needs to overcome selling pressure around the $1900 and $2000 levels to gain momentum.

Bitcoin cash price has moved into the positive zone above $1700 against the US Dollar. BCH/USD now has to move past $2000 for more gains.

Bitcoin Cash Price Upside Hurdle

Yesterday, we saw the start of a decent recovery in bitcoin cash price from the $1340 low against the US Dollar. The price moved higher and succeeded in breaking the $1700 resistance. There was also a break above the 38.2% Fib retracement level of the last fall from the $2405.2 high to $1340.9 low. The current price action is positive above the $1700 level, but BCH is facing a major hurdle on the upside.

At the moment, the 50% Fib retracement level of the last fall from the $2405.2 high to $1340.9 low at $1870 is acting as a major hurdle. More importantly, this week’s highlighted crucial bearish trend line with current resistance at $1900 is preventing gains on the hourly chart of BCH/USD. Therefore, there are two major resistance for more gains – $1900 and $2000. The pair has to move past $1900 and close above $2000 to gain further upside momentum.

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH USD

Around the mentioned $2000, the price faces the 100 hourly simple moving average. Moreover, the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the last fall from the $2405.2 high to $1340.9 low is at $1997. On the downside, an initial support is at $1700 followed by the $1500 level.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD for BCH/USD is slowly moving in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BCH/USD is just above the 50 level.

Major Support Level – $1500

Major Resistance Level – $2000

 

Charts courtesy – Trading View, Kraken

Key Points

  • Bitcoin cash price started a recovery after trading as low as $1340 against the US Dollar.
  • This week’s highlighted major bearish trend line with current resistance at $2000 is still in place on the hourly chart of BCH/USD (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair may correct further in the near term, but it faces a major challenge near $2000.

Bitcoin cash price is recovering from the $1340 swing low against the US Dollar. BCH/USD is still below a major resistance area at $2000.

Bitcoin Cash Price Recovery

During the past three days, we saw a major decline in bitcoin cash price below the $2000 level against the US Dollar. The price fell sharply and it even broke the $1500 support. It traded close to the $1300 level and formed a low at $1340. Later, a decent upside recovery was initiated and the price moved above the $1500 level. There was a close above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $2400 high to $1340 low.

It is a positive sign, but the price still faces many resistances on the upside around $2000. More importantly, this week’s highlighted major bearish trend line with current resistance at $2000 is still in place on the hourly chart of BCH/USD. The pair may correct further. But it won’t be easy for buyers to break the $2000 level. At the moment, the price is trading near the 50% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $2400 high to $1340 low at $1870.

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH USD

A push above $1870 will most likely call for a test of the $2000 resistance. On the downside, supports are seen near the $1600 and $1500 levels.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD for BCH/USD is now back in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BCH/USD has moved above the 50 level.

Major Support Level – $1600

Major Resistance Level – $2000

 

Charts courtesy – Trading View, Kraken

Key Points

  • Bitcoin gold price declined further and it failed to stay above the $200 level against the US Dollar.
  • There is a short-term connecting bearish trend line forming with resistance at $185 on the hourly chart of BTG/USD (data feed from Bitfinex).
  • The pair is currently holding $150, but it is struggling to stay above the mentioned support.

Bitcoin gold price broke a major support area at $150 against the US Dollar. BTG/USD could correct higher, but upsides remain capped by the $200 level in the near term.

Bitcoin Gold Price Resistance

There was no major recovery above $220 in bitcoin gold price against the US Dollar. The price faced a lot of selling pressure and it declined below the $200 support as well. The decline was such that the $180 support was also pierced. It traded as low as $150.88 and later it started an upside correction. It tested the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last drop from the $338 high to $150 low.

However, there are many resistances on the upside around $200. There is also a short-term connecting bearish trend line forming with resistance at $185 on the hourly chart of BTG/USD. Above the trend line resistance, the $200 level is a major resistance. It was a support earlier and now it may stop gains above $200-210. Should there be a close above $200, the price could test the 50% Fib retracement level of the last drop from the $338 high to $150 low.

Bitcoin Gold Price Technical Analysis BTG USD

Overall, there is a lot of pressure on BTG and it could face a lot of offers near $200. If it fails to break $200, there is a chance of it breaking $150 as well.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD for BTG/USD is showing bearish signs in the negative zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTG/USD is slightly moving higher towards the 40 level.

Major Support Level – $150

Major Resistance Level – $200

 

Charts courtesy – Trading View, Bitfinex

Key Points

  • Bitcoin cash price faced heavy selling pressure and it declined toward $1500 against the US Dollar.
  • Yesterday’s highlighted major bearish trend line with resistance at $2100 is intact on the hourly chart of BCH/USD (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair may correct a few points, but it is likely to face resistances near $2000 and $2100.

Bitcoin cash price declined sharply toward $1500 against the US Dollar. BCH/USD is now in a bearish trend as long as it is below $2100.

Bitcoin Cash Price Downtrend

There was a start of a fresh downside wave in bitcoin cash price from the $2600 swing high against the US Dollar. The price crashed and declined below a few important support levels such as $2200 and $2100. The decline was such that the price even declined below the $1600 support. It traded close to the $1500 level and formed a low at $1501.7. Later, an upside correction was initiated and the price moved above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last drop from the $2403 high to $1501 low.

However, there are many resistances on the upside around the $2000 level. Above $2000, yesterday’s highlighted major bearish trend line with resistance at $2100 is intact on the hourly chart of BCH/USD. Moreover, the 50% Fib retracement level of the last drop from the $2403 high to $1501 low is at $1952 to prevent upsides. Therefore, it seems like there are many barriers for buyers around the $1950 and $2100 levels. As long as the price is below the $2100 level, it remains in a downtrend.

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH USD

On the downside, an initial support is around $1600, followed by the last swing low of $1501. A break below $1501 could increase a lot of pressure for a move toward $1200.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD for BCH/USD is moving in the bearish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BCH/USD is currently well below the 50 level.

Major Support Level – $1500

Major Resistance Level – $2100

 

Charts courtesy – Trading View, Kraken

Key Points

  • Bitcoin cash price failed to stay above the $2400 support area and moved down against the US Dollar.
  • There is a major bearish trend line forming with resistance at $2400 on the hourly chart of BCH/USD (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair is likely to continue its decline towards $2100 since it is now well below the 100 hourly simple moving average.

Bitcoin cash price is moving lower sharply from $2550 against the US Dollar. BCH/USD could extend declines and may even test the $2100 level.

Bitcoin Cash Price Resistance

Yesterday, we saw a recovery wave in bitcoin cash price around the $2500 level against the US Dollar. However, the price failed to stay above the $2500 support since the $2550 level acted as a major resistance. As a result, there was a downside reaction from $2550. The price declined and broke a few important support levels including $2460 and $2400.

There was a break below the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the last upside wave from the $1997 low to $2750 high. BCH is currently trading just above the $2200 level and it seems like it may extend declines. The next major support is around the $2100 level. An intermediate support is around the 76.4% Fib retracement level of the last upside wave from the $1997 low to $2750 high. Below the mentioned $2100, the price is likely to retest the $2000 support and the $1997 swing low.

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH USD

On the upside, there is a major bearish trend line forming with resistance at $2400 on the hourly chart of BCH/USD. The trend line resistance and the $2350 hurdle are likely to prevent gains in the near term.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD for BCH/USD is gaining pace in the bearish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BCH/USD is currently heading towards the oversold levels.

Major Support Level – $2100

Major Resistance Level – $2400

 

Charts courtesy – Trading View, Kraken

Key Points

  • Bitcoin gold price started a downside correction from the $369 high against the US Dollar.
  • There is a major bullish trend line forming with support at $265 on the hourly chart of BTG/USD (data feed from Bitfinex).
  • The pair is currently placed nicely in the bullish zone above $260 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

Bitcoin gold price is placed well above the $250 level against the US Dollar. BTG/USD remains well supported and it could move higher in the near term.

Bitcoin Gold Price Support

There was a decent rise in bitcoin gold price above the $300 level recently against the US Dollar. The price traded as high as $369 before starting a downside correction. It declined and moved below the $320 and $300 support levels. Moreover, there was a break below the 50% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $200.21 low to $369.48 high.

However, there are many supports on the downside above the $250 level. An initial support is around the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $200.21 low to $369.48 high at $264. There is also a major bullish trend line forming with support at $265 on the hourly chart of BTG/USD. The pair remains well supported above the $250-260 levels. More importantly, the 100 hourly simple moving average is at $256. Therefore, there is a clear major support forming above $250.

Bitcoin Gold Price Technical Analysis BTG USD

As long as the pair is above the mentioned $250 level, it remains in an uptrend. On the upside, there is a decent resistance forming at $300. A break of the stated $300 resistance may push the price back in the bullish zone for more gains.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD for BTG/USD is about to move back in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTG/USD is currently below the 50 level.

Major Support Level – $250

Major Resistance Level – $300

 

Charts courtesy – Trading View, Bitfinex