Bitcoin is a 1st gen crypto, sending value p2p.
ETH being a 2nd gen, smart contracts.
Dash - Send value p2p, smart contracts, governance/treasury
I dont have any specific entry points or even timeframes of when I expect another large move higher, but here is my opinion.
1) Cryptos tend to move the extreme ends of the technicals.
2) Dash is holding very well its strong lower up trend and also has a steep higher uptrend that I am watching.
3) Dash sets out to solve lots of real world issues that bitcoin cannot do because there is no governance model. This governance is a big strength, but could also just as easily be a weakness.
4) if the above is holds true, the upper will hold
Time frame: Its hard to determine this stuff right now because bitcoin is in flux, actually usage of cryptos(Transaction growth) is very very low for alt coins, with ETH, LTC, and Dash being the leaders in alt transaction , but is still anemic compared to bitcoin . So things like general public adoption is still a ways away, but closer now than ever. So Dash is largely speculative, but will be a very powerful tool, platform, financial services and more, once the market cap grows significantly and actual usage increases by multiple orders of magnitude.
Technical patterns. I see an almost complete, with the head being the dip to the $120 area and respecting the very cleanly and precisely. So I doubt we will ever see prices below $120 again, and even $150 is probably out of the question also. The upper has dash pointing to above $240-$360, and could go higher.
Investment opportunities: Dash Masternode. Requires 1000 coins, and will earn about 8%/year.
That said, the large investors are building substantial positions when the liquidity provides for large purchases of this rare coin, with less 7.5million coins, and there are already 4000+ masternodes on the network, so at least 4mil coins are tied up, with the end goal of about 90% of the coins to be tied up in masternodes making the coin very rare.
Scaling, privacy, speed. Dash has coinjoin implemented on the protocol level so no need for trusting 3rd parties. Dash has thorough scaling plan. Masternodes facilitate instant send by locking the ?outputs?or?inputs? of the transaction. Dash will be implementing Segwit, just on its own terms, it is not needed yet, or technically ever as the price to transact would just increase if blocks got full, but high transaction prices obviously will hurt the growth any coin so a solution to keep cost low is important
Masternodes: Get to vote on how the treasury is spent. Unlike bitcoin where the miners get 100% of the block reward, Dash miners get 45% Masternodes get 45% and 10% goes to the treasury, and the master nodes get to vote on how it is spent and the future of the code. As the price of the coin increases so does the budget to hire developers, which will help keep dash way ahead of the curve.
Dont quote me on this, but I recall reading dash also has plans to introduce multiple mining scripts to prevent any sort of hostile takeover of the network to keep it secure and decentralized, similar to Digibytes.
Dash will compete with ETH for a scalable smart contract platform.
For many reasons I see dash as a very powerful coin who's projects will see implementation and usage long before many other smaller altcoins.
Dash is a gold rush coin.
Anything under $200 is a strong buy in my opinion.
Going into august and into the fall, I expect fireworks to be going off throughout the crypto world. Dash and litecoin are expected(according to Webbot Reports) to explode over the next few months.
Good luck trading and investing.