Bitcoin Price Key Highlights
- Bitcoin price has been gradually trending higher, moving above a rising trend line connecting the latest lows of price action.
- Bitcoin has also broken above a short-term consolidation pattern last week then zoomed up to a high of $465 before showing signs of a pullback.
- Using the Fibonacci retracement tool on the latest swing low and high shows that bitcoin price has bounced off support at the 61.8% Fib and trend line.
Bitcoin price could make another climb to its previous highs or much higher, as the area of interest at the Fib levels and trend line kept losses in check.
Stronger Bullish Momentum?
The 100 SMA is above the longer-term 200 SMA, confirming that the climb could carry on. In addition, this short-term moving average is moving farther away from the 200 SMA, indicating an increase in bullish momentum which might be enough to spur a break above the previous highs at $465.
Stochastic is pointing up but is already lingering in the overbought levels, suggesting that buyers might need to take a break soon. RSI is still moving north and hasn’t reached the overbought level yet, so there is still a bit of buying pressure left.
For now, it looks like the 100 SMA is holding as a dynamic resistance area. In that case, another test of the trend line support around $445-450 could be in the cards for bitcoin price. If selling pressure resumes, bears could push for a downside break of support.
The key level to watch would be the $440 mark at the previous lows and 200 SMA. A move below this area could be enough to confirm a possible reversal from the ongoing rally, taking bitcoin price to the next area of interest at $430. Further losses past that point could lead to a test of the $400 major psychological support level.
Long-Term Ascending Triangle
Zooming out to the 4-hour time frame reveals that bitcoin price is still safely inside the ascending triangle pattern. In fact, price just bounced off the triangle support and might be headed back to the top once more.
In this time frame, stochastic has just exited the oversold area, indicating that buyers are just gaining traction. In this case, bitcoin price might have enough energy for a test of the triangle resistance or even an upside breakout. Similarly, RSI is on the move up, indicating that buyers are in control of price action for the time being.
However, the 100 SMA on the 4-hour chart just made a downward crossover from the longer-term 200 SMA, suggesting that the path of least resistance might be to the downside and that a breakdown of support might be possible.
The US dollar has drawn a lot of support on risk-off market moves last week but gave up some of its wins when wage growth was flat based on the latest jobs figures. Risk aversion still seems to be in play this week, with the US dollar potentially looking at more upside.
Intraday support level – $440
Intraday resistance level – $465
Technical Indicators Settings:
- 100 SMA and 200 SMA
- Stochastic (8, 3, 3)
- RSI (14)
Charts from Bitstamp, courtesy of TradingView
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