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Bitcoin Price Watch: BTC/USD Made Sharp U-Turn

Aayush Jindal | May 16, 2018 | 8:48 am
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Analysis

Bitcoin Price Watch: BTC/USD Made Sharp U-Turn

Aayush Jindal | May 16, 2018 | 8:48 am

Key Points

  • Bitcoin price failed to capitalize above $8,800 level and declined sharply against the US Dollar.
  • BTC/USD broke this week’s ascending channel with support at $8,500 on the hourly chart (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair settled below a key support at $8,400 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

Bitcoin price made a sharp U-turn from $8,800 against the US Dollar. BTC/USD is now trading well below $8,500 with a few bearish signs.

Bitcoin Price Analysis

The past two days were mostly positive for bitcoin price above the $8,600 support against the US Dollar. However, the price failed to move above the $8,800 resistance area. Buyers struggled to place the price above $8,800, which resulted in a downside move. The price declined sharply and broke a couple of support levels such as $8,700, $8,600 and $8,400.

The decline was substantial as the price settled below a key support at $8,400 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. During the decline, BTC/USD broke this week’s ascending channel with support at $8,500 on the hourly chart. The pair traded close to the $8,000 support level and a low was formed at $8,080. At the moment, the price is consolidating above $8,000s, with an initial resistance around the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $8,854 high to $8,080 low. However, the most important hurdle on the upside is at $8,400 and $8,500, which were supports earlier.

Bitcoin Price Analysis BTC

Looking at the chart, the price action suggests a lot of bearish signs below $8,500. It may correct a few points in the short term, but it is likely to face sellers on the upside near $8,500. On the downside, a break below the $8,000 support may perhaps push the price further into a bearish zone.

Looking at the technical indicators:              

Hourly MACD – The MACD for BTC/USD is placed nicely in the bearish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI is currently moving higher from the oversold levels.

Major Support Level – $8,000

Major Resistance Level – $8,500

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