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Bitcoin Price Watch: BTC Hesitates, But Further Losses Seem Likely

Aayush Jindal | December 12, 2018 | 7:00 am
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Bitcoin Price Watch: BTC Hesitates, But Further Losses Seem Likely

Aayush Jindal | December 12, 2018 | 7:00 am

Key Points

  • Bitcoin price remains in a bearish zone below the $3,400 and $3,500 resistances against the US Dollar.
  • This week’s followed key bearish trend line is in place with resistance at $3,440 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The price remains at a risk of more losses if there is no break above $3,440 and $3,500.

Bitcoin price is slowly extending losses below $3,400 against the US Dollar. BTC could accelerate losses if buyers continue to struggle near $3,440-3,500.

Bitcoin Price Analysis

During the past few hours, there were bearish moves below $3,500 in bitcoin price against the US Dollar. The BTC/USD pair recently settled below the $3,400 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. A new intraday low was formed at $3,295 and later the price corrected a few points higher. On the upside, an initial resistance is near the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent slide from the $3,635 high to $3,295 low.

However, the first major resistance is near $3,420 and the 100 hourly SMA. More importantly, this week’s followed key bearish trend line is in place with resistance at $3,440 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. Above the trend line, there is a solid resistance near $3,475. It coincides with the previous highs and the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent slide. Therefore, a successful break above $3,440 and $3,475 is needed for a recovery above $3,500. On the other hand, if buyers continues to fail near $3,475 or the trend line, there could be a downside reaction.

Bitcoin Price Analysis BTC Chart

Looking at the chart, bitcoin price is likely to extend losses below the $3,295 low or $3,250 if there is no break above $3,500. Further below $3,250, the price may even slide towards $3,020.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD for BTC/USD is slightly in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI is showing a minor bullish divergence above 40.

Major Support Level – $3,295

Major Resistance Level – $3,475

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