Bitcoin consolidating above former resistance, but what’s next?

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Bitcoin is doing what it’s done best over the last decade and continuing to climb, despite skeptics, antics, and rhetoric.

While some traders are expecting price movement to retest the former resistance zone, there are signs suggesting a retrace into that zone may not be necessary in a bullish continuation. That said, the various technical details on Bitcoin at the moment seem to point everywhere but down.

The four-hour-charts, shown below, each suggest different possible price movement based on the timeframe analyzed. The first being a simple line chart, marking the price at closing value, along with the standard candlestick chart, highlighting the high, low, open and close of the given period.

Bitcoin shows signs of consolidation above key former resistance from earlier this year.

Notice the volume decreasing with price (red-lines) while the line chart confirms a consolidation attempt, known as a bull pennant/flag.

A bull-flag/bear flag, and a move to its respective direction, will illustrate a pole formation, with the attempt to consolidate afterward as the ’flag’ as shown below.

The bull pennant can still be invalidated with a price movement that breaks the lower trendline of the pennant and leaves the possibility that bitcoin can take a large swing downward in the event bears take control.

The most recent surge of late February-to-now appears to be in alignment with the previous swings in 2014 to 2017, in which the first two years of price movement to the upside consisted of 100–200 percent surges over 2–3 month periods. Under that logic, it would be entirely possible to see the $5,500 to $6,500 range tested again in the event the potential bull flag were to be invalidated. What to expect if the bull flag is invalidated can be read here.

On the fundamental side of things, the news on the upcoming ETF decision, JP Morgan Chase admitting to liking Bitcoin, and other initiatives like Hyperledger or Enterprise Ethereum from Amazon, are just a few highlights of steady progress.

Ultimately, any move from Bitcoin at these levels will be impressive. BTC dominance continues to grow. And, as the coin gets closer to the halving, based on previous halvings, it’s likely to see another jump in price.

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Bitcoin, currently ranked #1 by market cap, is up 3.52% over the past 24 hours. BTC has a market cap of $141.75B with a 24 hour volume of $24.67B.

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Bitcoin is up 3.52% over the past 24 hours.

Filed Under: Bitcoin, Price Analysis, Price Watch, Technical Analysis, Trading

Eric Thies

Eric Thies is a cryptocurrency enthusiast and self-taught analyst, who’s following on Twitter started at the start of the 2018 bear market. A seasoned investor & trader in the space, Eric’s focus has remained centered on gaining more exposure by continuing to provide accurate, data-driven analysis to his following. Being based in Seattle, Eric spends his time outside of the crypto-sphere traveling with his wife, enjoying the outdoors, and meeting up with friends. Eric graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 with a degree in Political Science (international business focused).

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