Bitcoin Price Key Highlights
- Bitcoin price had previously been moving above a rising trend line on its 1-hour time frame but a downside break recently occurred.
- This could mean that a short-term reversal is in the cards for bitcoin, but a pullback might take place first.
- Technical indicators are confirming a possible selloff and the Fibonacci retracement tool reveals the nearby resistance areas.
Bitcoin price could be due for a reversal from its previous uptrend, following a downside break of the trend line and pending a correction.
Technical Indicators Signals
At the moment, bitcoin price is stalling at the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level, which might hold as resistance. The 100 SMA is crossing below the 200 SMA to indicate that the selloff could carry on.
Stochastic is also pointing down after just making it close to the overbought region. RSI is heading south so bitcoin price might follow suit, but this oscillator is still hovering at middle ground and might still turn higher.
In that case, a larger correction could be possible, with the broken trend line likely the line in the sand for any pullback scenario. A move past that area could put bitcoin price back on an uptrend again.
The 50% Fibonacci retracement level is located at the $428.56 level while the 61.8% Fibonacci level is at the $433.18 mark. Meanwhile, the broken trend line is closer to $440, which also lines up with a previous area of interest.
The return in risk appetite spurred a quick bounce for bitcoin price yesterday but strong US data also kept the dollar afloat, which explains the consolidation in BTCUSD. Commodities rebounded, led mostly by crude oil as another OPEC meeting might take place next month.
Durable goods orders data came in strong, with both headline and core figures outpacing expectations. For today, the main catalyst might be the US preliminary GDP release, which is expected to show a downgrade from 0.7% to 0.4%.
In that case, a dollar selloff could take place and allow bitcoin to advance, assuming risk appetite stays in the financial markets. On the other hand, better than expected US GDP results could keep the dollar supported, pushing BTCUSD to the swing low at $410 or much lower.
Keep in mind that Asian equities closed significantly lower in the previous sessions, led by yet another sharp drop in Chinese stocks. This might be enough to keep investors cautious until the end of the week, likely booking profits before the end of the month and next week’s top-tier releases.
In addition, Brexit fears are also preventing traders from putting funds in higher-yielding risky assets like bitcoin. After all, an exit from the EU could spur more uncertainty for both the UK and the EU, not to mention the rest of the global economy which is still getting back on its feet.
Other potential risks to market sentiment today include the release of US personal spending and income data, along with preliminary CPI readings from Germany and France.
Intraday support level – $410
Intraday resistance level – $435
Technical Indicator Settings:
- 100 SMA and 200 SMA
- RSI (14)
- Stochastic (8, 3, 3)
Charts from Bitstamp, courtesy of TradingView