Bitcoin finally managed to clear the $9,000 resistance zone against the US Dollar. BTC price must stay above the $8,950 and $8,860 support levels to continue higher in the near term.
- Bitcoin is trading in a positive zone above the $8,950 and $9,000 levels against the US Dollar.
- The price traded as high as $9,172 and it is currently correcting lower.
- There is a key bullish trend line forming with support near $8,860 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
- The pair could correct a few points, but it is likely to bounce back from $8,950 or $8,860.
Bitcoin Struggling To Gain Pace
After many failed attempts, bitcoin finally managed to pop above the $8,950 and $9,000 resistance levels against the US Dollar. BTC price settled nicely above the $9,000 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
A new weekly high is formed near $9,172 and the price is currently correcting lower. The current technical structure suggests that the price is lacking strength above $9,000.
It declined below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $8,670 low to $9,172 high. However, the bulls need not to worry just yet as there are many supports on the downside near the $9,000 and $8,950 levels.
The first key support is near the $8,950 level (the recent breakout zone). The next key support is near the $8,920 level. It coincides with the 50% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $8,670 low to $9,172 high.
More importantly, there is key bullish trend line forming with support near $8,860 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. If bitcoin price slides below the $9,000 and $8,950 support levels, there are high chances of it finding a strong buying interest near the trend line and the 100 hourly SMA.
On the upside, an initial resistance is near the $9,100 level. The first major barrier for the bulls is near the $9,200 level, above which they are likely to aim a test of the main $9,500 resistance area.
Chances of Downside Break
The trend line support near $8,860 and the 100 hourly simple moving average are very important for the current wave. If bitcoin price slides below the trend line, there is a risk of a fresh bearish wave below $8,800.
The key support below $8,800 is near the $8,700 level. Any further losses could open the gates for a push towards the $8,500 level in the near term.
Hourly MACD – The MACD is about to move back into the bullish zone.
Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is still well above the 50 level.
Major Support Levels – $8,950 followed by $8,860.
Major Resistance Levels – $9,100, $9,200 and $9,500.