Bitcoin Faces Close Below Long-Term Support In First Since 2015

Bitcoin dangers closing under the 50-week transferring common (MA) – an essential long-term assist not breached for over two-and-a-half years.

With the bears already on the offensive following the latest sell-off, costs are prone to endure if bitcoin closes on Sunday under the important thing assist, presently seen at $7,611. Extra worryingly for the bulls, for the reason that cryptocurrency has not traded under the 50-week MA since October 2015, acceptance under that stage would solely add credence to the argument that the long-term bull run has ended.

As of writing, bitcoin is altering fingers at $7,449 on Bitfinex, having dropped under the 50-week MA on Might 23.

Weekly chart (2015–2018)

As seen on the chart above, the long-term transferring common had acted as a robust assist within the first quarter. BTC discovered robust bids in mid April following the repeated failure (marked by a circle) on the a part of the bears to penetrate the 50-week MA.

Subsequently, the rally from the 50-week MA to $9,990 (Might 5 excessive) bolstered the transferring common as a robust long-term assist. Therefore, a draw back break would elevate the chances of a slide to contemporary 2017 lows under $6,000.

Trying forward, value chart evaluation means that bitcoin is prone to finish the week under the important thing $7,611 stage.

To start out with, the weekly relative energy index (RSI) is under 50.00 (within the bearish territory) and trending south in favor of the bears. The RSI has additionally discovered acceptance under the important thing assist zone of 53.55–55.00, which solely strengthens the bear case.

In the meantime, the each day chart under additionally exhibits scope for a drop under $7,000.

Day by day chart

The bears presently have the higher hand, as indicated by the decrease highs and decrease lows sample, draw back break of the channel, downward sloping (bearish) 5-day and 10-day MAs.

The RSI is holding under 50.00 (within the bearish territory), however effectively above 30.00 (oversold area), indicating room for sell-off to $6,870 (triangle assist).

Hourly chart

Regardless of the bullish value RSI divergence on the hourly chart, BTC didn’t cross the falling trendline hurdle, underscoring the robust bearish sentiment out there.


  • BTC appears set to shut under the 50-week MA (at $7,611) for the primary time since October 2015, signaling a serious bearish breakdown and opening the doorways for a re-test of $6,000 (2018 low).
  • A corrective rally could save the day for the bulls, nevertheless, the chance of a bearish weekly shut under the 50-week MA will stay excessive so long as bitcoin is buying and selling under $eight,644 (Might 21 excessive).

Bitcoin in water picture through Shutterstock

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