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Bitcoin USD Weekly Review: Market once again dominated by declines
Bitcoin started the reporting week at the USD 38’000 level, after this area also increasingly came into focus again at the end of the previous week. A trading close at USD 38’472 on Sunday was followed by an almost unchanged daily close at USD 38’497 on Monday. On Tuesday, the market again gave up terrain, which led to a closing price near the lows of the previous days in the area of USD 37’700. On Wednesday, incipient buying brought the price back to USD 39’674 and thus just below the 40’000 zone. As often seen in recent weeks, massive selling immediately put the bitcoin price under pressure again on Thursday. As a result, the price at the end of the day was already close to the lows reached at the end of January at USD 36’543. The bad omens immediately accompanied consistently the remaining trading sessions of the reporting week, all marked by respective lower daily highs and lows. Bitcoin finally ended the week with a price action just above the 34’000 zone and thus close to the lows reached at the end of January.
First signs of a trend reversal
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After the mid-March 2020 price plunge, a veritable countermovement established itself. This led to the resistance zones above USD 10’000. After an initial rejection and a consolidation phase of almost two months, a breakthrough through the fundamental resistance zone followed on July 27, 2020, which persisted since August 2019 and accordingly caused Bitcoin to fail several times already.
The area around USD 10’000, which served as resistance, was interesting in several respects. On the one hand, the 0.618 Fibonacci point of the entire downward movement, which was initiated at the end of June 2019 just below USD 14’000, was located in this price area. On the other hand, the zone around USD 10’000 simultaneously acted as a witness of the still bearish trend from lower highs since December 2017 (see macro view on weekly basis). Bitcoin was able to establish itself above the newly created support in the USD 10’000 area since the end of July 2020 and provided the first confirmation of a trend reversal of the bear market that had persisted since 2018 with the break of the resistance zone around USD 12’200 towards the end of October 2020. In the following weeks, the positive trend accentuated and led Bitcoin through the 14’000 resistance in early November 2020 and close to the then all-time highs around USD 20’000 for the first time in early December, which remained untouched for 158 weeks since the bull market in 2017.
With the breakthrough of the old all-time high at USD 20’000, the trend reversal was definitely heralded. Accordingly, there was a strong accentuation of the uptrend, which brought the Bitcoin price to its new all-time high just below USD 65’000 in just over 4 months. However, the rapid upward movement was abruptly halted in mid-May 2020, taking Bitcoin back to the USD 30’000 areas. After a three-month consolidation phase, the upward movement was continued no less spectacularly after a “rounding bottom” in the 0.61 Fibonacci area, which finally ended with a new all-time high at USD 69’000 in October 2020 after a “retest” of the 40’000 zone. Since then, a strong correction phase dominated once again, which led the Bitcoin price back to the USD 34’000 area and thus to trend-determining price territories. However, a bottom formation lasting more than 70 days, marked by higher lows, led Bitcoin above the stubborn 45’000 resistance.
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Just 73 days after reaching an all-time high at USD 69’000, the break of the 40’000 support zone at the end of the previous month suggests a change of course. The bull run, which has lasted over 401 days, seems to be running out of steam. Accordingly, the further direction of travel could turn out to be longer sideways movements and the bottom formation in the 34’000 area still has to prove itself.
Since reaching the bottom of the recent correction, a bottoming could be registered, which manifested itself in a series of higher daily lows. Just after breaking through the 45’000 resistance, a steep consolidation set in, which led the bitcoin price back below the 40’000 zone. With the price decline in the reporting week, the price structure created over 3 months, which recently suggested a return of bullish momentum, is also broken.
The undershooting of the 38’000 area led as suspected back to the lows of late January. It remains to be seen whether the important and last bastion of the macro uptrend above the 30’000 area holds. For the time being, the price movements of the reporting week point to a protracted and difficult period. The USD 32’000 area should provide information about the macro situation, as historically important price points are located here.
New price discovery phase shows weakness
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Bitcoin was able to set a higher high above USD 10’000 for the first time in the weekly interval in 2020, which broke the prevailing bearish trend since December 2017. This broke the series of lower highs that lasted for 135 weeks (1).
Since this first overcoming of the bearish trend, the signs for a valid trend reversal became stronger. With the push through important resistance zones and a continuous development above the 21-week average (2), the probabilities for a renewed reaching of the all-time high created in 2017/18 increased visibly. This scenario was completed in mid-December 2020. This was followed by a strongly accentuated price discovery above this historical zone, which produced a new all-time high of USD 65’000 in mid-April. A consolidation initiated since then ended in a veritable price slide that brought Bitcoin back to the USD 30’000 mark in just two weeks, even below the 21-week average (2) that has defined reliable bull or bear market phases in the past.
However, a subsequent breakout from the 10-week USD 30’000 – 40’000 consolidation area and a subsequent successful “retest” of the upper range of this channel most recently took Bitcoin above the all-time high created in April in an impressive counter-movement. After the creation of the new all-time high in the USD 69’000 area in November 2021, a vehement correction phase set in again, analogous to the pattern observed in May. This initially led to the break of the 50’000 support zone, which then promptly caused a bounce in this area, which now acts as resistance. Accordingly, the last few weeks were once again characterized by the correction phase that has dominated for two months now and even caused Bitcoin to break through the important 40’000 support zone most recently.
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The massive bull phase, which has lasted since July 2021 and originated from the healthy 0.618 Fibonacci area, which has been calculated since the start of the bull market and the all-time high of April, has recently been put to the test. The undershooting of the 40’000 area makes a rapid continued price discovery beyond the 69’000 all-time high a distant prospect for now. The market is setting a slower pace with the risk of falling into a bear market.
The series of higher weekly lows and highs, respectively, since October 2020 is in tact, but significant cracks have appeared in the foundation due to the undershooting of the 40’000 zone. The break of the trend line since the start of the uptrend and a negative looking “Head and Shoulder” formation complete the deterioration of the technical picture. The weekly RSI index (3), which showed a negative divergence with the price trend despite an all-time high, had indicated that the momentum was on weak legs. The correction in recent weeks impressively confirmed the picture of this indicator.
Since reaching a new all-time high at USD 69’000 three months ago, the bitcoin price has corrected by around 50%. Historically, such price behaviour has been observed more often even in bull market phases. With the fresh break through the 45’000 resistance, the chances for an end of the recent correction phase increase. The series of lower highs since the all-time high has been broken, an important step for further price gains. Increased chances for a continued upward movement should bring the weekly RSI indicator with a break of its downward trend, which has lasted for more than a year.
However, if the recent upward movement fails with a renewed undershooting of the 40’000 zone, the ultimate decisive battle between the bulls and bears would probably take place in the 35’000 area. In this area is the 0.618 Fibonacci zone, which has been calculated since the beginning of the bull market and the all-time high. A sustained undershoot of this area would also undercut the price area already contested in July 2021, which would come close to bear market confirmation.
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