Bitcoin Continues Consolidating Above $36,000

Bitcoin Continues Consolidating Above $36,000

Bitcoin Continues Consolidating Above $36,000

The Bitcoin (BTC) price has been increasing since Jan. 12, and is currently consolidating above $36,000 inside a symmetrical triangle.

Bitcoin is expected to find resistance at $37,700. A breakout above $40,112 would suggest that BTC is still in a bullish impulse instead of being in a corrective phase.

Bitcoin Continues its Ascent
Bitcoin has been increasing since bouncing at the 0.382 Fib retracement support level at $32,124 on Jan. 11. The increase has been relatively gradual and choppy, more akin to a corrective pattern than a bullish impulse.

Despite the hidden bullish divergence in the RSI, the rest of the technical indicators from the daily time-frame are bearish. The Stochastic oscillator has made a bearish cross and the MACD has almost turned negative.

If BTC were to break down, the next closest support area would be found at $29,080 (0.5 Fib retracement).

Symmetrical Triangle
The six-hour chart shows that BTC has been trading inside a symmetrical triangle since Jan. 4. The point of convergence between support and resistance is approaching, so a decisive move is expected to occur.

There is strong resistance at $37,709. This level is the 0.618 Fib retracement level, a horizontal resistance area, and also coincides with the descending resistance line from the triangle.

Technical indicators in the short-term are bullish, but because of the bearishness from higher time-frames, we cannot confidently predict a breakout.

BTC Wave Count
The wave count suggests that BTC is trading inside a complex W-X-Y correction (shown in orange below), in which the X wave is a triangle. This also fits with the longer-term count, which suggests that BTC is correcting from the upward movement beginning in September 2020.

A breakdown from the triangle would likely take BTC to the aforementioned 0.5 Fib retracement support at $29,000, and possibly even the 0.618 Fib at $26,000. 

The sub-wave count is given in black A decrease below the B sub-wave low at $33,822 would confirm that this is the correct count.

Since this is almost definitely a triangle, the only other possibility would be this being the fourth wave, which could break upwards and take BTC toward $50,000.

However, this does not fit with the longer-term count, Unless BTC manages to break above the B sub-wave high of $40,112, this scenario is unlikely.

Bitcoin is expected to gradually increase to $37,700. A breakout above $40,112 would suggest that BTC is still in a bullish impulse while a decrease below $33,822 would confirm that the trend is bearish. 

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