- Bitcoin bulls are working hard to overcome the resistance at $11,600 as well as the hurdle at the 100 SMA.
- BTC/USD is still in danger of a return to $11,000 in spite of the support at $10,500; the bearish picture becomes apparent.
Bitcoin price could have already said goodbye to the critical level at $12,000. The cryptoassets is struggling to build momentum above $11,500 at the time of writing despite recovery from the support at $11,100 on Wednesday. The Asian session on Thursday is characterized by increased selling pressure, especially in the short term range.
The 1-hour chart shows Bitcoin price trying hard to hold above the 50 Simple Moving Average (SMA). Glancing upwards, action towards $10,600 is limited suggesting a possibility for losses under $10,500 coming into the picture in the near term. The 100 SMA ($11,665) is a key hurdle that must come down for gains eyeing $12,000 to become actionable.
The formation of a short term rising wedge pattern particularly spells doom for Bitcoin. A rising wedge pattern signals a possible reversal from an extended bullish trend (the recovery from $11,100). Bitcoin price narrowing upward action could not overcome the resistance at the 100 SMA as mentioned before, leaving the next hurdle at $11,700 untested.
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BTC/USD 1-hour chart
At the time of writing, BTC is trading at $11,554. The price is hanging at the edge of the cliff with losses likely to continue in the short term. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is falling gradually towards the midline. This reflects that selling activities are gaining traction.
On the other hand, rapid declines are unlikely but cannot be ruled out completely. The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) is holding above the mean line. A minor bullish divergence hints that buying pressure is relatively present but not enough to sustain action above $11,600. For now, establishing support at $11,500 is key for the fight to $12,000 otherwise, Bitcoin is still in danger of losses eyeing $11,000.
Bitcoin Key Intraday Levels
Spot rate: $11,574
Percentage change: 0.05%
Relative change: 6.5
Trend: Bullish bias