Bitcoin Back on the Defensive After Price Hits Two-Week Low

Bitcoin’s (BTC) price dropped to two-week lows earlier today and could extend the decline to key support near $6,100, technical charts indicate. The leading cryptocurrency was teasing a bullish move 24-hours ago, having carved out a lower high of $6,270 along the support of the trendline connecting the Oct. 11 low and Oct. 31 low. The defense of the key trendline support was also backed by a bullish divergence of the MACD (moving average convergence divergence) histogram. Even so, BTC failed to pick up a bid, possibly due to sharp…

Bitcoin Teases Bull Move After Defense of Key Price Support

Bitcoin could be in for a recovery rally, having defended a key support level over the weekend. The leading cryptocurrency has been looking bearish over the last week. It suffered an ascending channel breakdown on Nov. 7, suggesting a temporary top had been created at $6,540, while the moving averages rolled over in favor of the bears a day later. As a result, BTC looked likely to drop below the support of the trendline connecting the Oct. 11 and Oct. 31 lows, and move toward $6,200 over the weekend. Instead,…

Bitcoin Price Eyes $6.2K Amid Further Drop into Bear Territory

Bitcoin’s (BTC) reversal of the recent uptrend in prices is gathering pace and a drop into a bearish territory below $6,200 is now a possibility, technical charts indicate. The leading cryptocurrency found acceptance below the lower edge of the rising channel yesterday, invalidating the bullish price action witnessed earlier this week. Essentially, the rally from the Oct. 31 low of $6,201 has ended at a high of $6,540 reached on Nov. 7. At press time, BTC is trading at $6,350 on Coinbase, having clocked a five-day low of $6,335 soon…

Recovery in Doubt as Bitcoin Price Drops Out of Bullish Channel

Bitcoin is painting a less bullish picture than 24 hours ago, following a drop out of an ascending price channel. Stepping back, the leading cryptocurrency picked up a strong bid at $6,200 on Oct. 31, keeping the crucial 21-month EMA support intact. Further, it witnessed a symmetrical triangle breakout earlier this week, signaling that bulls have come out victorious in a tug of war with the bears. More importantly, the breakout looked legitimate as the technical indicators turned bullish. Notably, the relative strength index rose to a three-month high of…

Up $100: Bitcoin Price Indicators Grow Increasingly Bullish

Bitcoin (BTC) looks likely to inch higher toward $6,800 in the near-term, as the technical indicators have grown increasingly bullish in the last 24 hours. Notably, the 14-day relative strength index (RSI), which measures the speed and change of price movements, has jumped to 59.04 – the highest level since Sept. 4. A reading above 50 indicates that bullish forces are acting on the security. So, it seems safe to say that the leading cryptocurrency is looking most bullish in two months. At press time, BTC is changing hands at $6,510…

It’s Hard to Short Crypto – And That’s Propping Up Prices, Study Finds

The contentious nature of the ecosystem around cryptocurrencies is partly what gives them value – academics call it “belief heterogenity.” But discord and personal sentiment alone isn’t enough to keep prices above zero, according to research from Wang Chun Wei, Ph.D., a finance lecturer at the University of Queensland in Australia. According to Wei, if it was easier to bet against cryptocurrency prices through short positions – when someone borrows, then sells an asset with the expectation of buying it back at a lower price in an effort to make a…

The Number of Bitcoin Short Positions Hits 3-Month Low

The bearish sentiment around bitcoin sank to three-month lows earlier today as short positions placed on crypto exchange Bitfinex fell to their lowest level since August 5th. At approximately 11:00 UTC, the number of short positions dropped to 21,434, which represents a 33 percent drop in the past eight days alone. During the same time, longs – or positions that are betting on an increase in bitcoin’s price – also witnessed a notable increase of 10 percent, the current number of which (24,410) marks a three-week high. Indeed, the sentiment here seems…

This Bitcoin Price Chart May Give Early Warning of Next Bull Reversal

That bitcoin (BTC) has likely found a bottom around $6,000 is now generally accepted, so the challenge for investors and traders is to spot the early signs of a long-awaited bullish reversal. Basic technical theory suggests that a bearish-to-bullish trend change is confirmed after the price invalidates a “lower highs” pattern – a series of descending peaks. As such, bitcoin needs to rise above the September high of $7,400 to confirm a major bullish breakout. That would mean the number one cryptocurrency by market cap needs to rally close to…

Bitcoin’s True Stress Test Is Yet to Come

Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. Rekt? You should see the other guy. For anyone concerned about bitcoin losing another 4 percent in October to post its third straight monthly loss, it’s worth comparing that loss to those seen by traditional financial markets. By standard measures, last month was the worst on Wall Street since the…

Bitcoin Price Eyes Move to $6.8K After Bull Breakout

Bitcoin could be about to make a move towards $6,800, having witnessed a bullish triangle breakout yesterday. The leading cryptocurrency, which had been in a narrowing price range, closed at $6,423 yesterday, confirming an upside breakout. With the move, the bulls look to have come out victorious in a months-long tug-of-war with the bears. However, BTC is struggling to find acceptance above the immediate resistance of the 50-day exponential moving average (EMA), currently at $6,450. However, the EMA hurdle could be crossed in a day or two and prices could…