Bitcoin (BTC) Dips Below $23,000 Searching for a Bounce

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In Brief
  • Bitcoin is trading just above minor support at $22,300.

  • Technical indicators have yet to show any bullish reversal signs.

  • BTC is either in sub-wave 5 of the third wave or has begun wave 4.

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The Bitcoin (BTC) price decreased considerably on Dec. 21, and at one point reached a daily low of $21,815.

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However, the bullish structure is still intact and Bitcoin is expected to move higher unless the invalidation levels outlined below are broken.

 

Ongoing Bitcoin Dips

Yesterday, the BTC price decreased considerably from its high of $24,102 and proceeded to reach a low of $21,815. The candlestick for BTC has long wicks on each side, a sign of indecision stemming from both buying and selling pressure.

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The movements of related technical indicators are also ambiguous. The RSI has just fallen below 70 (shown with the red arrow below), a sign of a potential trend reversal.

However, the MACD has yet to make a lower momentum bar and the Stochastic oscillator is in the process of making a bullish cross.

BTC Chart By TradingView

Reversal Potential

The six-hour chart shows that despite a drop below it, BTC has managed to hold above the minor $22,300 support area. This is also the 0.382 Fib retracement level of the most recent increase.

BTC created a long lower wick below this level, nearly touching the 0.5 Fib retracement at $21,686, but proceeded to reach a close above.

The MACD has lost its strength and the RSI is decreasing, but the latter is still above 50 and the former is above 0.

BTC Chart By TradingView

The two-hour chart also gives a relatively neutral view.

The RSI has decreased below 50 and has not generated any bullish divergence and the MACD is consistently moving downwards.

BTC Chart By TradingView

BTC Wave Count

The most likely count suggests that BTC is in sub-wave 5 (black) of wave 3 (orange), which is expected to end between $25,871 and $26,006. 

Considering this scenario, yesterday’s decrease looks very much like a fourth wave pullback, after which an upward move to complete sub-wave 5 is expected.

A decrease below yesterday’s low of $21,864 would likely cause a breakdown from the parallel channel and invalidate this scenario.

BTC Chart By TradingView

The alternate count suggests that wave 3 has been completed and that BTC is now correcting inside wave 4. Even in this case, we would expect wave 4 to be shallow and swift due to the principle of alternation.

Since wave 2 was long, taking more than twice the amount of time of wave 1, and retraced all the way back to the 0.618 Fib retracement level, we would expect wave 4 to return to $20,940 (the 0.5 Fib retracement level).

A decrease below $19,918 (red line) would invalidate this particular wave count.

BTC Chart By TradingView

Which One Is More Likely?

A look 30-minute time-frame supports the possibility that BTC is in sub-wave 4 and will soon reverse its bearish trend.

The reason for this is that the increase from yesterday’s lows (highlighted in green) looks impulsive, while the ensuing drop looks corrective.

As long as BTC does not break down from the channel, it is expected to move upwards and gradually head towards the targets near $26,000.

Conclusion

Bitcoin is expected to soon reverse its trend and begin moving upwards. A decrease below $21,900 would postpone this possibility, suggesting that BTC is decreasing towards $21,000 before eventually moving higher.

For BeInCrypto’s previous Bitcoin (BTC) analysis, click here!

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Valdrin discovered cryptocurrencies while he was getting his MSc in Financial Markets from the Barcelona graduate school of Economics. Shortly after graduating, he began writing for several different cryptocurrency related websites as a freelancer before eventually taking on the role of BeInCrypto's Senior Analyst.

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