Bitcoin (BTC) Falls Back Below $40,000 to Close Third Successive Bearish Week

Updated by Kyle Baird
In Brief
  • Bitcoin is in the process of breaking down from an ascending support line.
  • Long-term technical indicators are bearish.
  • There is a strong Fib support level between $37,000 and $38,000.
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On April 18, Bitcoin (BTC) fell below $40,000 for the first time this month. Short-term indicators are showing extremely oversold readings, suggesting that a significant rebound is near.

This effectively negated all the increases that Bitcoin enjoyed during the week of March 21-28 (green icon). In addition to this, it caused a decisive close below $43,600, a level that was expected to act as support. Now, it’s likely to act resistance once again.

The next closest support in the weekly time frame area is found near the January wick lows at $35,700.

Mixed readings

Technical indicators in the weekly time frame are mixed. 

The MACD and RSI are both falling, and their bearish trendlines (black lines) are still intact. On the other hand, there are hidden bullish divergences (green lines) that have developed in both indicators. 

Despite the price action appearing bearish, BTC is still currently trading above the 0.5 Fib retracement support level of $36,100. 

The outlook from the daily time frame is more decisively bearish. The RSI has broken down from an ascending support line and is now below 50. The MACD is also decreasing and is in negative territory.

In addition to this, BTC has fallen below an ascending support line that had been in place since Jan 14, but it has yet to reach a daily close below this line.

Future BTC movement

Despite the bearishness from the weekly and daily time frames, short-term signals indicate that a bottom is relatively close.

The reason for this is the bullish divergence in the oversold six-hour RSI. The previous two times this occurred (green lines), significant upward price movements followed.

The wave count suggests that BTC is completing an A-B-C corrective structure (red), which could lead to a low of $37,000. This would give waves A and C a 1:1 ratio. This would also allow BTC to retest the support line of a large ascending parallel channel.

The short-term wave count suggests that BTC is in the fifth and final wave and suggests a primary target of $38,200 to reach a bottom. This is found using the 1.61 external Fib retracement of wave four (black), and the length of wave one (yellow).

The long-term wave count suggests that an eventual move above $50,000 would be likely to follow.

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

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