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Bitcoin (BTC) Gets Third-Ever Bullish Signal From These Two Moving Averages

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Updated by Ryan James
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In Brief

  • For the third time in Bitcoin's history, the 50W MA has fallen below the 100W MA.
  • Historically, this signal has led to more than 100% gains to another bullish cross.
  • Coral Trend Indicator also shows that BTC reached the bottom in June.
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For the third time in history, two important moving averages made a bearish intersection on the Bitcoin (BTC) chart. Paradoxically, this could be a very bullish signal! Historically, it has led to large increases and initiated an accumulation phase before the next bull market.

Long-term moving averages like to stay away from each other. However, from time to time they intersect, often defining turning points on the chart of an asset. On Bitcoin’s chart, the 50-week and 100-week moving averages (50W MA and 100W MA) serve such a function.

In today’s analysis, we will look at their historical intersections, which gave interesting long-term signals for the BTC price. This is because it turns out that a bearish cross was a signal of reaching a bottom in historical bear markets. A bullish cross, on the other hand, gave reason to start another bull market.

In confluence with these two moving averages is the so-called Coral Trend Indicator. This indicator also signals that the bottom of the current bear market has already been reached, and Bitcoin is currently undergoing an accumulation phase before the next bull market.

50W MA crosses 100W MA

On August 5, an important technical event occurred on the BTC chart. Two important moving averages made a bearish cross. The 50W MA fell below the 100W MA. This was the 3rd such situation in the entire history of BTC trading (green lines).

Chart by Tradingview

Previously, this signal appeared twice: on April 20, 2015, and on February 18, 2019. In both cases, the intersection occurred a dozen weeks after Bitcoin reached the absolute bottom of the bear market. The same is true this time:

  • 2015: 14 weeks / 98 days from the bottom at $164
  • 2019: 10 weeks / 70 days from the bottom at $3,148
  • 2022: 12 weeks / 84 days from the bottom at $17,607

Thus, it turns out that the intersection that took place on September 5 is perfectly in the middle of the time range set by the two previous historical signals. Of course, two historical signals are far too few to be statistically valid. However, one can certainly speak of some similarities.

Bitcoin at $41,100 on August 14, 2023

Looking further at this signal, one can trace what happened next. The next major event was a bullish cross when the 50W MA returned above the 100W MA. This has happened twice so far: on May 16, 2016, and on December 9, 2019 (red lines).

After the week in which the bearish cross occurred, the BTC price went through a phase of accumulation and increase. From 2015-2016, it surged by 111% during this period, while in 2019 it increased by 104%. Meanwhile, the time separating the two signals was 56 and 42 weeks, respectively.

Chart by Tradingview

Now, if we would like to extrapolate this scant data to the current chart, we can attempt to calculate the price of BTC and the time it will reach the next bullish cross. Averaging the historical data on the upside we get 107.5%, and on time we get 49 weeks.

This gives us a very rough prediction of the BTC price at $41,100, which would be reached on August 14, 2023. What’s more, a bullish cross between the 50W MA and 100W MA in the long term led to increases.

However, it is worth noting that in March 2020, due to the COVID-19 crash, the BTC price fell below the values registered during the previous signal. In contrast, in 2016 the signal initiated a one-and-a-half-year bull market, and the BTC price did not fall below the price from the signal.

Confluence with Coral Trend Indicator

Additional confirmation of the conclusions of the above analysis is provided by the so-called Coral Trend Indicator. Its update was posted yesterday on Twitter by cryptocurrency analyst @el_crypto_prof.

The indicator is a simple curve on the monthly chart of Bitcoin, which has two possible colors. Green corresponds to a curve with an upward slope, while red corresponds to a downward slope. Thus, it is a typical lagging indicator, similar to the moving averages analyzed earlier.

Source: Twitter

The analyst points out that the first red dot on the Coral Trend Indicator chart appeared approximately 60 days after reaching the absolute bottom of the bear market (blue arrows). This happened both in 2015 and at the turn of 2018-2019.

Currently, the indicator also delivered its first red dot in early August, also after about 60 days from the June lows at $17,607. Although historically the indicator has continued to generate a few more red dots, Bitcoin has already bounced north, preparing for the next bull market.

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Jakub Dziadkowiec
PhD and an assistant professor at an international university in Lublin, Poland. Spent 10 years studying philosophy of nature and sport science. An author of 4 books and two dozens of scientific articles. Now, he is using his mind for the benefits of the cryptocommunity. Technical analysis enthusiast, Bitcoin warrior, and a strong supporter of the idea of decentralization. Duc in altum!