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Bitcoin (BTC) Wave Count Suggests a Top Has been Reached

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • Bitcoin appears to have completed cycle wave 3 and has likely begun a correction.
  • The most likely levels for the bottom are found at $25,874 and $18,547.
  • The movement since Jan. 8 looks like a bearish impulse.
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Bitcoin (BTC) has been decreasing significantly since reaching a high on Jan. 8.

It’s likely that Bitcoin has completed wave 3 and has now begun a correction.


Primary Bitcoin Wave Count

In BeInCrypto’s previous wave count article, we stated that

“Bitcoin is in wave 5 (white) of this cycle wave. A likely target for the top of the move is found between $40,602-$44,127.”

Yesterday’s movement makes it likely that wave 5 (white) is complete. This would also complete cycle wave 3 (red) in the process.

If BTC is now in a bearish cycle wave 4, the three most likely targets for the correction to end would be found at:

  • $27,481 – 0.382 Fib retracement
  • $22,969 – 0.5 Fib retracement
  • $18,457 – 0.618 Fib retracement

Out of these three, the most likely to act as the bottom would be the $18,457 (0.618 Fib) area, since it was the same level that wave 4 (white) completed.

Very often, waves of a higher degree terminate at the same place as one degree lower. This would be the case if BTC falls to $18,457.

BTC Wave Count
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Furthermore, this decrease would also serve to complete a fourth wave pullback, making this a very likely target to be reached.

BTC 4th Wave Pullback
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Alternate BTC Count

The alternate count would suggest that BTC has just completed wave 3 and begun wave 4 (white).

The three most likely targets for the bottom of wave 4 are:

  • $29,667 – 0.382 Fib retracement
  • $25,874 – 0.5 Fib retracement
  • $22,081 – 0.618 Fib retracement

In this scenario, BTC would be expected to initiate another upward move and reach a high between $48,858-$52,937.

BTC Alternate Count
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Using the same fourth wave pullback scenario, the most likely target for a bottom is the 0.5 Fib retracement level at $25,874.

BTC Pullback
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Short-Term Movement

Cryptocurrency trader @CryptoTony_ outlined a BTC count, in which the price reaches a bottom near $35,450 and begins an upward move. However, this count has been invalidated since BTC already reached a lower low.

BTC Count
Source: Twitter

The movement since the Jan. 8 high does look like the beginning of a new bearish impulse (highlighted in red),

Despite the multiple long lower wicks, the movement looks bearish seeing as BTC has not managed to create a higher low.

The only alternative in which the upward move continues is if this is just minor sub-wave 1 of sub-wave 5 (orange).

However, if that were the case, BTC would go much higher. This would further extend the current rally, which is already overextended, making this possibility unlikely.

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It’s possible that Bitcoin has completed a bullish trend that began in March and will now correct toward the targets between $18,451 and $27,480.

The alternate count suggests that a bottom near $25,000 will be reached while the primary count estimates that BTC will move lower toward $18,451.

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

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Valdrin Tahiri
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...