Bitcoin Rejection Could Signal a Final Leg Down

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In Brief
  • Bitcoin is trading above long-term support at $10,000.

  • The bounce from the Sept 3 crash has been quite weak.

  • BTC has possibly begun wave 5 in its correction.

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Even though Bitcoin (BTC) has been moving upwards since Sept. 8, it has shown considerable weakness indicating that it is likely beginning a final wave down that could end at $9,700.



After the losses seen during the week of Aug 31-Sept 7, the Bitcoin price consolidated last week. The price created a small Doji candlestick above the $10,000 area, which had previously acted as resistance since February and is now expected to act as support.

Therefore, as long as the price is trading above this level, the current movement is considered a re-test of this support level.



Bitcoin Long-Term Support

Technical indicators are neutral, leaning slightly bearish. The MACD has started to fall but has not been confirmed with a bearish close. Both the RSI and Stoch RSI are above 50 and have a positive slope.

BTC Chart By TradingView

Weak Retracement

The daily chart gives conflicting signs. While the price has been retracing since Sept 8, the upward move has been very weak. BTC has even failed to reach the 0.382 Fib level of the decrease at $10,681.

However, technical indicators are bullish. The MACD has been moving upwards along with the RSI and Stoch RSI. The latter is possibly getting ready to make a bullish cross.

BTC Chart By TradingView

The shorter-term two-hour chart shows a deviation above the minor resistance area at $10,400 and a fall back inside. This same area is now expected to act as resistance once more.

Combined with the bearish divergence in the MACD and the fact that it has turned negative, this suggests that the price is likely to decrease.

BTC Chart By TradingView

Wave Counts

In BeInCrypto’s Sept. 11 analysis, we stated that:

The Bitcoin price likely began a bearish impulsive five-wave formation on Sept. 2 and currently is in wave 4, which is transpiring inside a complex corrective structure.

The price action on Sept 13 makes it likely that BTC has completed wave 4 (in orange below) and has now begun its final decrease with wave 5.

Even though the price did not retrace significantly and failed to touch the 0.382 Fib level of the decrease, the fact that the movement is perfectly contained within a parallel channel and the impulsive decrease from late Sept 13 suggests the rally is likely finished.

The first possible target for the end of wave 5 would be at $9,718, found by the 0.382 Fib of waves 1-3.

BTC Chart By TradingView

A closer look at the decrease shows that the price has possibly completed sub-waves 1 and 2 (orange) inside the previously mentioned wave 5.

The current price level near $10,370 has a strong Fib confluence with both the bounce and the previous decrease. It presents a very likely level for the rally to end and the price to resume its downward movement.

BTC Chart By TradingView

For BeInCrypto’s previous Bitcoin 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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