Bitcoin Price Key Highlights
- Bitcoin price has formed lower highs on its 1-hour time frame and found support around $900.
- This has led to the creation of a small descending triangle consolidation pattern on the short-term chart.
- The direction in which price breaks out could set the longer-term trend for bitcoin.
Bitcoin price is currently settling inside a descending triangle pattern and could be due for a breakout soon.
Technical Indicators Signals
The 100 SMA is above the longer-term 200 SMA so the path of least resistance is to the upside. This suggests that a break higher could be more likely to take place than a move lower. In that case, bitcoin price could move up to the $955-960 area next. Also, the 200 SMA is holding as dynamic support since it lines up with the triangle bottom.
Stochastic is turning higher to suggest that bulls are trying to take control of bitcoin price action, also supporting the idea of an upside break. RSI is moving sideways, barely offering any strong clues on direction, so the consolidation could carry on. A downside break could take bitcoin price to the lows at $850 or lower.
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