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Bitcoin Violently Rejects $10k, Prompting Traders to Target $8,550 CME Gap

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 09:11
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Joseph Young
Traders are generally targeting low $9,000s as the bitcoin price consolidates from its upsurge in February
Bitcoin Violently Rejects $10k, Prompting Traders to Target $8,550 CME Gap
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The bitcoin price (BTC) rejected $10,500 on February 13 and $10,300 on February 20, dropping to as low as $9,260 on BitMEX in a steep overnight pullback.

Traders are generally targeting low $9,000s as the bitcoin price consolidates from its upsurge in February.

Jacob Canfield, a reputable cryptocurrency trader, said that CME gaps at $9,100 and $8,550 have not been properly filled, and CME gaps are filled 90 percent of the time.

A pullback to mid-$8,000 would bring balance to the market

Year-to-date, since January 1, the bitcoin price climbed from $7,100 to 10,500, rising by 47 percent against the USD within a 43-day period.

Unlike the previous breakout above $10,000 in October 2019, the bitcoin price has increased gradually over a two-month span, allowing the rest of the cryptocurrency market to rally without any major correction.

On October 26, 2019, the bitcoin price increased from $7,200 to $10,600 within 72 hours, in one of the strongest short squeezes in recent history. That left the market open to a significant pullback, and it ultimately caused the bitcoin price to plummet to $6,410.

The recent rally of bitcoin has been more balanced than the previous upsurge to $10ks and as such, the dominant cryptocurrency has seen a slow-paced consolidation rather than a steep correction after achieving its local top.

As the momentum of bitcoin begins to drop, traders anticipate volumes to slip, which could allow sell pressure to build in the mid-$9,000 region.

The bearish scenario for bitcoin in the short-term is $9,550 turning into a support level from a resistance level, confirming $10,500 was the top of the rally.

CME Bitcoin futures gap at $8,550
Source: Tradingview.com

While the possibility of a downtrend in the cryptocurrency market primarily depends on how the bitcoin price performs this weekend, a close below $9,550 is likely to lead the asset to test $9,100 and $8,550, both of which are strong support levels that happened to be CME gaps.

What’s next for BTC?

Due to the gradual upsurge of bitcoin throughout the past two months, technical analysts like Canfield do not anticipate BTC to drop in the manner it did in October 2019.

The forecast of BTC in the short-term remains mixed, but traders generally expect the consolidation to last for a month or two if BTC starts to correct.

Josh Rager, a cryptocurrency technical analyst, said:

“You should be aware of potential price-levels if the BTC pullback continues. Areas of interest include: $9300, $8600 to $8700, $7900 to $8200. Since May 2019, the most buying/selling volume occurred between $7900 to $8200 With $8200 being a key horizontal support on weekly chart.”

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Joseph Young is an analyst based in South Korea that has been covering finance, fintech, and cryptocurrency since 2013. He has worked with various recognized publications in both the finance and cryptocurrency industries.