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Bitcoin: Is The Short-Term High Now in Place?

Bitcoin: Is The Short-Term High Now in Place?

2017-08-22 08:18:00
Nick Cawley, Strategist
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- Last week’s Bitcoin high near $4500 looks unlikely to be tested in the short-term as negative chart patterns appear.

- Ethereum also turns sharply lower but 'hard fork' may provide support.

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The latest volatile shift in Bitcoin saw the digital token hitting a fresh high before slumping nearly 20% as profit-taking took hold of the market. And a couple of bearish indicators stand out on the daily chart, leaving the token vulnerable to further moves lower. A look at the chart shows a bearish engulfing candle formation on Tuesday, August 15th, a pattern that is normally seen at the end of a bullish/upward trend. The high made on that Tuesday ($4430) was just a touch lower than Thursday’s, August 17th all-time high ($4480). And the spinning top chart pattern on Thursday gives another signal that the market is currently running out of upward momentum. A spinning top normally forms at the peak of an uptrend and suggests that buyers are losing interest, leaving the asset class vulnerable to a sell-off.

Chart: Bitcoin (BTC) Price: Daily Timeframe (June - August 22, 2017)

Bitcoin: Is The Short-Term High Now in Place?

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And the second largest digital currency by market cap, Ether (ETH), also soared and slumped in the last few days, but is still way below its all-time high. Monday’s jump to just $350 was fuelled by news that Ethereum will release a new update (hard fork) called Metropolis in late-September, similar to the Bitcoin hard fork at the start of the month. The Ethereum update will make programming easier and upgrade security to prevent hacking.

A look at the charts sees the 50% fibonacci retracement level around and the August 15 low both offering support around the $273 level, while the August 16 and 19 lows around $280 will also provide additional support.

Chart: Ether (ETH) Price: Daily Timeframe (May - August 22, 2017)

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--- Written by Nick Cawley, Analyst.

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