Bitcoin (BTCUSD) 1H Chart 3/18 – Click to enlarge
bitcoin 1h chart 3/18

In the 1H Bitcoin chart, we can see that the market was unable to make it back to last week’s high just under 300. Instead it stalled at 295, respecting last week’s price top. It did not respect the support of that price top consolidation, but it did respect the middle of the price top, which still provides a bearish bias in the short-term.

The RSI has been oscillating between 30 and 70, which shows a lack of direction. This is also evidenced by price crossing above and under the moving averages. As we enter the 3/18 session, we saw buyers at last week’s low around 281.40. However, the bullish attempt has so far been weak, and price action looks poised to break that 281 level.

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) 4H Chart 3/18
bitcoin 4h chart 3/18
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In the 4H chart, I am showing the ABC correction scenario, where the corrective wave A and C are equal or very similar in length. If this is the case, the bearish correction has the 272-273 area in sight. Then, the RSI would probably be in the oversold territory (at or below 30). Since the prevailing trend since February has been bullish, oversold conditions should give buyers a reason to get in.

A slightly more aggressive bearish outlook would be the 260-267 area, which is a previous support/resistance area and involves the 200-period simple moving average in the 4H chart. Last but not least, this area will also contain a rising trendline from February, which reinforces this area as support. If price does reach 260-267, and the 4H RSI shows a bullish divergence, this would be another even stronger reason for buyers to come in.

In conclusion, bitcoin looks bearish in the short-term. But  the backdrop is an uptrend since February (really since the low on the year around 167, made in January). Maybe we should look to buy on a dip.

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