- Bitcoin is likely to end the current week (Sunday, UTC) on a positive note, having registered losses in the previous three weeks. Prices are currently up 10 percent on a month-to-date basis.
- The weekly gain could be much bigger if prices invalidate a bearish lower highs pattern with a UTC close above $10,956 (Aug. 20 high).
- BTC may end the week on a flat note or with losses below $9,767 (Monday’s opening price) if the recent trading range of $10,400-$10,800 is breached to the downside.
- A range breakdown would put the bears in a commanding position and open the doors for a drop below $10,000.
Bitcoin (BTC) is flashing gains on a week-to-date basis and appears on track to end its longest seven-day losing run in nine-months.
The top cryptocurrency is currently trading at $10,750, representing 10 percent gains on the weekly (Monday) opening price of $9,767, according to Bitstamp data.
The price rise is preceded by three consecutive weekly losses – the cryptocurrency fell 3.67 percent in the seven days to Aug. 31, having dropped 10.49 percent and 1.77% in the preceding two weeks.
BTC last chalked out losses for three straight weeks in November 2018. Back then, the cryptocurrency had dropped 1, 12.56 and 29.15 percent in the first, second and the third week, respectively.
- November 2018’s sell-off saw prices nosedive from $6,544 to $3,474.
- BTC revived the bear market or the sell-off from the record high of $20,000 with a drop below $6,000 in the second week of November.
- Prices bottomed out at $3,122 in December.
Compared to that, the latest losing streak looks less damaging and is a part of a multi-week consolidation, representing bullish exhaustion following a stellar rally from $4,000 to $13,800 in the second quarter.
If prices print a UTC close above $9,767 on Sunday, the three-week downward trend will end. Meanwhile, BTC will chart its first four-week losing run in three years if prices close below $9,767 on Sunday.
That said, BTC is likely to eke out weekly gains, according to historical data.
As seen above, BTC charted multiple three-week losing runs throughout the 2018 bear market.
However, despite the strong bearish mood, the cryptocurrency repeatedly managed to stall the sell-off by scoring gains in the fourth week, although more often than not, the relief was short-lived.
As of now, BTC is in a bull market. Further, trading volumes dropped over the last three weeks, a sign of a bear trap.
That said, the probability of BTC closing the week with losses or on a flat note will rise if the recent trading range of $400 is breached to the downside in the next 24 hours or so.
4-hour and daily chart
BTC has been largely restricted to a $10,400 to $10,800 trading range (above left) since Sept. 3. Essentially, the rally from Aug. 29’s low of $9,360 has run out of steam.
A high-volume break above $10,800 would imply a resumption of the rally from $9,360 and could yield a break above $11,000.
A more reliable indicator of bullish revival would be a UTC close above the lower high of $10,956 created on Aug. 20 (above right), as discussed yesterday.
A bullish close above $10,956, if confirmed, would open the doors to $12,000. The weekly gain could be much higher than the current 10 percent if prices close above $10,956 today or tomorrow.
The weekly gain, however, would be meager or the cryptocurrency may close the week in the red if prices drop below $10,400 with high volumes.
A high-volume range breakdown would mean victory for the sellers in the ongoing tug of war with the bulls. As a result, prices could fall back into four figures – more so, as key weekly indicators like the moving average convergence divergence histogram have turned bearish for the first time since February.
Disclosure: The author holds no cryptocurrency assets at the time of writing.
Bitcoin image via Shutterstock; charts by Trading View