Bitcoin bulls must overcome a major hurdle before new all-time highs can come back into play.
Bitcoin (BTC) has seen a turbulent past few days after Elon Musk showed support for the cryptocurrency amid the GameStop fiasco on the equity markets. However, since that tweet, Bitcoin’s price has been correcting after the entire push through Elon Musk was retraced.
Since then, Bitcoin’s price is facing a crucial hurdle at the $35,000–$35,200 area before an all-time high test. Once that area breaks and flips for support, continuation toward a new all-time high is likely.
Bitcoin doesn’t hold $35K and has to flip it for support
The three-hour chart shows a clear downtrend structure, with the "Elon Musk pump" outlier. This downward structure was established after the peak high at $42,000 earlier in the year.
This downtrend has seen lower highs and lower lows, which can be seen in the chart. Therefore, there is a good possibility that this downtrend will continue.
If BTC breaks the $35,000 barrier, the $38,000 resistance zone level should pose not much of a problem for the bulls. The next likely major area of resistance will be around $40,500.
On the other hand, if Bitcoin’s price can’t break through $35,000, a renewed retest of the $30,000 level is on the table. Given that the $30,000 level has seen many tests since the previous all-time high, there is a good chance that this level will be lost. In this case, an even further correction toward $25,000 to $26,000 is on the table.
21-week MA is currently acting at $21,000
Once again, the only indicator to watch for any further correction is the 21-week moving average (MA). In the previous bull cycle, it provided sustainable support for the entire period.
If the market corrects further, however, a retest of the previous all-time high in 2017 remains unlikely. In other words, everybody and their mother will be buying there, so the market will likely not provide this opportunity.
Therefore, the likelihood of another further correction to $24,000 to $26,000 is still there, and this would also fill a CME gap alongside a test of the 21-eek MA.
However, such a correction depends on whether Bitcoin’s price can break through $35,000.
The bullish scenario for Bitcoin
This detailed chart and scenario show that the critical area is the $35,000 zone, which if broken, will open the door to new all-time highs.
That $38,000 zone may see some short-term consolidation. But since BTC has tested this once already, it is more likely to see resistance at $40,500. Therefore, if Bitcoin’s price breaks through the $35,000 area, continuation is expected to $40,500.
The bearish scenario for Bitcoin
The bearish scenario is also straightforward, with $35,000 holding as resistance for further downside.
The first support is the $32,000 area, which has been tested several times and will likely fail as support. The next area is found between $29,000 and $30,000, which has also been tested many times for support.
A renewed test and falling through this level would open up the door to $25,000. This would line up with the CME gap and the 21-week MA. Meanwhile, every previous support level is confirmed as resistance, with the correction continuing to set new lower highs and lower lows.
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