Bitcoin Price Eyes Move to $6.8K After Bull Breakout

Nov 5, 2018 at 11:00 UTC
Updated Nov 5, 2018 at 16:41 UTC
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Bitcoin could be about to make a move towards $6,800, having witnessed a bullish breakout yesterday.

The leading cryptocurrency, which had been in a narrowing price range, moved upwards to close at $6,423 yesterday, confirming an upside breakout of the symmetrical triangle pattern.

With the move, the bulls look to have come out victorious in a months-long tug-of-war with the bears. However, BTC is struggling to find acceptance above the immediate resistance of the 50-day exponential moving average (EMA), currently at $6,450.

The EMA hurdle might be crossed in a day or two, though, as the ethereum-bitcoin exchange rate (ETH/BTC) is looking north, marking rising demand for alternative cryptocurrencies.

At press time, BTC is changing hands at $6,400 on Coinbase, having clocked a high of $6,440 earlier today. The cryptocurrency is up 1 percent on a 24-hour basis and is largely unchanged week-on-week.

Daily chart

The symmetrical triangle breakout seen in the above chart indicates scope for a re-test of recent highs above $6,800.

That target looks achievable as the breakout is backed by a bullish crossover on the moving average convergence divergence (MACD). Further, the relative strength index is holding in bullish territory just above 50.00.

ETH/BTC daily chart

The falling channel breakout and a convincing move above the former support-turned-resistance of 0.031994 (Sept. 25 low) indicates a bearish-to-bullish trend change.

The rising MACD histogram is suggesting that further gains could be in the offing. The RSI of 53.00 is biased toward the bulls.

Thus, ETH/BTC looks set to rise in the near future.

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  • Both BTC and the ETH/BTC are looking north after the technical breakout.
  • An increased risk appetite is seen lifting BTC above the 50-day EMA of $6,450. That would open the doors for a sustained rally to $6,810 (Oct. 15 high).
  • The short-term bullish outlook in BTC would be invalidated if prices see a UTC close below the Oct. 31 low of $6,200.

Disclosure: The author holds no cryptocurrency assets at the time of writing.

Bitcoin image via CoinDesk archives; charts by Trading View 

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