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.
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.
- 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