Back at $3,500: Has Bitcoin's Price Found a Short-Term Bottom?

Bitcoin prices are back above $3,500, but will they stay? Technical analysis suggests rangebound trading may be on the way.

AccessTimeIconSep 15, 2017 at 3:05 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:56 p.m. UTC
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The sell-off in the bitcoin-US dollar exchange rate (BTC/USD) appears to have stalled, with prices trading at $3,550 at press time.

Over the course of a volatile day, the cryptocurrency fell to a low of $2,980 oversold technical conditions came into play, as we discussed early today.

As per CoinMarketCap, the digital currency has lost 2% over the last 24 hours.

Bitcoin may have found a short-term bottom

The previous article had talked about a potential bullish price RSI divergence on the 4-hour chart. Well, the 4-hour chart is yet to confirm the bullish divergence, however, it has been confirmed on the 1-hour chart.

1-hour chart

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The chart above shows the bullish price RSI divergence (lower lows on the price chart and higher lows on the RSI).

The bullish pattern on the 1-hour chart indicates that bitcoin sell-off has run out of steam for now. Prices could test $3,550-3,600, which is the resistance offered by the downward sloping trend line.

Avoid being over ambitious

The bullish setup on the 1-hour chart is valid for a couple of hours. Bitcoin is unlikely to see significant gains above $3,550-3,600 as the Stochastics is close to being overbought.

Watch out for a bullish divergence on the 4-hour chart

bitcoin-4-hour-chart

The argument that bitcoin has found a short-term bottom at $2,980 would gain more credence if the bullish-price RSI divergence is confirmed on the 4-hour chart.  

Bitcoin is likely to consolidate largely in the range of $3,100 to $3,600. Markets seem to have priced-in the bearish news out of China. Unless there is more damaging news out of China, the range is not likely to be breached to the downside.  

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