Bear Grip Strengthens as Bitcoin Price Nears $10K

Bitcoin prices look set to explore sub-$10,000 levels, leaving the bulls an uphill task to achieve a reversal.

AccessTimeIconJan 23, 2018 at 12:20 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:55 p.m. UTC

Having closed below a key long-term moving average yesterday, bitcoin (BTC) prices look set to explore sub-$10,000 levels.

Prices on CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index fell to a low of $10,050.79 yesterday and dipped below $10,000 soon before publishing. At press time, BTC had bounced back to $10,150 levels. The cryptocurrency has depreciated by 11.70 percent in the last 24 hours, according to data source OnChainFX.

On Coinbase's GDAX exchange, BTC hit a five-day low of $10,025 yesterday. The sell-off gathered pace after prices breached strong support at $11,000 (confluence of 100-day moving average (MA) and 61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement). Also, BTC closed (as per UTC) below the 100-day MA for the first time since July.

Looking ahead, the price chart analysis favors a break to further below $10,000 levels.

Bitcoin chart


The above chart (prices per Coinbase) shows:

  • The decline from the weekend high of $13,000 has left another lower highs (bearish) pattern on the daily chart. Further, prices closed below 100-day MA. Both likely reinforcing the bears.
  • Prices closed (as per UTC) below $11,004 (61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement of the rally from $5,511.11 to $19,891.99), signaling potential for more losses ahead.
  • The 50-day MA has topped out (has shed bullish bias).
  • The 5-day MA and 10-day MA carry a strong bearish bias (sloping downwards).
  • The bearish crossover between the 5-day MA and 100-day MA is likely to happen soon.
  • The accelerated trendline (drawn from Jul. 16 low and Sep. 15 low) is likely to offer support around $9,100 levels today.

It is worth noting that in 2017, dips to or below the 100-day MA were short-lived and followed by a sharp rally. For instance, prices closed (as per UTC) below the 100-day MA on Jul. 16 only to recover sharply on the following day. BTC then proceeded to set new record highs by mid-August.

However, things look different this time. To start with, BTC witnessed a sharp recovery from sub-100-day MA levels on Jan. 17, but the follow-through has been weak. BTC faced rejection at $13,000 (weekend high) and closed (as per UTC) below the 100-day MA yesterday. Clearly, the bears appear to be in control.

Also, as seen in the recent past (Jan, 22, Jan. 17, Jan. 16 and Dec. 22), dips below $10,391 (50 percent Fibonacci retracement of 2017 low to 2017 high) have been transient. Again, the level could be breached convincingly this time, courtesy of the bearish chart set up as listed above.


  • BTC looks set to test the rising trendline support of $9,100 over the next 48 hours. A violation there would expose $8,148.79 (61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement of 2017 low to 2017 high).
  • A corrective rally is likely to be capped around the $12,000 mark, as suggested by the downward sloping 5-day MA and 10-day MA.
  • Only a close (as per UTC) above $13,000 would abort the bearish outlook.

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