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Bitcoin Sees Biggest Single-Day Price Gain Since April

Bitcoin is teasing a short-term bullish reversal, having just recorded its biggest single-day gain in seven months.

Nov 29, 2018
CoinDesk Insights

Bitcoin (BTC) is teasing a short-term bullish reversal, having just recorded its biggest single-day gain in seven months.

Prices closed yesterday (UTC) at $4,257, a 24-hour increase of 11.43 percent and the highest daily gain since April 12, according to CoinMarketCap.

Back then, the cryptocurrency was trading above $6,900, 38 percent higher than the current price of $4,345. Interestingly, the 13 percent price gain witnessed that day had been preceded by a 45 percent drop and a minor bout of consolidation.

More importantly, the big bullish move of April 12 marked the beginning of the rally, which saw prices rise to near $10,000 by early May.

Similarly, yesterday’s 11 percent rise had been preceded by a 44 percent drop to 14-month lows below $3,400. Further, positive signs are building up on the short duration technical charts. As a result, bitcoin could be in for a short-term bullish reversal, similar to the one witnessed after April 12.

Daily chart

Yesterday, BTC created a big bullish candle, validating the bearish exhaustion signaled by the previous three long-tailed candles. With the strong move higher, the 14-day relative strength has moved back into undersold territory above 30.00, confirming a bullish divergence (higher low on RSI).

So, it's possible history is about to repeat itself with a bullish move toward $5,000.

Notably, the bullish case looks stronger than it did seven months ago. The RSI hit record lows during the recent sell-off, signaling extreme oversold conditions, as opposed to readings above 30 registered before April 12.

4-hour chart

Over on the 4-hour chart, the cryptocurrency is probing the falling channel resistance of $4,320 at press time, having confirmed a double bottom breakout with a move above $4,120 earlier today.

Notably, the bull flag breakout seen in the 15-minute chart is signaling that the falling channel hurdle could be breached in the next few hours. The breakout, if confirmed, would only bolster the already bullish technical setup.

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  • BTC's 11 percent price gain has likely turned the tables in favor of the bulls.
  • A falling channel breakout on the 4-hour chart, if confirmed, would open the doors for a test of psychological resistance at $5,000.
  • The short-term bullish case would weaken if a convincing break above the 10-day exponential moving average (EMA), currently at $4,293, remains elusive for the next 48 hours.

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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