Bitcoin Price Drop Puts a Dent in Short-Term Bullish Outlook

Bitcoin has taken a knock Monday and the sell-off could intensify if key support near $3,650 is breached.

AccessTimeIconMar 4, 2019 at 11:20 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 8:57 a.m. UTC


  • Bitcoin's drop to six-day lows below $3,700 has taken the shine off the bullish "long-tailed doji" created on Feb. 27. A bearish reversal would be confirmed if prices see a UTC close below $3,658 (low of long-tailed doji) and could yield a sell-off to recent lows near $3,300.
  • A bearish move below $3,658, however, may not happen or could be short-lived, as a number of technical indicators on the weekly chart are flashing early signs of bullish reversal.
  • On the higher side, a break above $3,897 – high of the candle with long upper shadow created on Feb. 28 – is needed to strengthen the bullish case. A UTC close above that level would open the doors to $4,190 (February high).

Bitcoin (BTC) has taken a knock Monday and the sell-off could intensify if key support near $3,650 is breached.

The leading cryptocurrency by market value is currently trading at $3,700 on Bitstamp, down more than 3 percent on a 24-hour basis, having clocked a low of $3,670 earlier today.

Essentially, BTC has revived the sell-off from the highs near $3,900 hit on Feb. 28 with a drop to six-day lows below $3,700 and bearish pressures would further strengthen if prices find acceptance below the support at $3,658. That would invalidate the bullish view put forward by the "long-tailed doji" created on Feb. 27.

It is worth noting that the longer duration indicators are increasingly calling an upside move. For instance, the weekly chart moving average convergence divergence (MACD) histogram has jumped to its highest level since January 2018.

Therefore, any dip below $3,658 (low of long-tailed doji) could be short-lived, unless the breakdown is backed by a surge in daily trading volumes to levels above the recent high of $10.79 billion.

Daily chart

As seen above, BTC is currently probing the support at $3,683, which marks the confluence of the former resistance-turned-support of the upper edge of the triangle and the 100-day moving average (MA).

A UTC close below $3,658 (low of long-tailed doji) would put the focus back on the high-volume bearish outside reversal candle carved out on Feb. 24 and open the doors to recent lows near $3,300.

On the higher side, a move above $3,897 (high of the candle with long upper shadow) would strengthen the bullish case and allow a rally to $4,190 (February high).

The bullish scenario looks likely, courtesy of growing signs of seller exhaustion on longer duration charts.

Weekly chart


The 5- and 10-candle MAs on the weekly chart have produced a bullish crossover for the first time since the third quarter of 2018.

Further, the money flow index has taken out the upper edge of the triangle, validating the bullish divergence

carved in December. The MACD histogram is most bullish in over 12 months, as noted earlier.

And last but not least, the bearish crossover of the 50- and 100-week MAs – a big-time lagging indicator – is signaling seller exhaustion, as discussed last month.

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

Bitcoin image via Shutterstock; charts by Trading View


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