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Bitcoin Eyes $12K Price After 6-Day Streak of Gains

Bitcoin's six-day run of gains has shifted the focus to psychological hurdle of $12,000. Some analysts are looking even higher.

Oct 13, 2020 at 11:07 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:08 a.m. UTC

Bitcoin's six-day run of gains has shifted the focus to the psychological hurdle of $12,000. Some analysts are looking even higher.

  • Bitcoin closed up for the sixth consecutive day on Monday, confirming its longest daily winning trend since August 2019, CoinDesk data shows.
  • The cryptocurrency has rallied from $10,500 to $11,700 since last Wednesday.
  • According to eToro market analyst Simon Peters, the upward move is likely to continue.
  • Payment company Square's foray into bitcoin has boosted investor confidence in the cryptocurrency's long-term prospects and got the community wondering which other companies could potentially be next, he said.
  • Technical bias, too, has turned bullish with the cryptocurrency's convincing move above resistance at $11,250.
  • Peters, however, warned that some consolidation may be seen before a move to $12,000, as the cryptocurrency looks overbought in the short-term.
  • "There is every chance we could see a little dip (hopefully staying above $11,000). But the best case is for range play at current levels followed by a run to $12K in the coming days/weeks," Peters told CoinDesk.

Bitcoin daily and hourly charts

  • Bitcoin has come under pressure in the past 12 hours, falling from $11,723 to $11,450.
  • With the pullback, the hourly chart relative strength index (RSI) has fallen back into underbought (bullish) territory below 70.
  • Patrick Heusser, a senior cryptocurrency trader at Zurich-based Crypto Broker AG, believes there is scope for a bigger bullish move in the near term.
  • "The probability of bitcoin rising to $14,000 from current levels is stronger than the odds of a decline to $10,500," Heusser told CoinDesk in a Twitter message.
  • Supporting the bullish case is the pick up in open interest and trading volumes for futures listed on major exchanges.

Bitcoin futures open interest

  • Global open positions or open interest increased to $4.3 billion on Monday – the highest level since Sept. 2, according to data source Skew.
  • Open interest has risen by nearly 20% so far in October.
  • Meanwhile, futures trading volume doubled to $14 billion on Monday to hit the highest level since Sept. 21.
  • A rise in open interest and trading volumes alongside a rise in price is said to confirm an uptrend.
  • However, upside may be capped near $12,000, as there are large sell orders placed around that level on the U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and some Asian platforms, according to Heusser.

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