Bitcoin Tumbles to 3-Week Low Under $60K; Next Support at $53K

Market retreat comes as bitcoin’s daily price chart signals slowing upside momentum. The ether price fell below $4,000.

Nov 18, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Nov 18, 2021 at 10:36 p.m. UTC

Bitcoin (BTC) fell below $60,000 as sellers remained active over the past few hours, pushing the price to its lowest in three weeks.

The largest cryptocurrency by market value was down 4.2% over the past 24 hours to around $57,800 as of 17:53 UTC (12:53 p.m. ET) on Thursday, after failing to sustain an all-time high around $69,000 last week.

If further declines materialized, the next level of price support is seen around $53,000, which could then stabilize the pullback, based on a CoinDesk analysis.

Bitcoin’s price retreat came amid a broad sell-off in cryptocurrency markets, with the CoinDesk 20-listed digital assets trading in the red. Ether, the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum blockchain and the second-largest overall, was down 4.2% over the past 24 hours, slipping below the key psychological level of $4,000 earlier Thursday.

Bitcoin price momentum

For bitcoin, upside momentum continues to slow on the daily price chart, suggesting continued profit-taking among buyers. And the relative strength index (RSI) on the daily chart is not yet oversold, which provides scope for further downside in BTC over the short-term.

The 100-day moving average, currently around $53,000, could attract buyers similar to late September, which preceded a price recovery.

For now, intraday charts appear deeply oversold. This means buyers could defend immediate support around $56,000, albeit briefly given strong overhead resistance on the charts.


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Damanick is a crypto market analyst at CoinDesk where he writes the daily Market Wrap and provides technical analysis. He is a Chartered Market Technician designation holder and member of the CMT Association. Damanick is also a portfolio manager at Cannon Advisors, which does not invest in digital assets. Damanick does not own cryptocurrencies.