Bitcoin Sees Choppy Waters Ahead: Are Bulls Out of the Race?

Bitcoin’s price fell in the last 24 hours but rose over the week, with technical analysis hinting at its direction.

Man looking at falling dollars and bitcoins with a greedy smile.
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  • Bitcoin’s price has swung wildly over the past few days, confusing many about the future direction.
  • Diving into moving averages, RSI and MACD give insight into the ongoing battle between bulls and bears.
  • The long-term trend suggests a potential price drop. There are also key resistance levels to watch.

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) is currently hovering around $62,000, showcasing a volatile day with a range of $61,869 to $64,300. While this represents a slight decline of 2.65% in the last 24 hours, it’s important to note that Bitcoin has actually gained 7.2% over the past week. So, what’s going on?

A Bitcoin Beginner’s Technical Guide

To understand the complex picture, we need to delve into technical analysis; a method traders use to predict future price movements based on historical data and chart patterns. However, one needs to first come to terms with the terms used in the article.

  • Trading Volume: This indicates the total amount of Bitcoin bought and sold within a specific period.
  • Moving Averages: These trend lines smooth out price fluctuations and indicate the average price over a chosen period (e.g., 10-day, 50-day, 200-day). A downward-sloping moving average suggests a downtrend, while an upward slope indicates an uptrend.
  • Relative Strength Index (RSI): This oscillator measures the momentum of price movements, with values closer to 70 indicating overbought conditions (potentially a sign of a coming price drop) and values below 30 suggesting oversold conditions (potentially a buying opportunity).
  • Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD): This indicator helps identify trend changes and potential buying or selling opportunities based on the relationship between two moving averages.

With these terms now explained, let’s have a look at the charts.

BTC/USD 4-Hour Chart. Source: TradingView.
BTC/USD 4-Hour Chart. Source: TradingView

Looking at the 4-hour charts, things appear somewhat bearish, meaning a price decline is more likely. This is because the charts show a series of drops, suggesting sellers are in control at these levels.

However, there’s a twist. Bitcoin’s oscillators, like the Relative Strength Index (RSI) and Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD), send mixed signals. These indicators are neutral or slightly bullish, hinting at potential buying pressure.

Breaking Down the Bitcoin Chart

Here’s where things get interesting: moving averages, which track price trends over various timeframes, paint a different picture. Shorter-term averages, like the 30-day and 50-day, lean bearish, while the longer-term 200-day average offers some support. This contradiction highlights the importance of strategic entry and exit points, especially for short-term traders.


Zooming out to the daily chart, the bearish sentiment strengthens. Bitcoin reached a high of $72,756 on April 7 but has been steadily declining for the past four weeks. 

BTC/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView.
BTC/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

This extended consolidation period suggests strong selling pressure, potentially pushing long-term holders (those who bought earlier) to sell and short-term traders (betting on price drops) to enter the market with a short if Bitcoin retests $66,000, a key resistance level.

Bullish Outlook

While the overall picture leans bearish, there’s still hope for bulls (those expecting a price increase). If Bitcoin stays above the crucial 200-day moving average and trading volumes surge, it could trigger a bullish breakout. Traders should closely monitor for reversal patterns, which signal a shift in trend, and increased market participation to confirm a bull run.

Bearish Outlook

The dominance of bearish signals in most short-term and mid-term moving averages and the downtrend visible on the daily and hourly charts reinforce the bearish outlook. Bitcoin’s repeated failure to surpass critical resistance levels suggests its price could continue its downward trajectory.

In conclusion, Bitcoin’s future trajectory remains uncertain. While technical indicators suggest a potential decline, underlying bullish hints and long-term support shouldn’t be ignored.  Only time will tell which force, the bulls or the bears, will ultimately prevail.

On the Flipside

  • While technical analysis offers valuable insights, it’s important to remember it relies on historical data, and market behavior can change due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • This analysis only considers technical indicators, leaving out fundamental factors influencing Bitcoin’s price, like news events, regulations, or institutional adoption.

Why This Matters

This complex technical analysis of Bitcoin’s price action provides valuable insight for both short-term traders seeking entry and exit points and long-term holders evaluating whether to hold or potentially sell as Bitcoin navigates a period of mixed signals and possible trend changes.

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This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.