Down Again: Bitcoin Is Closing on Key Long-Term Price Support

View Bitcoin is again closing on the 200-week moving average, which served as strong support in December. The weekly RSI is more bearish this time round, though, and is reporting undersold conditions. A weekly close below that level could be followed by a slide back to September 2017 lows near $2,970. A failure to push prices below the 200-week SMA support would weaken the bears. A bullish reversal, however, would be confirmed only above $3,658 – the high of gravestone doji carved out Saturday. Bitcoin (BTC) is on the defensive…

JPMorgan Claims Bitcoin Isn’t Worth Mining Anymore

JPMorgan analysts are taking jabs at Bitcoin once more. The executives at this major US bank have never been fond of digital currency and blockchain technology. Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan’s CEO, temporarily pulled back on his comments when BTC hit its all-time highs. Shortly after, the coin began to crash, and his skepticism picked up again. According to a Bloomberg report, the bank’s analysts say that it costs more to create one Bitcoin than it’s worth. In Q4 2018, it cost around $4,060 to mine one BTC and currently, the price of the digital…

Bitcoin Price Shows Resilience Above $3,500, Despite ETF Rejection

Bitcoin price is showing resilience in the face of adversity. The latest bad news has failed to knock BTC to the floor. So is there a bull run ahead? Bitcoin Price Yesterday, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) BZX equity exchange withdrew its request to list a Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded fund). The news surely has disappointed Bitcoin traders, but it has yet to be reflected in Bitcoin price. CBOE requested a rule change by the US SEC that would have allowed a Bitcoin ETF listing to be plausible. This potential ETF was…

Bitcoin Price Defends $3.5K After Cboe Pulls ETF Proposal

With bitcoin (BTC) showing resilience to negative news flow, a strong bullish move is looking increasingly likely. On Wednesday, the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s (CBOE) BZX equity exchange withdrew its request for a rule change by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that would have allowed it to list a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) backed by VanEck and SolidX. The market narrative with respect to the ETF is that its approval could trigger the next bull run in the leading cryptocurrency by market value. Moreover, in the past, markets…

Bitcoin Sees Longest Stretch of Price Consolidation Since October

Bitcoin (BTC) is witnessing the longest stretch of range-bound price activity in three months. The leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization has been largely restricted to trading between $3,700 and $3,500 since Jan. 11 – the longest stretch at such a narrow range since the end of October. Back then, the market had gone quiet, with prices staying within the $6,500–$6,350 range in the 12 days leading up to Oct. 28. On the following day, BTC dropped to $6,208. After another period of sideways movement, bitcoin fell well below the crucial…

This Former Bitcoin Price Support Is Now Capping Gains

Bitcoin’s (BTC) weekly gains were wiped out at the weekend at a key moving average that previously offered support. The leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization jumped to highs above $6,750 on Saturday, having weakened the immediate bearish case with a repeated defense of the psychological support level of $3,500 last week. BTC, however, failed to secure a UTC close above the 21-day MA. More importantly, rejection at that MA hurdle proved costly – BTC fell 3.8 percent to $3,470 yesterday. So, it could be argued that the MA line, which…

Bitcoin Price Consolidation May Have Weakened Bear Case

Bitcoin’s eight-day stretch of consolidation looks to have weakened the prospects of a drop back to December lows near $3,100. The leading cryptocurrency by market value has been restricted to a narrow range of $3,500 to $3,700 since Jan. 11. That range play is somewhat surprising, as BTC had set the stage for a quick slide toward December lows near $3,100 with a 9 percent drop on Jan. 10 – the biggest single-day decline since Nov. 24. Notably, prices fell to $3,500 that day, erasing the hard-fought gains of the preceding…

Bitcoin Price Volatility Is Down 98% Year-on-Year

Bitcoin price volatility has crashed in the last 12 months as the bear market killed off the speculative frenzy. Daily volatility, the spread between the price high and price low, stood at $61 yesterday – down a hefty 98 percent from the figure of $3,468 observed on Jan. 16, 2018 – according to CoinMarketCap data. Meanwhile, bitcoin’s price is also down 74 percent year-on-year. Generally, with a sharp drop in price, volatility in dollar terms tends to fall in parallel. Notably, volatility was extremely high in percentage terms 12 months ago. The…

Will Bitcoin’s Price Extend Its Four-Year January Losing Streak?

Bitcoin (BTC) has reported losses in January for the last four years, and a fifth now looks on the cards. The leading cryptocurrency by market value fell 32 percent, 14.6 percent, 0.10 percent and 26.64 percent in the first month of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index. Notably, the odds are stacked in favor of BTC extending the four-year January losing streak this year. BTC fell 13 percent last week, signaling an end of the corrective bounce from the December low of $3,122. The…

Bitcoin Futures Now Trading At Discount to Exchange Prices

Signs are emerging that the futures market may not be impressed by bitcoin’s recovery from 15-months lows in December – at press time, the cryptocurrency’s spot price is higher than the futures price. As of writing, the global average or spot price calculated by CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI) is currently $3,650 – up 16.9 percent from the low of $3,122 reached on December. Meanwhile, futures contracts are trading below the spot price. BTC futures As seen above (CME chart), January futures are reporting a $20 discount (futures price-spot price). Further, contracts…