Down two-thirds from its peak of $20,000, bitcoin (BTC) now risks printing fresh 2018 lows below $5,755.
As a result, the leading cryptocurrency fell below $6,000 (February low) and extended the slide to $5,859 earlier today – the lowest level since June 29 – according to Bitfinex data.
As of writing, BTC is changing hands at $6,032 – down 6 percent in the last 24 hours. Despite sharp losses, bitcoin is the fourth best-performing cryptocurrency among the top 100 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, according to CoinMarketCap.
Other cryptocurrencies are reporting bigger losses. For instance, 92 out of top 100 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization have suffered double-digit losses on a 24-hour basis.
Further, the bitcoin dominance rate, a measure of BTC’s market share, jumped to an eight-month high of 53.7 percent today.
Hence, it seems safe to say that the cryptocurrency markets have turned risk-averse, that is, investors are venturing out of the high-risk alternative cryptocurrencies and into well-established cryptocurrencies like BTC, and then possibly on to fiat currency.
Looking ahead, the risk aversion could worsen as the price chart analysis is calling a deeper sell-off in the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization.
The bears could be feeling emboldened, having defended the descending trendline resistance, despite the bullish divergence of the relative strength index (RSI), as seen in the chart above.
More importantly, the bullish RSI divergence has been invalidated (prices dropped below $6,000) within three days of confirmation, which indicates the bearish sentiment is quite strong.
What’s more, the major moving averages (50-candle, 100-candle, and 200-candle) continue to trend south in favor of the bears.
Thus, BTC could hit fresh yearly lows below $5,755 (June low) this week.
As the above chart shows, BTC could encounter support around $5,650 (trendline drawn from the Feb low of 6,000 and the June low of $5,755).
More importantly, the cryptocurrency could defend the support at $5,650 in the short-term as the cryptocurrency is looking oversold, having dropped more than 40 percent over the last three weeks.
However, if the support at $5,650 is breached, then the lower end of the falling channel, currently located at $5,340, could come into play.
- BTC could drop below the June low of $5,755 this week, however, support at $5,650 (as per the weekly chart) could hold ground in the short-term, courtesy of the oversold conditions.
- A high volume break above the falling trendline seen in the 4-hour chart would confirm a short-term bearish-to-bullish trend change and would allow a rally to $6,850–$7,000.
- The outlook as per the weekly chart would turn bullish after prices break above the July high of $8,507.
Disclosure: The author holds no cryptocurrency assets at the time of writing.