Bitcoin is still consolidating near the $20,000 zone against the US Dollar. BTC must clear the $20,550 resistance zone to start a steady increase.
- Bitcoin is still struggling to gain pace above the $20,550 resistance.
- The price is now trading near the $20,000 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
- There is a key bearish trend line forming with resistance near $20,330 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
- The pair must clear the $20,350 zone and $20,550 to start a fresh increase.
Bitcoin Price Faces Hurdles
Bitcoin price remained well supported above the $19,550 zone. BTC formed a base and started a fresh upward move above the $20,000 resistance zone.
There was a push above the $20,200 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. The price even cleared the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the $20,576 swing high to $19,555 low. However, the price stayed below the $20,550 resistance zone.
Bitcoin price is now trading near the $20,000 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. On the upside, an immediate resistance is near the $20,350 level.
There is also a key bearish trend line forming with resistance near $20,330 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. The trend line is near the 76.4% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the $20,576 swing high to $19,555 low.
Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
The next major resistance sits near the $20,550 and $20,575 levels. A clear move above the $20,575 resistance might send the price towards $21,000. Any more gains might start a steady move towards the $22,000 resistance zone.
Fresh Decline in BTC?
If bitcoin fails to clear the $20,550 resistance zone, it could start another decline. An immediate support on the downside is near the $20,000 zone.
The next major support sits near the $19,800 level. The main support sits near the $19,550 level. A break below the $19,550 support might spark a sharp move to $19,000. Any more losses might call for a move to $18,500 in the near term.
Hourly MACD – The MACD is now losing pace in the bullish zone.
Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is now below the 50 level.
Major Support Levels – $19,880, followed by $19,500.
Major Resistance Levels – $20,350, $20,550 and $21,000.