Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC holds below $51,500, swift retracement incoming?

Bitcoin Price analysis

TL;DR Breakdown

  • Bitcoin price analysis is bearish today.
  • BTC/USD continues to consolidate below $51,500.
  • Closest support at $49,500.

Bitcoin price analysis is bearish today as we saw further upside rejected yesterday, leading the market into a consolidation ever since. Likely BTC/USD will retrace next, with the closest support level seen at the $49,500 previous high.

Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC holds below $51,500, swift retracement incoming? 1
Cryptocurrency heat map. Source: Coin360

The cryptocurrency market has seen bearish momentum return over the last 24 hours. The market leader, Bitcoin, has lost 0.55 percent, while Ethereum has lost 0.28 percent. Meanwhile, the rest of the top altcoins follow with similar small loss.

Bitcoin price movement in the last 24 hours: Bitcoin consolidates below $51,500

BTC/USD traded in a range of $50,514.49 – $51,814.03, indicating small volatility over the last 24 hours. Trading volume has declined by 25 percent, totaling $20.8 billion. Meanwhile, the total market cap trades around $960 billion, resulting in a market dominance of 40.49 percent.

BTC/USD 4-hour chart: BTC set to retrace? 

On the 4-hour chart, we can see the Bitcoin price failing to reach further upside, likely leading to a retracement back to $49,500 previous resistance next.

Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC holds below $51,500, retracement incoming?
BTC/USD 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Bitcoin price has seen signs of bullish momentum returning into the market over the past week. After previously finding support above $46,000 on the 13th of December, BTC/USD retested it several times while still making lower highs.

Break higher was first seen on the 21st of December, with the $49,500 mark reached initially. After a brief pause, Bitcoin spiked even higher, reaching $51,500 next resistance on Thursday.

Since then, the Bitcoin price action has moved into a consolidation. A brief attempt to move higher was rejected yesterday, leading to more sideways action since. Therefore, we expect BTC/USD to see a reversal soon, likely to retracement to retest $49,500 previous resistance as support.

Bitcoin Price Analysis: Conclusion 

Bitcoin price analysis is bearish today as we expect a retracement to follow the current consolidation. Likely BTC/USD will move to retest the previous high at $49,500 before more upside can be seen.

While waiting for Bitcoin to move further, see our articles on crypto tax-loss harvesting, BTC-backed mortgage services, and Pi Wallet.

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Lapin is an experienced freelance Crypto and Financial market writer and analyst. He has been trading for several years and holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance.

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