A Tough Week For Bitcoin (BTC) by FX Leaders
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A Tough Week For Bitcoin (BTC)

Posted Friday, January 11, 2019 by
Shain Vernier • 1 min read

The positive start to 2019 was fleeting for Bitcoin (BTC). For the first week of action, it appeared that $4000 may set up to be a potential staging point for a return to the $5000 psyche level. This scenario has simply not developed. The past 48 hours have brought bearish sweeps to the BTC markets and a directional move south to the $3500 level.

Since the latest downtrend in BTC began last fall, cryptocurrencies have been desperate for a game-changing fundamental to drive bids the market. Perhaps Japan launching its first Bitcoin ETF will be just what the doctor ordered. Reports are surfacing that Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is considering approval of the nation’s introductory Bitcoin ETF product. If the FSA signs off on the listing, it is possible that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will follow suit. If so, this may be the good news Bitcoin has been waiting for.

Bitcoin (BTC) Technical Outlook

Until the last 36 hours, Bitcoin had been trading in a tight weekly consolidation pattern. The 240-minute chart for January BTC futures illustrates the two distinct periods in which this market broke to the bear.

January Bitcoin (BTC) Futures, Daily Chart
January Bitcoin (BTC) Futures, Daily Chart

Overview: The chart above shows just how tight trade was earlier this week near the $4000 level. The initial bearish break took price to $3750 and the second of the series ran rates to $3500. Are moves to $3250 or $3000 on the way?

When it comes to BTC, anything is possible. At least for the time being, the selling has stopped. However, if $3500 does not hold as support over the weekend break, we are very likely to see $3250 and $3000 in short order.

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About the author

Shain Vernier is our US Analyst
Shain Vernier has spent over 7 years in the market as a professional futures, options and forex trader. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Finance from the University of Montana. Shain's career includes stretches with several proprietary trading firms in addition to actively managing his own accounts. Before joining FX Leaders, he worked as a market analyst and financial writer.
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