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Bitcoin price started a downside correction from the $17,500 resistance. BTC is trading above the $16,800 support and might start a fresh increase.
Bitcoin tested the $16,800 support zone and traded as low as $16,888.
The price is trading near $17,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
There was a break above a key contracting triangle with resistance near $17,000 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
The pair must stay above the $16,800 support to start a fresh increase.
Bitcoin Price Holds Key Support
Bitcoin price attempted another increase above the $17,500 resistance zone. However, BTC failed to gain strength above the $17,400 level. A high was formed near $17,440 before there was a downside correction.
There was a move below the $17,200 support zone and the 100 hourly simple moving average. However, the bulls were active above the $16,800 support zone. A low was formed near $16,888 and the price is now consolidating losses.
There was a minor increase above the $17,000 level. Bitcoin price is now trading near $17,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. Besides, there was a break above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent drop from the $17,440 swing high to the $16,888 low.
There was also a break above a key contracting triangle with resistance near $17,000 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. On the upside, immediate resistance is near the $17,170 level. It is near the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent drop from the $17,440 swing high to the $16,888 low.
Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
The first major resistance is near the $17,200 zone, above which the price may perhaps start another steady increase. In the stated case, the price could rise toward the $17,450 resistance. The next major resistance is near $17,500, above which the price rise towards the $18,000 zone in the near term.
More Losses in BTC?
If bitcoin fails to start a fresh increase above the $17,170 resistance, there could be more downsides. Immediate support on the downside is near the $16,880 level.
The next major support is near the $16,800 zone. A downside break below the $16,800 support might call for a drop toward $16,500. Any more losses might call for a test of the key $16,000 support zone 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 above the 50 levels.
Major Support Levels – $16,800, followed by $16,500.
Major Resistance Levels – $17,170, $17,200, and $17,500.