Bitcoin started off August with a selling spree and while the price did stabilize for a week, we are now seeing even more intense selling taking place in the second half of August, 2015. As of right now all indication of a bullish market is now lost and the bears have won the battle.
Bitcoin value is decreasing
When you look at the daily charts you can see that the Bitcoin keeps testing for lower and lower points. The last mass selling on the 19th of August closed the market at $218,693 and even though the next day was bullish, there was not enough buying power to recover from such a deep drop.
We even touched the $211,050 area for a brief moment which likely indicates that another similar drop can happen in the coming days.
MACD and RSI oversold
The MACD and RSI indicators are both showing pretty extreme oversold conditions, but despite that Bitcoin is still falling further. This has lead me to believe that the suspicious drop to $194,922 was indeed some form of a price manipulation and the overall market has just started to react accordingly. It’s sad, but who can really blame the people when the Bitcoin price is so easily manipulated? All it takes is an entity with a big enough Bitcoin wallet.
Who owns the most Bitcoins? The FBI of course. We don’t want to say it, but we’re all thinking it… oh and just FYI, I am not blaming the feds for this one, it’s more likely the BTC-E who is responsible for the last insanely fast price drop. It didn’t happen on any of the other exchanger charts.
Is it over already?
The last week’s rally was simply awesome. Congrats to anyone who got a chance to ride the wave along with us. The price started to gain momentum from $320 days before the actual jump took place, but the signs of it happening were all over the place. In just a few days we went from $320 to almost $460 so a correction was bound to happen. In my previous Bitcoin price prediction article I estimated the price to linger in the $410 – $420 area for a few days and then proceed to gain strength once more. Everything was fine for a few days, but looking at the charts today I can say that the correction isn’t really a correction any more, it’s a bearish ride.
FBI – The real market mover
It’s not a coincidence that the price started to fall just when the feds announced that they will be auctioning 50,000 Bitcoins they took from Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the biggest black market in the internet history. When you look at the chart you will see that on Monday the market was unsure where to go. I am confident that if it the feds wouldn’t have announced the auction the price would have behaved exactly the way I predicted it previously.
When you look at the way MACD is crossing you’ll see that the previous cross took place at a much lower point. This gives us a little bit of hope that the overall Bitcoin price trend is still bullish. The $320 area is still our strongest support at this point because we have tested it two times already in the past.
What about RSI?
Looking at the RSI it’s pretty clear we are going to go lower from here. Further price movement is now depending on two factors: 1) how many Bitcoins the feds are able to auction and 2) will we reach the oversold market condition before our $320 support or not.
I underestimated the market
Guess I have underestimated the buyers potential and also the significance of the recent hidden service raid that FBI conducted earlier this week. Just look at that wonderful green bullish candle :) There’s clearly a connection between the raid and the price movement here because last time FBI closed one of the biggest darknet marketplaces and confiscated millions of dollars in Bitcoins the price skyrocketed exactly the same way just a few days later. After they put those coins out for auction the price obviously fell and now we can see the same thing happening all over again. Will they auction these coins as well? Time will tell.
The RSI indicator is showing that the price has moved over the overbought line. This along with the fact that we’ve had a crazy rally means that a price correction is imminent. How far will it fall? There is a very strong support level around the $380 mark, but I highly doubt it’s going to fall that low. A more reasonable target would be the $410-$420 area, where the price may linger for a few days before we have a better chance at entering a long position again. That being said, there’s no reason why you should close your position right now if you’re aiming for something bigger!
Riding the bulls
The last few days have simply been amazing. On the 9th of November I published a short article about the bullish movement of Bitcoin and just three days later the price has reached $400 USD.
So what now? If you look at what happened on the 11th and 10th of November then you can see a great struggle between the bulls and the bears. The market was unsure how to react, but it is clear to everyone now that bulls have won this battle. At least for the moment.
Depending on how today’s candle will close we might see another one, perhaps a bit smaller to form tomorrow.
The only thing that bothers me is the RSI which shows that we are reaching the overbought market condition very soon. When this happens you can expect a short price decline all the way down to $360 area, but it’s unlikely to hit that low.
Why? Because not only did the Thailand mining rig burn down, the FBI closed a ton of hidden services recently which means that a great portion of Bitcoin users just lost their Bitcoins. This should in theory make the crypto currency even more expensive so the bullish momentum might just be gaining its strength to a much higher level that what we’ve seen this far in which case our next stop will be around $440-$450 and upwards!