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.
Elliott 5th wave
This screenshot shows a trend line that I drew from the lowest point moving upwards. So far so good! The last two bullish candles indicate the 5th wave in the Elliott Wave sequence and according to that logic we can expect the price to move higher than the highest bullish candle that you can also see on the screenshot. This could mean that in the near future we might reach the $450+ area. Other aspects of my technical analysis are also showing a green light. Let’s take a look!
MACD seems to be crossing
While it’s a little bit too early to say for sure whether MACD will cross in a few days or not, the chances of that happening are quite high. We are seeing it making lower lows and the lines are getting closer and closer together. Should they cross it would mean a confirmation in the overall up trend for Bitcoin!
What RSI is telling us?
I am a little bit disappointed that the RSI didn’t move lower. It would have meant a much more intense rally in the future. It seems that we are currently drifting in a neutral area where, once again, upward movement is far more likely to happen.
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!
The bulls have returned
Just three days after I published my bold Bitcoin price prediction the price has behaved exactly as predicted.
After gently touching the $280 area the price held steady on $350+ for a few days and later climbed to $400. In my previous article I mentioned how media can influence buyers and sellers:
” I wouldn’t be surprised when in about a month Bitcoin will receive more media coverage and everyone would be saying that it’s the perfect time to buy more coins due to the relatively cheap price compared to what it was 6 months ago. “
I guess my timing was way off! I predicted this to happen in about a month, when in fact the important news coverage happened just 3 days later. Read the article that says to buy more Bitcoins here. Let me quote:
“Now is the time to take two hands and buy buy buy. I expect a sharp rally to $330-$350. The price will consolidate around those levels and build a base for a move higher into the year end.”
Almost exactly the same as I predicted in my previous article. It seems that the psychological support level of $300-ish held nicely and with a little help from the big boys (media) Bitcoin prices are on the rise once again.
My own technical analysis
My personal setup however is still showing clear signs of a downward trend. The MACD (Moving Average Convergence-Divergence) indicator has opened downward, is expanding and making lower lows.
The RSI (Relative Strength Index) is not showing any signs of Bitcoin being oversold which would mean more buyers on the market although I’m sure it will get there eventually.
Basically the fundamentals (news) are saying it’s time to buy Bitcoin because the price will rise in the coming months, but my charts are showing no signs of the power of selling to disappear any time soon. Why is that? Could it be that my technical analysis is simply wrong? It’s possible. It could also mean that the Bitcoin hype and the people who believe in the prices rallying thanks to media, are collectively more powerful than technical traders.
Whatever the case might be you still have to consider the fact that new Bitcoins are still being mined every day and the miners are selling their coins for profit. The constant flow of new Bitcoins is slowly diluting the market and making Bitcoin cheaper either until the amount of Bitcoins reaches it’s maximum value or until the process of mining itself becomes too expensive for it to make sense mining them.