Bitcoin Price Poised for a Breakout, Technical Analysis Shows


Bitcoin Price Poised for a Breakout, Technical Analysis Shows

A technical analysis chart of bitcoin prices suggests that the digital currency’s value is likely to shoot higher.

Also read: Is Technical Analysis a Suitable Tool for Bitcoin?

Technical Analysis Shows A Pennant

The technical analysis chart of Bitstamp’s recent closing prices, originally published on Sober Look, shows that a triangular pattern known to technical analysts as a pennant has formed.


Can a Pennant Signal an Upward Trend?

This pennant pattern is generally observed when there is a large movement in the underlying asset followed by a consolidation period with converging trendlines followed by a breakout. The breakout is usually in the same direction as the initial large movement but not always.pennant definition

The two trendlines forming the triangle converges at a point known as the apex. The price of bitcoin will bounce between these trendlines and edge towards the apex before breaking out. The consolidation period can be long or short and, during that time, bitcoin prices will move sideways.

In general, a pennant pattern does not guarantee that a breakout will occur. It also does not predict the direction of the breakout, but typically the breakout is in the direction of the prior trend. There are times when the previous trend is not continued, and a new trend is formed. When this happens, the technical analysis chart will show different patterns.

Bitcoin Price Likely to Breakout

bitcoin priceAccording to Jonathan Krinsky, chief market technician at MKM Partners, the breakout will only be confirmed when bitcoin price reaches the $775 to $780 level, or the consolidation period is not over. Also, since the prior trend is upward, the breakout should be in the upward direction.

He further explained that the formation of a pennant indicates that a long-term trend in bitcoin price will resume after a small period of consolidation. Bitcoin price reached its 2016 high on June 19 of approximately $764. A pennant pattern implies that the price will soon rise above that level.

Investors Need to Act Fast

Krinsky said that for investors who plan to trade based on technical chart patterns and take advantage of the price rise, they need to act fast. In technical analysis, he explained, it is an accepted rule in general that when the prices are two-thirds of the way to the pattern’s apex, it will break higher. He noted:

“We’re pretty much at that point where it should break out.”

Since October 2015, the price of a bitcoin has already risen sharply, making it the best performing currency and asset class so far in 2016, even as the price has declined over the last three weeks. Record-low bond yields, uncertainty over the Brexit, and a perceived stall in global GDP growth have all pushed investors to seek safe-haven assets.

Bitcoin has been in a prime position to receive these investors with much of the mainstream media talking about the investment, some even going so far to declare bitcoin a safe-haven asset. Add to this the reduction in the supply of new bitcoins that was created Saturday by a quadrennial phenomenon known as the halving; it appears more likely than ever that the time is right for prices to rise further.

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Kevin Helms

A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.

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