Bitcoin is struggling to clear the $38,800 resistance against the US Dollar. BTC could decline heavily if it stays below the $39,000 pivot level. Bitcoin is struggling to recover above $38,800 and $39,000 resistance levels. The price is now trading below $38,600 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There is a major contracting triangle forming with resistance near $38,880 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair must clear the $38,880 and $39,000 resistance levels to start a decent increase. Bitcoin Price Eyes Next Break Bitcoin price found support near the $37,400 level and started a recovery wave. BTC was able to reclaim the $38,000 level and slowly moved higher. There was a clear move above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the key drop from the $40,350 swing high to $37,400 low. The price attempted a clear move above the $38,800 resistance level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. However, bitcoin price struggled to gain strength above the $39,000 level. It also failed to settle above the 50% Fib retracement level of the key drop from the $40,350 swing high to $37,400 low. Besides, there is a major contracting triangle forming with resistance near $38,880 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. It is now facing resistance near the $38,600 level and the hourly simple moving average. Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com The next key resistance could be near the $38,880 zone. A close above the $38,880 and $39,000 levels could open the doors for a decent increase. In the stated case, the price could even surpass the $39,250 resistance. The next major resistance is seen near the $40,000 level. Another Decline in BTC? If bitcoin fails to clear the $38,880 resistance zone, it could start a fresh decline. An immediate support on the downside is near the $38,400 level. The next major support is seen near the $38,200 level and the triangle lower trend line. A downside break below the triangle support could even push the price below $38,000. The next major support is $37,400, below which the price could dive to $36,500. Technical indicators: Hourly MACD – The MACD is slowly losing pace in the bullish zone. Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is now just near the 50 level. Major Support Levels – $38,400, followed by $38,200. Major Resistance Levels – $38,880, $39,000 and $39,250.
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