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Like Wile E. Coyote running off a cliff, over the last few days BTC and the rest of the market have ventured below critical support and paused in mid-air.

Let's take a look.

Bitcoin

BTCUSD daily chart

Chart 1: Bitcoin daily

The lower dashed blue line is the bottom of the critical support band. Below that BTC is in the 'danger zone' we discussed last week, where support is slim and fast moves likely. After dropping into this zone with the first red candle below the blue line, bulls managed to push back for a retest of the underside of that support. The down-up pattern then continued, consolidating into a symmetrical decision-making triangle, shown in more detail on the zoomed in 4-hour chart coming next.

BTCUSD 4-hour chart

Chart 2: Bitcoin 4-hour

The decision-making triangle close-up. Volume is dropping across the pattern in typical fashion. We'll have confirmation of the final decision the market has made out of the triangle once we see volume pop again - but with RSI (first indicator under the chart) repeatedly rejecting the dashed-blue 50 line, and with BTC under both support and under every significant moving average, odds favour a continuation downwards. This formation gives us a target of $5850, although there's minor support just above at $6000.

A reminder that our bottoming target from the death cross (50 day crossing 200 day moving averages) remains $4800-$5000.

Ethereum

ETHUSD 4-hour chart

Chart 3: Ethereum 4-hour

Ethereum has already broken out of its triangle. Volume hasn't confirmed the breakout downwards yet, but with MACD about to cross bearish I think it's likely to do so.

Ripple

XRPUSD 4-hour chart

Chart 4: Ripple 4-hour

Ripple has broken out of its triangle with a high volume move. The volume is on a hammer though, showing bulls were contributing as much as bears, so on its own this isn't confirmation of the bear breakout. We need BTC to take the lead.

Litecoin

LTCUSD 4-hour chart

Chart 5: Litecoin 4-hour

Litecoin has yet to decide to move lower, but an MACD cross is looming.

Little short-term hope for bulls on these charts, although long term investors looking to build positions may be enjoying the discounts while they last!

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BCB Group has no position or opinion on the price of Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency and this article should not be construed as analysis of or advice regarding the current or future market price of Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency. No analysis of the price movements of BTC or any other cryptocurrency or any other asset provided by BCB Group should be construed as an invitation or inducement to buy, sell or otherwise to trade BTC or any other cryptocurrency.

Jon Cotton

Jon Cotton

Strategy and Execution Partner

Jon is BCB’s head strategist, with an emphasis on market intelligence. An expert in behavioural science and highly experienced chartist, Jon has been providing BCB’s clients with crypto and macro technical analysis since 2017, and has quickly gained a reputation for accuracy after correctly calling the December 2017 top and August 2018 bottom.

Jon is also MD of British music production company Poseidon. He began studying technical analysis in 2000 due to its overlap with behavioural economics – much used in Poseidon's international marketing work, which has seen the company achieve three iTunes US number one albums among other notable successes.