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Technical Outlook: Bitcoin broke a multi-month consolidation pattern off the December record highs with an objective break of the monthly opening-range lows / slope support unleashing a 30% sell-off in prices. The decline has taken out confluence support at 11160 with a near-term confluence support-zone eyed at 8354-8729. This is the first major hurdle for the sell-off and IF price is going to rebound, this would be the spot to look.
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BTC/USD 240min Chart (Log)
Notes: A closer look at near-term price action highlights a rebound today off the 61.8% retracement of the September advance at 9303 with price broadly trading within the confines of a descending pitchfork formation. Subsequent support targets rest just lower at 8643-8729 backed by 8337- both areas IF reached would be of interest for near-term exhaustion / long-entries. A break / daily close below this threshold would risk considerable losses with such a scenario targeting the 200-day moving average around ~7138.
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Interim resistance stands at 11160 backed by 11978 and area of interest for re-entry on the short-side. Near-term bearish invalidation stands with the upper parallel at 13074- ultimately, a break above 15338 would be required to mark resumption of the broader uptrend.
Bottom line: the immediate decline is at risk as we approach near-term structural support with a rebound in price to offer more favorable short-entries targeting the aforementioned support targets. From a trading standpoint, look for signs of a near-term exhaustion low in price for the rebound - but ultimately looking lower.
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A summary of shows traders are net-long Bitcoin- the ratio stands at +2.76 (73.4% of traders are long) bearishreading The percentage of traders net-long is now its lowest since Jan 2nd; Bitcoin traded near 14697 Long positions are 2.3% lower than yesterday and 13.7% higher from last week Short positions are 39.9% higher than yesterday and 37.5% higher from last week We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests Bitcoin prices may continue to fall. Yet traders are less net-long than yesterday and compared with last week. Recent changes in sentiment warn that the current Bitcoin price trend may soon reverse higher despite the fact traders remain net-long. See how shifts in Bitcoin retail positioning are impacting trend-
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