Bitcoin (BTC) has fallen back close to psychological support at $5,000 after a false breakout Wednesday.
The number one cryptocurrency by market valuation made a strong bullish break from an ascending triangle pattern yesterday evening at 18:00 UTC, reaching a peak of $5,488 on the Coinbase exchange.
However, that move was quickly rejected and an increase in selling pressure on today’s open laid the pathway for bitcoin to slide, first to $5,200 overnight, then quickly to $5,018 soon before press time.
Bitcoin is currently up slightly at $5,068, down over 3 percent for the session, as per Coindesk price data.
The drop may now have thrown a spanner into a bullish market setup that had looked likely to propel prices to highs not seen since late last year. Had bitcoin’s triangle breakout succeeded, a measured move to $5,800 was on the cards. However, bitcoin fell $300 short of that target as buyer volume fell short on the day.
All is not lost, however. If prices remain above $5,000 at today’s close, the bullish chart structure will be intact. Going forward, we can expect the bulls to again make their presence felt, albeit likely after a short period of consolidation.
With bitcoin taking a hit, the wider crypto market is also flashing red at press time. Other top tokens, such as ether and XRP are fairing worse than bitcoin, posting 24-hour losses of 7.46 and 5,85 percent, respectively, according to CoinMarketCap data.
Disclosure: The author currently holds BTC, TRX and BTT.
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