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Bitcoin Faces Hurdles, Why BTC Could Correct In Short-Term

Bitcoin price is facing a strong resistance above $46,500 against the US Dollar. BTC is slowly correcting lower and it might test the $44,500 support zone.

Bitcoin made a few attempts to settle above $46,000, but it failed.
The price is still trading above $45,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
There was a break below a key bullish trend line with support near $45,450 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
The pair could correct lower towards $44,500 or even $44,000 in the near term.

Bitcoin Price Could Correct Gains
Bitcoin price traded as high as $46,546 before it faced sellers, similar to ethereum. BTC made a few attempts to settle above $46,000, but it failed.
It is now correcting lower and trading below the $45,600 level. There was a break below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $42,843 swing low to $46,546 high. Besides, there was a break below a key bullish trend line with support near $45,450 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair.
The pair is still trading above $45,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. An immediate support on the downside is near the $45,000 level.

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
On the upside, an initial resistance is near the $46,000 level. The first key resistance is near the $46,200 level. The main resistance is now forming near the $46,500 level. A clear break above the $46,500 resistance zone might start a decent increase. The next major resistance is near the $47,000 level. Any more gains could lead the price towards the $48,000 level.
Dips Supported in BTC?
If bitcoin fails to climb above the $46,000 and $46,200 resistance levels, it could continue to move down. An initial support on the downside is near the $45,000 level.
The first major support is now near the $44,500 zone and the 100 hourly SMA. It is close to the 50% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $42,843 swing low to $46,546 high. Any more losses may possibly call for a test of the $44,000 level. The next major support could be $43,000.
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 close to the 50 level.
Major Support Levels – $45,000, followed by $44,500.
Major Resistance Levels – $46,000, $46,200 and $46,500.

Frances Jones

Frances Jones

Frances is a Senior Forex, Cryptocurrencies, and Financial Market Strategist with a background in IT and financial markets. He specializes in market strategies and technical analysis and has spent over a DECADE as a financial markets contributor and observer. He possesses strong technical analytical skills and is well known for his entertaining and informative analysis of the currency, commodities, Bitcoin, and Ethereum markets.