Bitcoin Consolidates Gains, Why Dips Could Be Limited Below $50K

Bitcoin extended its recovery above $51,000 against the US Dollar. BTC must remain stable above $49,500 to continue higher in the near term.

Bitcoin started a recovery wave above the $50,500 resistance zone.
The price is now trading above $50,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
There was a break below a connecting bullish trend line with support near $50,800 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
The pair could start a fresh increase if it is above the $49,500 level.

Bitcoin Price Loses Steam
Bitcoin price extended its recovery wave above the $50,000 resistance zone. BTC even climbed back above the $50,500 and $51,200 resistance levels.
However, the price failed to surpass the $52,000 resistance zone. A high was formed near $51,955 and the price is now correcting gains. There was a break below the $51,000 support zone. The price declined below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $47,210 swing low to $51,955 high.
There was also a break below a connecting bullish trend line with support near $50,800 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. The pair is now trading above $50,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
An immediate resistance on the upside is near the $51,000 level. The next major resistance is near the $51,800 level. A clear break above the $51,080 resistance zone could open the doors for more upsides. The next key resistance is near the $52,000 level, above which the price could rise further. In the stated case, the price could rise towards the $53,500 level.
More Losses In BTC?
If bitcoin fails to clear the $51,800 resistance zone, it could continue to move down. An immediate support on the downside is near the $50,000 level.
The first major support is now forming near the $49,500 level and the 100 hourly SMA. It is near the 50% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $47,210 swing low to $51,955 high. A downside break below the $49,500 support may perhaps increase selling pressure. The next stop for the bears might be $48,000.
Technical indicators:
Hourly MACD – The MACD is slowly gaining pace in the bearish zone.
Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is currently below the 50 level.
Major Support Levels – $50,000, followed by $49,500.
Major Resistance Levels – $51,800, $52,000 and $53,500.

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