Bitcoin Reaches Crucial Juncture, Can BTC Clear This Barrier?

Bitcoin price extended its recovery above the $43,500 level against the US Dollar. BTC is now facing a major barrier near $44,200 and $44,400.

Bitcoin recovered above the $42,500 and $43,500 resistance levels.
The price is now trading above $43,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
There is a rising channel forming with support near $43,340 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
The pair could accelerate further higher if there is a clear break above the $44,400 resistance.

Bitcoin Price Revisits Resistance
Bitcoin price remained stable and extended its increase above the $43,000 level. BTC even broke the $43,500 level and settled above the 100 hourly simple moving average.
However, the price is still struggling to clear the $44,200 and $44,400 resistance levels. A high is formed near $44,100 and the price is now consolidating gains. It is now trading above $43,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
An immediate support is near the $43,500 level. There is also a rising channel forming with support near $43,340 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair.
The channel support is near the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent increase from the $40,891 swing low to $44,100 high. On the upside, an immediate resistance is near the $44,100 level.

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
The first major resistance is near the $44,400 level, above which the price could start a major increase. The next major resistance is near the $45,500 level. Any more gains could set the pace for a move towards the $47,200 level.
Fresh Decline In BTC?
If bitcoin fails to clear the $44,100 resistance zone, it could start a fresh downside correction. An immediate support on the downside is near the $43,500 level. The first major support is now forming near the $43,350 level and the channel trend line.
A break below the $43,350 level might push the price towards the $42,500 level. It is close to the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent increase from the $40,891 swing low to $44,100 high. Besides, the 100 hourly SMA is near the $42,500 zone to provide support.
Technical indicators:
Hourly MACD – The MACD is now losing pace in the bullish zone.
Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is now well above the 50 level.
Major Support Levels – $43,350, followed by $42,500.
Major Resistance Levels – $44,100, $44,400 and $45,500.

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