The price of Bitcoin (BTC) has fallen three days in a row as traders assess many downside factors, including higher transaction fees and bearish signals for risk-on markets from legendary investor Warren Buffett.
BTC price dropped below $27,500 on May 9, down 8% from its local high of $29,850 established three days ago. Moreover, the dip accompanied a rise in trading volumes, suggesting the move has momentum behind it.
But will this be a short-term downtrend or is there more room to fall? Let’s take a closer look.
H&S pattern hints at BTC price below $25K
Bitcoin price risks dropping below $25,000 in the short term from a technical standpoint.
The downside target is based on Bitcoin’s head-and-shoulders (H&S) pattern, confirmed by three peak formations atop a common support level. The middle peak, called the “head,” is taller than the other two — the left and right shoulders — which are almost equal in height.
As a rule of technical analysis, a decisive break below the H&S support level near $27,500 could have the price fall by as much as the pattern’s maximum height, i.e., the distance between the head and the support level.
That raises the possibility of Bitcoin dropping to $24,750 by June, down about 10% from current price levels.
Moreover, independent market analyst Cold Blooded Shiller anticipates the Bitcoin price declining to $25,000, a former weekly resistance, within the next two days.
“I still think that if this snaps the structure it’s going to move very quickly (24-48 hours) towards that Weekly level,” the analyst tweeted, adding:
“[$27.5K] is one of the better potential defense points for BTC, but the crypto market has been trading incredibly weakly. Way out of line with its usual correlation to either indexes or metals.”
Conversely, a high-volumed rebound from the H&S support would invalidate the bearish setup. A recovery toward $30,000 will then be back on the table.
April’s CPI data release
Bitcoin’s price has declined in the days leading up to the release of the U.S. inflation data on May 10.
Notably, the core consumer price index (CPI), which excludes food and energy, for April could come near 5.5%, almost the same as the previous month, according to Bloomberg.
This persistent CPI reading means the Federal Reserve would need to continue its interest rate hikes to bring…
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