The slow rally in bitcoin prices continues. In the past seven days everyone’s favorite crypto-currency advanced by $10 dollars or 2.2 percent. This is having a positive impact on most of the altcoin market. Litecoin for example is up by 32 cents or over 8 percent.
Slow Bitcoin Rally Continues
The slow rally in BTC/USD continues. Like we mentioned above the gains are not very large at around 2 percent this week, from $445 to $455 dollars per coin. On the technical front not much is changed. The small percentage move hasn’t broken any major levels. The short-term trend is bullish as is the medium-term trend. The long-term trend (monthly charts) is still in neutral mode.
The key resistance area remains at $461-$465 on Fxopen and $470-$475 on other bitcoin exchanges. A decisive breakout above this important resistance may lead to sharp gains toward the $500 round figure. This was last year’s high for BTC on most major exchanges. A clean break above it could intensify the rally.
On the other end, a breakdown below $440 may end the current uptrend. Weak support below here can be found at the recent swing low at $435 dollars. A clean break of this low may switch the short-term trend to the downside. Resistance turns to support and the breakout point for the rally near $426 dollars may give a helping hand to the bulls.
More levels on the downside include the $412 swing low and the round $400 figure. These are followed by $394 dollars (weak level) and $374 dollars per coin. This year’s low for bitcoin is at $349.82, another potential support.
More Gains for Litecoin
Litecoin continues to gain ground. This week the altcoin is up by 32 cents or 8.5 percent. The crypto has outperformed bitcoin since its breakout around $3.26 dollars per coin. Similarly to big brother, for LTC both the short-term and medium-term trends are up while the long-term trend is neutral.
The first notable resistance lies at the $4.19 dollars swing high. Above here we have the round $4.50 figure, followed by the $4.85 swing high. Higher up we have another round figure at $5 dollars. From here we find a large gap to the next level at $8.64 dollars (last year high) but as we’ve written previously, some resistance levels are likely to emerge in-between. Potential candidates here include the round figures at $6, $7 and $8 dollars per coin.
On the downside, a decisive break below the latest swing low at $3.61 dollars would end the current rally. You can see more support levels on the chart above.