BTCUSD: Double Top? Or Break Out? Let Market Choose.

BITFINEX:BTCUSD   Bitcoin / U.S. Dollar
BTCUSD update:The current candle which has less than 8 hours to close is presenting an inside bar formation. The break out from here can be bullish or bearish and it is up to the market to choose, not for us to "predict".

Based on the current structure that is intact at the moment, the buyers are still technically in control. The recent bullish trend line is still in play which increases the chance of a bullish break out rather than a sell off. Breakout buyers still face the potential reversal zone just above the previous 11788 high which extends up to the 12429 resistance boundary.

Usually when there is a break out, the break out candle closes strong which is not happening. This means it is important to pay more attention to the range of the next candle. If price breaks below 11050, that is a sign of weakness which will be confirmed with a close below 10750 which coincides with the break of the bullish trend line . These signs of bearish momentum can be used as catalysts for lightening a position, or as a stop loss, depending on the type of long trade you are managing.

At the same time. this hesitation may be nothing more than noise, and if the 11500 level is broken instead, that is confirmation that bullish momentum is still in play. This makes it reasonable to expect a higher high attempt which offers the opportunity to let longs run to see if the next resistance levels can be reached.

I do not mention the short side because at this point, the bias is still bullish and shorts, especially on the broader time horizons are much riskier in my opinion. I do not short these markets to begin with, and if I could, I would only short on small time frames which is often not practical.

In summary. the market is at a point where we must take ourselves out of the equation for the moment. It is either going to unfold as a failed high, or break out to new highs which is what the bias leans toward. For my long position, I am looking to buy more, but since there is a hint of a second peak, I would rather wait and see if the lower probability bearish scenario plays out. IF price retraces, it may offer a new opportunity to add to my position. IF price breaks out instead, I still benefit from my long anyway and I will be looking for opportunities to reduce risk and lock in more profit at my predetermined resistance levels. Define your scenarios, have a plan for each one, and then let the market choose. This is what flexibility is all about: the market decides, and you adjust. Our preparedness is how we anticipate, which is much more effective than emotional reaction.

Questions and comments welcome.
Marc Principato, CMT |Author: Analyze Any Financial Market Like The Pros Using Price Action| | Cofounder (S.C.)

As we can see from your chart, the volume since bitcoin has bounced from 6k zone is continuously falling. It may be simply caused by Chinese New Year Holidays, but is also may be the signal that bulls are losing their strengh. The higher bitcoin gets the less people want to buy it. What do you think about it?
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ertha013 kazatchek
@kazatchek, where's the bear volume then, to avoid any bias we have to consider lacking sell volume as well. What if the bear is exhausted and have overspent their quota on previous levels?
Such a low volume can push BTC price up higher. Think of this as a major downtrend, when the bull stopped buying thus the volume was diminishing during the declines.

Not to add that there's a chance that those bear will be giving up and take their short profits, that will be a big buy too.

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kazatchek ertha013
@ertha013, When bitcoin has bounced from 6k lvl, his price was in the local uptrend channel. And all what I want to say is that decreasing volume is a price reversal signal. So logicaly considering the fact that the global downtrend was broken we should be ready for a price drop. That's my poin of view. Thank you for your opinion btw.
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Im taking the rebound on this one @MarcPMarkets ,maybe that answers your question.
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Thank you
Thank you for your time Marc. Always very helpful, and a great read.
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Mark whilst you watch there are brilliant trades every single day in Bitcoin. Please stop removing my posts as they are proving very helpful to those day traders looking to trade rather than watch events unfold...
Or don't you really agree with sharing/helping others unless it helps you too?
Tv is a brilliant forum - and it's for sharing, buddy. Be lucky any way you finally decide. Peace.
crypto_teller sumastardon
@sumastardon, I read your content quite frequently as I like to understand what's going on at a micro level.

However, day trading requires a ton of diligence, effort and patience, causing most people to lose $, or a lot of position on their BTC.

I find it interesting that you push this so hard on others, knowingly if you're a trader yourself, how high risk this is.

I would recommend everyone to think for themselves, but focus on building long term positions on this market, and forgetting about the fluctuations.

It's good to know some TA to have a better idea of where to buy, so that at least, you're buying strategically, into weakness.

Best of luck out there. This ocean is full of bigger fish.
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