Bitcoin is getting stuck within the narrow range

Bitcoin is getting stuck within the narrow range, manifesting a neutral trend. It currently trades near $17 200, which is slightly below the range's upper bound. In the big picture, we continue to be bearish on Bitcoin . However, the lack of a trend makes a case for both scenarios, bullish and bearish . Therefore, we will pay close attention to the price action and setup we introduced a while ago (displayed in Illustration 1. 01 ).

If the price breaks above the range, then we may expect a short-term rally. Though, in such a scenario, we do not expect it to impact the primary bearish trend . At best, we can imagine BTCUSD rallying to $20 000 (but we are very skeptical about that). Therefore, if a breakout to the upside occurs, we will monitor volume and look for signs of exhaustion. Contrarily, a breakout to the downside will bolster the bearish case, potentially leading Bitcoin to new lows.

In addition to what we stated, the bullish case can get additional support from the stock market (if it continues higher), providing a temporary lifeline for cryptocurrencies. However, if that happens, we once again expect it to be only short-lived. With that said, we maintain our price targets for Bitcoin at $15 000 and $13 000.

Illustration 1.01
The picture above shows the daily chart of BTCUSD and a series of breakouts from the narrow range with subsequent invalidations; the range grows in significance.

Technical analysis
Daily time frame = Neutral
Weekly time frame = Neutral

Illustration 1.02
Illustration 1.02 shows simple support/resistance levels for BTCUSD .

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