BTCUSD: Bulls In Control Unless Trend Line Breaks?

BITFINEX:BTCUSD   Bitcoin / U.S. Dollar
BTCUSD update: Retrace off of bearish trend line in progress as price action establishes an engulfing candle. Is this the turning point that will lead to a retest of the lows? Or just a small bump in a broader bullish move? The answers come from your outlook and your risk appetite, while the chart offers a structured way to plan your decisions which is more effective than reacting.

Having your OWN perspective and outlook frees you from the confusion of the hype. From irrelevant news that aims to drive traffic, to over exaggerated analysis written to attract attention, it is very easy to become indecisive when the market gets a little shaky. Bullish momentum is easy (if you are long), but when a retrace comes along, that's when fear begins to distract you from your original plan, especially if you are a regular consumer of low grade information. The solution? Learn how to weight and categorize information based on your OWN perspective and outlook.

My perspective and outlook has been bullish and still is. I am managing a position trade which means I am looking to capitalize on a broader move higher. The price action that is occurring now was a scenario that I was anticipating. It is not that surprising that selling shows up at the 9887 to 10836 resistance zone (.618 area of recent bearish swing), and simultaneously off of the broader bearish trend line . In my previous report I wrote that I was going to sell 15% of my position around the 11,400 level depending on the price formations. The market never went to that price, and the bearish engulfing candle came sooner. Can you see why I have not been encouraging people to buy at these higher levels?

What to do now? Lock in some profit earlier because of a selling pattern? My answer is in my outlook for my trade. I am playing the bigger picture and expect much higher prices based on the magnitude of the level that this market is coming from. On top of that, the bullish trend line that is still intact carries more weight than the engulfing candle and tells me that buyers are still present (especially if an inside bar forms). Since momentum and structure is still generally in my favor, I am willing to risk the profit that I am managing at the moment in order to let my plan play out. My outlook and perspective along with the supportive structure on the chart all tell me the 11,400 trend line break is still reasonable to expect. I suspect that price will push when the bearish trend line is compromised, and any failure in that area is when I will sell 15% of my position (especially since it would be considered a double top formation at that point). IF price never shows any subsequent failure, I simply let my winner run.

The scenario that would cause some concern for me would be a decisive break and close below the bullish trend line which means price would be push below the high 9Ks. In that scenario, I still would not sell, I would wait for the next bullish retrace attempt and then unload some there. By operating this way, I give the market a chance to go back in my favor, or at least offer a better price to lock in some profit and reduce risk AFTER it has proven weaker than anticipated.

In summary, having a perspective, knowing how to weight information and accepting the relative risks are paramount to sticking with a bigger picture plan. Can some news come out of nowhere and hammer this market? Sure, but I am willing to take that risk. Managing a position trade is more like managing inventory. When the cost of inventory gets cheap (market is selling off) you buy at wholesale prices. When peak season comes around (new highs) you unload it at retail prices and then wait for wholesale prices to come around again. As long as prices are not going to zero, this is a good analogy to consider. Charts help us measure, evaluate and anticipate, they can't decide our risk appetite, only you can.

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

Thanks @MarcPMarkets for another pure TA.
Not too bad Marc - this is a little more precise, and is more for day traders but has the same levels
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@sumastardon, People like you are why we need downvotes. Stop spamming your damn chart everywhere.
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Very well written TA, thank you!

My targets are somewhat similar to yours, although I wonder if the upcoming bull flag break out will march right through blue dotted ceiling line or if we will see some correction first like I have illustrated with the Elliot Waves (12345 + ABC) in my chart update:

Thanks MarcP. So well written, with GREAT trading plan. And I hope that your hard work and sharing does help to educate so many folks as it does me! I am also grateful for your mature presentation of TA, as it helps elevate the discussions here. Great reminder of how TA is a mix of probabilities and personal risk., (not so much blaming and name calling and condescending) Thanks for sharing.
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Great TA!! Do you have an updated TA on LTC?
The shorts missed there buyin bc the double downward dog Elliot wave failed. The reason why is they forget to see the big picture, like the very postive metting in USA Senate about Crypto coins. Many many peaple are buying with good reason because of that metting, like the 1 billlion $ buyer the other day. The investors shorting need see the bigger picture.
hey Marc,

can you please update us on this idea...

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