BTCUSD Perspective And Levels: Failed High Or Minor Retrace?

BITFINEX:BTCUSD   Bitcoin / U.S. Dollar
BTCUSD Update: A push to a new high, but could not sustain the break out. This failed break is a bearish sign which still maintains the possibility of the C Wave to unfold which can take prices to the 5500 area or even the 5360s.

Aren't new highs usually a bullish sign? They are, but in this case, not only is price structure presenting a possible double top , but can also be showing the B Wave that I wrote about in my previous BTC report. B Wave corrections are 3 leg waves that can actually take the market to a slightly new high, just like what has happened in this market, and then fall apart which is the C wave. Now keep in mind, I am estimating the near term direction based on the price structure that is in place at the MOMENT. Things change very fast in this market, and the ability to adapt quickly is what makes a good trader good, not getting stuck on an opinion and then complaining that my analysis didn't play out. For the less experienced, TA is not a weather report. This is why I always recommend learning how to make your own decisions, so that when the market changes, you can change with it, instead of fight it.

The other factor that is prompting me to expect weakness from this point rather than strength is the area of price failure. The 6200 to 6400 zone is actually an extension based on the recent swing from 6206 to 5362. This zone is where false breakouts are more likely to occur, so if the market is going to break out, it needs to clear this zone, not run up into it, and then sag like it is now. I do not short these markets which I have explained previously, so the best I can do it use these signals as a reason to stay flat.

A confirmation that more selling is likely would be a break of the 6k level which is not only psychological, but it is now the .382 of the recent bullish swing. Shorting this market can be rewarding, BUT as I keep writing, you must be on top of it, and you must have a solid plan so that you can recognize when the market is turning back up and get out quickly (definitely not a good idea for less experienced traders). If you are trading without a set of criteria to guide your decisions, then you should not be trading at all in my opinion.

What about the higher low at 5632? I wrote about this scenario in my previous BTC report as well. This structure cannot be ignored and certainly challenges the short argument. It is possible that this level is a Wave 2 bottom which makes the current leg a possible Wave 3 of 5. This is where the market must choose. If price manages to stay above the 5960 area, and starts pushing highs, then that would be a confirmation which can take prices into the 6500 area. I don't know if this will happen, but any sharp rally from the current level will confirm this scenario.

In summary, for those who are less experienced with TA, it is far from an exact science, and you must not expect a forecast to play out exactly. TA offers tools and methods to isolate potential scenarios from countless possibilities. From that point, we can then evaluate risk and reward and decide if the trade is worth taking in accordance with our plan and risk tolerance. In the case of this market, the risk is still too high to buy for ME and since I do not short, then all I can do is watch. I am interested in buying AFTER price has retested a support zone like the 5500 or 5350 areas (that is IF the market offers that opportunity). If price can reach the lower 5k supports, that would be a convenient area to complete this possible Wave 4, and that is where the lowest risk opportunity is to participate for a Wave 5 back up into the 6500s. Either way, this market will eventually line up with my criteria, and when it does, I will be prepared to act.

Comments and questions welcome.

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

If infact it is a B wave and a bearish signal, I don't know how many us would even think about shorting. Such is this market. @MarcPMarkets , On a side note and if you allow me. I needed your advice regarding this. I wanted to diversify my position in altcoins and was searching for some Cyber Security related ICO with a working product and current use cases. I found 1 by a current global player in the Cybersecurity space. Should I participate in this ICO? There are the only CyberSecurity ICO backed up by an actual solution and customer base. Check their video and here’s their token sale page . Yes or No?
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Coin1337 screenager
@screenager, looking from an investor pov instead of a trader's, I'm interested in the outputs as well and following this for any thoughts
MarcPMarkets screenager
@screenager, honestly, I really cant give you advice on investing in something like that. That is a fundamental play, and if you strongly believe in the industry, and their premise, then you have to do what you think makes sense. The beat thing I can tell you is all these coins, even BTC is a high risk investment. Something can go wrong, an exchange and closee over night, anything can happen. You have to be willing to lose your entire investment and be okay with that.
Seems like it's now going up because of the CME and ICE announcements.
Hi, Mark:
Thank you for your comments; I always read them carefully (trying to learn sth...).
Do you think chinese entering again to trade crypto can rocket the btc price?
Iruwen Felix_Think
@Felix_Think, what makes you think this could happen?
Iruwen Felix_Think
@Felix_Think, thanks. They're legally based in Samoa ( and their IP addresses trace to Hong Kong - I don't think we'll see CNY trading pairs anytime soon. But if so, that would probably push BTC to new highs.
@Iruwen, interesting and thank you for sharing.
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