Bitcoin’s main momentum metric has just turned bearish, with BTC price below $ 50,000

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Bitcoin (BTC) price spike to $ 50,000 last week risks exhaustion due to a mismatch between the price of the cryptocurrency and dynamic trends.

So it appears that Bitcoin’s price and Relative Strength Index (RSI) have been moving in the opposite direction since late July. In fact, a sharp spike in BTC / USD bids coincided with lower momentum spikes, suggesting that the pair’s upward momentum is weakening.

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Bearish divergence

Normal RSI momentum tends to limit price action. That is, it goes up when the price goes up and goes down when the price goes down. In some cases, however, the RSI deviates from tracking price action, resulting in what is known as an RSI divergence.

Technical analysts view the RSI divergence as a strong signal to spot price reversals. For example, a bullish divergence, where the price falls and the RSI rises, causes traders to buy the asset in anticipation of a rebound. Similarly, bearish divergence – with prices rising and the RSI falling – causes traders to take profits at the top while anticipating a retreat.

The Bitcoin daily chart below shows the cryptocurrency in bearish divergence.

BTC / USD 1D chart with bearish divergence. Source: TradingView.com

The downward signal appears as Bitcoin struggles to break the upward move above $ 50,000. On Sunday, the benchmark cryptocurrency traded at $ 48,387, or 4.19% lower from its three-month high of $ 50,505, which it hit on August 3 after a similar upward boom of 72.36%.

On the flip side, Bitcoin’s daily RSI initially rebounded in sync with prices, but peaked on July 30th, which was way ahead of the price, reaching $ 50,505. Since July 30, Bitcoin price has formed a series of higher highs while the RSI has printed lower highs, suggesting a weakening upward momentum.

A similar bearish divergence between January and April 2021 was instrumental in predicting a Bitcoin price decline, as shown in the graph below.

Bitcoin price RSI divergence from January to April 2021. Source: TradingView.com

Bullish indicators

The bearish divergence signal comes as Bitcoin holds well above $ 30,000 amid expectations that it would become a hedge of choice against inflationary pressures among accredited investors.

The perception has led many analysts, including investment researcher Lyn Alden and Fundstrat CEO Tom Lee, to predict a $ 100,000 valuation for the cryptocurrency in 2021.

Bitcoin price soared $ 1,500 in an hour on Friday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell presented an inflation-friendly, moderate policy outlook at this year’s Jackson Hole Symposium.

As a result, the biggest bullish indicator for Bitcoin remains the Fed’s aggressive $ 120 billion monthly asset purchase program coupled with its near-zero interest rate policy.

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The strong fundamentals have led technical analysts to envision a long-term uptrend in the Bitcoin market. Namely, independent market analyst Teddy Cleps presented a bullish outlook for the cryptocurrency based on the support of the key wave that acts as an accumulation area for traders.

Bitcoin 4H chart with wave support. Source: Teddy Cleps, TradingView.com

Similarly, another market analyst, Ryan Clark, found that Bitcoin only consolidated below $ 50,000, just as it did when it traded below $ 24,000 before the bullish breakout in December 2020.

On the flip side, TraderXO noted that Bitcoin could still fall towards the USD 39,000-40,000 range, but remained convinced that the cryptocurrency would see an attractive rebound from the lower end.

The analyst called Bitcoin’s all-time high of USD 65,000 a long-term upward target.

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