Bitcoin rally faces first test as it nears $10k and key test of long-term trend line


After a fruitful four weeks for owners of digital currencies, which has seen the total value of all coins climb 72% to $460 billion, one analyst has suggested owners need to take stock as the No. 1 digital currency enters a crucial level.

Bitcoin, which accounts for 36.1% of all coins, has closed in on resistance ahead of $10,000 and it’s 200-day moving average-a closely watched gauge of momentum for technical traders—reaching an intraday high of $9,790.94.

“Bitcoin continues holding above $9k and so far things look good. But there comes a point where holding these levels goes from being resilient, to an inability to move higher,” wrote Jani Ziedins of Cracked Market in a Friday blog post.

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After stalling in the $9,500-$10,000 range in recent weeks, Ziedins warns that, despite the resurgence in digital currencies, don’t expect it to be a one way street ahead. “The trend is still lower and we need to be very careful here. This is still a better place to be selling than adding new money.”

A single bitcoin

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last changed hands at $9,736.91, up 0.8% since Thursday’s levels at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the Kraken exchange.

Chinese billionaire amassed 10,000 bitcoins in Q1

Cai Wensheng, the founder and chairman of Meitu, a Chinese photo app said he purchased 10,000 bitcoin on the price decline in the first quarter.

In a Q&A session, the billionaire said he slowly amassed his digital currency fortune as the price fell.

“In January of this year, I only had a single digit bitcoin, just playing tickets. When I determined that the blockchain and Bitcoin were the future, I set myself a goal of owning 10,000 Bitcoin,” said Wensheng, according to a translated version of the Q&A.

“Now this small goal has basically been achieved.”

The total value of his bitcoin holding is just shy of $100 million.

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What are altcoins and futures doing?

Ether

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which added 10% yesterday, continues to move higher, trading up 5.9% to $798.77, Bitcoin Cash

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 is up 1.8% at $1,516.10, Litecoin

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 has added 1.3%, trading at $163.22 and Ripple’s XRP

XRPUSD, +0.71%

 is at 92 cents, up 4.9%.

Futures have ticked higher early Friday with the May Cboe contract

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up 0.7% at $9,740 and the CME Gorup Inc. May contract

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 higher by 0.9% at $9,765.

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