Bitcoin at 'important inflection point' as it attempts to break out of downtrend


The downtrend in digital currencies remains well intact with all major coins lower on the month and still well down since the beginning of 2018.

However, bitcoin, the worlds biggest digital currency, is showing some signs of bottoming. After holding support at $6,000—just above the Feb. 6 low—bitcoin has risen as much as 10% and nearing pivotal resistance that could change the fortune for digital currency owners.

“BTC and ETH are again at important technical inflection points and need to push above their downtrends near BTC 7000 and ETH 550 to signal the recent bounce is anything more than an oversold bounce back to resistance within a downtrend that began in early May,” wrote Rob Sluymer, technical strategist at Fundstrat Global Advisors.




For short-term traders, Sluymer notes that the 4-hour relative strength index, or RSI, a measure of momentum in the price of the underlying asset, is creeping into overbought territory so don’t be alarmed if there are some small pullbacks in the coming days.

Bitcoin

BTCUSD, -0.34%

 was relatively unchanged early Thursday, last trading at $6,726.09, down 0.3% since Wednesday 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the Kraken crypto exchange.

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Altcoins subdued to begin Thursday

Altcoins, or smaller coins other than bitcoin, are trading at or around Wednesday’s closing levels.

Ether

ETHUSD, -0.42%

the coin that runs on the Ethereum network, is unchanged at $532.55, Bitcoin Cash

BCHUSD, -0.92%

is down 0.1% at $882.00, Litecoin

LTCUSD, -1.17%

is off 1% at $96.81 and Ripple’s XRP

XRPUSD, -0.73%

coin is unchanged at 54 cents.

Bitcoin futures are off to a slow start with both contracts showing small losses Thursday. The Cboe July bitcoin futures contract

XBTN8, -0.48%

 is down 0.3% at $6,735, while the CME June contract

BTCM8, -0.52%

is off 0.3% at $6,725.

Further reading: Law firm confirms Tether was—as of June 1—100% backed by U.S. dollars, but questions remain

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