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Bitcoin sets new 2020 high as analysts eye a move towards $12,000 next

Bitcoin sets new 2020 high as analysts eye a move towards $12,000 next

After facing a couple of days of bearish price action yesterday, Bitcoin’s bulls have come out in full force, propelling the cryptocurrency back above the key $10,000 price region in an explosive early morning movement.

This movement, which has shown some signs of stalling after the crypto was rejected at $10,400, came about during maintenance on Bitfinex and has led some analysts to note that this could be the result of a short squeeze.

In the near-term, if bulls are able to hold the crypto above one key level in the coming week, it is possible that it will extend its rally until it reaches its high time frame resistance at just under $12,000.

Bitcoin races past $10,000 in explosive bull movement as the bull trend continues

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading up over five percent at its current price of $10,315, which marks a massive climb from daily lows of $9,700, and a slight decline from its intra-rally highs of $10,400.

Previously, analysts had been noting that the cryptocurrency was looking particularly vulnerable to seeing further losses after it failed to gain a strong foothold within the five-figure price region.

Today’s sharp rally, however, invalidated this weakness and seems to suggest that a continuance of BTC’s uptrend is imminent.

George, a prominent trader, told his 11k followers on Twitter that if BTC closes the week above $10,000 – which is its 0.25 Fibonacci resistance – it could soon rally up to $11,700.

“BTC: If we close the weekly above our 0.25 range level, I’ll be targeting 11.7k range high next. If not, I think we retest green. Break below green and we probably retest mid-range (red).”

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Image Courtesy of George

BTC’s open interest may point to some underlying weakness behind this movement

In spite of the conspicuous bullishness of today’s rally past $10,000, the fact that BTC’s open interest has been declining concurrently with this movement may signal that it is simply a short squeeze that will be followed by further downside.

Cantering Clark, a highly respected analyst, spoke about this phenomenon in a recent tweet, in which he concludes that he will wait to enter fresh longs until BTC breaks above $10,550.

“Aggressive squeeze into a key area on declining OI while a major exchange is down. I would be careful about FOMO’ing. 10550 and above is where I may look to long my longs.”

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Image Courtesy of Cantering Clark

The coming several hours should shine a light on the significance of this movement, as a failure for bulls to continue pushing the crypto higher may make this just another fleeting rally.

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Updated: Feb 12 at 3:22 am UTC
$10,261.26
5.16%

Bitcoin, currently ranked #1 by market cap, is up 5.16% over the past 24 hours. BTC has a market cap of $186.89B with a 24 hour volume of $38.34B.

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Bitcoin is up 5.16% over the past 24 hours.

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Cole is a freelance journalist and university student studying philosophy. He focuses primarily on covering cryptocurrency and blockchain-related news. He owns a non-life-changing sum of Bitcoin and enjoys day trading.

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