Last analysis on the 7th of February advised that a sideways consolidation was expected to continue. Price remains range bound.
Summary: For the short term, the consolidation may end soon. The next move for Bitcoin is expected to be very strong with a downwards breakout, ending reasonably below 3,169.53. Only a new high above 7,234.83 would change this view.
It would be safest to assume that the bear market will continue while Bitcoin remains below 7,234.83. The final target is about 1,924, but it may be much lower than this; it is possible this bear market may see the end of Bitcoin.
The data used for this analysis now comes from Yahoo Finance BTC-USD.
Updates to this analysis are in bold.
MAIN ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT
It is possible to see a completed five wave impulse upwards for Bitcoin.
I am unable to find reasonable Fibonacci ratios within this wave count. It appears that Bitcoin may not exhibit Fibonacci ratios very often between its waves, so this makes target calculation impossible. Classic technical analysis was used to identify a high in place on December 23, 2017.
What is very clear from this chart is that Bitcoin is a classic bubble. This looks like an even larger bubble than the Tulip Mania. The only thing about which I am certain is that this bubble will pop and Bitcoin will collapse.
Confidence that Bitcoin was most likely crashing started since the Forever trend line was breached in June 2018.
Bitcoin tends to behave like an extreme commodity: price moves upwards for about 2 – 4 weeks in a near vertical movement at the end of its rises. Following this vertical movement the resulting downwards movement is very deep (in percentage terms) and often very quick.
The next rise begins slowly with basing action over weeks or months, and then as the rise nears its end another vertical movement completes it. Also, there are volume spikes just before or at the end, which is another feature typical of commodity like behaviour.
This has happened now several times. The most notable instances are the rise up to the week ending 24th November, 2013, and the week ending 5th June, 2011. The following sharp drops were 94% and 93% respectively.
If this current drop continues like the last two examples, then a reasonable target may be about $1,390.94 or below.
Super Cycle wave (II) would most likely be a zigzag, but it may also be a flat, combination or triangle; a zigzag would subdivide 5-3-5.
It is possible that cycle waves a and b may be complete within the expected zigzag of Super Cycle wave (II). Cycle wave a will fit as a leading contracting diagonal, and cycle wave b fits well as a running contracting triangle.
The target calculated expects cycle wave c to exhibit a Fibonacci ratio to cycle wave a. Bitcoin rarely exhibits Fibonacci ratios, so this target does not have a good probability. If this target is wrong, it may not be low enough.
An Elliott channel is added to downwards movement. Upwards bounces may find resistance about the upper edge.
Cycle wave c must subdivide as a five wave motive sturucture, most likely an impulse. Within cycle wave c, primary wave 1 may be complete.
Primary wave 2 may now be a complete double combination: zigzag – X – flat. Primary wave 2 has so far remained within the teal Elliott channel, which is copied over from the weekly chart.
If primary wave 2 continues any higher, then it may not move beyond the start of primary wave 1 above 7,234.83.
A breach of the black Elliott channel by a full daily candlestick below and not touching the lower edge would add confidence to this main wave count. At that stage, the invalidation point may be moved to the end of primary wave 2.
A new low below 3,362.24 would add further confidence to this wave count.
Primary wave 3 should exhibit an increase in downwards momentum.
If the teal Elliott channel is breached by a full daily candlestick above and not touching the trend line, then the alternate wave count below should be seriously considered.
ALTERNATE WAVE COUNT
It is also again possible that Bitcoin may have found a low and may be in the early stages of a new bull market.
This wave count expects that the crash in price for Bitcoin was only 84% of value from the all time high. While this is possible, it would not follow the more common pattern of Bitcoin to crash over 90% in value. This must reduce the probability of this wave count.
If this wave count is correct, then an increase in upwards momentum would be expected as a third wave at two degrees unfolds.
Intermediate wave (2) may not move beyond the start of intermediate wave (1) below 3,362.24.
The following can be noted when looking back at Bitcoin’s behaviour during its previous strong falls in price:
The 94% fall in price from June to November 2011 was characterised by:
– Three clearly separate instances of RSI reaching oversold on the daily chart, separated by bounces.
– ADX did not remain very extreme for very long at all on the daily chart.
– On Balance Volume exhibited weak single bullish divergence at the low.
The 93% fall in price from November 2013 to February 2014 was characterised by:
– RSI reached oversold and remained deeply oversold for three weeks; at the low there was only single weak bullish divergence with price.
– ADX remained very extreme for the last seven sessions to the low.
– At the low, On Balance Volume did not exhibit bullish divergence with price; it remained bearish and then exhibited further bearishness after the low as it continued to decline as price began to rise.
For the current fall in price, the current Elliott wave count expects the fall to be larger in terms of duration than the previous two noted here, and at least equivalent in terms of price movement in that a fall of over 90% is expected now.
So far at the lowest low from the all time high Bitcoin has only retraced 84%. While this is deep, its corrections are usually deeper than this.
Currently, price is range bound with resistance and support identified.
On Balance Volume is again range bound.
Wait for a classic breakout. An upwards breakout of price requires support from volume for confidence, but a downwards breakout does not.
On Balance Volume broke out before price and exhibits bullish divergence with price. This supports the alternate Elliott wave count.
Published @ 01:42 a.m. EST.