Bitcoin Price: Risk of Reversal Fades as Market Stabilizes Near $7,000

Bitcoin appears to have regained its footing on Friday, as prices briefly crossed the $7,000 handle following yesterday’s minor breakdown. Although the bulls aren’t out of the woods yet, the market remains in an corrective phase based on the technical charts.

BTC/USD Update

The bitcoin price appears to have averted a bigger reversal on Friday, with prices consolidating in the $6,950 region. The leading digital currency traded as high as $7019 on Bitfinex before consolidating slightly lower. Twenty-four hours ago, bitcoin bottomed near $6,800. As Hacked reported at the time, BTC would remain in an uptrend so long as the long-term moving average was maintained.

The technical charts reveal another potentially bullish pattern emerging as the 50-period moving average approaches the 200-period MA. A crossover could ignite another short-term rally in the bitcoin price. The relative strength index (RSI) is back above 50, which signals positive momentum.

At current values, bitcoin has a total market capitalization of $120.3 billion, which represents 53.3% of the entire market. Trading volumes in the last 24 hours reached $4.7 billion.

Crypto Market Stabilizes

The broader cryptocurrency market mirrored bitcoin’s tepid movements on Friday, with most major assets trading within a 1% range. Ethereum, XRP and bitcoin cash were little changed compared with 24 hours ago.

Within the top-ten, EOS and IOTA were the biggest movers. EOS rose 5.3% to $6.17. IOTA jumped 4.7% to $0.713.

For the big gainers, one had to look beyond the top-ten. Monero surged double-digits after ICO advisory firm Satis forecast ADA to have the fastest growing market cap over the next ten years. Monero rose 10.4% to $109.

WaltonChain, an IOT-focused blockchain, surged by as much as 30% after being picked up by Bithumb. At the time of writing, the cryptocurrency was up 13.5% at $4.80.

The combined cryptocurrency market cap was $226 billion on Friday, having recovered $5 billion from Thursday’s low. Trading volumes amounted to $12.8 billion over a 24-hour period, according to the latest data provided by CoinMarketCap.

Digital assets remain in a holding pattern as the debate over regulation, adoption and scalability intensify. On the adoption side, Yahoo Finance has opened the door to trading with bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin – a move that makes cryptocurrencies more accessible to laypeople. The regulatory debate in Europe is also heating up with ministers from 28 EU states reportedly setting a meeting for early September to navigate cryptocurrency policy.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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