A painful retracement in the Bitcoin (BTC) market earlier this week sent the price below $40,000 for the first time since September 2021.
Many analysts predicted the decline to continue toward the $30,000 to $35,000 range, but the price reclaimed $40,000 as support again and on Wednesday BTC made an abrupt move above $44,000. This rekindled hopes that the $40,000 level is perhaps where Bitcoin may bottom out before continuing its move higher in 2022.
Jurrien Timmer, the director of global macro at Fidelity Investments, called $40,000 a “pivotal support,” noting that Bitcoin has become “technically oversold” near the level, which may amount to a rebound in the short-term.
BTC/USD daily price chart. Source: TradingView
At the core of Timmer’s bullish outlook were three catalysts: a Stochastic RSI, the so-called S-curve model and a ratio metric of Bitcoin to gold.
A clear bounce in Bitcoin’s Stochastic RSI
In detail, the Stochastic RSI is a momentum indicator that compares an asset’s closing price with its high-low range over a specific period. The indicator oscillates between 0 and 100, with the area above 80 signaling “overbought” and the area below 20 alerting on “oversold” conditions.
The indicator assists traders in spotting trend reversals by tracking the relationship between its high-low range (%K) and the moving average of the same high-low range (%D). So, the market returns a buy signal if the %K wave crosses the %D wave from below in the oversold territory.
Similarly, it returns a sell signal if the %K line crosses %D line from above in the overbought territory.
As Timmer notes, Bitcoin’s %K wave has been rising above the %D wave, signaling a buy trend just as the price maintained support above $40,000.
BTC/USD price chart featuring its recent pivot at support and Stochastic RSI readings. Source: Fidelity
“Bitcoin has reached a line in the sand at $40,000 and is now technically oversold,” tweeted Timmer early Wednesday, adding that “like $30,000 the $40,000 level seems to be a pivotal support area.”
Price follows the S-curve model
Timmer further identified a so-called demand curve — as shown via the pin wave…