Bitcoin and most major altcoins are witnessing aggressive selling at higher levels, indicating that the bears are trying to make a comeback.
JPMorgan Chase emerged as the winner in the auction to acquire the deposits and a “substantial majority of assets” of troubled bank First Republic. This marked the failure of the third regional bank in the United States since March and laid bare the vulnerabilities in the legacy banking system.
Meanwhile, Bitcoin (BTC) has risen for four consecutive months from January through April, a feat it last achieved in 2013. Will the recovery extend in May?
Historical data does not give a clear advantage either to the bulls or the bears in May. The performance is split right in the middle with five positive and five negative monthly closes in May, according to Coinglass data.
The recovery in Bitcoin is facing a stiff hurdle above $30,000, indicating that the bulls are wary of buying at higher levels. That could be because of the upcoming Fed meeting on May 2 and 3, which is known to cause an increase in short-term volatility.
What are the levels that the bulls need to defend on Bitcoin and select altcoins if they want to keep the chances alive for the continuation of the up move? Let’s study the charts of the top 10 cryptocurrencies to find out.
S&P 500 index price analysis
The S&P 500 index (SPX) bounced off the 50-day simple moving average (SMA) at 4,035 on April 26 and has reached the overhead resistance of 4,200 on May 1.
The bears are expected to mount a strong defense in the zone between 4,200 and 4,325. If the price turns down from the overhead zone but does not fall below the moving averages, it would suggest that the sentiment is turning positive and traders are buying the dips.
That would increase the likelihood of a break above 4,325. If that happens, the index could accelerate toward 4,500 and then 4,650.
If bears want to gain the upper hand, they will have to quickly yank the price below the 50-day SMA. That could sink the index to the uptrend line.
U.S. dollar index price analysis
After trading between the 100.82 support and the 20-day exponential moving average (EMA) of 101.93 for the past few days, the U.S. dollar index (DXY) is trying to break out of the range.
The relative strength index (RSI) has been gradually rising toward the center, indicating that the selling pressure is reducing. If buyers sustain the price above the 20-day EMA, the index could rally to the 50-day SMA (103.05).
Such a move would suggest that the index may extend its stay inside the 100.82 to 106 range for a few more days.
If bears want to strengthen their position further, they will have to tug the price below 100.82. That would complete a bearish head and shoulders pattern, starting a possible downtrend toward 97.50.
Bitcoin price analysis
The long wick on Bitcoin’s April 30 candlestick chart shows that the bears are aggressively defending the overhead resistance at $30,000.
The price turned down and slumped on May 1 but a minor positive is that the bulls are fiercely protecting the 50-day SMA ($28,146). This suggests that the BTC/USDT pair may swing between $26,942 and $30,000 for a while.
Usually, a tight range of trading is followed by a range expansion. If the price continues lower and plunges below $26,942, the pair may decline to the crucial support level of $25,250.
On the contrary, if the range expands above $30,000, the pair is likely to rise to $31,000 and thereafter to $32,400. A break above this level would signal a pickup in momentum.
Ethereum price analysis
The bulls are struggling to push and sustain the price above the 20-day EMA ($1,896), indicating that the bears are trying to flip this level into resistance.
The 20-day EMA has started to turn down gradually and the RSI has dipped below 45, indicating that bears have a slight edge. If bears sink the price and keep it below $1,785, the ETH/USDT pair could drop to the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level of $1,663.
Contrary to this assumption, if the price turns up from the current level, the bulls will again try to propel the pair above the psychological level of $2,000. If they succeed, the pair can rally to the stiff overhead resistance level of $2,200.
BNB price analysis
BNB (BNB) rebounded off the 50-day SMA ($323) on April 30, indicating that the bulls continue to guard this level with full force.
The price action of the past few days has formed a symmetrical triangle pattern, indicating indecision among the buyers and sellers. The 20-day EMA ($328) is sloping up gradually and the RSI is just above the midpoint, indicating a minor advantage to the bulls.
If buyers drive the price above the triangle, it would signal the start of a new up move. The BNB/USDT pair could then rally to the pattern target of $380 and subsequently to $400.
The bears are likely to have other plans. They will try to sink the pair below the support line of the triangle and deepen the correction to $280.
XRP price analysis
XRP’s (XRP) recovery hit a wall at the 20-day EMA ($0.47) on April 29, which suggests that the sentiment is negative and traders are selling on rallies.
The bears will try to pull the price to the strong support level of $0.43. This is an important level to keep an eye on because if it cracks, the XRP/USDT pair may collapse to the next major support level of $0.36.
The first sign of strength will be a break and close above the 20-day EMA. Such a move would suggest that the bears are losing their grip. That could open the doors for a possible rally to the resistance line. If bulls overcome this barrier, the pair could surge toward $0.56.
Cardano price analysis
Buyers are finding it difficult to push Cardano (ADA) above the neckline, indicating that the bears are fiercely protecting the level.
A minor positive in favor of the bulls is that they have not allowed the price to slip below the 50-day SMA ($0.38). The RSI is in negative territory and the 20-day EMA ($0.40) is flattening out, indicating that bears are trying to gain the upper hand.
If the ADA price plunges below $0.37, the selling could intensify and the ADA/USDT pair may descend to the next support level of $0.33.
On the upside, the bulls will have to cross the obstacle at the neckline to set up a retest of $0.46. A break above this level would signal the start of a new uptrend.
Polygon price analysis
Polygon (MATIC) is facing selling by the bears on relief rallies while the bulls are trying to defend support at $0.94.
This tight trading range is unlikely to continue for long. The down-sloping 20-day EMA ($1.03) and the RSI in negative territory indicate that the path of least resistance is to the downside. If bears tug the price below $0.94, the MATIC/USDT pair could nosedive toward $0.69.
On the contrary, if the price turns up from the current level and breaks above the 20-day EMA, it would suggest the start of a stronger recovery. The pair may then rise to the resistance line, where the bulls will again face stiff pressure from the bears.
Dogecoin price analysis
Dogecoin (DOGE) turned down from the 20-day EMA ($0.08) on April 30, indicating that the sentiment is negative and bears are using the rallies to sell.
The price has reached support near $0.08. If this level gives way, it would suggest that bears have seized control. Sellers would then try to build upon their advantage and pull the DOGE/USDT pair to the next support level at $0.07. The bulls are expected to defend the zone between $0.07 and $0.06 with all their might.
Contrarily, if the price bounces off the current level and rises above the 20-day EMA, it would suggest that the bulls are accumulating at lower levels. The upside momentum could pick up after buyers pierce the downtrend line. Dogecoin’s price may then climb to $0.11.
Solana price analysis
Solana (SOL) turned down from $24 on April 30, indicating that bears are active at higher levels. The price has reached the 50-day SMA ($21.74), which is an important level to keep an eye on.
The short-term advantage would tilt in favor of the bears if they manage to sink the price below the 50-day SMA. The SOL/USDT pair could then slump to the strong support level of $18.70. Buyers are likely to guard this level with force. If the price rebounds off $18.70, the bulls would again try to clear the hurdle at $24.
If they can pull it off, the pair could attempt a rally to $27.12. A downturn from this level may result in rangebound price action between $27.12 and $18.70 for some time. Alternatively, if the bulls catapult the price above $27.12, the next stop could be as high as $39.
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