Bitcoin is trading just below a key resistance level that could signal significant upside potential if cleared, according to technical analyst Katie Stockton of Fairlead Strategies.
Stockton identified $51,000 as strong resistance, derived from the 61.8% fibonacci retracement level of recent price action in the cryptocurrency. On Friday, Bitcoin jumped as much as 3% to trade at about $50,800, just $200 below the key level.
If bitcoin can stage a decisive breakout above $51,000, marked by two consecutive daily closes above the level, then Stockton sees the cryptocurrency trading to its prior high of $65,000. That represents potential upside of 28% from current levels.
“Once initial resistance is cleared, which we expect beyond the very near term, targeted resistance would become the all-time high,” Stockton explained in a Monday note. Bitcoin hit a high of about $64,900 in mid-April.
The move higher in bitcoin follows a breakout in ether, which cleared its key resistance level earlier this week and now has its sights on its prior record high. While momentum has been strong for ether, it is beginning to spill over into bitcoin as well.
But if bitcoin is rejected at its $51,000 resistance level, it could slide back down to test support near $41,500, according to Stockton, representing potential downside of 18%. That support level is just below bitcoin’s 50-day moving average. But Stockton doesn’t view that level as likely being tested.
“Additional consolidation is likely with short-term momentum having weakened and room to shortterm oversold territory. However, we do not believe a test of initial support at the 50-day MA is imminent,” Stockton concluded.