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    Bitcoin Struggles Near $56K, Here’s Why 100 SMA Is The Key

    Bitcoin price spiked above the $56,000 resistance against the US Dollar, but it failed to continue higher. BTC is could correct lower, but the 100 hourly SMA is likely to provide support.

    Bitcoin extended its rise above the $55,500 and $56,000 resistance levels.
    The price is now trading well above $54,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
    There is a key bullish trend line forming with support near $54,500 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
    The pair could dip towards the $53,000 support before it extends its rise.

    Bitcoin Price Remains Supported
    Bitcoin remained stable above the $53,000 support zone and it extended its upward move. BTC broke the $55,000 resistance level and it settled well above the 100 hourly simple moving average.
    The price even spiked above the $56,000 resistance level. However, the bulls failed to push the price above the $56,500 level. A high is formed near $56,490 and the price is now correcting lower. It broke the $56,000 and $55,800 levels.
    Bitcoin almost tested the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent upward wave from the $47,010 swing low to $56,490 high. There is also a key bullish trend line forming with support near $54,500 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair.

    Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
    If the pair breaks the trend line support, it could extend its decline towards the $53,000 support. The 100 hourly simple moving average is near the $53,000 zone to act as a strong support.
    Any more losses might call for a test of the $51,500 support. The 50% Fib retracement level of the recent upward wave from the $47,010 swing low to $56,490 high is also near the $51,750 zone.
    Fresh Increase in BTC?
    If bitcoin remains stable above the 100 hourly SMA and the $53,000 support, it could start a fresh increase. An initial resistance on the upside is near the $55,500 level.
    The next major resistance is near the $56,000 level. A successful close above the $56,000 resistance zone could set the pace for a move towards the $58,000 level in the near term.
    Technical indicators:
    Hourly MACD – The MACD is now losing pace in the bullish zone.
    Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is just above the 50 level.
    Major Support Levels – $54,500, followed by $53,000.
    Major Resistance Levels – $55,000, $55,500 and $56,000.

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