Bitcoin Price Stuck Below $48K Despite ETF Approval, Is This Bearish?

Bitcoin price remained in a range above the $45,000 support. BTC failed to climb higher above the $48,000 resistance despite approval of spot ETF.

    Bitcoin is still struggling to clear the $47,800 and $48,000 resistance levels.
    The price is trading above $45,600 and the 100 hourly Simple moving average.
    There was a break above a major contracting triangle with resistance near $46,550 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
    The pair could start a fresh decline if the bears continue to protect the $48,000 resistance.

Bitcoin Price Upsides Capped

Bitcoin price remained stable above the $45,500 resistance zone. Finally, the SEC approved all 11 spot ETF. BTC did climb higher above the $46,500 and $46,600 resistance levels after the news.

There was a break above a major contracting triangle with resistance near $46,550 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. However, the bears were still active near the $47,350 and $47,800 levels. A high was formed near $47,699 and the price is now showing a few bearish signs.

There was a minor decline below the $47,000 level. Bitcoin declined below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent increase from the $44,333 swing low to the $47,699 high.

The price is now trading above $45,600 and the 100 hourly Simple moving average. On the upside, immediate resistance is near the $47,000 level. The first major resistance is $47,350. A clear move above the $47,350 resistance could send the price toward the $47,800 resistance.

Bitcoin Price Stuck Below $48K Despite ETF Approval, Is This Bearish?

The next resistance is now forming near the $48,000 level. A close above the $48,000 level could send the price further higher. The next major resistance sits at $49,250.

Another Decline In BTC?

If Bitcoin fails to rise above the $47,350 resistance zone, it could start a fresh decline. Immediate support on the downside is near the $46,550 level.

The next major support is $46,000 or the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent increase from the $44,333 swing low to the $47,699 high. If there is a move below $46,000, the price could gain bearish momentum. In the stated case, the price could drop toward the $45,150 support 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 now above the 50 level.

Major Support Levels – $46,500, followed by $46,000.

Major Resistance Levels – $47,000, $47,350, and $47,800.

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2024-01-11 17:15