Bitcoin Eyes Price Breakout Amid US-Iran Tensions

Bitcoin could also be drawing haven demand on U.S.-Iran tensions, consistent with prominent analysts, and will soon confirm an inverse head-and-shoulders breakout on the daily chart with a UTC close above $7,580.
A daily chart indicator is reporting the strongest bullish bias in two months. A breakout would create room for a minimum of a $1,000 rally.
A failure to carry above today’s low of $7,342 would weaken the case for a breakout.
Bitcoin is drawing bids amid heightened geopolitical uncertainty and will soon rise above key resistance at $7,580, confirming a short-term bullish breakout.

The top cryptocurrency is currently trading at $7,530, representing a 1 percent gain on a 24-hour basis, consistent with CoinDesk’s Bitcoin price level . Prices are now up nearly 10 percent from lows near $6,850 registered during the Asian trading hours on Friday.

Notably, the cryptocurrency picked up a bid at lows near $6,850 after the U.S. launched an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport, killing top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

Tensions escalated over the weekend, with Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promising revenge and President Trump warning Tehran against retaliatory actions.

Through all this, bitcoin remained bid and hit a two-week high of $7,580 earlier Monday.

Hence, many within the investor community think the U.S.-Iran tensions are powering gains in bitcoin. After all, the cryptocurrency is taken into account as digital gold by the likes of Michael Novogratz, the founding father of the cryptocurrency asset management firm Galaxy Digital. Novogratz tweeted on Sunday:

Backing Novogratz’s view is popular trader Holger Zchaepitz, who expects bitcoin and gold to continue rising on the rear of tensions within the Middle East .

While Novogratz and Zchaepitz consider bitcoin a secure haven, trader Ran NeuNer believes the cryptocurrency remains an uncorrelated asset and will be the simplest hedge against risk intensification.

With the safe-haven narrative strengthening, bitcoin looks set to scale resistance at $7,580.

Daily chart

Bitcoin is forming an inverse head-and-shoulders breakout on the daily chart (Bitstamp prices). A UTC close above $7,580 would confirm the breakout (a short-term bearish-to-bullish trend change) and open the doors for $8,735 (target as per the measured move method).

The breakout looks likely, with the 14-day relative strength index hovering at a two-month high of 56.00. A reading above 50 indicates bullish conditions.

Weekly chart

The long-tails attached to the hammer candle created within the seven days to Dec. 22 and therefore the last week’s doji candle indicate seller exhaustion and support the case for a breakout on the daily chart.

Even so, the bulls are cautioned against being too ambitious, as prominent analysts like @BitBitCrypto and Peter Schiff think the cryptocurrency has rallied since Friday thanks to speculators buying on the hope that bitcoin will attract haven demand from traditional investors.

So, an inverse head-and-shoulders breakout could find yourself trapping bulls on the incorrect side of the market or may remain elusive if that flow dries up.

A failure to carry above today’s low of $7,342 would validate the bearish view suggests by the descending 10-week moving average and certain yield a re-test of $6,850.

Disclosure: The author doesn’t currently hold any digital assets.

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