- Bitcoin has been caught within a consolidation phase within the upper-$11,000 region for the past several days and weeks
- The cryptocurrency has been struggling to break above the heavy resistance that sits between $11,800 and $12,000 for the past several days
- This comes as investors once again focus their attention on altcoins – many of which have posted massive returns today
- It now appears that this consolidation phase may persist for a couple more weeks
- One analyst is noting that it may be mid-to-late August before BTC and ETH can rally higher
Bitcoin has been caught in the throes of an extended bout of sideways trading ever since its rejection at $12,000 last Saturday.
This has caused the cryptocurrency to see waning trading volume – which may be the result of traders shifting their focus towards small and mid-cap altcoins.
As for where the benchmark crypto may trend next, one analyst is cautioning against expecting anything too exciting in the near-term.
He believes that Bitcoin will likely trade sideways for roughly two weeks before it is able to lift off and start a new leg higher.
Bitcoin Pushes Against Key Resistance as Consolidation Phase Persists
At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading up just over 1% at its current price of $11,750. This is around the point at which it has been trading at throughout the past few days.
Bears have laced the region between $11,800 and $12,000 with significant selling pressure, and each venture into this area has resulted in firm rejections.
If Bitcoin is to surmount this in the near-term, there isn’t much resistance until it reaches $13,000.
One analyst explained in a recent tweet that he expects BTC to start slowly chipping away at this supply zone in the near-term.
“BTC: Nice S/R flip at a confluent level yesterday. 1H MS broke to the upside. Want to see $11.6k hold and then price move up to chip away at the 4H supply again. Still bullish.”
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Analyst: BTC May Consolidate for Weeks Before Starting Next Leg Higher
While speaking about the cryptocurrency’s ongoing consolidation phase, one analyst who forecasted the recent rally from $9,000 to $12,000 explained that he expects it to trade sideways for a couple more weeks before taking off.
“I’m a dip buyer if one occurs around the 15th of August give or take a few days, initial thesis looks promising. Until then I expect we remain in consolidating range/structure before the next larger price expansion and continuation by the 19/20th,” he explained.
Once Bitcoin does break above this near-term resistance it is currently facing, its next leg higher will likely come about in the form of a violent upswing to $13,000.
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