Bitcoin Volatility Jumps but Rally Falters at $266

Bitcoin volatility jumped as prices rallied $50 dollars since our update last week. But the move up stopped abruptly at the $266 mark and prices retraced nearly all the gains in Sunday’s trading session. The same boom/bust pattern can be seen in other altcoins as they followed big brother, first up, then down.

Bitcoin Rally Stops at $266

The rally in BTC stopped at the $266 mark. After being ignored by prices during the last rally, this important level has reemerged in prominence this week. Right after hitting a high of $265 flat, bitcoin fell over 50 points to a low of $221.74 on Sunday. Why is $266 important?

The $266 mark was the swing high reached during the April 2013 rally. It then stayed as the highest high for BTC/USD from April to November of 2013. The second massive rally in November 2013 started after we had breakout above $266. It eventually led to prices of $1090 on November 30th 2013. The large down-move in January of this year happened after $266 gave way on January 13th. Bitcoin fell over almost $100 dollars in the next three days. And now we can add the most recent rejection of prices on February 15th to this mix. Here’s an updated longterm price chart.

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What are some of the more important support and resistance levels for bitcoin? On the upside, the $266 level will be crucial. The next retest of prices will likely lead to a breakout higher towards the $300 round figure. This is another important milestone for BTC. The last strong move up stopped on January 26rth at $303 per coin. A clearing of this level may lead to more gains toward $334. On the downside, the $208 swing low will mean a technical end of the current rally. A break below $200 may lead to more losses toward the January 15th lows at $162.

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Litecoin Still in Range

Alternative cryptocurrency Litecoin is still trading well inside the breakout bounds mentioned in our article 7 days ago. The rally in LTC/USD stopped at the important $2 dollars figure ($2.017 to be exact). But since we didn’t even get an hourly close above $2, the level wasn’t cleared and thus continues to be valid. A LTC breakout beyond here may lead to a rally towards the January 26th swing high at $2.409. Higher up, the former swing low at $2.64 may now turn into resistance on the way up.

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On the lower end, a break below $1.60 (range low at $1.66+buffer for false breakouts) may spark a renewed downtrend in LTC. Notable support levels on the downside include $1.50 (weak), followed by $1.25. But the key number to watch will be the parity level. A breakdown below $1 dollar per coin would exacerbate Litecoin losses.

Petar Kotevski

Petar is a forex trader and writer with 9 years of experience in financial markets. He has been following bitcoin since 2010. A year ago, as the BTC market matured, he started getting more involved by writing articles on bitcoin and other alternative currencies.

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