Cointelegraph.com:- The price of Bitcoin (BTC) has started to recover on Dec. 12 after briefly dropping below $17,700 yesterday. Whale clusters show that the $18,600 level remains the biggest short-term roadblock for BTC.
Whale clusters form at a price point where whales accumulate Bitcoin and do not move their holdings. Since whales are more likely to sell at a profit or breakeven rather a loss, clusters typically act as support or resistance levels.
In the near term, whale clusters from Whalemap show $18,600 and $18,800 as the major resistance areas for the bulls.
Bitcoin must reclaim $18,600-$18,800 to reignite rally
As Cointelegraph previously reported, Bitcoin initially faced a risk of a deeper correction without a strong reaction from buyers above $18,000.
Michael van de Poppe, a full-time trader at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, said the $16,000 level is the last major support area before $13,000. As such, the $17,600 support area is critical because a drop below it could leave BTC vulnerable to a prolonged downtrend with even lower supports getting tested.
But, Bitcoin has started to recover and whale clusters suggest a relief rally to $18,600 to $18,800 is becoming likely. Based on technical support and resistance levels, pseudonymous trader Mayne, however, reaffirmed that $18,700 remains an area of interest for sellers.
Traders have also become more cautious in net shorting Bitcoin in the past several days. Although the momentum of BTC has dwindled since the beginning of the week, some believe that the inflow of large capital from institutional investors could offset the risk of a severe pullback.
Another pseudonymous trader known as “Salsa Tekila” noted that “irrational FOMO shorting” likely caused Bitcoin to drop. After an intense drop, a relief rally becomes more probable.