Bitcoin set another all-time high above $48,000 today. (Photo illustration by Chesnot/Getty Images)Getty Images
Bitcoin has been flying high today, surpassing $48,000 this morning and soaring to its latest record price.
The digital currency reached as much as $48,316.82 at roughly 11 a.m. EST, according to CoinDesk data.
At this point, the cryptocurrency was up approximately 67% in 2021, additional CoinDesk figures reveal.
The digital asset proceeded to pull back slightly after hitting this high, trading at $47,637.27 at the time of this writing.
[Ed note: Investing in cryptocoins or tokens is highly speculative and the market is largely unregulated. Anyone considering it should be prepared to lose their entire investment.]
Key Technical Levels
Bitcoin has had a very impressive year thus far in terms of price gains, and after it attained this latest record level, several market observers provided some technical analysis on the digital asset.
“The next major resistance level is the psychological barrier at $50,000,” said Joel Kruger, cryptocurrency strategist at digital asset exchange LMAX Digital.
Other analysts agreed with him, with Jon Pearlstone, publisher of the newsletter CryptoPatterns, stating that “The next area of resistance will be the obvious $50,000 level.”
Mark Warner, head of trading at BCB Group, also singled out $50,000 as “a key psychological level,” stating that it would likely “offer some resistance due to profit taking.”
As for where bitcoin might go after breaking through $50,000, technical analysts offered varied responses.
The next “measured move upside target” is $55,000, said Kruger, who emphasized that “the market likes to move in measured steps.”
Nicholas Pelecanos, head of trading at NEM, also weighed in, stating:
“We still have the psychological level of $50k to clear but after that, $55k and 75k are my next targets, which at the pace institutions are switching their balances to BTC could be in sight by the 18th of March.”
The market observers who contributed input for this article also shed some light on bitcoin’s key support levels.
Warner indicated that the digital currency currently has “Support at $45k and if that fails to hold, $38k-$40k is the next major support level.”
Tim Enneking, managing director of Digital Capital Management, also weighed in, stating that “$40k is major support and, after today’s move, that may have moved up to $44k.”
Pearlstone offered his point of viewing, specifying that:
“Support levels are prior high of around $42,500 and a more important level at $37,500 which if broken with any strength would likely lead to a retest of the $30,000 level.”
Disclosure: I own some bitcoin, bitcoin cash, litecoin, ether and EOS.