Did Bitcoin just bottom? BTC reclaims $19K as new rally gains steam

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) has started to rally once again on Dec. 13, rising above $19,200 after dropping to sub-$17,600 on Friday. The significant increase in buyer demand in that area indicates that BTC may have just seen a short-term bottom.

When Bitcoin initially dropped to around $17,700, on-chain analysts, including Edward Morra and Nik Yaremchuk, pinpointed large buy orders on Bitfinex and Coinbase.

As soon as the BTC price briefly dropped below $17,700, it started to rebound quickly, reclaiming $18,000 within three hours.

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Conventional technical analysis suggested that the logical Bitcoin bottom would likely be established at $17,000. It marked the top of a weekly candle in January 2018, and it is also a major support area on lower time frame charts.

Morra noted that Bitcoin may have appeared to recover randomly at $17,600 if traders were not observing exchange heatmaps.

Bitfinex order book for Bitcoin-USDT. Source: TradingLite

Order books and heatmaps showed whales heavily bidding the $17,600 level, which likely marked a local bottom. Morra said:

“Finex whale protecc, Note that regular charts looked pretty ugly and price bounced out of nowhere to you if you didn’t watch heatmaps.”

Yaremchuk, a cryptocurrency trader and an on-chain analyst, shared a similar sentiment when Bitcoin hit $17,600. On Dec. 11, the trader said:

“$BTC reached $17.6k in my opinion, this is the bottom.”

Bitcoin 4-hour price chart with trendlines. Source: Nik Yaremchuk, TradingView.com

Bitcoin rebounding from $17,600 is highly optimistic because it printed a higher low formation on the 4-hour chart. This means that the bottom of the recent correction is higher than the previous bottom — a trend often spotted during rallies.

The Bitcoin price also began to rally after it surpassed $18,800, which Cointelegraph identified as a potential whale cluster area and key resistance level.

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