Ethereum continued to trade close to a key resistance level of $1,700 on Saturday, following Friday’s U.S. non-farm payrolls (NFP) report. Yesterday’s report showed that 517,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in January, better than the 185,000 many were expecting. Bitcoin mostly consolidated however, as traders moved to take recent profits.
Bitcoin (BTC) moved lower to start the weekend, as traders continued to secure gains following a recent climb to a six-month high.
Following a high of $23,678.10 on Friday, BTC/USD fell to an intraday low of $23,279.96 earlier in Saturday’s session.
Today’s decline sees bitcoin fall for a third straight day, and comes following Thursday’s high of $24,262, which was BTC’s highest point since early-August last year.
As a result of recent declines, bitcoin’s 14-day relative strength index (RSI) is now tracking at 68.41.
This is marginally above a point of support at 68.00, which is a level that has not been broken since January 11.
Should this floor fail to hold during today’s session, bearish sentiment will likely continue to rise, pushing prices below $23,000 in the process.
On the other hand, ethereum (ETH) rose marginally higher on Saturday, remaining close to a resistance level of $1,700 in the process.
ETH/USD hit a high of $1,670.70 to start the weekend, as the world’s second largest cryptocurrency bounced away from Friday’s low at $1,634.49.
Following a surge to $1,714 on Thursday, which was the strongest point for ETH since September, prices have moved into consolidation.
Looking at the chart, Saturday’s climb has pushed the RSI closer to a resistance of its own at 68.00, with the index currently tracking at 64.35.
ETH will likely reach the $1,700 mark should price strength recapture this ceiling.
The 10-day (red) moving average appears to be upwards facing, which could be a positive sign for bulls anticipating upcoming surges.
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