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Bitcoin price sees firm rejection at $24.5K as traders doubt strength

Bitcoin (BTC) returned to range resistance on Aug. 17 amid ongoing concerns that a retracement is imminen.

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

No success for Bitcoin bulls

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD hitting $24,448 on Bitstamp, up 3.25% from the previous day’s low before diving $600 in under an hour.

Momentum gained speed on the day, but bulls faced familiar resistance at levels keeping them broadly in check since mid-June. The past week’s trips to $25,000 and beyond remained brief breakouts beyond a two-month price ceiling.

Analyzing the scenario, veteran trader Peter Brandt eyed a rising wedge setup in progress for Bitcoin with $20,700 as its starting point.

On-chain monitoring resource Material Indicators was less convinced about the staying power of the current rally.

Uploading a snapshot of the Binance order book on Aug. 16, it captured the resistance now preventing Bitcoin sealing further gains, adding that the setup “resembles prior local tops.”

“Bid liquidity is kind of thin, but that tends to change after support is lost,” further comments stated.

BTC/USD order book chart (Binance). Source: Material Indicators/ Twitter

Trader Il Capo of Crypto meanwhile doubled down on a forecast involving BTC/USD reaching a maximum of $25,500 before heading significantly lower.

Fellow trader Crypto Chase flagged underwhelming BTC performance versus stocks, specifically the S&P 500 since July.

“$ES has mostly fulfilled my prediction,” he wrote. 

$BTC on the other hand is truly struggling amidst an up-only S&P500 (ES). Even a bear like me expected much more from BTC. I think this speaks to how weak crypto still is and that big money most certainly prefers S&P500 over crypto atm.BTC/USD vs. S&P 500 mini futures 1-day candle chart. Source: TradingView

Ethereum shies away from $2,000

On altcoins, Ethereum (ETH) briefly came within $50 of the $2,000 mark once more before reversing lower in step with BTC.

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