Bitcoin and Ethereum rise to $9,500 and $269 as bulls take control

BTC/USD and ETH/USD have broken above crucial hurdles and will look to pump further to strengthen footing above $ 9,500 and $ 260 respectively

Bitcoin has climbed above $ 9,500 while Ethereum has soared to $ 269, with the crypto market green on Thursday morning.

This represented Ethereum’s highest price level since the mid-March price collapse — a period that saw bears restrict prices below $ 246.

Other top coins to see a significant pump in the past 24 hours include XRP (+3.6%), Bitcoin Cash (+4.5%), Litecoin (+3.9%), IOTA (6%) and TRON (+3%). ChainLink also surged by more than 7% to continue its remarkable market performance.

Bitcoin price movements

BTC/USD has broken above $ 9,500 for the first time in weeks and optimism is back regarding attempts to break $ 10,000 once more.

The spike from $ 9,391 to $ 9,529 means bulls can eye up a run to $ 9,700, with a potential break above $ 9,780 setting bulls for a retest of prices near the psychologically significant $ 10k. However, the upside faces a major hurdle as the 61.8% Fibonacci is at $ 9,811.84

It is likely, therefore, that bulls may initially fail to consolidate and move into the aforementioned price zone.

If that happens, subsequent downsides for BTC/USD have immediate support at the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level and the SMA 50 and SMA 20 found at $ 9,263 and $ 9,372.

BTC/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

Ethereum price analysis

ETH/USD has surged by more than 9% in the past 24 hours and currently trades around $ 263 after coming close to $ 270.

Ethereum bulls have been trying to build momentum for a rally above $ 246 and yesterday’s pump presented that opportunity; ETH/USD went past two key barriers — the psychological $ 250 and major resistance at $ 260.

As of writing, Ethereum bulls are in control with prices poised above $ 264. A revisit of $ 280, therefore, will be achievable in the coming trading sessions.

The area might prove difficult to surmount, but buyers might be encouraged by the MACD that is printing a bullish divergence on the daily chart.

ETH/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

The RSI is in slight decline, turning away from its overbought territory. Buyers will, therefore, be keen to establish a foothold above $ 260. An immediate reversal will see buyers look to defend $ 250 as this means they retain the opportunity to break higher in the next few trading sessions. A dip at this level means prices could tank to lows of $ 245.

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