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BTC touches 15 – month high of $13,250 amid PayPal excitement

BTC/USD price rose from $ 12,300 to $ 13,250 to continue recent uptrend and was up by 78% YTD

Bitcoin price continued its stellar performance this week, first rising to register the price of $ 12,300 and then spiking to a 15 – month high above $ 13,200.

While the uptrend was expected, the swift jump to intraday highs around $ 13,250 still appears to have caught many completely off guard.  News that PayPal would allow its 386 million+ users to use Bitcoin played a big role in the upside.

It is the first time since July 2019 that Bitcoin’s price had climbed above the $ 13K mark. In 2020, it’s the highest level the top cryptocurrency has achieved. At the time of writing, BTC/USD is 12.4% up this week, more than 20% this past month and nearly 79% year – to – date.

Notably, the top cryptocurrency continues to extend its record stay above $ 10,000, now at 88 days and counting.

Bar a catastrophic crash, it’s likely that Bitcoin’s new bull run will soon take out the $ 14,000 level than retrace to $ 10K.

BTC/USD technical outlook

From the intraday highs, increased volatility helped push Bitcoin price to lows of $ 12,600. Bulls are, however, showing resilience and have pushed prices back above $ 12,800.

BTC/USD broke multiple resistance levels in rising to highs of $ 13,350 from intraday lows of $ 12,300. The key level was $ 12,500, above which is a resistance turned support area around $ 12,700. Breaking above the SMA100 on the hourly chart was key to BTC/USD racing to its 2020 high.

But a sharp sell – off plunged BTC/USD more than $ 600 to see it touch $ 12,600 lows. Bulls have shown increased strength though and prices are back above the $ 12,800 level. The hourly chart suggests strong bull presence near the $ 12, 650 support zone which is critical to preventing further downsides.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading above the trend line near the 50% Fib retracement level. This is critical if bulls are to push higher towards $ 13,000.

Should the pair break above this level, a retest of $ 13,250 will likely be followed by an attempt at the next major resistance level around $ 13,650. Above this level, an extended upside will likely bring the $ 14k level into focus.

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BTC/USD price chart. Source: TradingView

The short term outlook, as seen on the daily chart above, has the MACD predicting a rising bullish momentum. The RSI also remains perched in the green despite being ever so slightly flat. As long as the price stays above $ 12,600, bulls will hold the upper hand. Beneath this level, the SMA 100 provides immediate support above $ 11,900.

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