Bitcoin Declines After Bouncing Off Top of Recent Price Range

Bitcoin is struggling to extend its record-breaking rally after failing to break through a key level that market technicians say needs to be breached before prices can move higher.

The world’s largest cryptocurrency dropped from the upper range of the downward trend channel established since it reached an all-time high of almost $42,000 on Jan. 8. At the same time, the coin’s GTI VERA Convergence Divergence Indicator -- which detects trend fluctuations -- is flashing signals that the token’s bear trend may be diminishing.

Bitcoin Declines After Bouncing Off Top of Recent Price Range

Bitcoin fell as much as 2.9% to $36,211 during New York trading hours on Thursday. Other so-called alt coins have also slumped, with Ether dropping as much as 4.6% and Litecoin slumping as much as 8.9%.

Dogecoin surged after Tesla Inc. co-founder Elon Musk returned from his self-imposed Twitter break to send a series of tweets about the mock cryptocurrency.

A strengthening dollar since the start of the year has kept Bitcoin stuck in a consolidation phase, but that could be ending soon, according to Ed Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda Corp.

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