$39,600 is the favored short-term target, whether or not Bitcoin price action ultimately returns to downward momentum.
Bitcoin (BTC) staged new retests of $38,000 resistance on Jan. 26 as optimism increased over a potential recovery to $40,000 and higher.
BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
Next stop a $40,000 retest?
At the time of writing, two breakthroughs of $38,000 had occurred, with the pair lingering just below that level amid further direction cues.
For Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe, the signs were encouraging, with the stage being set for a potential exit from the $30,000–$40,000 corridor.
“Bitcoin held $36K and tested $38K already. If that one tests again, we are likely to get a breakout and potentially test $40.7K,” he told Twitter followers.
Almost as bullish on short timeframes was trader, analyst and podcast host Scott Melker, known as the “Wolf of All Streets.”
“Target is $39,600, which as you know is ‘coincidentally’ the key resistance on higher time frames,” he said as part of his latest Twitter update, identifying a “cup and handle” pattern on the hourly chart.
Even if the overall trend demands that Bitcoin continue to fall, he added, $39,600 remained important as a zone to challenge.
Here is $39,600 on the weekly. This is where bullish market structure broke down with a lower low.
This is the initial target of my current longs. It “should” theoretically be retested as resistance, even if we are going down further.
Never guaranteed. pic.twitter.com/4AUZRsFuF5
— The Wolf Of All Streets (@scottmelker) January 26, 2022
Dogecoin gains outshine major cryptos
Altcoins continued to see relief, meanwhile, with Ether (ETH) gaining another 4.3% in the past 24 hours to return above $2,500.
ETH/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
The top 10cryptocurrencies by market cap, however, were led by Dogecoin (DOGE), which put in around 10% gains over the same period.
The move accompanied fresh publicity from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who pledged to eat one of McDonald’s “Happy Meals” on television should the fast-food giant opt to accept DOGE for payments.
I will eat a happy meal on tv if @McDonalds accepts Dogecoin
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2022
DOGE/USD traded at $0.15 at the time of writing, still around 9% below its position a week ago.