Bitcoin surges into US open as forecast points to attack on $60K

Ethereum

Bitcoin (BTC) met the start of U.S. trading with a bang on Dec. 1 as the Wall St. open sparked a run above $58,500. 

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

Analyst: $56,000 may have been resistance flip

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD gaining 2% in an hour Wednesday, canceling out the majority of overnight losses.

The pair had hit $59,000 the day before in a similarly-timed move before giving up progress to dive to local lows of $56,700 on Bitstamp.

For Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe, hope was back that Bitcoin would now challenge firm resistance at $60,000.

As Cointelegraph reported, the area at and above $60,000 now represents the resistance level to beat and hold in order to secure bullish continuation.

Recent events appeared to make such a scenario less likely in the short term, as resistance intensified and support at lower levels conversely evaporated.

Much like what happened earlier in the year with the $30,000 floor, however, hope remains that $50,000 will continue to form the line in the sand.

The November close meanwhile marked the first failure in a longstanding Bitcoin price model to capture BTC price performance. The floor model from analyst PlanB predicted an end-of-month price of $98,000.

Ethereum comes within 5% of all-time highs

Altcoins took advantage of the latest Bitcoin increase, with the top ten cryptocurrencies by market cap posting as much as 6% gains on the day.

Related: Ethereum approaches a new ATH, but derivatives data reflects mixed emotions

Ether (ETH) returned to within striking distance of $5,000, this accompanied by continued strength against Bitcoin.

ETH/BTC hit 0.083 BTC on Dec. 1, marking its highest since May and almost challenging levels from 2018.

ETH/USD 1-week candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

“ETH is only +5% away from reaching new All Time Highs,” trader and analyst Rekt Capital noted.

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