Bitcoin (BTC) Price Analysis — February 20

  • The BTC price faces resistance at the $4,200 price level.
  • The crypto's price is likely to rise if more buyers come in at the $4,000 price level.

Bitcoin, BTCUSDBitcoin Chart by Trading View

BTCUSD Medium-term Trend: Bullish

  • Resistance levels: $7,000, $7,200, $7,400
  • Support levels: $3,700, $3,500, $3,300

The price of Bitcoin is still in the bullish trend zone after the February 8 price rally. There is a fresh upward price movement after the range bound movement. The crypto's price is making a series of higher highs and higher lows as the price rises from the $3,700 to the $4,000 price levels. The BTC price is likely to face resistance at the $4,200 price level.

If the bulls face resistance at that price level, the crypto will be forced to a range bound movement. On the upside, if the bulls have a price breakout, the crypto will revisit the highs of $4,500 and $5,000 price levels. Meanwhile, the stochastic band is at the overbought region and above the 80% range which indicates that the crypto is in a strong bullish momentum and a buy signal.

BTC/USD Short-term Trend: Bullish

Bitcoin, BTCUSDBitcoin Chart by Trading View

On the 4-hour chart, the price of Bitcoin is in a bullish trend zone. The BTC price is in a smooth uptrend. The crypto's price is trading at $4,034 and approaching the resistance level. Nevertheless, since on November 24, the bulls have not been able to break above the $4,200 resistance level.

The crypto's price is likely to rise if more buyers come in at the $4,000 price level. A price breakout will make the price of Bitcoin to appreciate in value and attract more buyers. Meanwhile, the stochastic band is at the overbought region and above the 80% range which indicates that the crypto is in a strong bullish momentum and a buy signal.

 

 

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U.S. CFTC Reportedly Investigating BitMEX for Unlawful Derivatives Trading

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the American agency charged with regulating futures markets, are investigating the BitMEX cryptoasset exchange for allegedly allowing U.S. persons to trade on its platform, according to anonymous sources speaking to Bloomberg.

The investigation has already been underway for “months,” and has not been made public by the CFTC. U.S. persons are barred from trading securities, derivatives and futures products on exchanges not regulated by one of its regulatory agencies. The BitMEX exchange is registered in Seychelles, an island archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean.

BitMEX have for some time blocked connections coming from the U.S. and Québec, as well as several other countries, and even recently updated their terms of service to further highlight this standard. Yet it remains easy to bypass this geoblocking with the use of a virtual private network (VPN).

A spokesperson for BitMEX told CryptoGlobe:

"HDR Global Trading Limited, owner of BitMEX, as a matter of company policy, does not comment on any media reports about inquiries or investigations by government agencies or regulators and we have no comment on this report."

VPNs and Crypto Exchanges

CryptoGlobe considered this issue in detail early in 2019, and found BitMEX to be at risk of precisely such an investigation based on historical example and industry experts’ opinions.

A September 2018 report from the Office of the New York State Attorney General (OAG) on general performance of many top cryptoasset exchanges wrote on the subject of VPNs: “platforms must take reasonable steps to unmask or block customers that attempt to access their site via known VPN connections.”

The contest between VPNs and entities trying to block VPNs is an ongoing and complex battle. It remains a question however, whether BitMEX, beyond blocking IPs originating from unauthorized countries like the U.S., institutes any further measures to prevent those users from connecting using basic routing tools.

Nearly a year ago, U.S. authorities seized the domain of 1Broker, a Marshall-islands based exchange offering services similar to BitMEX’s to offering unapproved services to U.S. persons. 1Broker was well known for allowing U.S. IPs to connect without even a VPN to mask the origin.