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Here’s When to Buy Bitcoin on the Latest Dip

Bitcoin prices have done well over the last few months but have slumped in recent trading. Here's why that's a potential opportunity.

Over the past few months, bitcoin prices have been trading incredibly well. However, the cryptocurrency has been under pressure lately.

The recent dip sent bitcoin down toward $50,000 and a key moving average.

Bitcoin rallied on March 24 on news that Tesla  (TSLA)  would begin accepting the cryptocurrency as payment. However, it was hammered from the highs as the 10-day and 21-day moving averages rejected it.

The move comes at a time where there has been great debate over bitcoin’s role and its future direction. One report called it dirty, slow and impractical. Another said bitcoin could hit $100,000.

On the flip side, cryptocurrencies have driven strong growth for companies like PayPal  (PYPL)  and Square  (SQ) , while others like Coinbase are aiming to go public now.

At any rate, where can bitcoin go from here?

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Daily chart of Bitcoin.

Daily chart of Bitcoin.

On Thursday before the market opened, those watching bitcoin noticed it tagged the key 50-day moving average.

Bitcoin held firm on Thursday, giving investors a modest bounce, but weren’t able to turn higher on the day. That’s OK, as long as support held, which it did.

Now we’re getting a rotation up through Thursday’s high as bitcoin pushes through $53,116.

The action is solid, but we need to see more follow-through. Specifically, bulls are looking forbitcoin to push back up through its 10-day and 21-day moving averages - the two measures that were resistance a few days ago on that Tesla rally.

If it can do that, $58,000 is on deck, followed by $60,000 and the all-time highs. If bitcoin goes on to make new highs on this move, a rally to the $67,600 area is possible.

That level marks the 161.8% extension from the February pullback.

If bitcoin can’t garner much momentum from here - for instance, say it fails to reclaim its short-term moving averages - then we need to consider the downside, too.

Should the cryptocurrency lose the 50-day moving average as support, look for the 10-week moving average to attract buyers near $48,500.

A close below this mark could put $45,000 and the 100-day moving average in play. For now, investors can stay bullish while the 50-day moving average remains support.