Bitcoin plunges below $18,000 — Here are the levels to watch next

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Bitcoin (BTC) fell below $18,000 on Dec. 9 in the latest continuation of its bearish comedown from all-time highs.

Cryptocurrency market overview from Coin360

Analyst: BTC price should “keep correcting”

Data from Cointelegraph Markets, Coin360 and TradingView showed BTC/USD losing $18,000 support during trading, hours after a critical moving average level also gave way.

At press time, new lows near $17,600 were appearing, with 24-hour losses totaling more than 7%.

BTC/USD 3-day chart. Source: TradingView

The situation was tenuous for Bitcoin after support was lost higher up, with exchange data showing buyer interest only lined up in significant amounts at $16,200. Converse selling pressure had provided an instant rejection at close to $20,000 last week.

BTC/USDT orderbook heatmap. Source: Material Indicators

“Third test of support and breakdown,” summarized Cointelegraph Markets analyst Michaël van de Poppe to his Twitter followers on Wednesday.

“Testing levels multiple times doesn’t make the level stronger. Downtrend likely to continue? I think so, unless $18,500–18,700 is reclaimed, I think we’ll continue correcting.”

The press-time range had already formed a topic of interest among traders, who were wary about a $1,300 CME futures gap remaining unfilled. With the bottom level just below $17,000, there was additional impetus for Bitcoin to fall further in the short term.