The mood in the crypto ecosystem improved markedly on Friday after a week of growth helped traders put aside the events of the past two months and look to a positive future.

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Data from Cryptooshala Markets Pro and trade view shows that the price of Bitcoin (BTC) has been hovering around support at $23,000 for the past few days and continues to hold slightly above its 200-week moving average (MA), which has been a reliable bear market bottom indicator in the past.

1-day BTC/USDT chart. Source: Trading View
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As the debate over the direction of the market continues to rage, analysts say here are important levels to look out for ahead of the weekend.

Bitcoin Needs Weekly Close Above $22,800

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The value of Bitcoin trading above its 200-week moving average has been noted by independent market analyst Mikael van de Poppe, who published The following chart shows the main support and resistance zones:

Hourly BTC/USDT chart. Source: Twitter

Bitcoin is “again facing critical resistance” at $23,500, and what happens next will determine whether its price heads higher or pulls back to support at $21,500, van de Poppe said. He explained:

“If this breaks down to $23.8K, I assume we will continue and then there will be $28K on the tables, but we also have a clear break above the confirmed 200-week moving average.”

The importance of holding BTC above the 200-week moving average was further reviewed by market analyst Rekt Capital, who highlighted the need for Bitcoin to close above $22,800 for the week:

Looking forward to the big move

The recent price action is a sign that “a big #BTC move is coming soon,” according to crypto trader and Twitter user alias CryptoGodJohn, who on condition The following diagram shows two possible paths Bitcoin could take:

Hourly BTC/USD chart. Source: Twitter

CryptoGodJohn said:

“Break higher and hold $24,200, I think we will shrink to $27k-$28k pretty quickly. If we start taking back into the range, I’m looking for a flush up to $20K. Pretty easy to cancel both, take care.”

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The ability to move in any direction was also noted by Twitter user Maine, who published the following chart focuses on the “potential range breakout” for bitcoin.

12-hour BTC/USD chart. Source: Twitter

They further explained: “The upside could be juicy if we can sustain above the $22.5k/range high. Loss of high range, most likely it was a deviation. A move above the high of the range becomes your risk as you target shorts back into the range.”

Everything is simple

For those more inclined to hoard and hold rather than focus on the daily movements of the price of Bitcoin, market analyst Caleb Franzen offered the following insight into when would be the right time for an average dollar value:

The total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies currently stands at $1.048 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 42%.

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