Cardano: Why is a push above this level required for ADA bulls to profit?

Cardano [ADA] has reached new highs since the beginning of 2023. The altcoin increased by more than 15% from $0.2409 to $0.2785. At the time of publication, ADA was trading at $0.2773 with a bearish order block at $0.2785.

Following a short-term rejection of Bitcoin [BTC] at $16,950, ADA bulls may attempt to retest $0.2785, but extending beyond this level may appear difficult.

The $0.2785 obstacle: can ADA bulls overcome it?

Source: ADA/USDT on TradingView

ADA faced a bearish order block at $0.2785 on the three-hour chart. ADA may only overcome the obstacle and trade sideways if BTC takes a definitive direction.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) pulled back from the overbought zone but moved within a range. The On-Balance Volume (OBV) also fell but moved sideways and reached almost the same lows. This showed that the buying pressure eased, but later, opposing selling pressure forced ADA to fluctuate within a range.

The bulls had more influence overall. It was worth noting that despite the decline, the overall bullish momentum was still strong, as shown by the Average Directional Movement Index (ADX) of 42. Thus, the bulls could attempt to retest the $0.2785 level.

However, given BTC’s short-term sideways trading pattern, a break above this level might be unlikely.

Alternatively, the obstacle at $0.2785 could tip the scales in favor of the bears. This could cause ADA bears to break below the 13-period exponential moving average (EMA) of $0.2750, rendering the above forecast invalid.

ADA trading volume fell alongside an increasingly bearish outlook

Source: Santiment

ADA saw a decline in hourly and daily active addresses, which could undermine further upside momentum. In addition, weighted sentiment sank deeper into negative territory. This indicated an extremely bearish outlook for the asset in the near term.

However, a bullish BTC, especially a break above $16,950, could spur ADA bulls to overcome the $0.2785 obstacle. Therefore, investors should follow the movements of BTC to get a more reliable ADA price trend.

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