Bitcoin (BTC) began testing new support levels on Monday after an overnight rally paused at $52,000.

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

Analyst: Bitcoin needs to keep $47,000 to avoid “breakdown”

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD challenging $51,000 after breaking through the level for the first time in nearly four months.

In so doing, the largest cryptocurrency was “likely” testing the staying power of support, which had acted as resistance throughout the summer.

“Strong weekly close for BTC,” trader and analyst Rekt Capital commented on the one-week chart.

“Any dips into orange would likely constitute a retest attempt of previous resistance into new support.”

BTC/USD 1-week annotated candle chart (Binance). Source: Rekt Capital/Twitter

At the time of writing, BTC/USD was still above $51,000, preserving the level to hover in a range just below its local highs.

Cointelegraph contributing analyst Michael van de Poppe, meanwhile, highlighted a wider selection of support levels for Bitcoin to hold in order to preserve its momentum.

“$47,000 remains to be the last low, so that is the one that you should be staying above if you want to avoid any breakdown, but we do see that we break about $50,000, so the previous resistance here is the level that you want to sustain,” he said as part of comments in his latest YouTube update.

He added that should Bitcoin break into a range above Monday’s highs, it could stay between there and April’s all-time highs for weeks or even months.

Altcoins see eerie calm

Altcoins, meanwhile, offered a mixed bag in the face of Bitcoin’s consolidation, with Ether (ETH) and Cardano (ADA) both flat over the past 24 hours.

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The top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization were led by XRP at the time of writing, XRP/USD gaining 6.25% on the day.

“As long as $50,000 stays, the altcoins will start breaking out heavily as well,” van de Poppe forecast.

An existing high flyer, FTX Token (FTT), preserved 15% returns and the newly claimed $70 level.

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