Bitcoin bottoms just in time to keep your brother-in-law who bought on Thanksgiving in the black

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Bitcoin activity suggests risk aversion is picking up, Peter Boockvar warns    2:09 PM ET Wed, 14 Feb 2018 | 01:58

Good news for those who jumped on the bitcoin bandwagon around the Thanksgiving holidays as family members talked up their new riches from crypto-trading. It seems to have found a bottom right around the levels reached in that holiday week.

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Coinbase, the largest bitcoin exchange in the U.S., added roughly 100,000 accounts between Wednesday and Friday of Thanksgiving week, bringing the total of 13.1 million, estimates show.

Bitcoin was trading at $9,300 near the end of the trading day on Coinbase Wednesday. Given it was trading around $8,100 on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 23., investors are up 15 percent.

"It"s a good sign for bulls that this level was able to hold earlier this month," Bespoke Investment Group wrote in a note Wednesday. "Bitcoin seems to have found an initial bottom around $6,000, which is right at the levels it was trading at prior to the post-Thanksgiving parabolic move."

Source: Bespoke Investment Group

Bitcoin"s gains accelerated to a record high in mid-December above $19,000, but the cryptocurrency then plunged in the last few weeks amid regulatory concerns to below $6,000 last Tuesday.

Bespoke said Wednesday"s price move back above $9,000 "is also bullish because it marks the break above the top of the most recent downtrend channel. It"s important that $9,000 now holds as support going forward."

The next level to watch from a technical perspective is $11,000, which Bespoke said represents the top of a more extended downward trend and was a level of support and resistance in December and again in mid-January.

"We"d expect it to act as resistance if it is tested again in the near future," the investment group said, adding that they expect selling pressure to come in at the $11,000 level.

But if $9,000 isn"t able to hold in the coming days/weeks, bitcoin could "easily move right back down to support at $6,000 again."

The final upside target is the $13,500 to $14,000 range, Bespoke said, which represents a roughly 45 percent increase from Wednesday"s levels.