It could be a big week for bitcoin. Here's what could decide it, says strategist.

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Our call of the day, from Matt Maley, Miller Tabak & Co.’s chief market strategist, who offers some fresh insight into what’s needed for the gains to stick this time.

For starters, he repeats some past advice, for investors to gauge the action during normal market hours. “The markets are much ‘thinner’…and the volumes are much lower…on the weekends, so we’ll want to see [if] bitcoin can remain above $40k once we get into next week before we get too excited,” Maley told clients in a note on Sunday.

If bitcoin holds up, he points to the next target as its 200-daily moving average (DMA), which stands at $44,600. “It got up to/near that level twice since May…and rolled over both times.  Therefore, it could/should provide some resistance upon any further rally in early August,” said Maley.

A break above that line would see the crypto “shoot a lot higher rather quickly. In other words, it might need to take a ‘breather’ to digest its gains at its 200-DMA, but if it breaks above that level in any significant way (whether it’s soon…or after a ‘breather’), it should be very bullish for bitcoin,” he said.

But there’s a caveat to that potentially bullish view, as he also notes the crypto is starting to look overbought on a short-term basis, based on its Relative Strength Index, a widely followed oscillating indicator that tracks the magnitude of recent losses relative to the magnitude of recent gains.

“Don’t get us wrong, it got much more overbought before it rolled over in January and February … and in November of last year.  However, it is more overbought than it was at the all-time high in April, so investors and traders alike will have a lot more confidence if this weekend’s move holds into the middle of next week,” said Maley.

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Barbara Kollmeyer is an editor for MarketWatch in Madrid. Follow her on Twitter @bkollmeyer.

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