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  • Litecoin price is trying to breach the 50% Fibonacci retracement level at $171.27.
  • If LTC shatters the said barrier, a 12% upswing could tag $202.
  • Transactional data shows that underwater investors might hinder or halt this climb.

Litecoin price has spent almost ten days under the mid-way point of its current range. At the time of writing, LTC is taking a jab at a critical resistance level, trying to head higher.

A successful breach of the said supply barrier will likely trigger an upswing.

Litecoin price faces an uphill battle

Litecoin price slid below the 50% Fibonacci retracement level at $171.27 on June 7 and has been trying to undo it. However, its efforts over the past ten days have gone to naught. At present, LTC is grappling with $171.27; a decisive 4-hour candlestick close above it will signal the start of an upswing.

In such a case, Litecoin price could rally 12% to tag the 70.5% Fibonacci retracement level at $193.34. In some cases, the altcoin might retest the next barrier at $202.50.

However, if LTC manages to close above $202.50, it might even reclaim the range high at $225.11.

LTC/USDT 4-hour chart

LTC/USDT 4-hour chart

Supporting this upswing is the 365-day Market Value to Realized Value (MVRV) model in the opportunity zone. This fundamental index is used to measure the average profit/loss of investors that purchased LLTC over the past year.

A negative value represents that the short-term traders are selling their LTC holdings, allowing the long-term holders to accumulate.

The last time the 365-day MVRV model dipped to -14.25% was in mid-way September, and Litecoin price rose roughly 200% in following four months. Therefore, if something similar were to happen, LTC could be due for a massive upswing.

LTC 365-day MVRV chart

LTC 365-day MVRV chart

On the other hand, IntoTheBlock’s Global In/Out of the Money (GIOM) model shows that underwater investors are stacked and large in number and are present up to $300.

285,000 addresses that purchased 7.09 million LTC at an average price of 188.39 are “Out of the Money.”

Hence, a short-term surge in buying pressure will likely face selling pressure from these holders who might want to break even.

To make matters worse, GIOM shows that the immediate support level at $152.49 harbors only 16,300 addresses that purchased nearly 185,000 LTC. Therefore, a downswing might be prominent should it arrive.

LTC GIOM chart

LTC GIOM chart

Therefore, investors need to exercise caution and wait for a decisive close above the $171.27. If Litecoin price creates a lower low below the recent swing low at $154.10 set up on June 12, will invalidate the bullish thesis.

In such a case, LTC might revisit the range low at $117.43.