Bitcoin (BTC) briefly fell below $50,000 to retest support on Friday in a “critical” move for determining bullish continuation.

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

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD dropping to lows of $48,350 on Bitstamp overnight before recovering.

That level represents an important zone to hold, trader and analyst Rekt Capital said Friday, and success will allow a solid attack on resistance at $51,000 and beyond.

“BTC is still in the process of retesting this blue diagonal as support,” he commented on an accompanying chart.

“BTC needs to successfully retest this blue diagonal as support if it is to springboard to ~$51,000 next.”BTC/USD annotated 1-day candle chart (Coinbase). Source: Rekt Capital/Twitter

As Cointelegraph reported, beating out this resistance should lead to fairly swift BTC price gains, given the lack of selling friction for much of the remaining $50,000–$60,000 corridor.

“To me, Bitcoin still has to break that $51K level here for further bullish momentum,” Cointelegraph contributing analyst Michaël van de Poppe added Thursday.

He noted that while BTC/USD ranges, altcoins should continue to benefit.

Bitcoin fundamentals back in vogue

Elsewhere, excitement was brewing about the bullish underlying metrics that have precluded the latest Bitcoin price run-up.

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In focus, Friday was hash rate, the comeback of which has all but mitigated the impact of the May Chinese miner rout.

“Bitcoin’s hash rate recovery is perhaps the most bullish chart available today,” celebrated commentator Vijay Boyapati argued.

“Not because price follows hash rate, but because it demonstrates the incredible resilience of the Bitcoin network, even against a nation-state attack.”

The hash rate, which joins difficulty in continuing its upward path, measured an estimated 129.2 exahashes per second (EH/s) at the time of writing, already up 5 EH/s from the start of the week.

Bitcoin estimated 7-day average hash rate chart. Source: