First Mover Asia: Bitcoin Slips Under $46K as Volume Across Major Centralized Exchanges Remains Low
Good morning. Here’s what’s happening:
Bitcoin opened lower on the first trading day of U.S. equities market, while the stock market gained with Apple briefly hitting a $3 trillion market capitalization.
Technician’s take: Price indicators suggest limited downside for BTC over the short-term as selling pressure slows.
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Bitcoin (BTC): $46,343 -2.29%
Ether (ETH): $3,755 -1.84$
S&P 500: 4,796 +0.64$
DJIA: 36,5856 +0.68%
Nasdaq: 15,832 +1.2%
Gold: $$1,803 -1.38%
Bitcoin, the oldest cryptocurrency, was trading below $46,000 at the time of writing. Its price was also down by nearly 3% in the past 24 hours.
“It’s pretty much been choppy since that big drop in the beginning of December,” Andrew Tu, business development manager at crypto quant trading firm Efficient Frontier, told CoinDesk in a Telegram message. Bitcoin has “been ranging $46,000-$51,000 for a month or so now… most of major [tokens] have been following the trend.”
Bitcoin’s spot trading volume across major centralized exchanges remained low on Monday, nowhere near its pre-holiday level, based on data compiled by CoinDesk.
An “absence of trading activity is likely to be one of the reasons for the overall crypto market’s “bearish pullback” over the past week, according to crypto trading data firm Kaiko.
While bitcoin is viewed by some market participants as “a risk-on asset” similar to stocks, S&P 500 opened its first trading day higher, with electric car maker Tesla’s stock skyrocketing. Apple’s market value briefly touched $3 trillion because of the stock rally.
Risk-on refers to a situation where investors are willing to invest in assets with higher risks like equity markets, commodity currencies. That typically happens when the economy is expected to fare well. But according to Wall Street Journal, Monday’s stock rally is also associated with the new year: stocks tend to rally at the start of new calendar periods due to “new money” like pension funds that invest when a new period starts.
Efficient Frontier’s Tu said “macro uncertainty” remains the main factor of bitcoin’s choppy move. The Federal Reserve in the U.S. in December signaled three interest rate hikes in 2022, and would move faster to wind down its bond purchases in response to elevated inflation pressures.
As CoinDesk reported, a tightened monetary policy is typically considered as bearish for assets, bitcoin included.
Bitcoin Stuck in Range Between $45K Support and $52K Resistance
Bitcoin is off to a slow start as traders ring in the new year. The cryptocurrency is down about 8% over the past week as demand from buyers slowed. The current price around $46,000 is near the bottom of a two-week long price range, which previously led to higher bids for BTC.
The relative strength index (RSI) on the daily chart is rising from an oversold level reached on Dec. 10. This suggests selling pressure is starting to wane, especially as downside exhaustion signals appeared on the daily chart for the first time since July.
BTC will need to return above its 200-day moving average, currently at $47,962, to yield further upside targets. The next level of resistance is seen around $52,000, which could limit short-term gains.
For now, price momentum is slowing ahead of the Asian trading day, as buyers and sellers appear to be in a stalemate.
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