The price of bitcoin rose by $500 on a four-hour basis after testing lower support near $44,000 during Asia’s late morning trading hours.
The rebound from 24-hour lows of $44,248 follows a period of profit-taking, seen Tuesday, on the back of short-term fatigue. Bitcoin is currently changing hands at around $45,000 and is down 2.9% from a 24-hour high of $47,157.
Bitcoin continues to cool upon multiple attempts at $50,000, evoking moments of price action gone by, though that may be less of a concern now given demand from bigger players, according to some market participants.
“In comparison to the bull runs in 2017 and 2018, the current movement takes a more mature trend,” said Cynthia Wu, head of sales at Singapore-based digital asset services firm Matrixport. “The market landscape has become much more institutionalized – where now you have proprietary traders in crypto hedge funds, crypto-offerings from foreign exchange brokers and institutions … that are transacting on an institutional scale.”
The price trend for bitcoin and the fusion of retail and institutional interest are signs that the search for yield by investors, big or small, has extended into crypto and “will be around for good,” Wu added.
Bitcoin’s daily price action remains relatively flat with the weight of the previously discussed 200-day moving average bearing down on prices near $45,500, a sign a further sell pressure could be lurking around the corner.
Though the altcoin market continues to hold firm with most in the top 20 by market cap remaining in the green when viewing over seven days.
“Overall, the markets have seen a positive trend continue this week; altcoins are up while bitcoin has coasted flat,” said Byron Goldberg, Australian country manager at crypto exchange Luno. “Interestingly, we are seeing ether slightly outperform bitcoin week-on-week.”
Over 30 days, ether is up 67.6%, compared with bitcoin’s 46.3% rise during the same period, Messari data shows.
Goldberg points to Ethereum’s London hard fork as the likely catalyst for driving prices higher on the world’s second-largest crypto by market capitalization.
Indeed, futures premium on ether stands at 7.36% to bitcoin’s meager 2.8%, meaning the crypto markets are likely anticipating ether to rise further than bitcoin over the next three months with a shift in institutional interest, Goldberg added.
All major cryptos in the top 20 posted results in the red over 24 hours by press time, with dogecoin having shed the most while uni swap and chainlink followed close behind.
And now, Bitcoin (BTC) held initial support above $43,000 during Asian trading hours as intraday charts appear to be oversold. The cryptocurrency was trading at around $45,300 at press time and is down 3% over the past 24 hours. Buyers are taking a breather after a near 13% rally month to date and will likely defend breakout support near $42,000.
- The relative strength index (RSI) on the four-hour chart is almost oversold, which suggests the current pullback could stabilize around support levels.
- Initial support is seen at the 100-period moving average on the four-hour chart near $43,000 and then at the $42,000 breakout level.
- Buyers will need to make a decisive move above $50,000 resistance to resume the uptrend.
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