Bitcoin is fooling no one with its current behavior, with bearish takes everywhere and the yearly close just two days away.
Bitcoin (BTC) staged a modest recovery on Dec. 29 as United States stock markets rebounded in step.
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD recovering above $16,600 at the Wall Street open after wicking below $16,500 for a second day.
The pair remained unappealing to traders, many of whom feared a deeper retracement may still occur around the new year.
In a list of potential “capitulation targets,” Crypto Tony doubled down on a price of $10,000 and lower for Bitcoin, while also revealing expectations for Ether (ETH) to dip as low as $300.
“Things change quick, but if we hit these areas I begin to ladder,” part of accompanying commentary read.
Daan Crypto Trades, meanwhile, put the current spot price at the bottom of an area that “must hold” for BTC bulls to have a shot at upside.
“The entire market looks bad… Thing is that some altcoins look even worse,” Il Capo of Crypto continued, predicting forthcoming altcoin losses of up to 90%.
The downside thesis was supported by derivatives markets on Dec. 29, with funding rates positive while price action failed to rally.
“Layman terms, Long/Short ratio is positive first time since May, means more Longs than Shorts now, OI and Funding is positive, means people are betting on perpetual market BTC will pump, price structure looks bad and this can be easily another local top here and dump. Be careful!” popular commentator aQua summarized.
A slightly more hopeful perspective came from Blockware head analyst Joe Burnett, who argued that a painful period in Bitcoin’s history was slowly coming to an end.
“Everyone is bearish, yet Bitcoin is still trading around the same price it was in June ($17.5k),” he reasoned.
Short-term BTC price action got a boost from U.S. equities, with the S&P 500 up 1.4% and the Nasdaq Composite Index gaining 2.1% in the first hour’s trading.
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The U.S. dollar continued a broader consolidation after two straight days of gains for the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY).
“Bitcoin swept the low / 16.5k, filled the FVG and put in a 3rd drive with multiple H1 bullish divergences. It is now or never for the bulls to take this back up,” entrepreneur Mark Cullen commented.
With just two days until the weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly close, BTC/USD was down around 60% year-to-date, 3% for December and 14.2% in Q4, data from Coinglass confirmed.
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