What to Look Out for in Bitcoin This Week

Nigel Frith

Bitcoin Logo edited onto Office Skyscraper

With a raft of corporate and economic data due to hit the markets this week, price moves over the last week across various asset groups have been relatively quiet. The additional price volatility forecast could trigger moves in certain asset groups, particularly the cryptos, which appear to be struggling to maintain their record highs.

 

Instrument 19th April 26th April Hourly Daily % Change
           
GBP/USD      1.3870      1.3924 Strong Buy Strong Buy 0.39%
   
EUR/USD      1.2008      1.2096 Neutral Strong Buy 0.73%
   
FTSE 100        7,031        6,926 Strong Buy Strong Buy -1.49%
   
S&P 500        4,180        4,180 Strong Buy Strong Buy 0.00%
   
Gold        1,786        1,778 Neutral Strong Buy -0.45%
   
Silver        2,603        2,597 Strong Buy Strong Buy -0.23%
   
Crude Oil WTI        63.19        61.45 Strong Sell Strong Buy -2.75%
   
Bitcoin      57,385      52,727 Buy Sell -8.12%

 

The calm before the storm?

The General Market This Week

Crude’s +2% slump over the week can be balanced against it experiencing a multi-month surge in price. Metals and equity indices all lost ground despite technical indicators pointing towards upwards price movement. Concerns about the scale of the Covid outbreaks in India and Japan weighing on gold in particular, with the Asian subcontinent being a significant retail market for the metal.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin’s slide to $52,000 involved three days of trade printing below the psychologically important $50k level. It does appear to have found support at the 100 Daily SMA, but the 50 SMA, which provided support for more than 12 months, will now come into play as a resistance level.

Bitcoin Daily Price Chart – New SMA Support?

BTC Prices showing three drips over the course of the year

 

Source: IG

What Does Bitcoin’s Price Slide Tell Us About the Broader Market?

A certain degree of crypto buying pressure can be attributed to speculative investors. Buying something just because it’s going up might not be out of the traditional playbook, but many have made impressive returns by doing so.

With global central banks and governments operating loose monetary and fiscal policies, that money has to go somewhere, and crypto has been that place since the start of the year.

The US Federal Reserve will give its six-weekly update to the markets on Wednesday. While there is unlikely to be any change in interest rates, any hint of a shift in tone would catch the markets off-guard. Equities and forex would be vulnerable to a price shock, but cryptos could also see prices move south. If the extra volatility associated with Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dogecoin cause prices to break the 110 Daily SMA, the path of least resistance would appear to be downwards.

Bitcoin Weekly Price Chart – 20 SMA

BTC Price dropped despite record highs

Source: IG

The Bitcoin Weekly 20 SMA currently sits at 45,350.

Bitcoin Weekly Price Chart – Fibs Coming into Play

BTC Weekly Price showing drop with Fibonacci lines

Source: IG

Bitcoin’s 38.2% Fibonacci retracement is below that level. At $41,577, it opens the door to a test of the ‘big number’ support at $40k. Nothing can be discounted, especially not a price surge in the other direction. However, Bitcoin is the market to watch this week.

 

 

 

 

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Nigel Frith

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