A ‘fear’-driven drop in sentiment has caused bitcoin to gain $43.5K, though some remain bullish

According to one analyst, the market’s broader recovery from the lows of January continues.

A 'fear'-driven drop in sentiment has caused bitcoin to gain $43.5K, though some remain bullish
A ‘fear’-driven drop in sentiment has caused bitcoin to gain $43.5K, though some remain bullish

Following Wednesday’s drop, Bitcoin showed indications of recovery, as hawkish statements from the United States Federal Reserve failed to calm market concerns about inflation in the coming months.
According to price charts, Bitcoin (BTC) slipped below a recent upswing, failing to exceed the $48,000 barrier this week. The asset might fall to as low as $42,000, where there appears to be considerable support.

TradingView Chart
Bitcoin fell below a trend that had been up for weeks. (TradingView)

Minutes from the Fed’s March meeting, released Wednesday, revealed that the US central bank expected to reduce its balance sheet by up to $95 billion a month, or more than a trillion dollars this fiscal year, in order to combat inflation. Following the release, markets fell, with bitcoin falling below the $45,000 support level.

On Thursday, though, global markets and indexes showed a tiny comeback. The Stoxx 600 in Europe jumped 0.46 percent, the DAX in Germany rose 0.43 percent, and futures for the S&P 500 in the United States increased 0.15 percent. The rebound spread to crypto markets, which showed indications of stabilization as bitcoin and ether rallied off their lows from Wednesday.

However, most cryptocurrencies stayed in the red during the course of a 24-hour period. Dogecoin’s DOGE had the most losses among majors, falling 11%, followed by Cardano’s ADA, which lost 8%. According to data, the crypto market dropped 5% overall, falling to a $1.9 trillion capitalization from a peak of $2.4 trillion on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the website Alternative.me’s Crypto Fear & Greed Index, which gauges investor mood, displayed a “fear” rating, reaching its lowest value in more than two weeks.

Some experts, however, referred to recent on-chain statistics and investor activity as evidence that overall attitude for bitcoin purchases remained favorable.
In an email to CoinDesk, Alex Kuptsikevich, senior market analyst at FxPro, stated, “The amount of bitcoins on exchanges has plummeted to the lowest since August 2018.” “Investors have been withdrawing coins since early March, which is frequently seen as a signal to keep Bitcoin out of the market for an extended period of time.”

“This reduction in active supply frequently drives up the price,” Kuptsikevich remarked.

According to Johnny Lyu, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin, such market activity was able to cushion bitcoin’s loss.
“Positive market mood and the positive trend prevented Bitcoin from falling much.” “Lyu stated this in a Telegram chat. “This signals strong investor support and the potential of short-term growth in the cryptocurrency sector.”
“Bitcoin is currently impacted by a plethora of macro and micro elements.” As a result, many cryptocurrency investors have chosen a wait-and-see strategy, as shown by a drop in buy volumes and an increase in withdrawals to third-party wallets,” he noted.

Others said that the decrease was a necessary reversal after weeks of uptrending.
“The decrease is at best labelled as a necessary correction given all fundamentals aggravate the dip on all measures,” Dmitry Mishunin, founder of security and analytics firm HashEx, told CoinDesk in an email.
“Bitcoin has continuing to witness significant accumulation from both corporate purchasers and whales,” Mishunin said, referring to the recent bitcoin acquisition by business analytics firm MicroStrategy.

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