Bitcoin (BTC) consolidated under $40,000 on April 23 as market expectations favored further losses.
BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
“Extreme fear” accompanies Bitcoin’s descent to $39,200
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed a bearish BTC/USD after the pair touched $39,200 on Friday’s Wall Street open.
Falling in line with stocks, Bitcoin now faced the prospect of resistance cementing itself at the $40,000 mark, with traders showing their lack of confidence in a short-term rebound.
Data from on-chain analytics site Coinglass confirmed that funding rates across derivatives exchanges were firmly negative into the weekend, suggesting that the majority of market participants expected shorting to be a profitable next trade.
BTC funding rates chart. Source: Coinglass
For analyst Filbfilb, co-founder of trading suite Decentrader, the ratio of long to short positions was a furthe cause for concern.
Price at $47k:
– LS ratio was 1:1
Price at $39.5k:
– LS ratio = 3.5
— filbfilb (@filbfilb) April 22, 2022
“Bitcoin back on this crucial level here. Losing this -> $36K seems next,” Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe added in a fresh Twitter update on the day.
BTC/USD circled $39,800 at the time of writing, having avoided a trip to take buy liquidity below $38,000 so far.
Cold feet among traders was meanwhile echoed in sentiment gauges, with the Crypto Fear & Greed Index heading back into the “extreme fear” zone on Saturday.
Crypto Fear & Greed Index (screenshot). Source: Alternative.me
DXY resistance sought for BTC trend break
Despite the lack of confidence, not everyone was interested in abandoning their faith in Bitcoin beyond the short term.
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“Prepare yourself for the next runup. Historically speaking, this has been one of the best ranges for buying Bitcoin!” popular YouTuber Crypto Rover argued alongside a chart comparing Bitcoin price performance to the strength of the U.S. dollar.
U.S. dollar currency index (DXY) vs. BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Crypto Rover/ Twitter
As Cointelegraph reported, the U.S. dollar currency index (DXY) is currently near two-year highs, and a reversal has historically given Bitcoin the fuel to crack long-term downtrends.
U.S. dollar currency index (DXY) 1-week candle chart. Source: TradingView
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