Bitcoin (BTC) stayed near $19,000 at the Jan. 13 Wall Street open as traders hoped a week of swift gains would stick.
BTC/USD 1-day candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
BTC price “breakout or fakeout remains to be seen”
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD crisscrossing the $19,000 mark as United States equities began trading.
The pair rapidly took out sell-side liquidity overnight, gapping higher to what on-chain analytics resource Material Indicators forecast could be a retest of the $20,000 mark.
“Seems like BTC is setting up for a retest of resistance at the 2017 Top,” it wrote in part of a Twitter discussion on Jan. 12, the day prior.
“Whether we see a bonafide breakout or fakeout remains to be seen. Time for patience and discipline.”
An accompanying snapshot of the Binance order book confirmed bulls had broken through multiple sell walls.
“Things just got interesting,” Material Indicators added in comments on the chart.
BTC/USD order book data (Binance). Source: Material Indicators/Twitter
Characteristic of the current climate, others remained firmly risk-off on Bitcoin despite year-to-date gains approaching 20%.
Among them was popular trader Il Capo of Crypto, who in classic style described current price action as “one of the biggest bull traps I’ve ever seen.”
“Bullish euphoria is real, and price is still below 20k,” he added.
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Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading firm Eight, likewise cautioned on overly optimistic reactions to BTC price performance.
“Funny though, if you look at social media, it’s bull euphoria. If you watch the chart, you have to zoom out a lot to see the entire chart,” he said.
“Bitcoin is still -$50,000 from 15 months ago.”
Bitcoin awakens from “volatility slumber”
Regardless of its staying power, Bitcoin’s recent surge higher contrasts strongly with the distinct absence of volatility witnessed since the FTX implosion in early November.
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For on-chain analytics firm Glassnode, such behavior was arguably due to a shake-up sooner rather than later, especially given its persistence through the 2022 yearly candle close.
“The 2022-23 holiday period has been historically quiet, and it is rare for such conditions to stick around for long,” it wrote in the latest edition of its weekly newsletter, “The Week On-Chain,” issued on Jan. 9.
“Past occasions where BTC and ETH volatility was this low have preceded extremely volatile market environments, with past examples trading both higher and lower.”
Calling the phenomenon a “volatility slumber,” Glassnode added that “on-chain activity for the two majors remains extremely weak, despite a short-term bump following FTX.”
“Using both on-chain activity, and realized cap drawdowns, it is safe to say that the excesses of H2-2021 has been largely expelled from the system,” it concluded.
“This process has been painful for investors, however has brought market valuations closer to their underlying fundamentals.”Bitcoin historical volatility index (BVOL) 1-week candle chart. Source: TradingView
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