- Bitcoin’s price has been caught within an incredibly tight consolidation phase over the past few weeks
- Multiple trend catalysts – both bearish and bullish – have arisen during this time, yet none of them have been able to provide BTC with any notable momentum
- Analysts are now noting that this won’t last for too much longer, with many expecting a large movement in the coming days and weeks
- One trader also believes that the next move will have serious conviction and may set the tone for where it trends over a long-term timeframe
Bitcoin and the entire crypto market have been consolidating as of late, with multiple notable news events doing little to provide BTC with any directionality.
Just a matter of weeks ago, news broke regarding the CFTC’s pursuit of the BitMEX co-founders. This rocked the market for a short period of time, causing Bitcoin to reel from $10,900 to $10,400.
It has since recovered the vast majority of these losses.
Today, news regarding Square – a publicly listed company – buying $50 million worth of BTC to hold as a reserve asset only boosted the cryptocurrency’s price by under 1%.
Despite the intensity of this sideways trading, one analyst believes a trend defining move is imminent.
Bitcoin’s Price Remain Stuck Within Tight Trading Range
At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading up just under 1% at its current price of $10,750. This marks a decent upswing from its recent lows of $10,630, but it isn’t a large enough move to invalidate the crypto’s consolidation phase.
The macro consolidation phase between $10,200 and $11,200 still remains, and which of these levels is broken first will likely determine where BTC trends in the near-term.
Discussions surrounding a potential second round of stimulus in the U.S. may influence where Bitcoin trends in the near-term.
Analyst: BTC Volatility Likely Only Days Away
While sharing his thoughts on when Bitcoin might make a big move, one popular analyst stated that he is watching for a trend-defining breakout or breakdown before this weekend.
“I think that given this prolonged state of compression that we get a big move before the weekend for BTC. Either direction, I doubt we get some cookie-cutter retest. It’s one of those candles where you need to commit quick or the trade is already behind you.”
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Today’s news regarding Square is certainly positive for Bitcoin, but the cryptocurrency’s tempered response to it so far seems to be a bearish sign.
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