Volatility entered the market on the weekend when greens exploded across the cryptocurrency space with top ones registering a rise of as high as 12 percent in a day. Bitcoin took a spike as well and briefly hit $4,000 on Bitfinex. At the time of writing, Bitcoin has been trading at $3,952 with 24-hours gains of 0.42 percent, as per data provided by Coinmarketcap.
The price wasn’t the only one that took a spike, one of the strong factors that contributed to this hike has been its trading volume. The leading cryptocurrency that is currently managing the daily trading volume of $8.95 billion yesterday hit $9.9 billion. This high was previously registered on May 3rd, 2018.
Trading volume has an integral part to play in the Bitcoin price as the crypto trader and analyst Josh Rager shared,
“Bitcoin currently at resistance level with a break and close above $4100 is bullish. But…Volume continues to decrease on high time frames: the decreasing volume w/ rising price = bearish. If the volume doesn’t pick up, I foresee BTC price dropping back to support.”
It’s a possibility that as traders and investors start getting bullish, the flagship cryptocurrency might do a U-turn and take a hit to another bottom as many analysts have already predicted for in the first quarter of 2019 as Rager further comments, “I expect bullishness and overconfidence by majority before a drop to the bottom.”
“Notice the long wick, a nice sign of a slight retrace likely. Would like $BTC push up slightly higher to at least $4100 to mid $4ks would be a nice a target. For traders, this is good volatility. For Holders, you could see new lows in the coming weeks,” noted Rager.
Now, similar thoughts are echoed by economist and crypto trader Alex Kruger who says, the current market has covered all the factors, viz. “Capitulation” that occurred from November to December in 2018, then bounced off long term trend measure, twice, on Dec & Feb (200 WMA), and the current movement that broke out from High Low” in high volume, to hit the bottom.
In the short term, analysts are predicting Bitcoin to move between the $3,700 and $4,200 range while as Rager noted and now Kruger, once this $4,200 level gets broken, price can move really “fast,” but it in no way means Bitcoin price won’t crash rather the chart is giving bearish signals.
“Prices may crash again. After all, bitcoin’s demand is almost entirely speculative, and natural sellers (miners, exchanges) will always sell.”