Bitcoin (BTC) failed to hold above $30,000 on Monday as some buyers remained on the sidelines. The cryptocurrency fell later in the New York trading session, indicating a loss of short-term momentum.
Alternative cryptocurrencies (altcoins) were mixed on Monday. For example, Fantom's FTM token rose as much as 16% over the past 24 hours, while Decentraland's MANA token fell 3% over the same period. The choppy trading conditions suggest some caution among crypto traders, especially in the last week.
Currently, bitcoin is in a tight trading range and there is a risk of a breakdown. "From a trading standpoint, an upside breakout could provide an opportunity for fading, with a target of a breakout to new lows for the year," Michael Boutros, an analyst at DailyFX, wrote in an email to CoinDesk. Should a breakout occur, Boutros has a downside target of $19,666 for BTC.
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Still, some analysts have noted signs of capitulation that could support a price rise. Sean Farrell, vice president of digital assets at FundStrat, noted that recent selling pressure has come from spot market traders rather than futures traders. This suggests that a large unwind of leveraged positions is unlikely, similar to previous sell-offs.
Instead, BTC's downtrend may be gradual, especially if macroeconomic headwinds continue. Despite signs of capitulation and waning investor sentiment, the current macroeconomic environment is still a significant headwind for cryptoasset prices," Farrell wrote in a research note.
●Bitcoin (BTC): $29.148, -2.69%
Ether (ETH): $1,987, -1.22%
●S&P 500 daily close: $3,974, +1.86%
●Gold: $1,853 per troy ounce, +0.60%
●Ten-year Treasury yield daily close: 2.86%.
Bitcoin, ether, and gold prices will be determined at approximately 4 p.m. New York time. Bitcoin is the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (XBX); Ether is the CoinDesk Ether Price Index (ETX); Gold is the COMEX spot price. Information on CoinDesk indices can be found at coindesk.com/indices.
Relief from the U.S. Dollar?
The U.S. dollar index (DXY) is down about 3% from its recent high reached on May 13, which could provide support for BTC due to its negative correlation with the dollar.
Previous highs in the DXY coincided with lows in the BTC price. And the U.S. dollar's rise last year coincided with a failed breakout of BTC at $69,000, leading to a 60 percent drop in the cryptocurrency's price.
However, the performance of the index is not a perfect signal for BTC, especially because of macroeconomic uncertainty.
The chart below shows the 90-day correlation between BTC and the US dollar, which is mostly negative. Nevertheless, the correlation could increase during market turmoil, similar to what happened in 2018 and 2020.
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Most digital assets in the CoinDesk 20 ended the day lower.
|Ethereum Classic||ETC||+5.9%||Smart contracts platform|
|Polkadot||DOT||+2.0%||Platform for smart contracts|
|Cardano||ADA||-3.1%||Smart contracts platform|
Sector classifications are provided through the Digital Asset Classification Standard (DACS), developed by CoinDesk Indices to provide a reliable, comprehensive and standardized classification system for digital assets. The CoinDesk 20 is a ranking of the largest digital assets by volume on trusted exchanges.