Image default

Bitcoin Draws Stability From $20K Price Floor as Traditional Markets Slide

Facebook iconLinkedin iconTwitter iconCDCROP: Stable Stability Balance (Unsplash)

Bitcoin notched its 10th consecutive day above the $20,000 level. (Unsplash)

Facebook iconLinkedin iconTwitter icon

Notoriously volatile bitcoin slid but stayed relatively stable on Thursday as traditional markets fell on news of the Bank of England’s biggest rate hike in 33 years and the prior day’s move by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Some crypto analysts think the $20,000 price level for bitcoin (BTC), which for weeks had served as a price ceiling, now is acting more like a floor.

“Bitcoin at the $20,000 level also has a lot of technical support from miners and institutional buyers, who view that level as psychologically important,” said Michael Safai, managing partner of crypto trading firm Dexterity Capital.

Bitcoin was trading around $20,200, down 2.1% in the past 24 hours. The largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization stayed above the $20,000 level for the 10th consecutive day, after previously failing below the critical price mark for 18 straight days.

The CoinDesk Market Index rose 1.3%. Ether (ETH) slid 4.4% to $1,540 as of press time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was down 0.6%.

Bitcoin’s relative stability reflects the “slow yet tangible decoupling from stocks” in recent weeks, according to Safai.

BTC’s support at the $20,000 level “should show markets how confident long-term holders remain,” Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda, wrote in a note on Thursday.

The U.S. dollar got a boost in foreign-exchange markets from the Fed’s rate hike and Chair Jerome Powell’s speech suggesting more interest rate hikes likely are ahead. The two-year U.S. Treasury yield was up to 4.68%, the highest since July 2007.

Crypto data and analysis firm IntoTheBlock’s data shows the 30-day correlation between the BTC price and U.S. Dollar Index dropped to -0.77, the most deeply inverse relationship in a month and a half.

As interest rates rise, Safai said, “shorter-maturity U.S. government bonds returning anywhere from 4%-5% at nearly zero risk will look good against almost any other asset, including crypto which still has its share of macro sensitivity.”

Now all eyes are on Friday’s U.S. jobs report, with Powell indicating the labor market’s strength is a key metric the Fed is closely monitoring.

Economists surveyed by FactSet estimate the U.S. economy probably added 200,000 jobs in October, slowing from the 263,000 added in September but still a robust pace.

“There could be some increased sensitivity to the jobs report tomorrow if it’s not great,” said Safai.

Trending1Google Cloud's Solana tweetBusinessSolana’s SOL Spiked 15% on a Suggestive Tweet From Google CloudNov 5, 20222CDCROP: The HASH Podcast GraphicCoinDesk Podcast NetworkHeadlines: Top Stories of the Week 11-05-22Nov 5, 20223(Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk)The Breakdown, With NLWThe Industry Coalesces Around Ripple’s Battle Against the SECNov 5, 20224CDCROP: Deflated Helium balloons (Peter Cade/Getty Images)BusinessHelium, Building Out Mobile Network, Plans to Give Free Trials to Solana Phone UsersNov 5, 2022


Related posts

Aptos Token Price Doubles in Two Weeks Amid Strong NFT Interest

Blake Goodwin

Ether Futures See $230M in Liquidations as Merge Pushes ETH to $1.5K

Blake Goodwin

Ether, Solana Lead Losses Among Major Cryptos, Analysts See Further Declines After Fed Rate Hikes

Blake Goodwin

Leave a Comment