Bitcoin has found temporal support at $39,000, but buyers have been scarce as the market enters into weekend price action. Uncertainty around macro factors seems to be growing with the Russia-Ukraine conflict contributing with the selling pressure experience by BTC and larger cryptocurrencies over the past days.
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At the time of writing, Bitcoin trades at $39,168 with a 4.2% loss in the past 24 hours.
BTC moving sideways on the 4-hour chart. Source: BTCUSD Tradingview
The benchmark crypto saw some relief before the current downside action. Per a report from research firm Delphi Digital, Bitcoin activity boomed due to consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The United States, Europe, and the International Community decided to ban the Russian Federation from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), the communication rails used by banks in the legacy financial system. Effectively, making Russia a financial outsider.
As seen below, on March 1st, when the sanctions were announced, Bitcoin’s active supply saw it largest surged since May 2020. At that time, the start of the lockdown measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 led global markets into a severe downtrend.
This uptick in Bitcoin active supply could suggest buyers increased their holdings to hedge against future events. At the same time, as reported by Brian Armstrong and other crypto exchange CEOs, BTC and other cryptocurrencies have been used by people on the ground to safely transport wealth across borders.
Additional data provided by Delphi Digital seems to support this thesis as the BTC supply held by addresses with balances between 0.001 and 10 BTC stood above 2.73 million. The research firm added the following:
Cutting off the Russian Ruble from the world’s financial system led to a sell-off, causing it to drop 20% over the weekend. As Russians try to preserve value, BTC has emerged as one of the options. This caused BTC to trade at an eye-popping 40% premium.
Source: Delphi Digital
Bitcoin At Make It Or Break It Moment?
As NewsBTC reported yesterday, Bitcoin needed to hold above $40,000 to prevent further downside. Now, with critical support lost, a potential revisit of $36,000 seems likely.
Data from Material Indicators seems to support this thesis, at least for lower timeframes, as there seems to be low liquidity at current levels at up to that price point. As seen in the chart below, there are around $18 million in bids orders for BTC at $36,000.
Until that point, any levels seem weak, for the short term. To the upside, the order book seems equally thin, but without buying pressure it seems unlikely that BTC’s price will make a push upwards, for the time being.
BTC price (blue line) with a thin buying side until $36k (bid orders below price in red and yellow). Source: Material Indicators
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According to a pseudonym analyst, BTC’s price benefited from the “safe haven asset narrative”, but that momentum seems to have been extinguished. Talking about the potential opportunity to buy BTC’s dip into future lows, giving the asset’s possible capacity to reclaim previous highs, the analyst said:
(…) we’d need a push above $46K to continue it’s bullish trend which won’t be easy either after such a fall (…). As for $BTC’s direction I’m a bit conflicted on what’s next. Until we lose the current level I still have some hope for a reversal but the bulls really have to pull through after the weekend. As for the weekend I expect mostly chop as usual.