Bitcoin is HODLing On
February 17, 2023 @ 15:58 +03:00
Bitcoin made a fresh attack on the $25K level on Thursday but failed to hold higher, followed by a local sell-off. The pressure on the first cryptocurrency can be attributed to the situation in traditional markets, where the pull towards defensive assets has increased due to inflation data and comments from Fed officials.
Cryptocurrency investors are reversing the decline below $23.5K, where January’s local highs are located.
The short-term technical picture gives the bulls a chance, suggesting a mini correction as part of a new upward wave. However, a daily or weekend consolidation could be a harbinger of a more profound decline, forcing a renewed focus on the still bearish picture in the longer term, where the price remains below the popular 50 and 200-week moving averages.
Wave Financial suggested that investors had stepped up after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) failed to hit other stackable coins. Only Binance USD (BUSD), which saw its capitalisation plummet following Paxos’ decision to suspend digital asset issuance, has been hit by the SEC.
The latest move by US regulators against cryptocurrencies is “a planned product liquidation” and could destroy a growing market, said Compound Labs founder Robert Leshner.
Galaxy Digital Holdings CEO Michael Novogratz suggested that bitcoin could hit $30,000 by the end of March. Given the movement of BTC, the excitement of traders and the growing FOMO syndrome, he said he would not be surprised if the first cryptocurrency traded above that mark by the end of the quarter.
According to Chainalysis, 2022 saw the highest number of hacking attacks in the cryptocurrency industry. In total, cryptocurrency companies lost $3.8 billion.
The FxPro Analyst Team