Bitcoin faces ‘very limited liquidity’ as BTC price pushed below $43K

    2024.01.16 | exchangesranking | 77onlookers

    Bitcoin (BTC) saw rangebound swings on Jan. 15 as one analyst warned over order book liquidity.

    BTC/USD 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView

    Analysis: Bitcoin may need weeks to recover

    Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView tracked a trip to near $43,000 before BTC price volatility returned, sending the market down 1.5% in an hour.

    The moves occurred on a Wall Street holiday, leaving the door open to more erratic price behavior.

    In his latest posts on X (formerly Twitter), popular trader Skew noted that spot markets broadly lacked sufficient depth to ensure stability on low timeframes.

    “Currently there’s very limited liquidity so expecting some kind of 1K candle to come out of nowhere later,” he wrote just before volatility hit.

    “Above $42.8K, bulls can flex some muscle below yearly open market is vulnerable, bears could take control.”

    The $43,000 round trip, Skew added, had been led by derivatives — and was thus likely unsustainable.

    Considering how long BTC/USD might be licking its wounds after last week’s 15% dive, meanwhile, analyst Matthew Hyland saw the recovery potentially taking more than a month.

    “Bitcoin may be about to go sideways here for a little while,” he commented alongside a chart showing buy and sell volumes.

    “The last 4 times we saw this much red volume on the weekly; there was a minimum of 3-4 weeks of sideways price action. This environment would be beneficial for Ethereum+Alts if the dominance breaks down.”
    BTC/USD chart with volume data. Source: Matthew Hyland/X

    The chart drew comparisons between last week’s panic selling and the atmosphere at the end of Bitcoin’s 2022 bear market.

    One month left for a BTC price crash?

    Turning to what comes thereafter, fellow popular trader and analyst Rekt Capital laid out the possible roadmap for BTC price action prior to April’s block subsidy halving.

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    Any last-minute gains, he showed, show themselves around two months prior to the event — giving bears precious little time to effect any major comedown.

    “If BTC is going to perform a deeper retrace during its Pre-Halving period (orange), it should occur over the next 30 days or so,” part of a commentary on an accompanying chart summarized.

    Bitcoin halving comparison. Source: Rekt Capital/X

    A subsequent X post additionally placed BTC/USD firmly within its established weekly trading range despite recent volatility.

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