Bitcoin reached a new 18-month low of $17.5K on Sunday before quickly recovering above $20K in the hours that followed, providing some breather to the heavily stressed out bear market.
According to data from CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin has rebounded by little over 15 percent in the last 24 hours, rising from its new disappointing low to $20,482 at the time of writing.
Bitcoin is currently pushing the 2017 all-time high range of $17K to $20K and is constantly stalking lower prices, signaling excessive seller pressure.
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Bitcoin had declined to $17,677.42 on Saturday before recovering to $18,290.74. After Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he was now purchasing the joke coin Dogecoin, the most sought-after crypto asset extended its recovery.
After saying on Twitter that he will “continue to support Dogecoin,” the price of the popular cryptocurrency increased by 8% to $0.058 on Monday.
I will keep supporting Dogecoin
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 19, 2022
In response to Musk’s tweet, a user suggested that if he truly believed in the “joke” coin, he should buy it. To which the billionaire replied, “I am,” implying that he is purchasing the drop.
By falling below $20,000, BTC has triggered market trends that analysts say might spark a wave of forced selloffs. Large investors in both cryptocurrencies would be compelled to close positions on BTC and ETH derivatives in such a scenario.
Bitcoin and Ether constitute a little more than half of the market capitalization of cryptocurrencies, which fluctuates often. In the preceding hour, the entire cryptocurrency market grew by 3.7% to $972 billion.
BTC total market cap at $381 billion on the daily chart | Source: TradingView.com
Bitcoin has lost 30% of its value while Ether has dropped 31% during the previous week. Bitcoin is down 72 percent from its all-time high of $69,044.77 established on November 10, while Ether is down 78 percent from its all-time high of $4.878.26 set on the same day.
International fixed income chief Andrew Brenner of National Alliance Securities said Monday that retail investors acquiring bitcoin over the weekend, when few professional traders are active, was likely what caused Bitcoin to regain some spark.
Bitcoin has momentarily paused a selloff that, according to some market analysts, could push the world’s top cryptocurrency as low as $13,800 in the current bear market by inching up to levels above $20,000.
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Featured image from Namibia Economist, chart from TradingView.com