Bitcoin traders braced for uncertainty as Donald Trump and Joe Biden entered a tight US presidential election race.
The benchmark cryptocurrency surged overnight to above $14,000 in a sharp upside. Its gains came on the prospects of a decisive election win for Biden. But with Trump winning several battleground states in a row, Bitcoin plunged lower up to 3.92 percent from its local top.
Around midnight Wednesday, the BTC/USD exchange rate was at $13,530, its intraday low.
A sell-off at $14,000 crashed the Bitcoin price by almost $500. Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
Biden may win the presidency in a tight contest. But Trump’s victory in Texas, Ohio, and Florida have given Republicans a surprise lead over the Democrats. That is unsettling for Bitcoin traders, who were hoping that a new administration’s majority in the Senate would pave the way for a long-delayed coronavirus stimulus bill.
Earlier this year, a $2.2 trillion fiscal aid from the US government placed downward pressure on the yields of long-term bonds and the US dollar. That prompted investors to hunt returns elsewhere, with many of them turning to an experimental hedging asset Bitcoin.
Bulls expected that a Biden victory would put further upward pressure on the cryptocurrency. But the election became uncertain for both the competitors. That prompted traders to wait on the sidelines instead of raising their Bitcoin bids.
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Meanwhile, the US dollar index whipsawed between negative and positive. Signs of a Trump victory lead the greenback to a multi-week high of 94.30. The index later corrected sharply lower to trade near 93.64. It was still trading higher for the day.
US Dollar Index shows volatile moves on US election uncertainty. Source: DXY on TradingView.com
The dollar movements hinted more bias conflicts for Bitcoin for the rest of the day. Many analysts agreed that the cryptocurrency could dip towards $13,000 and wait until an exact election result comes. So a Biden win would have them open new long positions, and a Trump win would have them open short ones.
Decisive Bitcoin Win
Some even noted that Bitcoin’s long-term bullish bias remains intact because of a guaranteed stimulus package from either candidate.
“If Biden wins, then Bitcoin will go up,” said Lark Davis, an independent market analyst. “[In case] Trump wins, then Bitcoin will go up! If the election is contested, then one of these two still will win but with a delay – and Bitcoin goes up.”