Bitcoin price consolidation leans toward ‘another leg higher’

Bitcoin is a way off from its $67,000 all-time high, but analysts say historical data and fractals point toward “another leg” up.

On Oct. 22, Bitcoin (BTC) price entered what some traders predict to be a “consolidation phase” as investors lock in profits following a non-stop run-up in price that began on Oct. 1, seeing BTC increase by 55% in just three weeks.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that a wave of midday selling on Friday dropped the price of Bitcoin from support at $63,300 down to the $60,000 level.

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BTC/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

Here’s what market analysts are saying about Bitcoin’s current price action for the short-term.

“Bitcoin could be ready for another leg higher”

The current price action is seen as a welcome development for crypto market intelligence firm Decentrader, which suggested that “Bitcoin is likely to progress higher through Q4 of 2021” thanks, in large part, to the launch of the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (BITO) and the Valkyrie Bitcoin Strategy fund (BTF).

In response to concerns that the top is in for BTC, Decentrader pointed to the history of new all-time highs and highlighted the fact that “there are zero instances of Bitcoin breaking significant previous all-time highs and failing to continue higher.”

According to the firm’s analysis, the current Bitcoin fractal pattern suggests “that the next major stop higher for Bitcoin would be $72,000 if momentum can be maintained, after which the 1.618 extensions suggest around $88,000 would prove to be a target of interest.”

The spike in derivatives funding seen over the past couple of days has now “reset towards more balanced levels” with open interest remaining in line with the uptrend, which Decentrader suggested helps to reduce the risk of correcting lower.

As to analysts, “A weekend push higher is likely to be met with initial resistance at $65,000, which is the 61.8% retracement from $66,800 and the value area high of the range.”

Decentrader said:

“Price is at a critical pivot point at the time of writing — any corrections towards $50,000 we consider buying opportunities and price appreciation into low funding, coupled with increasing open interest suggesting Bitcoin could be ready for another leg higher.”

BTC is on track to trade like gold

One of the popular comparisons being made by financial analysts is how the release of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) compares to the release of the first gold ETF.

According to Bloomberg Intelligence, “strong inflows for the new ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF show pent-up demand and quantitative traders targeting arbitrage opportunities, which are likely to narrow spreads and pressure volatility.”

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Bitcoin futures vs. Gold futures. Source: Bloomberg Intelligence

Bloomberg Intelligence said:

“We see BTC on track to trade like gold.”

Short term pullback between $56,000 and $59,000

Insight into what may come next for BTC in the short term was provided by Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe, who posted the following chart outlining the lower area of support to keep an eye on for a good re-entry point.9ff01cf9 0e5e 471c 907e 50959d123469

BTC/USD 2-hour chart. Source: Twitter

According to van de Poppe, the $64,000 zone was “a crucial level” for the price to break above, which it failed to do, and “so a corrective move is taking place.”

Poppe said:

“Overall, looking at $56,000 to $59,000 as a good spot to buy.”

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $2.518 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 45.5%.

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