Bitcoin price at $16K and beyond? Here are the bear and bull cases

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The value of Bitcoin (BTC) surpassed $16,000 with relative ease on Nov. 13 and has remained resilient above it. Analysts are divided on the short-term outlook on BTC as a result of the momentum stays robust however there are considerations of an overheated rally. However there are quite a few optimistic developments that might proceed to maintain the uptrend of BTC.

Usually, the cryptocurrency market has seen an increase in trading activity throughout all kinds of exchanges. Spot, derivatives, and institutional markets have all seen a noticeable spike in demand from traders. Chatting with Cointelegraph, Denis Vinokourov, head of analysis at crypto trade and dealer Bequant, stated the general uptick in buying and selling quantity is optimistic:

“Wanting on the traded quantity on retail-focused crypto venues exhibits there was a big choose up in curiosity amongst these market contributors. On the identical time, although, the volumes and the open curiosity (OI) throughout the extra regulated venues and, specifically the CME, has additionally been on a gentle uptick.”

The substantial enhance within the buying and selling quantity of the cryptocurrency market has been a essential catalyst for Bitcoin all through the latest rally. On-chain market evaluation platforms, similar to CryptoQuant, have reported giant deposits by whales. Which means high-net-worth traders have more and more offered BTC up to now week as its value exceeded $16,000. Nonetheless, the dominant cryptocurrency was capable of maintain its momentum and rise to as excessive as $16,480 on Nov. 13.

A big uptick in buying and selling quantity and constant inflow of stablecoins into exchanges sometimes imply that the demand for Bitcoin is rising. As such, there’s a robust risk that the primary impetus for the BTC rally above $16,000 was the excessive buying and selling exercise and newly rising urge for food for BTC from stablecoin inflows. Following the breakout above $16,000, analysts are typically bullish, significantly towards the medium-term pattern of BTC. Nonetheless, some stay cautious across the rapid results.

The bull situation for Bitcoin within the quick time period

The value of Bitcoin has only been above $16,300 for 12 days all through its historical past. on-chain knowledge, analysts at IntoTheBlock noted that there’s little resistance between $16,300 and $18,750. If BTC rallies towards $18,750 within the close to time period, that would depart a minor hole till a brand new all-time excessive above $20,000.

Within the close to time period, based mostly on market orders and on-chain ranges, the analysts said that the $15,170 space would seemingly emerge as the brand new assist space. The agency discovered that 860,000 addresses purchased 465,000 BTC close to that degree, which might mark it as essential assist. Which means if BTC stays comfortably above $15,170, it might strengthen the inspiration for the subsequent bull run. But when it drops beneath it, there’s a risk for a deep pullback.

Whereas the on-chain and technical elements favor an overextended Bitcoin rally, merchants have additionally expressed considerations. Above $16,000, the street towards a brand new file excessive is significantly easy. As such, merchants anticipate that sellers will attempt to suppress the worth at round $16,000, inflicting a consolidation section to emerge.

However technical analysts state that the momentum of Bitcoin may merely be too robust to see a pointy pullback. Kevin Svenson, a chartist at Cryptowatch, said that patrons with FOMO — the concern of lacking out — might need taken over the market. The upside momentum of BTC is strengthening, particularly because it continues to see a staircase rally.

Svenson famous that BTC may see a rejection sooner or later. Nonetheless, the analyst stated that BTC may attain $17,000 to $18,000 earlier than a pullback happens: “#Bitcoin is simply floating upward. FOMO patrons have taken over the market… be mindful. We could also be getting into an space of ‘over exuberance’ … anticipate a rejection again right down to crush FOMO patrons.”

Different merchants have equally stated that the dip Bitcoin noticed on Nov. 12 to sub-$15,500 might need been “the dip.” After reaching $15,965, BTC instantly declined by practically 4% to $15,440. After the pullback, BTC made a run again to $16,000 after which proceeded to cleanly escape of the dreaded resistance degree. Primarily based on this value motion, a pseudonymous dealer often known as “Loma” stated that a big pullback within the quick time period is probably going. The dealer noted: “Guess that was the dip. I don’t suppose it is smart to check $15,800 space once more.”

The near-term bear case

The short-term bearish situation for Bitcoin nonetheless revolves round a optimistic market sentiment. Analysts nonetheless anticipate BTC to rally towards the tip of the yr, however within the rapid time period, they anticipate a pullback as a result of traditionally, BTC has seen corrections all through extended bull cycles. In 2017, for instance, when BTC rallied towards $20,000, it often noticed rejections of 20% to 30%.

Michaël van de Poppe, a full-time dealer on the Amsterdam Inventory Trade, said that Bitcoin is within the “disbelief section.” Brief-sellers and skeptics are more and more betting towards BTC because it reaches towards its file excessive. But, Poppe pinpointed the probability of 20%–30% corrections throughout uptrends. If these pullbacks happen, they might current nice alternatives, he defined:

I do agree with the assertion that we’re within the disbelief section. It is also exhausting to state one thing else when $BTC is simply 20% away from a brand new all-time excessive. No matter that, a correction of 20–30% that huge alternative to be shopping for comparatively ‘low cost’ $BTC. Take it.”

Josh Olszewicz, a Bitcoin technical analyst, referred to the Ichimoku Cloud indicator to point out that BTC is properly above the cloud. This means that BTC is probably going overbought and has rallied far past its assist ranges on increased time-frame charts. The analyst stated the $13,200 degree would stay an space of curiosity for patrons.

Brief contract liquidations not occurring?

A variable for Bitcoin’s value pattern within the foreseeable future is the unusually low quantity of short-contract liquidations. As an example, when BTC surpassed $16,000 on Nov. 13, solely round $13 million price of quick liquidations had been recorded on Bitfinex and BitMEX. Binance Futures and different exchanges additionally noticed comparatively low quick liquidations in contrast with earlier cycles.

Vinokourov believes that the lackluster quick liquidations may imply that the Bitcoin market is in a more healthy place. It signifies that quick squeezes will not be the primary catalyst for the BTC rally. Quite, real spot market demand and institutional urge for food might be inflicting the worth of Bitcoin to extend. When the market is much less depending on the futures market, which helps excessive leverage, BTC is much less susceptible to volatility spikes to the draw back, as Vinokourov famous:

“Curiously, quick liquidations have been absent and there’s a sound purpose for that — the overall OI could also be at a file excessive, however the surge increased is definitely being pushed by stablecoin margined futures, versus margined Bitcoin. Due to the stated stablecoin publicity, there isn’t any publicity to Bitcoin and, in consequence, the market is in a a lot more healthy situation than it might have been if the motion into stablecoin margin merchandise didn’t occur.”

The mixture of Bitcoin’s declining dependence on the derivatives market, the clear breach of the $16,000 resistance degree, and numerous on-chain knowledge factors that verify $15,170 as an vital assist degree for BTC raises the chance of a broader rally. On the identical time, because of the historic tendencies of BTC to see giant pullbacks even amid parabolic rallies, merchants are getting ready for potential sharp drops to purchase the dip. Regardless, the medium-term prospect of BTC stays optimistic, particularly heading into the year-end.