Bitcoin price drops to $43.7K after Fed minutes re-confirm plans to hike rates

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Bitcoin (BTC) and the broader cryptocurrency market fell beneath as equities markets pulled again on the closing bell after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s December FOMC assembly confirmed that the regulator is dedicated to reducing its steadiness sheet and growing rates of interest in 2022.

As inventory markets corrected, BTC value adopted swimsuit by dropping beneath $44,000, setting off a cascade of liquidations that reached $222 million in lower than an hour. 

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Complete liquidations. Supply: Coinglass

Knowledge from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView reveals that after oscillating round assist at $46,000 for the previous couple of days, Bitcoin was hit with a wave of promoting that pulled the worth to an intraday low of $43,717.

BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Supply: TradingView

Primarily based on the present state of affairs, it’s broadly anticipated that the Fed will start raising its benchmark rate of interest in March, “which might imply that steadiness sheet discount may begin earlier than summer season.”

Right here’s a take a look at what crypto analysts are saying in regards to the newest Bitcoin value drop in BTC and what may very well be in retailer within the weeks forward as the simple cash insurance policies of the Fed come to an finish and rates of interest begin to rise.

Capitulation looms beneath $44,000

A foreshadowing of Jan. 5’s pullback was provided by crypto analyst and pseudonymous Twitter consumer Rekt Capital who posted the next chart highlighting the “many similarities between this BTC vary and Could 2021.”

BTC/USD 1-week chart. Supply: Twitter

Rekt Capital mentioned,

“Each noticed BTC consolidate inside two Bull Market EMAs (i.e., inexperienced 21-week & blue 50-week EMA). If BTC is to repeat historical past, a capitulation occasion may happen the place BTC briefly deviates beneath the blue 50 EMA.”

BTC must reclaim $46,000

A extra in-depth take a look at the worth motion from Could was provided by analyst and Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe, who posted the next chart detailing how BTC carried out over the past sharp market pullback.

BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Supply: Twitter

van de Poppe mentioned,

“And the state of affairs of the drop beneath $46K is happening on Bitcoin right here. The query turns into will we be hanging right here, taking the liquidity & breaking again above $46K? In that case, the underside is in.”

Ought to the worth not break again above $46,000, the market may very well be in for an prolonged bear interval that has the potential to see BTC retrace to the low $30,000 vary.

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The state of affairs at present dealing with the market was succinctly addressed within the following chart posted by choices dealer and pseudonymous Twitter consumer Nunya Bizniz.

BTC value vs. RSI. Supply: Twitter

Nunya Bizniz mentioned,

“BTC month-to-month: Drops beneath the present RSI stage have been ugly. This time?”

The general cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $2.123 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance fee is 39.4%.

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