Bitcoin tries to shrug off the global financial meltdown as it rebounds sharply

Bitcoin tries to shrug off the global financial meltdown as it rebounds sharply

Bitcoin appreciated by nearly $1,700 in the last 40 hours while most financial markets around the world continue to tumble.

Bitcoin price rebounds strongly

The flagship cryptocurrency stole the spotlight after surging over 30 percent. Bitcoin went from trading at a low of $5,260 to hit a high of $6,930.

The sudden price move appears to be correlated to a massive increase in trading volume reported by different exchanges in the industry. Data from CoinMarketCap reveals that the total reported exchange volume rose to more than $56.4 billion while its ratio against on-chain volume skyrocketed over 7x.

From a technical perspective, Bitcoin broke out of a symmetrical triangle where it was contained over the past week. This technical formation is indicative of a consolidation period before the price is forced to break out in a positive direction.

Moving above the upper trendline was seen as the beginning of a new uptrend which appears to have encouraged investors to get back into the market.

A further increase in the buying pressure behind BTC from the current levels could send its price up another 10 percent to hit a target of $7,600. This target is determined by measuring the distance between the highest and lowest point of the triangle and adding it to the breakout point.

Bitcoin US dollar price chart
BTC/USD by TradingView

IntoTheBlock’s “In/Out of the Money Around Current Price” statistical model estimates that there is a minor level of resistance between $6,600 and $7,050, where 626,000 addresses bought over 350,000 BTC. The most significant resistance level, however, sits between $7,050 and $7,400, where 637,000 BTC are held by over 1.2 million addresses.

If Bitcoin is able to slice through this important supply barrier, it would likely rise to $7,600 or higher.

In/Out of the Money Around Current Price by IntoTheBlock
In/Out of the Money Around Current Price by IntoTheBlock

Exhibiting safe haven features

A further continuation of the bullish momentum would make the pioneer cryptocurrency look like gold did during the global financial crisis of 2008, according to Skew. During that time, gold as well as traditional markets plummeted in tandem before the precious metal decoupled.

The cryptocurrency data analytics firm believes that the amount of incoming fiscal and monetary stimulus could push Bitcoin out of the bearish trend it entered in mid-February. This could make Bitcoin’s appeal as a safe haven and deflationary asset more apparent, said Catherine Coley, CEO of Binance.US.

Bitcoin vs S&P 500 by Skew
Bitcoin vs S&P 500 by Skew

The “deviation” from traditional markets could represent another “win” for Bitcoin, which prides itself on its “non-correlated and asymmetric performance,” according to Denis Vinokourov, head of research at Bequant.

Although it remains to be seen whether the flagship cryptocurrency continues decoupling from the global economies, Wall Street trader and VP at JP Morgan Chase Tone Vays maintains that this could be the opportunity that sidelined investors have been waiting for.

Vays explained that under the current market conditions he would rather have long positions opened than short.

Vays said:

“For those that ‘Bought the Dip’ under $4k, lock it down as HODL. For those that missed it, I am comfortable buying it here.”

Bitcoin

20 Mar at 10:06 pm UTC

$6,171.49

-1.05%

Bitcoin, currently ranked #1 by market cap, is down 1.05% over the past 24 hours. BTC has a market cap of $112.81B with a 24 hour volume of $54.19B.

Bitcoin Price Chart

BTCUSD Chart by TradingView

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