Bitcoin treads trading range bottom after crash

Bitcoin price (BTC) hanged near widely-predicted support levels on Oct. 24 after a day of slaughter sent markets tumbling to five-month lows.

Data showed Bitcoin stabilizing on Thursday following its sudden downturn a day previously, during which BTC/USD lost $500 in just five minutes.

The losses had long been anticipated, with analysts almost exactly predicting the floor lying at Bitcoin’s 200-day moving average — approximately $7,400.

The bottom in fact came at $7,360, while attention now focuses on Bitcoin’s next move. A major factor potentially exerting pressure on price is governmental scrutiny of Libra, Facebook’s proposed digital currency.

This week, the United States Congress again grilled CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a public hearing, during which Bitcoin also came in for criticism.

Beyond external factors, meanwhile, price decreases could test a technical theory focusing on Bitcoin miners. According to some calculations, current miner profitability demands a Bitcoin price of at least $6,500.

Participation could drop — though likely temporarily due to the self-adjusting difficulty algorithm — if BTC/USD falls lower, as it did during the pit of the bear market in December 2018. Nevertheless, investment in mining infrastructure suggests that regardless of price performance, miners are bullish about the future.

Altcoins meanwhile continued to see red as Bitcoin showed little sign of recovery. Having fallen around 8% during the dip, the top ten cryptocurrencies then lingered at lower levels.

Ether (ETH), the largest altcoin by market cap, nonetheless staved off heavier losses, dropping 3.5% to trade at $161 on Thursday.

Others fared worse, notably Binance Coin (BNB), which shed 8% to land at $16.50.

The overall cryptocurrency market cap was $204 billion at press time, with Bitcoin improving its share marginally to 66%.

Jose Alvarado
Jose Alvarado is an economic expert with a special interest in the unregulated currency system. He believes that the future of the planet lies in the unregulated system and that cryptocurrency is only beginning its journey. Whether his prediction is true or not, his skills certainly show his ability to analyze trends and dissect policy decisions. His column talks about the various cryptocurrencies failing and succeeding in a market that is nowhere near saturation.

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