Bitcoin remains a dog with fleas as other risk assets rebound

Bitcoin, the underperforming asset continues to slide on renewed selling pressure.  No major news is specifically being attributed to today’s slide, but the strong break of the psychological $4,000 mark dashed many crypto fans hopes of a bounce at that level.  While other risk assets and global markets rallied on optimism on developments in Europe, virtual currencies remain under pressure.  European indexes finished broadly stronger, oil had a relief rally, while both the euro and cable rallied early against the dollar, only to give up gains at the European close.

All cryptocurrencies had a disastrous last week, with bitcoin now down almost 82% from the $19,996 high made last year.  Last week, Chainanalyis noted that 17 Bitcoin retail processors payments fell 80% from the beginning of the year till September.  Earlier in the month, Bitcoin Cash developers and miners could not agree on change of software, also known as a hard fork.  The result was the decision to split into two digital currencies, Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin SV.

The regulatory environment globally has also been another key hurdle, with landscape becoming stricter as government agencies continue to monitor digital currencies.

The Bitcoin weekly chart highlights the recent plummet with price trading around the $3,540 level, which is the 1.414% Fibonacci expansion level of the last major rally we saw early this year.  If bearishness accelerates and breaks below the $3,000 level, key support could come from the $2,350 level.  To the upside, $5,000 will remain critical resistance.

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

Senior Market Analyst at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya is a market analyst with OANDA, producing up-to-the-minute fundamental analysis of geo-political events and monetary policies in the US, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Over the course of his career, he has worked with some of the world’s leading forex brokerages and research departments including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Most recently he worked with TradeTheNews.com, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including BNN, CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. He is often quoted in leading print and online publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University. Follow Ed on Twitter @edjmoya ‏
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