Bitcoin’s breakout above $42,000 was short-lived, leading some analysts to suggest that swing trading BTC’s range is the smartest move for now.

Bitcoin (BTC) price flashed bullish for a brief moment, possibly tricking some traders into opening longs before plunging back below $40,000 in evening trading hours. Let’s take a quick look at what traders think about the current price action and whether or not today’s brief break out was nothing more than test of overhead resistance.

BTC/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

Resistance remains at key moving averages

Analysis of Bitcoin’s weekly price action was discussed by crypto trader and pseudonymous Twitter user Rekt Capital, who posted the following weekly chart noting that “Bitcoin is now hovering below the green 21-week & blue 50-week Bull Market EMAs.”

BTC/USD 1-week chart. Source: Twitter

Rekt Capital said,

“Breaks beyond these EMAs have preceded immense upside. Turn these Bull Market EMAs into support and we’ll see Bull Market momentum resume.”

Bitcoin’s correlation to tech stocks provides insight

Despite all the macro factors affecting global financial markets, Bitcoin remains “stuck in the middle of its $35,000 to $45,000 range,” according to David Lifchitz, managing partner and chief investment officer at ExoAlpha. Lifchitz noted that BTC has behaved more like a risk asset than an inflation hedge.

Evidence for this can be found by looking at the highly correlated price action for BTC and the Nasdaq over the past few months.

BTC/USD vs. Nasdaq futures. Source: Refinitiv

According to Lifchitz, if Bitcoin’s “correlation with speculative tech stocks remains high,” the planned series of interest rate hikes by the United States Federal Reserve will, at some point, “become toxic to risk assets,” which could translate into declines in the price of Bitcoin.

Overall, Lifchitz suggests that for investors who are convinced of its long-term potential, “Bitcoin should be actively traded while it bounced up and down in the range.”

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$42,300 is a crucial level to watch

According to independent market analyst Michaël van de Poppe, $42,300 is the crucial level that needs to be overcome.

BTC/USD 4-hour chart. Source: Twitter

Van de Poppe said,

“This is also a daily breaker. If it breaks, I’m assuming a new test of $46k is around the corner and possibly $50k+.”

Further evidence that suggests BTC could soon trend higher was provided by analyst and pseudonymous Twitter user Plan C, who posted the following chart looking at the confluence of several analytical measures for Bitcoin price.

Bitcoin confluence floor model. Source: Twitter

Plan C said,

“The last 4 times the blue & purple lines were below the green line for this long the Bitcoin bottom was already in.”

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $1.881 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 41.2%.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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