Macro factors finally see $40,000 give way for Bitcoin price action after two weeks above.
Bitcoin (BTC) fell through $40,000 as Wall Street opened on Feb. 18 with analysts watching lower levels.
BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
Bitcoin falls to two-week lows
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD teasing a $40,000 breakdown throughout Feb. 18, with several attempts seeing bounces higher before the level finally gave way.
At the time of writing, the situation was still unclear, with 24-hour losses for the pair approaching 5% and volatility heightened.
The last time that Bitcoin traded below $40,000 was on Feb. 4, making current levels a two-week low.
Correlation to stocks, themselves, rattled by the Federal Reserve and geopolitical tensions, remained in focus.
#bitcoin remains highly correlated to risk assets.
It too remains in a confirmed downtrend. Day 25 heading into the Half Cycle Low. It has a new Cycle Low scheduled around March 24th, same as stocks!
It’s on a clear path, bulls are the one’s who need to change that. pic.twitter.com/tPxhKmAiRU
— Bob Loukas (@BobLoukas) February 18, 2022
Popular trader and analyst Rekt Capital meanwhile noted that February’s strength had still failed to see BTC/USD reclaim two key exponential moving averages he had previously argued to be essential for an attack on all-time highs in the future.
“Bitcoin wasn’t able to reclaim the two Bull Market EMAs, therefore failing to break into the upper half of the macro range,” he tweeted.
“$BTC will continue to occupy the lower half of the macro range until further notice.”
BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Rekt Capital/ Twitter
That macro range includes a floor price of just under $30,000 — the yearly open from 2021, since which time Bitcoin has effectively acted in a range between there and $69,000.
Altcoins share the pain as BTC falls
Losses were equally mounting among altcoins on the Wall Street open, with some of the top ten cryptocurrencies by market cap losing 8% or more.
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Ether (ETH) was back below $3,000, while all but one of the top 50 altcoins were in the red at the time of writing, the exception being Klaytn (KLAY), which was up 2%.
ETH/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView