Bitcoin price dip to $39.2K places BTC back in ‘bear market’ territory

Traders say the threat of a lengthy bear market is heightened after BTC price drops to $39,200.

The cryptocurrency market took a turn for the worse on April 11 after concerns related to rising inflation, the prospect of several more interest rates by the U.S. Federal Reserve and fear of a global food shortage led to widespread weakness across global financial markets.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that bears broke through the bulls’ defensive line at $42,000 in the early trading hours on Monday to drop Bitcoin (BTC) to a daily low of $39,200 and several analysts project even lower prices in the short-term.

BTC/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

Here’s a look at what analysts are saying about Monday’s move lower and whether or not traders should expect more downside over the coming days.

$40,000 or bust

The dip below $40,000 was foreshadowed by market analyst Michaël van de Poppe, who posted the following chart on Sunday highlighting the strong move in Bitcoin, but he also warned that “it’s the weekend and we still need to crack this resistance zone.”

BTC/USD 4-hour chart. Source: Twitter

After Monday’s pullback, van de Poppe posted a follow-up tweet addressing the rejection at $43,000 and offering insight into what level to keep an eye on as the next support. According to the trader, “the green zone” in the $43,000 to $44,000 range would need to become support to preserve any blossoming bullish momentum. 

This bear market is “different”

BTC/USD 1-day chart. Source: Twitter

Insight into the confusion that many crypto traders have been experiencing over the past year was provided by decentralized finance advisor and pseudonymous Twitter trader ‘McKenna’, who posted the following chart looking at the Bitcoin price action since April 2021. McKenna said that “this has been the weirdest bear market I’ve seen.”

McKenna said,

“I don’t even think we see sub $30,000, I’m more in favor of just choppy price action in this range which is also hell. Just need corn to chill and let my altcoins run.”

A similar sentiment was expressed by crypto analyst and pseudonymous Twitter user ‘360Trader’, who posted the following chart highlighting the consolidation range Bitcoin has been trading in since last November.

BTC/USD 1-day chart. Source: Twitter

360Trader said,

“Bitcoin consolidation continues… leverage is in control… float still drying up… This ain’t gonna last forever. Just slap a band-aid on and keep pushing.”

Related: Bitcoin keeps falling as former BitMEX CEO gives $30K BTC price target for June

Where does Bitcoin go from here?

A final bit of insight on the future of BTC price was provided by Philip Swift, markets analyst and founder of LookintoBitcoin, who posted the following chart showing the recent price rejection off the 1-year moving average (MA).

BTC/USD 1-day chart. Source: Twitter

According to Swift, the 1-year MA “has acted as a pivot point for bull v. bear markets throughout Bitcoin’s history.”

Swift said,

“Can’t really call it a bull market until we are convincingly back over the 1yr MA.”

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $1.874 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 41.4%.

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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