Bitcoin (BTC), which crossed $47,000 on Jan. 3, was the first Wall Street trading day of 2022.
BTC/USD 1-hour candle charts (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
Ethereum grabs the spotlight
TradingView and Cointelegraph Markets Pro data showed that BTC/USD traded in a narrow range at the beginning of the week, with traders arguing over short-term outcomes.
Popular Twitter account Galaxy stated that “it’s only a matter time before BTC explodes, and the longer it takes to pump, the harder it will pump,”
“Q1 is only up. It was here that you heard it first.
However, such optimism was not universal. Michael van de Poppe from Cointelegraph felt that it was time to examine altcoins more than Bitcoin.
He said that Ethereum had shown a good bounce and that he believes this trend is over,” Monday’s statement was about the state of USD/ETH.
“Still require additional confirmation, but is stronger than Bitcoin at the moment. Final confirmation higher than $4,100
At the time of writing, ETH/USD had risen more than 2% in just 24 hours. BTC/USD however showed no desire to reach daily highs.
BITSTAMP: ETH/USD 1-hour candle charts Source: TradingView
The S&P 500 was slightly up at the Wall Street Open, despite expectations that the first half would be a boon for equity across the board, thanks to key interest rate increases.
The U.S. Dollar saw an unexpected boost on Jan. 3. The U.S. currency index (DXY), however, quickly gained — as is usual, to Bitcoin’s detriment.
U.S. dollar currency indicator (DXY), 1-hour candle chart. Source: TradingView
Don’t forget the bearish divergence
TechDev, one of the Bitcoin-focused analysts, led calls to quell bearishness. He argued that on-chain indicators don’t support a bearish thesis.
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Concerns about both the relative strength index (RSI) and moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) pale in comparison to more fundamental indicators still yet to print a bearish outlook, he said at the weekend.
4/ While the 2 points are valid, I don’t think they are enough to be considered. They haven’t been historically reliable in identifying macrocycle trend changes. 2 that have. Macro LLs, and 2W RSI floor break. None of these have occurred. My macro outlook will change if they do. pic.twitter.com/qUedP5juZ8
TechDev (@TechDev_52), January 3, 2022
TechDev was in good company, with conviction high and sales declining.
Alistair Milne, entrepreneur, said that they have made a lot of progress from the nerdy retail HODL’ers who were the buyers last resort.
“We now have multi-billionaires, multinationals, and countries that are eager to buy the dips. Anyone who is on the other side needs to be examined IMO.
Some believe that a fresh infusion of institutional interest could be starting this month.
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