Bitcoin (BTC) starts a new week at comfortable highs as traders square off over BTC price action to come.
As macroeconomic uncertainty continues to grow, Bitcoin is cementing its new trading zone above $30,000.
The highest weekly close since early May 2022 is the latest achievement for bulls, and so far, bid support has allowed the market to avoid a deep retracement after last week’s snap 15% gains.
How could the environment change for BTC/USD this week?
As Bitcoin heads into the October monthly close, would-be volatility catalysts are brewing — not least thanks to the increasing geopolitical instability in the Middle East.
Adding to the hurdles for risk assets to overcome is the United States Federal Reserve, which will decide on interest rate adjustments on Nov. 1.
Under the hood, Bitcoin is looking better than ever, and the numbers prove it — network fundamentals are either at or circling all-time highs, continuing a trend in place for much of this year.
As price survives a mass profit-taking event at the hands of speculators, faith in further upside is proving hard to shake — but for some, the specter of a $20,000 crash is still firmly in play.
Cointelegraph takes a look at these factors and more in the weekly rundown of potential BTC price influencers for the coming days.
Countdown to the end of “Uptober”
After its highest weekly close in 18 months, Bitcoin continues to consolidate near $34,000 as the week begins.
A late-weekend surge took BTC price action to $34,700, helping add to the day’s BTC short liquidations, per data from monitoring resource CoinGlass.
Despite this, the last weekly close of October was a calm event compared to a week prior, and with the monthly close now in focus, market participants will be keen to see if “Uptober” retains its bullish status.
Eyeing relative strength index (RSI) behavior, popular analyst Matthew Hyland was optimistic on the day.
“Current Bitcoin position would eliminate any possibility of bearish divergence forming on the weekly later on off the prior RSI high,” he wrote in an X post.
“This is extremely good for the bullish side and worst possible close for the bearish side.”
An accompanying chart showed RSI hitting higher highs on weekly timeframes. In a previous post, Hyland said that a weekly close at current levels would constitute a wider breakout.
#Bitcoin Weekly closes tommorow
It will potentially confirm a massive breakout of a 6 month+ consolidation
There is also is a chance the weekly RSI will put in a higher high as well and negate any chance at bearish divergence later on pic.twitter.com/WPnkc1e2rE
— Matthew Hyland (@MatthewHyland_) October 28, 2023
RSI, which traditionally acts as an overbought signal at a given price when above 70, stood at 69.7 at the time of writing, with BTC/USD at $34,300, per data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView.
Similarly buoyant about what could happen to BTC price strength this week was popular trader Titan of Crypto.
In one of his latest X updates, he used the Ichimoku cloud to argue that a breakout toward $40,000 was on the cards.
Tenkan starts pointing up ↗️.
If the following conditions are matched :
– Kijun followsTenkan.
– Daily candle manages to close above the range and stay… pic.twitter.com/qZ7PZ5L9n2
— Titan of Crypto (@Washigorira) October 29, 2023
As Cointelegraph reported last week, $40,000 is a popular target for bulls, but some remain notably surprised by the strength of the recent rally.
Trader Bluntz argued that it was “wild that we broke 32k with conviction held and have now found acceptance above 34k.”
“The doubt and disbelief is still lingering,” he continued in part of X commentary, suggesting that many retained a bear market mentality.
$20,000 BTC price dive “worst case scenario”
Despite a week of holding higher levels, Bitcoin is far from convincing everyone that they will endure.
As Cointelegraph continues to report, $20,000 is a crash level which is still very much on the radar for some market participants.
The site of both a CME futures gap and the psychologically significant 2017 all-time high, $20,000 has not left traders’ consciousness seven months after BTC/USD last traded there.
All CME gaps filled in the chart,
— Poseidon (@CryptoPoseidonn) October 28, 2023
Commenting on the prospect of such a move becoming reality, popular trader and analyst Rekt Capital described it as a “worst case scenario.”
The timeframe for this to occur is the five-and-a-half months remaining until the next block subsidy halving event.
“That would be a -42% drop from here,” he wrote at the weekend.
“How likely is it that this could happen? Worst-case scenarios typically have a low probability of occurring.”
Rekt Capital had previously warned over potential extensive BTC price downside at the hands of a double top pattern for 2023, this subsequently invalidated with last week’s move.
Social media was naturally not short of those disregarding a $20,000 comeback altogether, among them CredibleCrypto, who described the eventuality as “near impossible.”
Bitcoin, he continued on the day, was in line to “melt through” the $40,000 mark.
When I first tweeted this 5 months ago, most disagreed with me.
I think many still do.
— CrediBULL Crypto (@CredibleCrypto) October 29, 2023
Others highlighted necessary levels to hold in order to avoid a rapid unwinding of recent progress.
“Looking for Bitcoin to hold this mid range retest and S/R flip,” analyst Mark Cullen wrote alongside a summary chart.
“If it breaks back below then i think the lower sweep could still be on the cards. Bulls don’t really want to see BTC trade for any time back below 32.5k, but a wick below to take liquidity isn’t off the table.”
Trader Pentoshi meanwhile said that conditions had not changed on longer timeframes.
$BTC nothing unchanged
Most important levels to play marked
Closing below purple = likely deviation and invalidation
40-42k on the table in the weeks ahead pic.twitter.com/MfmKCQZpO3
— Pentoshi euroPeng (@Pentosh1) October 29, 2023
FOMC rate move due as crypto ditches stocks correlation
With trouble increasing in the Middle East and the impacts of war increasingly being felt outside the region, Bitcoin is seeing its second major conflict of the past two years.
Hodlers have a constant potential source of volatility in the background — something which this week will spar with U.S. macro data.
On Nov. 1, the Fed will meet to decide on whether benchmark interest rates should rise — an event which can form a short-term volatility catalyst in its own right.
Bitcoin has nonetheless dismissed Fed rate decisions in recent months, this despite persistent inflation repeatedly beating market expectations.
Per data from CME Group’s FedWatch Tool, markets currently expect the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to leave rates unchanged this week.
“We have a huge week ahead,” financial commentary resource The Kobeissi Letter wrote in part of a summary.
Key Events This Week:
1. Consumer Confidence data – Tuesday
2. JOLTs Job data – Wednesday
3. Fed Rate Decision/Statement – Wednesday
4. Initial Jobless Claims – Thursday
5. October Jobs Report – Friday
6. ~20% of S&P 500 reports earnings this week
We have a huge week…
— The Kobeissi Letter (@KobeissiLetter) October 29, 2023
Kobeissi touched on what could become a fresh BTC price headwind — a correction on the S&P 500. Previously correlated with stocks, Bitcoin’s more recent divergence may be put to the test.
Over the past month, the S&P 500 has lost 4%.
In commentary last week, however, research firm Santiment not only confirmed the waning stocks correlation but also said that this in itself was a sign that the crypto bull market was back.
#Bitcoin scratched its way to a new 17-month high again today. Even better, #crypto market caps are growing as the #SP500 declines. This suggests that $BTC‘s & #altcoins‘ 2-year reliance on #equities is gone, a typical recipe for #bullmarket conditions. https://t.co/XXFph87pj6 pic.twitter.com/nVCqyt9t4Z
— Santiment (@santimentfeed) October 25, 2023
Bitcoin mining difficulty, hash rate top previous peaks
For Bitcoin network fundamentals, there is no reason to pause for thought.
At its latest automated readjustment on Oct. 30, difficulty increased by 2.35% — hitting another all-time high.
Now at 62.46 trillion, difficulty reflects that competition among miners is more intense than ever — as Cointelegraph reported, it has never been so complex to mine a single bitcoin.
Hash rate tells an identical story, this circling 493 exahashes per second (EH/s), according to the latest raw data estimates from statistics resource MiningPoolStats.
Commenting on the performance of both difficulty and hash rate, itself near record highs, James van Straten, research and data analyst at crypto insights firm CryptoSlate, described the latter’s progress as a “surge.”
#Bitcoin will record another positive adjustment tomorrow, over 2%.
In the last few days, we have seen the hash rate knocking on 500 eh/s. Only one day have we seen the hash rate break this record.
This will also be the fourth consecutive positive adjustment, which shows the… pic.twitter.com/H2IZFzNTfm
— James V. Straten (@jimmyvs24) October 29, 2023
Jaran Mellerud, a mining analyst at crypto insights firm Arcane Research, predicted that the trend would continue.
“Bitcoin’s hashrate will likely continue surging due to the price pump coupled with the fact that miners are trying to outpace each other in upgrading fleets ahead of the halving,” he argued.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we see 500 EH/s before the New Year.”
Greed matches BTC price all-time highs
Waiting in the wings and vying with RSI for upside potential is the classic crypto sentiment gauge, the Crypto Fear & Greed Index.
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Having lingered in a narrow range for months on end, Fear & Greed staged a firm return in line with Bitcoin’s push higher — but unlike BTC price action, it has returned to November 2021 levels.
The latest data shows the Index hitting 72/100 in recent days. This is firmly within the “greed” category and matches its position just days after Bitcoin hit its most recent all-time highs of $69,000 nearly two years ago.
Fear & Greed tends to reach extreme levels before a significant trend change occurs in price action.
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