The bitcoin price rallied aggressively on Wednesday, and crypto analysts say BTC defended a 5-year-old "parabolic" support line.
The bitcoin price rallied aggressively on Wednesday after the beleaguered cryptocurrency defended a vital support level that has fortified its nearly five-year-old “parabolic” uptrend.
Just hours after careening to seven-month lows below $6,500, the notoriously volatile asset jerked toward a recovery, ascending a wall of sell orders in near-instantaneous fashion.
According to price data from cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp, bitcoin last traded at $7,160 for a daily gain of 8.3%. That empowered BTC’s market cap to recover above $130 billion.
Bitcoin currently accounts for just under 68% of the overall cryptocurrency market, which now boasts an aggregate value of more than $191 billion. BTC’s upward pivot dragged altcoins along for the ride, and major assets like ethereum, ripple (XRP), and litecoin all rose more than 7%.
Altogether, the crypto market recorded $1.3 billion in spot volume over the past 24 hours, along with just under $500 million in bitcoin futures trades on regulated platforms CME and Bakkt.
Wednesday’s broad crypto market recovery did not have a clear fundamental catalyst. Cryptocurrency trader Peter Brandt said that the bounce came after bitcoin defended an “important” technical support level.
According to Tuur Demeester, a founding partner at Adamant Capital, that support level is the trendline that has accompanied bitcoin’s “parabolic” march from less than $200 in January 2015 to $7,000 today.
“What a thriller, Demeester said, noting that BTC has defended this support twice in the past month.
Today’s relief rally brought a welcome sentiment shift to a market battered by losses during the latter half of 2019. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the cryptocurrency’s outlook has fundamentally changed.
Mark Dow, the economist and hedge fund manager who famously called the bitcoin top and shorted the cryptocurrency into its slough of despond, maintains that this year’s recovery – or at least what remains of it – is nothing more than an “echo bubble” that will eventually evaporate entirely.
Peter Schiff, the founder of Euro Pacific Capital and an avowed goldbug, jubilantly declared that there’s still plenty of time for bitcoin’s yearly candle to glow bright red before the end of 2019.
Crypto markets, after all, are open seven days a week – including holidays.
This article was edited by Sam Bourgi.
Last modified: January 22, 2020 11:40 PM UTC