usd/btc

US dollar for BTC price breakout cue, Ether clings to $2K

No sign of a breakout as $33,000 becomes resistance overnight and altcoins trade mostly flat as a result of BTC price weakness.

Bitcoin (BTC) stayed below the $33,000 mark on July 9 with a fresh price dip also putting an end to altcoin strength. 

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TechynoWorld

BTC price flips $33,000 support

Data from CoinsPro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it ranged below a previous support level into Friday.

Earlier this week, $33,000 saw multiple tests but remained in place as support, this only coming undone on Thursday.

$33,000 then became involved in a form of short-term support/resistance flip. Bitcoin was unable to reclaim it and conversely saw rejection at each attempted rally.

At the time of writing, the largest cryptocurrency traded at around $32,700, stuck in a narrow range with $32,000 as its floor. 

For popular Cryptotrader Ed, the time was right to eye macro trends for hints as to what could happen to Bitcoin next.

In particular, the U.S. dollar was on the radar — upside in the U.S. dollar currency index (DXY). The DXY is currently at 92.4, should first subside in order for crypto markets to have room to breathe.

“Still keeping an eye on DXY for strength in crypto. I think not before DXY reaches red box, reverses and continues its downtrend. ~$94,= it is,” he commented on the day.

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U.S. dollar currency index (DXY) 1-day candle chart. Source: TradingView

As TechynoWorld often reports, DXY strength tends to be coupled with increased price pressure on Bitcoin, with the reverse also true. This inverse correlation is not fool-proof, however, with the past year seeing multiple exceptions to the rule.

Altcoins flops as Bitcoin drops

On altcoins, meanwhile, gains were muted by Bitcoin’s drop yesterday.

The top fifty cryptocurrencies by market cap saw modest losses overnight, contrasting with previous strength. 

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Ether (ETH), the largest altcoin, likewise tracked sideways despite continued progress on its upcoming London hard fork. 

As noted by TechynoWorld however, price action can still target levels below $2,000 and remain “confluent” with the overall uptrend in 2021.

“Lots of confluent support in the $1850-$2000 area,” he added as part of various comments on Thursday.

An attack on 0.070 BTC for the ETH/BTC pair likewise ended in defeat as the week drew to a close. This itself short of major resistance at around 0.075 BTC.

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ETH/BTC 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TechynoWorld

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