Bitcoin (BTC) may soon extend Wednesday's price pullback, according to a data metric that suggests there's increased selling pressure in the market.
- While the top cryptocurrency by market value fell by 4% on Wednesday, it defended the long-held support zone of $11,100–$11,200.
- Exchange platforms witnessed an inflow of 92,000 BTC on Wednesday, the biggest-single day rise in 37 days, according to blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis.
- "Inflows surged as people rushed to sell at near $12,000," Philip Gradwell, chief economist at Chainalysis, tweeted early Thursday.
- Gradwell believes the selling pressure (arising from the exchange buildup of 92,000 BTC) has probably not been fully absorbed yet.
- That's because bitcoin's median trade intensity, which measures the number of times an inflowing coin is traded, remained low at 3.113, well below the 180-day average.
- Put simply, there were not enough buyers to match sellers.
- As such, coins that weren't liquidated yesterday could still be offloaded into the market in the short run, causing a more profound price decline.
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