Bitcoin Down as Stocks Fall Over European Coronavirus Fears

Bitcoin is dropping alongside stocks as soaring cases of COVID-19 threaten economic activity in Europe.

Sep 21, 2020 at 11:12 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 9:58 a.m. UTC

Bitcoin is facing selling pressure Monday amid coronavirus-led risk aversion in the stock markets.

  • Bitcoin is trading in the red near $10,650 at press time, down 2.9% on the day, having faced rejection near $11,000 earlier on Monday.
  • A decline in European stocks and U.S. stock futures and a rise in the U.S. dollar look to be weighing over the top cryptocurrency by market cap.
  • Major European indices like Germany's DAX, France's CAC, and the U.K.'s FTSE are down more than 3%, according to data source investing.com.
  • Futures tied to Wall Street's S&P 500 index are also down nearly 2%, but the dollar index, which tracks the greenback's value against major currencies, is up 0.5%.
  • Investors are selling equities on fears the recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases across Europe could unleash a new round of economic damage.
  • The epidemic is doubling roughly every seven days in the U.K., and if the trend continues there would be about 50,000 new cases per day by the middle of October, according to the British government’s chief scientific adviser.
  • The U.K. may be forced to bring in new lockdowns; other European countries from Denmark to Greece have already imposed restrictions.
  • Bitcoin could suffer a bigger drop if the risk aversion worsens, triggering a dash for the U.S. dollar, a global reserve currency, as happened in March.
  • Additionally, a recent rise in the flow of coins from miner wallets to exchanges could add to bearish pressures around bitcoin.

Bitcoin miner outflows to exchanges

  • On Sunday, 784 BTC (worth roughly $8 million) were transferred to exchange wallets from miner wallets – significantly higher than the 30-day average daily outflow of 265 BTC, according to data source Glassnode.
  • Miners and investors usually move coins to exchanges to liquidate their holdings.
  • As such, a price drop and a pick-up in volatility could be in the offing, unless buying pressure is strong enough to absorb the additional miner supply.

Bitcoin hourly chart

  • A possible head-and-shoulders breakdown, a bearish pattern, seen on the hourly chart may expose the 100-day average support located near $10,400.
  • Meanwhile, resistances are seen at $11,000 and $11,183 (Sept. 19 high).

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