First Mover Asia: Bitcoin Continues Drift Below $60K as Investors Eye Shoppers’ Inflation Response, Biden Fed Chair Pick

Trading activity could be light in the coming week because of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday; ether holds steady above $4,300.

AccessTimeIconNov 21, 2021 at 11:30 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 6:45 p.m. UTC
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Good morning. Here’s what’s happening this morning:

Market moves: Bitcoin continues to drift below $60,000 as Biden tees up his pick for Federal Reserve chair.

Technician’s take: Momentum is still positive on a weekly basis, which is consistent with a bullish uptrend.

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Bitcoin (BTC): $59,172 -0.8%

Ether (ETH): $4,327 -1.81%

Market moves

Bitcoin continued to drift below $60,000, as cryptocurrency analysts looked ahead to a week of possible, reduced trading activity as a result of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. Ether held steady for much of the weekend above $4,300.

Investors following bitcoin as an inflation hedge will also look for an early read on how holiday shoppers are responding to the fastest consumer-price increases in three decades. That’s especially true as supply-chain bottlenecks stymie deliveries on some items while discouraging retailers from offering deep discounts.

Another highlight this week could come from an expected announcement from U.S. President Joe Biden for his pick to lead the Federal Reserve. The announcement could have implications for cryptocurrency industry regulation and monetary policy, although some experts say the two top candidates – current Chair Jerome Powell and Fed Governor Lael Brainard – are so similar in their policy positions that the choice may not make a big difference.

The weekend saw little evidence of any breakout from the recent market pattern, where bitcoin appears to be establishing a new price range around the pivotal $60,000 level.

“Prices will likely be contained, with a slight bearish bias,” the digital-asset firm Eqonex wrote Sunday in a newsletter.

A failure to hold above $58,850 could see prices drift down toward $56,670, and from there, “a deeper retracement” to $53,165 is possible, according to Eqonex. A move higher could quickly see prices trade up to $61,750, but gains are likely to be capped around $64,850.

Technician’s take

Bitcoin weekly price chart (Damanick Dantes/CoinDesk, TradingView)
Bitcoin weekly price chart (Damanick Dantes/CoinDesk, TradingView)

Bitcoin (BTC) is stabilizing after a near 10% decline over the past week. The cryptocurrency is holding initial support above $56,000, although resistance around $65,000 could limit further upside over the short term.

The relative strength index (RSI) is oversold on intraday charts, which could encourage brief buying activity. On the daily chart, the RSI is approaching oversold conditions similar to late September, which preceded a price recovery.

On the weekly chart, bitcoin’s long-term uptrend remains intact given the upward sloping 40-week moving average. Momentum is still positive on a weekly basis, which is consistent with a bullish uptrend. And the monthly price chart shows no signs of upside exhaustion yet.

However, the weekly RSI is declining from overbought levels, albeit less extreme relative to January. This means bitcoin is vulnerable to higher volatility as buyers take some profits.

For now, bitcoin will need to hold support and sustain a breakout above $69,000 in order to yield an upside target toward $85,000.

Important events

6 p.m. HKT/SGT (10 a.m. UTC): European Commission consumer confidence Index (Nov.)

6 p.m. HKT/SGT (10 a.m. UTC): U.S. existing home sales (Oct. MoM)

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