Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptos traded higher on Tuesday as bearish sentiment over the past week appears to be fading.
Most alternative cryptocurrencies (altcoins) outperformed bitcoin, suggesting a greater appetite for risk among traders. For example, THORChain's RUNE token rallied by 11% over the past 24 hours, compared with a 2% rise in BTC over the same period. Meanwhile, decentralized finance (DeFi) tokens such as AAVE and EOS rose more than 7% on Tuesday.
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Sentiment is also starting to improve among crypto traders, evidenced by a slight uptick in the bitcoin Fear & Greed Index on Tuesday. Still, some buyers remain on the sidelines as BTC trades in a tight range between $32,000 and $46,000.
Stocks were also higher on Tuesday as the 10-year Treasury yield rose toward 2.9%, a level not seen since late 2018. Gold, a traditional safe haven asset, traded lower over the past 24 hours, indicating a slight risk-on tone in global markets.
●Bitcoin (BTC): $41322, +1.25%
●Ether (ETH): $3098, +2.75%
●S&P 500 daily close: $4462, +1.61%
●Gold: $1950 per troy ounce, −1.67%
●Ten-year Treasury yield daily close: 2.91%
Bitcoin, ether and gold prices are taken at approximately 4pm New York time. Bitcoin is the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (XBX); Ether is the CoinDesk Ether Price Index (ETX); Gold is the COMEX spot price. Information about CoinDesk Indices can be found at coindesk.com/indices.
Bitcoin's value zone
A large amount of bitcoin supply has been accumulated between the $38,000 and $45,000 price range, according to blockchain data compiled by Glassnode. Typically, price "value" zones, areas with a large amount of trading activity, precede strong breakouts or breakdowns in price.
"Despite an additional two months of sideways consolidation, a large proportion of the market appears unwilling to spend and sell their coins, even if their coins are held at a loss," Glassnode wrote in a blog post. That suggests price-insensitive traders hold much of bitcoin's supply above the $40,000 price level.
So far, long-term price momentum has deteriorated, so it remains to be seen if traders will continue to find attractive buying points between $35,000 and $42,000. From a technical perspective, a breakout or breakdown of the current price range is needed to confirm a shift in trend.
The chart below shows a volume profile of bitcoin's year-long price range. Currently, the midpoint indicates short-term support at $38,590. High-volume nodes around $32,000 and $50,000 define the most recent price range, which typically coincides with prolonged periods of accumulation or distribution.
The recent decline in buy volume relative to sell volume, however, could indicate a lack of conviction among bitcoin buyers. If a breakdown of the current range occurs, secondary support is seen at $27,000 and $23,500.
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Most digital assets in the CoinDesk 20 ended the day higher.
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