Market Wrap: Bitcoin Close to $30K as Investors Search for a Bottom

BTC is down by 34% so far this year and is approaching the middle or late stage of a bear market, according to some indicators.

AccessTimeIconJun 7, 2022 at 8:29 p.m. UTC
Updated Apr 10, 2024 at 2:07 a.m. UTC

Bitcoin (BTC) dropped toward $29,200 before a sharp turnaround that saw the price get close to $30,000 later in the New York trading day. The cryptocurrency has traded in a choppy price range, and so far upside has been capped as some buyers remain on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, alternative cryptos (altcoins) were mixed on Tuesday. Chainlink's LINK token rallied by as much as 11% over the past 24 hours, compared with BTC's flat performance over the same period. Internet Computer's ICP token was down by 6% on Tuesday, and Solana's SOL token declined by 4%.

Sentiment among crypto traders remains bearish, although some analysts and fund managers are starting to search for a price trough in the hopes of recovering from big losses realized over the past month.

"For each cycle we go through in digital assets, the time to accumulate is during the bear markets, and those gains are rewarded exponentially when the bull cycle resumes," Two Prime, a digital asset investment firm, wrote in an email. The firm expects its portfolio to recover from a slump if BTC returns above $33,000 and ether (ETH) returns above $2,200, roughly 10% and 20% above current price levels, respectively.

Two Prime's Digital Asset Fund, which also uses derivatives for income and hedging purposes, is expected to post a return of negative 31.4% for May, which largely followed the underperformance of ETH and other altcoins such as SOL. Typically, altcoins decline more than BTC during down markets because of their greater risk profile.

Latest prices

Bitcoin (BTC): $31,163, −0.62%

Ether (ETH): $1,853, −0.40%

S&P 500 daily close: 4,161, +0.97%

Gold: $1,856 per troy ounce, +0.89%

Ten-year Treasury yield daily close: 2.97%

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

Identifying a cycle bottom

Most indicators suggest bitcoin is approaching the middle or end of a bear market. For example, the realized price model, which is an estimate of the average cost basis of all BTC in supply, is $23,600. Some analysts view that as a key support level, which could indicate a price low.

"Historically, the overall market cost basis or realized price has been a very sound cycle support level, with 84.9% of bitcoin trading days closing above this level. In other words, only 15.1% of trading days have closed below the realized price," Glassnode, a crypto data firm, wrote in a blog post.

To confirm a low, BTC would need to return above the realized price level, similar to what occurred at the end of previous bear markets. That suggests market participants haven't fully capitulated yet.

Realized price model for bitcoin (Glassnode)
Realized price model for bitcoin (Glassnode)

"The bitcoin bear market is not over yet, although it has made a significant part of its way down. The market is full of rumors that short-term buyers have already capitulated," Alex Kuptsikevich, an analyst at FxPro, wrote in an email to CoinDesk.

Rather, a bull market begins when medium-term investors and even some long-term investors capitulate, which could attract buyers at lower prices, according to Kuptsikevich. BTC is "unlikely to reach this point before the price returns to the highs of 2017 (around $19,800)," he wrote.

Altcoin roundup

  • Morgan Stanley sees crypto tightening: Weakness in crypto markets, the failure of the UST stablecoin and a reduction in leverage in decentralized finance (DeFi) are resulting in the “crypto equivalent of quantitative tightening,” Morgan Stanley (MS) said in a report. However, “systemic spillover” risks from the crypto markets to the fiat banking system appear to be limited, the bank said, because the leveraged crypto companies usually borrow from each other. Read more here.
  • Circle supports Polygon USDC: Circle, the issuer of the second-largest stablecoin USDC, is adding support for Polygon USDC on its payments and treasury platform. The move marks the first time a bridged version of the stablecoin has been supported on the platform, and will help developers building on Circle automate flows from fiat into Polygon USDC and allow them to swap fiat for native USDC across different blockchain networks. USDC has about $54 billion in circulation, gaining more than $5 billion in market capitalization in the stablecoin shake-up after UST’s collapse. Read more here.
  • Binance.US’s staking push: The American arm of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance launched a blockchain staking product promising high yields on staked crypto, with the aim of outflanking similar offerings from rival U.S.-based exchanges. Staking – a popular DeFi service where users lock in assets to support proof-of-stake (PoS) networks – enables users to earn up to an 18% annual yield on certain tokens. The first tokens available for staking are audius (AUDIO), avalanche (AVAX), BNB chain, cosmos (ATOM), livepeer (LPT), solana (SOL) and the graph (GRT). Read more here.

Relevant insight

Other markets

Most digital assets in the CoinDesk 20 ended the day lower.

Biggest Gainers

Asset Ticker Returns DACS Sector
Chainlink LINK +7.3% Computing
Cardano ADA +3.9% Smart Contract Platform
XRP XRP +3.9% Currency

Biggest Losers

Asset Ticker Returns DACS Sector
Internet Computer ICP −6.4% Computing
Solana SOL −4.4% Smart Contract Platform
Cosmos ATOM −3.6% Smart Contract Platform

Sector classifications are provided via the Digital Asset Classification Standard (DACS), developed by CoinDesk Indices to provide a reliable, comprehensive and standardized classification system for digital assets. The CoinDesk 20 is a ranking of the largest digital assets by volume on trusted exchanges.


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Damanick Dantes

Damanick was a crypto market analyst at CoinDesk where he wrote the daily Market Wrap and provided technical analysis. He is a Chartered Market Technician designation holder and member of the CMT Association. Damanick is also a portfolio strategist and does not invest in digital assets.

Krisztian  Sandor

Krisztian Sandor is a reporter on the U.S. markets team focusing on stablecoins and institutional investment. He holds BTC and ETH.