First Mover Americas: BTC to $15K? As Rally Stalls, Some Traders Fear Another Leg Down

The latest price moves in crypto markets in context for July 26, 2022.

AccessTimeIconJul 26, 2022 at 1:49 p.m. UTC
Updated Jul 27, 2022 at 3:28 p.m. UTC

Lyllah Ledesma is a CoinDesk Markets reporter currently based in Europe. She holds bitcoin, ether and small amounts of other crypto assets.

Omkar Godbole was a senior reporter on CoinDesk's Markets team.

Good morning, and welcome to First Mover. I’m Lyllah Ledesma, here to take you through the latest in crypto markets, news and insights.

In today’s newsletter:

  • Price Point: BTC is down 5% on the day and one trader predicts the world's largest cryptocurrency could hit lows of $15,000 in August due to a worsening macro environment.
  • Market Moves: Stablecoin tether has found stability for the first time in over two months. One trader said while tether has passed the market's stress test with a return to normalcy, concerns about its reserves will linger.
  • Chart of The Day: Ether's options market has turned cautious, Omkar Godbole writes.

Price Point

Bitcoin (BTC) was trading down 5% on Tuesday morning as global markets dropped. U.S. stock futures slipped as investors analyzed recent earning reports and awaited results from technology companies.

Microsoft and Google's parent Alphabet will post their quarterly financial results after the U.S. market close on Tuesday. Amazon and Apple will report on Thursday. Also, the Federal Reserve is set to announce another interest rate hike on Wednesday.

Mike Schwitalla, head of trading at Crypto Finance AG, said in a note Tuesday that the Fed’s decision will be more or less a "nonevent."

“Due to the good forward guidance of the Fed in recent weeks, I think the market is adequately positioned, and it will be more of a nonevent,” he said.

BTC might see levels as low as $15,000 in August because of the worsening macro environment, Schwitalla said. “We can see the medium-term downtrend, which has been in place since April.”

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Bitcoin/U.S. dollar (TradingView)

The horizontal lines in the chart above are supports and resistances.

“The big question now is whether or not the market can break through this trendline. In case of a breakout, prices of $29,000 are possible in the short term,” Schwitalla said.

Ether (ETH), the second-largest cryptocurrency by market value, was recently down 8.8% at about $1,400. Other altcoins were trading in the red on Tuesday, with near taking the largest hit, down 11.5%.

In other news, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly probing publicly traded crypto exchange Coinbase on suspicion that Coinbase allowed trading of unregistered securities.

Meanwhile, some U.S. senators are trying to free Americans from tracking taxes every time cryptocurrencies change hands, introducing a bill that would exempt individuals from reporting any trade in which they earn less than $50.

Hong Kong-based crypto exchange OSL Digital Securities is set to distribute security tokens to professional investors in a private security token offering. The Ethereum-developed tokens distributed represented a $10,000 worth of a coupon-rate USD bond linked to the performance of bitcoin.

Also, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has sued Bloomberg Businessweek’s publisher Modern Media on defamation claims over a translated Chinese language article title that portrayed the crypto exchange chief as running a “Ponzi scheme."

Biggest Gainers

There are no gainers in CoinDesk 20 today.

Biggest Losers

Asset Ticker Returns DACS Sector
Polygon MATIC −10.5% Smart Contract Platform
Ethereum ETH −9.7% Smart Contract Platform
Terra LUNA −9.6% Smart Contract Platform

Market Moves

By Omkar Godbole

Tether (USDT), a stablecoin meant to be worth a dollar, has found stability for the first time in over two months.

The world's largest stablecoin by market value regained its dollar peg on July 20 and has remained steady since then, the first such instance since the collapse of Terra's algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD or UST (now TerraClassicUSD) in the second week of May.

Terra's UST, the-then third-largest stablecoin in the world, tanked on May 12, spurring panic selling in other dollar-pegged cryptocurrencies. Tether's peg broke, and the token fell to as low as 92 cents on some exchanges following UST's crash and averaged about 99 cents in June.

Tether's market capitalization has declined by $16 billion to $65 billion in two months, a sign of large redemptions by holders. This means that the company behind USDT, Tether Ltd., honored billions of dollars' worth of redemptions following UST's meltdown. Tether Ltd. has long been criticized for the lack of transparency about the nature of assets backing the stablecoin.

In other words, tether has passed the market's stress test, withstanding redemptions in volatile conditions and eventually reclaiming the peg.

"The past two months have definitely been a stress test for stablecoins following the collapse of UST and sharp contraction in USDT's market cap," Clara Medalie, research director at crypto data provider Kaiko, said. "Tether proved its ability to process billions in redemptions, despite lingering questions over the makeup of its reserves."

It remains to be seen if tether's recent resilience bolsters investor confidence in the stablecoin, and trader and crypto analyst Alex Kruger is still skeptical about the stablecoin's resilience. Tether is heavily used in the bitcoin market and decentralized finance (DeFi).

Chart of the Day

By Omkar Godbole

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  • Ether's options market has turned cautious ahead of an expected Federal Reserve rate increase on Wednesday.
  • The put-call skews have turned positive, indicating renewed demand for puts or options offering protection against price drops.
  • Traders appear to be worried that macroeconomic factors may overpower the Merge optimism, yielding a fresh decline in ether.
  • The put-call skews fell below zero last week, indicating a bullish bias as updated deadline for the ETH Merge saw investors pile into call options.

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Lyllah Ledesma is a CoinDesk Markets reporter currently based in Europe. She holds bitcoin, ether and small amounts of other crypto assets.

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Omkar Godbole was a senior reporter on CoinDesk's Markets team.

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Lyllah Ledesma is a CoinDesk Markets reporter currently based in Europe. She holds bitcoin, ether and small amounts of other crypto assets.

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Omkar Godbole was a senior reporter on CoinDesk's Markets team.