Cryptocurrency market winning streak ends as Bitcoin slides to support at $20,800

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(Kitco News) – The cryptocurrency market saw prices drop during trading on Wednesday as several major announcements – including the possibility that Genesis Global Capital will be forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection – ended the multi-day streak of price gains as traders took profits and now wait for a good opportunity to re-enter the market.

Traditional markets also came under pressure as the latest retail sales report showed a slowdown in consumer spending activity accompanied by a cooler-than-expected inflation reading. As markets close in the US, the S&P, Dow and Nasdaq all closed in the red, down 1.56%, 1.81% and 1.24% respectively.

TradingView data shows that a morning push higher by Bitcoin (BTC) bulls was firmly rejected at $21,646, which led to a rapid 5.72% drop to a daily low of $20,415 earlier to be pulled back above the support at $20,800.

BTC/USD 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

The price drop was a “normal lull after hitting a four-month high on Tuesday” according to Kitco senior technical analyst Jim Wyckoff, who noted that the bulls “still have the solid overall short-term technical lead in amidst an ongoing upward price trend on the daily bar chart.

“That suggests even more upside in the near term,” Wyckoff concluded.

Corrective retreat before a bull market

A recent market update report by Eight Global called the possibility of a corrective pullback a likely scenario based on where the price and the RSI traded. According to analysts at Eight Global, $20,000 and $19,500 are the levels to watch now as good spots to look for long opportunities.

“The $19,500 area in particular is interesting, both from a horizontal S/R level perspective and even the 200-day simple moving average is currently starting to curl up from there,” the update states.

“If a dip occurs, the price could drop as low as $18,800, then initial stop loss (SL) orders could be placed below that. When the price reaches the $20,800 area again, SL may be moved to break even, or into profit, to secure the position,” the analysts noted.

Full-time crypto trader Daan Crypto Trades noted that the current price movement for Bitcoin is similar to what he saw in April 2019 and warned that those expecting a quick follow-up rally might be disappointed as the price “may be falling here for a lot longer than you think.”

BTC/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

“In 2019, we stayed within a small range for a month before seeing a breakout. Many positions, on both sides, were rekt during that coup,” Daan warned.

Market analyst Rekt Capital made a similar observation about the move in April 2019 and posted a tweet discussing the possibility of a pullback to $17,000.

The altcoin market takes a hit

The broader altcoin market also gave back some of the gains it recently made as only a handful of tokens were in the green, while the vast majority posted losses on the day.

Daily performance of the cryptocurrency market. Source: Coin360

Projects that managed to post gains amid the broader market decline include Kava (KAVA), which rose 9.82% to $1.03, an 8.88% increase for Galxe (GAL), and an increase of 6.98% for Shiba Inu (SHIB).

The overall cryptocurrency market capitalization is now $975 billion, and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 41.3%.

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