36 Hours: Can Bitcoin Close the Month of May in the Green?
As the S&P500 recovers lost ground, battered and bruised Bitcoin bulls are seemingly reluctant to smell the coffee. Is the long-overdue relief rally about to start, or will investors drill deeper for the pristine digital asset?
Let’s dig in.
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Can Bitcoin Close May in the Green?
Bitcoin/Dollar closed a 9th consecutive red weekly candle, falling -2.9% to $29,400. This price-action officially sets another all-time record selling streak amidst a backdrop of US stock-market strength.
BTC/USD is in unchartered territory, with bulls being unable to mount a successful relief rally in record-breaking-oversold conditions so far. Price bounced off the historically significant 200-weekly exponential moving average ($27,000), which tends to roughly dictate market cycle bottoms and accumulation ranges.
On the daily time-frame, BTC/USD is up a modest 5%, exchanging hands at $30,650 at the time of writing. Price has yet to take out key liquidity order blocks ($31k-$33k), and may be setting up for continuation in the run-up to the monthly close due in less than 36 hours. A surprise rally into the close would set BTC up for $34,000; and a close above $37,600 (capped by macro range POC) would turn BTC/USD green for the month of May.
Admittedly, the last target is more hopium than analysis (in the immediate short term).
Locally, BTC/USD continues to range without setting a convincing directional bias to either side.
Should the coin give back the $29,500 level, then sub-$27,000 is probable. But, on the off-chance that Bitcoin is about to experience a well-overdue prolonged market rally, a local dip and bounce from $30,000 provides a base-case for price to take out higher resting liquidity. Alternatively, strength near $31,000 may also be interpreted as an opportunity for bulls to step in too.
SPX & BTC decoupling?
But the interesting technical picture isn’t painted in Bitcoin this time around.
Indeed, the S&P 500 has finally decoupled from Bitcoin, though not as traders might have anticipated. Since May 25th, the SPX is up 6% while Bitcoin has only increased a meagre 4%. Bearing in mind the correlation narrative assumes higher volatility in Bitcoin, it’s safe to say the decoupling has taken place.
The SPX bounced from the value area ($3,900) and could be about to complete a text-book broadening wedge described last week. If it’s playing out and Bitcoin is simply lagging, then the next alpha trade is a BTC/USD bid once the SPX reclaims $4,194 (pivot).
Dollar Index Drops
One tail wind for risk-assets is the sustained drop in US-Dollar strength, which currently stands at 101.3 points.
If the DXY continues its trajectory lower in the immediate short term, a local bounce at 97.2 could be reasonably expected, in part due to the lengthy consolidation block which preceded the original breakout (i.e. buyers would likely defend this level).
Risk — asset bulls would then look for a potential double-top pattern to emerge below 103.5 before initiating the degenerator 9000 on supersonic, high growth high tail-end risk assets.
It might not be the bull run the market deserves, but it’s certainly the one it needs.
Over and out.
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