Bitcoin Market Dynamics: Oct. 6 Update

Martin Walker
Oct 8, 2023 at 11:43 am

Bitcoin, often denoted by the ticker BTC, experienced a dip, reaching a valuation of $27,849. During this time, market volatility subsided, creating an atmosphere of anticipation for a downward price shift anticipated by October 6.

BTC/USD 1-hour chart. Source: TradingViewBTC/USD 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView 

Bitcoin maintains minimal liquidations while navigating a balance between long and short positions

Within the Bitcoin market, intriguing dynamics played out, as long and short positions were delicately balanced to prevent substantial liquidations. Over a span of 24 hours, the BTC/USD pair displayed a notably flatter trend following an unsuccessful retest at the $28,000 mark.

In spite of a modest 1.5% downturn in its value, the primary cryptocurrency made efforts to approach the pivotal $28,000 threshold just before Wall Street's market opening. However, this ascent was met with growing concerns among investors regarding the possibility of looming losses.

A well-known trader by the name of Daan Crypto Trades observed an ongoing tug-of-war between critical moving averages (MAs) on daily timeframes. In a post dated October 4, the trader speculated on which of the Daily 200MA (in Purple) or the Daily 200EMA (in Blue) would give way first, foreseeing potential impacts on the trajectory of the month of October.

The ongoing struggle between the $27,000 and $28,000 levels persisted, and there was a noticeable rise in open interest (OI) across various exchanges, indicating a forthcoming short squeeze followed by a long squeeze, respectively.

BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Daan Crypto Trades/XBTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Daan Crypto Trades/X 

According to data from CoinGlass, a monitoring resource, there were minimal liquidations observed in both long and short BTC positions up until October 6. The fact that the BTC price didn't fluctuate significantly was not surprising to the market participants.

BTC liquidations chart (screenshot). Source: CoinGlassBTC liquidations chart (screenshot). Source: CoinGlass 

The absence of lower BTC price ranges is unexpected

Material Indicators, another monitoring resource, shifted its attention towards the trading behavior of whales during the week. Various cohorts of whales displayed contradictory behaviors, especially those within the order range of $100,000 to $1 million—the range often seen as the primary influencer of spot price movements.

While some whales increased their exposure, others engaged in substantial net selling, hinting at a net decrease of nearly $60 million over the same period. Speculations arose regarding potential asset liquidations from FTX, a defunct exchange, but the market seemed largely unfazed by the lack of significant price shifts, emphasizing unexpected stability.

BTC/USD order book data for Binance with whale activity. Source: Material Indicators/XBTC/USD order book data for Binance with whale activity. Source: Material Indicators/X 

Speaking of exchange-based scenarios, Exitpump, a popular trading account, identified a potential accumulation of liquidity below the $27,400 mark, foreseeing intriguing price interactions around this resistance block. Notably, there was a substantial bid liquidity observed below $27.4k on the Binance spot order book, suggesting a possible upward movement towards the $28,000 mark for BTC.

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