Bitcoin Forms ‘Death Cross’ as Selloff Shows No Sign of Reprieve

(Bloomberg) – After a string of news related to renewed raids on China sparked a bitcoin sell-off, chartists and analysts are turning to a scary-sounding technical signal.

The original cryptocurrency formed a death cross, meaning that its average price has fallen below the 200-day moving average over the past 50 days. The indicator is usually viewed as a closely watched technical measure that could give an indication of further pain.

Many analysts had expected the coin to form the gloomy sounding pattern amid a recent downturn in which it has lost 40% in the past two months.

But there is reason to believe the pattern might not be as bearish this time around, as the 200-day moving average is still rising, according to Matt Maley, chief market strategist at Miller Tobacco + Co. “If it starts to decline, that will be more convincing, ”he said.

In fact, Bitcoin’s marking of a death cross didn’t prove to be a barrier to profits in March 2020 when it turned up and formed a gold cross two months later (when the pattern is reversed). But a death cross in November 2019 caused coin trading to drop a month later.

Bitcoin fell to a two-week low on Monday, falling 11.4% intermittently to $ 31,735 after China announced it would invite officials from its largest banks to a meeting to reiterate a ban on the provision of cryptocurrency services. It’s the latest sign that China is eager to do whatever it takes to fill any loopholes in crypto trading.

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“The fact that they are cracked down on it may take some of its shine,” said Jeffrey Kleintop, Chief Global Investment Strategist at Charles Schwab & Co. “I’m not sure if this is a sign of a longer-term change of direction, but it can certainly lead to some volatility. Nobody is sure of the extent of the crackdown and China is a major player in the Bitcoin market. “

Some chartists also say that Bitcoin, which failed to recapture $ 40,000 last week, could retest the $ 30,000 level it briefly touched during its brutal sell-off in May. Should that happen, it could be difficult to find support in the $ 20,000 area.

Other cryptocurrencies also fell – the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index, which tracks some of the largest digital coins, fell nearly 13% at one point on Monday, marking its lowest level since February.

Bitcoin’s profits this year have shrunk to around 11%, in line with the progress made by the S&P 500 in 2021. The coin is on the way to a third consecutive monthly loss.

“There is just a lot of fear, and when there is fear, people sell risky assets. I think Bitcoin is still perceived as a risky asset, ”said Meltem Demirors, Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares, on Bloomberg’s streaming program“ QuickTake Stock ”. “As a rule, investors are skeptical.”

CoinShares saw outflows from the company’s exchange-traded products for six weeks. Demirors said investors are moving to stablecoins like Tether, which could drive prices higher if there is a positive market catalyst.

(Updates Demirors quote with additional information, adds second diagram.)

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