BTC price cools on latest US data as Bitcoin liquidates $80M in shorts


Bitcoin (BTC) trended towards $24,000 on the Feb. 16 Wall Avenue open after recent macroeconomic information from the US overshot estimates.

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Supply: TradingView

Scorching U.S. PPI information “rattles” markets

Knowledge from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView confirmed BTC/USD retracing a few of its newest features on the day, buying and selling at round $24,400 on Bitstamp on the time of writing.

The pair had hit $24,895 on Bitstamp in a single day, marking its highest ranges in six months as a shock rally appeared to catch many merchants off-guard.

Over the 2 days to Feb. 16, $80 million in brief positions have been liquidated on Bitcoin alone, with $65 million approaching Feb. 15 — probably the most in a single day since Jan. 20.

BTC liquidations chart. Supply: Coinglass

The U.S. Producer Value Index (PPI) print for January nonetheless extinguished a number of the pleasure on danger property because it confirmed costs rising greater than anticipated on a year-on-year foundation.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite Index have been each down 1.1% on the time of writing.

“Some indicators of financial weakening in in the present day’s macro information,” funding analysis useful resource Recreation of Trades wrote in a part of a Twitter response, additionally noting that unemployment information had are available beneath the anticipated 200,000 claims for the week.

Consistent with declining equities, the U.S. greenback index (DXY) confirmed renewed energy, climbing above 104.1 to its highest ranges for the reason that first week of the 12 months.

“Nonetheless going completely as anticipated, thus far we’re seeing a D1 downtrend break and flip, eyes on D1 200 EMA within the 104.5-104.7 space as mentioned previous couple of weeks,” standard dealer Pierre wrote in an update on occasions.

U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) 1-day candle chart. Source: TradingView

What’s in a death cross

Bitcoin faced key moving averages of its own, meanwhile, in the form of the 50-week and 200-week trend lines, these having just printed their first-ever “dying cross” in a warning to bulls.

Associated: Why is Bitcoin price up today?

For Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe, nevertheless, there was motive to not pay an excessive amount of consideration to the phenomenon following the 2022 bear market.

“The Demise Cross solely takes place primarily based on historic worth occasions,” he told Twitter followers on Feb. 15.

“All the bear market of the previous 12 months, that is lastly coming into that cross. Smartest thing to do with such a factor is to lengthy as a substitute of quick.”

BTC/USD 1-week candle chart (Bitstamp) with 50, 200MA. Source: TradingView

Fellow trader Crypto Tony summarized the mood among more conservative market participants.

In an update after the latest local highs, he argued that much depended on Bitcoin’s behavior around $25,000.

“My main target on this 5th wave is $25,000 as this is also the prior untapped swing high,” he explained alongside a chart.

“From here we will get more of a understanding whether we are indeed in a flat bearish correction, or if this is the start of something more exciting.”

BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Crypto Tony/ Twitter

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