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The price of Bitcoin fell below $56,000 once more, prompting analysts to speculate on numerous bull and bear scenarios for the cryptocurrency’s short-term price movement.
Cooler heads are calling for a collective deep breath and a step back to assess the long-term outlook for the price of Bitcoin (BTC) and the larger crypto industry, but traders are scratching their heads over today’s plunge down under $56,000.
Data from TradingView shows that after starting the week near $60,000, several days of bears hammering the price of Bitcoin resulted in a revisit to $55,600.
Here’s what analysts have to say about the latest price action from Bitcoin and what to look out for in the days ahead.
Keep an eye on the monthly close
A closer look at the monthly price action for Bitcoin was discussed by independent market analyst ‘Rekt Capital’, who posted the following chart showing that BTC is close to reclaiming an important monthly close level near $58,728.
According to Rekt Captial, the price action for BTC has been “promising” thus far and is now “really close to reclaiming this monthly level as support (green),” but the analys cautioned that there could still be plenty of volatility in the near term as the market closes out the month of November.
Rekt Capital said,
“But it’s important to note that BTC could still easily see-saw like this for the remainder of the month. Monthly close is what matters.”
Mt. Gox trustee to distribute 145,000 BTC
David Lifchitz, managing partner and chief investment officer at ExoAlpha, provided insight into the possible reasons for the pullback, citing the trustee of Mt. Gox’s announcement on Nov. 16 that it will distribute around 145,000 BTC to retail investors who purchased them on the exchange between 2013 and 2015.
Many “mum ‘n pop investors” who stand to “receive a windfall in the near future” as a result of BTC being 100 times higher than their original purchase price “will probably cash them out at any price,” according to Lifchitz, “which will probably hit the market pretty hard when the news of the effective distribution will break.”
As for now, Lifchitz feels that “the selloff seems to be over at the $57,000 to $58,000 support level,” and looks “ready to reach again toward $63,000 and above in the next few days.”
But caution is warranted moving forward, according to Lifchitz, as the threat of a future sell-off once the Mt. Gox BTC are released.
“However, that Mt.Gox is a Damocles sword above the market’s head, and I don’t see BTC going to $100,000 next month with that threat hanging. Whales have been holding tight, but haven’t bought much more. I guess they are well aware of the Mt.Gox upcoming drama and are waiting to load up on the potential upcoming huge dip. Now once the Mt.Gox hurdle will be cleared, Bitcoin will have a clear path to reach new highs, barring some crazy regulations that could spoil the party.”
Historical analysis suggests Bitcoin price may have bottomed
A final bit of insight was offered by analyst and pseudonymous Twitter user ‘TechDev’ who posted the following charts comparing the 2017 price action for Bitcoin with the current market.
According to TechDev, the current correction is “following 2017’s mid-Nov to near perfection” with the “only minor difference” being “a break of the 50-day simple moving average (SMA).”
“We may not have bottomed, but it is close. Everything I am seeing suggests a high probability the next 5-15 weeks will be massive (including BTC and alt mania).”
The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $2.51 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 41.9%.