Bitcoin tests a crucial threshold towards $40K as altcoins bleed

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Moving averages have faded from view, and $40,000 has begun to loom large for Bitcoin bulls, at least for the time being.

Bitcoin (BTC) fell further at the start of the new week, hitting new lows at $44,000 due to a lack of bullish impetus.

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

Bitcoin threatens loss of $44,000 “demand zone”

Data from  TradingView showed BTC/USD testing levels that analysts demand should stay as support.

After a weekly close below both the key 50-day and 200-day moving averages, the pair looked increasingly less likely to reclaim them on shorter timeframes.

Analyst Michaël van de Poppe, the bullish crossover of the two averages, known as a “golden cross,” was still on the cards. There was, however, “no guarantee” that bullish behavior would result from the event taking place.

“I think we’re going to have a top of this cycle… next year, in April–May,” he forecast, giving a new, further-reaching timetable for BTC/USD to see its cycle top.

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In the meantime, $44,000 and $47,000 form the support and resistance levels to watch for a continuation up and down, he added.

For fellow trader and analyst Rekt Capital, $44,000 was equally important, forming the lower boundary of a “demand area” among buyers.

“The recent BTC Weekly Close wasn’t technically bad as it occurred above the orange demand area. However, BTC is now dipping deeper into the demand area,” he commented on an accompanying chart Monday.

“That said, this demand area still hasn’t been lost. As long as the demand area holds, BTC won’t see $40K.”

BTC/USD 1-week annotated candle chart (Coinbase). Source: Rekt Capital/Twitter

Cardano 10% losses lead fresh altcoin rout

Altcoins performed worse than Bitcoin overnight, with the top ten topped by Cardano (ADA), which lost 11% in 24 hours to $2.41.

The largest altcoin, Ether (ETH), fell 6%, with the only saving grace for investors being Polkadot’s DOT, which was up 4% at the time of writing.

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ADA/USD 1-day candle chart (Binance). Source: TradingView

“Many Altcoins have performed favourable Weekly Closes, indicating that retests should follow,” Rekt Capital added about the latest moves.

“At this time, the retests are failing, coins threatening to lose key supports. But it’s early in the week. Could easily turn out to be normal retest volatility.”

Trader Scott Melker, meanwhile, soft-peddled concerns about Bitcoin’s failing market dominance, arguing that new altcoins were artificially diluting its stance.

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