Is the bearish pennant break confirmed? This week in Bitcoin, here are five topics to keep an eye on.

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On Monday, BTC spot price activity appears bleak, but as traders, analysts, and others point out, there are virtually no grounds to be pessimistic on Bitcoin.

Bitcoin (BTC) begins the new week in peril, trading below $45,000 and below certain major moving averages. What comes next?

Almost a week after a wave of leveraged position liquidation pushed the market to $42,800, Bitcoin has wiped out the majority of its subsequent recovery.

The weekend produced little by way of a paradigm shift, and now, downside volatility is firmly in place. With BTC/USD down 13% in a week, Cointelegraph takes a look at five things that may help traders to anticipate what the next move could be.

Stocks due for a rebound

Stocks are expected to perform better this week after selling pressure added to Bitcoin’s woes in the first half of September.

With a red week behind them, expectations are that equities will now rally, continuing a trend that had characterized markets since the coronavirus crash in March 2020.

“Expecting equities to bounce this week and provide some relief for Bitcoin,” Charles Edwards, CEO of investment manager Capriole, forecast.

Bitcoin’s overall relationship with macro trends has been increasingly called into question over the past year. Nonetheless, shocks to the system continue to influence BTC price action, as evidenced by the Federal Reserve Jackson Hole virtual summit earlier in September.

“The world still sees Bitcoin as a risk on asset,” Edwards added in comments alongside a comparative chart.

“Almost every Bitcoin correction in 2021 has correlated with a S&P500 correction of -2% or more.”

BTC/USD vs. S&P 500 annotated chart. Source: Charles Edwards/Twitter

On the flip side, strong stocks may serve to keep the strength of the United States dollar in check, something that also gives Bitcoin more room to breathe.

The U.S. dollar currency index (DXY) saw a brisk move toward 93 last week before halting to consolidate its gains, a process that continues.

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Spot price sags further below bullish metrics

Macro moves could be the deal-breaker when it comes to this week’s BTC price trajectory, forecasts argue.

After ranging over the weekend, Sunday saw last-minute volatility that ended in BTC/USD slipping below $45,000.

With spot traders hedging their bets on more downside, there has arguably never been a bigger disparity between on-chain metrics, adoption phenomena and price.

“Stablecoin liquidity increasing, bitcoin on exchanges hit a 3-year low, normies awaken,” Moskovski Capital CEO Lex Moskovski summarized.

“If macro doesn’t shit the bed, the next leg up is programmed.”

Moskovski later added that macro markets had indeed begun the week in the green and that stablecoins, not used as shorting collateral, made a clear bullish argument.

As previously stated, current projections point between $43,000 and $38,000 as potential price floors, with a rebound from such levels still feasible despite being significantly below critical moving averages.

September has historically been a weak month for Bitcoin, and as a result, price forecasts expect the “real” gain to resume in October.

“Remember more often than not bitcoin has a red month in September and a big price move in Q4,” popular Twitter account Lark Davis told followers Monday.

“BTC can still hit 100k by end of year.”

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

Nonetheless, veteran trader Peter Brandt is sounding the alarm — at least for the time being.

“There is a name for this chart pattern. Anybody want to take a guess what it’s called?” he tweeted alongside the daily chart showing what appears to be a breakdown of a bearish pennant construction.

“Dancing with 2017”

It’s not all doom and gloom — when it comes to this halving cycle, Bitcoin this year is still “dancing with 2017” in terms of price gains.

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That’s according to data from trading platform Decentrader, which this week signals that BTC/USD in 2021 is still on track for the year after a block subsidy halving.

“Dancing with 2017 at the moment,” Decentrader analyst Filbfilb said in comments over the weekend.

Bitcoin bull run comparison chart. Source: Decentrader

The graph depicts the extent to which May’s miner rout disrupted progress. Previously gaining between 2013 and 2017, Bitcoin subsequently sank to establish a new lower paradigm in May, a tendency that eventually continues.

As previously reported, analysts believe that a “double top” phenomena will occur again in 2021, as it did in 2013 and 2017, with a price drop in between correlating to May’s journey to $29,000.

New all-time high for monthly illiquid supply

Last week’s price drop scenario was distinguished from previous ones by investor conduct – everyone continued to purchase.

Unlike during panic episodes such as March 2020, surplus supply was thrown onto the market by speculators and quickly purchased by strong hands last week.

According to statistician Willy Woo, every type of Bitcoin investor has either increased their holdings or remained neutral during the current turmoil.

“Whales added recently. Minnows continue to stack. 10-1000 BTC holders mainly flat,” he revealed Sunday alongside data from on-chain analytics firm Glassnode.

“Reserves held publicly reducing (mainly exchanges and ETFs reducing while corporates adding).”

Bitcoin supply distribution chart. Source: Willy Woo/Twitter

If Bitcoin’s supply is more in demand than ever, similar data reinforces the point. As analyst William Clemente noted, last week had little no impact on hodler patterns.

“93% of Bitcoin’s supply hasn’t moved in at least a month. This is an all-time high. Just another metric showing how bullish supply dynamics are,” he commented, citing Glassnode data.

Bitcoin HODL waves annotated chart. Source: William Clemente/Twitter

Where once was greed now comes fear…

It’s all change for investor sentiment gauge, the Crypto Fear & Greed Index, which this week is posting some curious data about market emotions.

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The drop to $42,800 shifted its readings from “extreme greed” to “fear,” a mood zone that lasted until Sunday.

However, as the weekend came to a close, the Index added some new “greed” to the mix, despite price action plunging even further.

Fear & Greed was 44/100 at the time of writing Monday, remained in “fear” area, while BTC/USD was trading below $45,000.

 

Crypto Fear & Geed Index. Source: Alternative.me

Funding rates across exchanges, being slightly positive, nonetheless do not discount the possibility of a “short squeeze” boosting price performance.

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