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Market Wrap: Bitcoin Wavers in Narrow Range as Cryptos Trade Weaker

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Bitcoin (BTC) was in a downtrend for most of the day, with prices down 1%. If prices break into negative territory by the end of Tuesday, it will be the fifth consecutive day of declines, each with below average volume (based on a 20-day moving average).

The Average Real Range (ATR) of BTC movement has also declined during this period, indicating that Bitcoin is trading quite strongly.

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A narrow trading range, along with low trading volume, can indicate a lack of conviction, be it bullish or bearish. At the very least they may indicate that investors are taking a wait-and-see approach.

In traditional markets, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.9% on the day, while the Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 indexes lost 0.5% and 0.7%, respectively.

Bitcoin-heavy company MicroStrategy (MSTR), which reports earnings after the US stock markets closed on Tuesday, was up 3% during intraday trading.

Ether (ETH) rose 1.4% on the day, reversing a 3% drop from the day before, and ending four consecutive days of declines.

Altcoins were also in decline on Tuesday, with Polkadot’s DOT token down 3%, while Polygon’s MATIC and Chainlink’s LINK fell 1.62% and 3.25%, respectively.

Bitcoin (BTC): $22,924 +0.1%

Ether (ETH): $1,635 +1.0%

S&P 500 daily close: 4,091.32 −0.7%

Gold: $1,779 per troy ounce +0.6%

Ten-Year Treasury Yield Closes Daily: 2.74% +0.1

Prices of bitcoin, ether and gold are taken at approximately 4 p.m. New York time. Bitcoin is the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (XBX); Ether is the CoinDesk Ether Price Index (ETX); Gold is the COMEX spot price. Information about CoinDesk Indices can be found at Coindesk.com/indices.

drop in prices in small quantities; Bond market still a sign of general market concern

Bitcoin price fell again on Tuesday as the market relented after last week’s rally.

On a technical basis, bitcoin broke above its 10-day exponential moving average (EMA), indicating short-term weakness. The 10-day EMA is a moving average of the recent 10 days of bitcoin price. A price movement below the EMA of an asset can be interpreted as a bearish signal. One thing to note, however, is that there has been a downside break from the average volume. A small amount of movement in either direction is often interpreted as a lack of conviction in the direction of the move.

Prices now sit between the 10- and 20-day EMAs, which may indicate a buying window for traders with a bullish outlook. BTC price is down 28% from the 200-period EMA and less than 1% below the 50-days EMA of $23,211. For context, BTC last closed above its 50-day EMA in April.

The Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) has retreated from the level of 69 on July 19 to the current level of 56.22. The RSI indicator is often used as an indicator of price momentum, and measures both the speed and magnitude of price movements. Levels above 70 indicate overbought conditions, while levels below 30 indicate oversold conditions. A level (current position) close to 50 is interpreted as “neutral”.

This often goes hand-in-hand with “range-bound” environments, where prices are relatively flat and the range of price movements is narrow.

BTC daily chart with a combination of RSI and Average True Range Indicator (Trading View)

Fixed income markets are showing signs of overall concern

As noted in Monday’s edition of “First Mover,” the yield between 10-year and two-year U.S. Treasury notes is at its most inverted level in more than 20 years. The significance of the inversion is that historically within the US, yield curve inversion has often occurred 12–18 months before an economic downturn.

One counterargument is that the flattening of the curve is a possible precursor for the US Federal Reserve withdrawing from its current tightening schedule, while focusing on more accommodative measures (i.e., lowering interest rates).

Another item of note is the potential inverse of 10-year Treasury bonds and three-month Treasuries. As shown below, the spread between 10-year and three-month Treasuries has declined sharply since May. While not currently reversal, the current spread of 0.04% is also at a 20-year low. The significance of this is that the markets are essentially valuing the risk of capital lending for three months, as they exceed the risk of lending capital for 10 years.

Current Spread Treasury Yield Between 10 Years and 3 Months (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

Bitcoin supply is gradually increasing in profit

While the 10-year and two-year spread pertains to all risk assets, the supply of BTC percentage in profit is tied only to the cryptocurrency. Given the recent increase in the price of BTC, it should come as no surprise that the percentage supply in profit indicator for BTC has increased even more. It should also be mentioned to what extent the metric coincides with the top and bottom of the BTC market.

Historically, readings above 95% have indicated a market upside, while readings below 50% have indicated a downside. As it stands, the BTC percentage supply in gains is 61%, up from 50.3% on July 18th. BTC price is up 22% over the same time frame.

BTC Percentage of Supply is currently in profit (Glassnode)

Altcoin Roundup

  • Zipmex to allow users to withdraw certain altcoins: The crypto exchange will issue SOL, ADA and XRP tokens to users’ wallets in the coming days, as it barred customers from direct custody of their coins last month. Read more here.

  • Magic Eden Expands Ethereum: The leading Solana-based non-fungible token (NFT) platform is integrating Ethereum-based NFTs into its earlier Solana-only platform. Read more here.

  • Sygnum Bank expands stake in Cardano The digital asset bank has expanded its staking portfolio to the Cardano blockchain’s native token, ADA, the world’s eighth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. ADA adds Ethereum’s ETH, Internet Computer’s ICP and Tezos’ XTZ to the firm’s staking offerings, which are integrated with its banking platform. Read more here.

relevant insights

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  • Digit introduces a token-staking tool kit for yield-hunting communities: The product will initially be offered on Ethereum, Polygon, BNB Chain, Avalanche and Phantom Network.

  • Failure of Ether to break above the 100-day price average clouds Outlook: The cryptocurrency’s trajectory is suddenly in doubt after the price failed to push past a key technical range on the charts.

  • Lending platform Vires.Finance moves forward for repayment plan: Waves Governance token holders have voted to give investors a choice between going ahead with withdrawal requests or waiting until market conditions improve.

  • Crypto intelligence firm Messari acquires Crunchbase’s version of Web3 Dove Metrics, a provider of crypto-fundraising data, was bought for undisclosed financial terms.

  • Bitcoin Brokerage River Financial Drops Fees for Recurring Trades: Crypto-exchange Binance also recently announced zero-fee bitcoin trades on its platform.

  • Coinshift taps Deepak Chopra-involved DAO Project for Treasury Management The crowdfunding service aims to bring DAO tooling to non-crypto savvy agents of change.

  • BitsCrypto Raises $1.2M To Facilitate Sequential Investment In Crypto The round was led by HOF Capital, a firm previously invested in Moonpay, Stripe and Kraken.

  • Robinhood’s crypto division fined $30M by New York financial regulator The online broker said last year it expected a fine after the 2020 probe.

  • Crypto exchange Luno wins regulatory registration in France The AMF registration allows the CoinDesk sister company to hold custody of digital assets, facilitate their purchase, sale and exchange, and operate a trading platform for them.

  • Central Bank of Singapore to Consult Public on Stablecoin Regulations The minister in charge of the bank said that MAS is reviewing the rules to deal with the risks of stablecoins.

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