Bitcoin holds $40K over Easter but thin liquidity, ‘capitulation’ risk haunt traders

Expectations remain that Bitcoin will head lower in the short term as price compression becomes the main chart feature of the Easter weekend so far.

Bitcoin (BTC) chose compression over the Easter weekend, sparing nervous traders a fresh dive below $40,000.

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

Derivatives traders take no risks

Data from TradingView showed BTC/USD acting in a narrowing range with $40,700 as its ceiling Saturday and Sunday.

The pair saw little action as the holiday period began, with United States equities markets off from Good Friday onwards, allowing crypto to avoid correlation-based volatility.

With Monday likewise a non-trading day, Bitcoin was set for four days of “out-of-hours” trading. While that meant its stocks correlation mattered less, there were other forces at play ready to spook sentiment.

Market liquidity stayed lower than on workdays, and while standard, some feared that any sudden moves could be exacerbated as a result of thinner order books.

Analyzing derivatives moves over the weekend, Deribit Insights, the research arm of trading platform Deribit, flagged liquidity as one consideration influencing real-time investor decisions.

A slight zoom-out from popular trader and commentator Pentoshi meanwhile delivered a more wary perspective.

For him, only a reclaim of levels significantly beyond the current narrow trading range on low timeframes would suffice for a more bullish feeling on what could come next for BTC/USD.

“44.5k most important spot for bullish momentum currently. 42k 1D Resistance,” he summarized to Twitter followers on Saturday alongside an explanatory chart.

“Below bias is for re-distribution and another leg down. Think buyers need to step in pretty quickly.”

BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Pentoshi/ Twitter

100 days until “capitulation”?

Pentoshi was meanwhile not the only voice predicting long-term gain but short-term pain for Bitcoin — a narrative, which had gathered momentum throughout 2022.

Analyzing market movements, Kevin Svenson, well known on social media for his bullish sentiment on BTC, warned that current chart behavior was mimicking the period just before Bitcoin’s bear market crash in late 2018.

While that event followed a long period of lower lows throughout the year, Bitcoin has been making higher lows in 2022, he noted, but it would not take much for the tables to turn and “capitulation” to enter.

“The difference between those higher lows and a breakdown is significant right now, so just being blindly on one side and not considering anything else is a little bit foolish in my opinion,” he said.

Svenson added that Bitcoin was “getting there” in terms of following a historical pattern of putting in a macro low around 800 days after each block subsidy halving. The last halving — on May 11, 2020 — was 706 days ago.

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