Brisk gains encounter resistance at $42,000, but stock markets may be to blame.
Bitcoin (BTC) bulls kept up the pressure on April 20 as the Wall Street open saw a return to $42,000.
$42,000 proves troublesome
Data from TradingView showed BTC/USD reaching $42,220 on Bitstamp, its highest since April 11.
After adding as much as 9.3% versus local lows from April 18, the pair was now in line for “interesting” behavior, according to Michaël van de Poppe.
“Things get interesting at $42K,” he told Twitter followers.
Like others on the day, Van de Poppe highlighted declining U.S. dollar strength as a boon for BTC price performance.
— Michaël van de Poppe (@CryptoMichNL) April 20, 2022
Volatility was nonetheless heavily in evidence on the return to the significant $42,000 level, as others voiced a lack of faith in Bitcoin’s gains continuing.
For popular trader Josh Rager, however, April 18’s dip to $38,600 and subsequent recovery was a pattern to keep an eye on.
“The last couple of fake-outs led to over 30%+ uptrends,” he noted on April 19.
“Yesterday caught a lot of people off guard, though it wasn’t as deep of a pullback as prior. Could still see Bitcoin push up here over the next week — take it day by day.”
An accompanying chart highlighted price performance after wicks down to support through 2022. This time, the target lay at around $48,000 — the site of Bitcoin’s 200-day moving average.
U.S. stocks fail to impress post-earnings
On the macro side, fluctuations in stocks came in for criticism from Rager, who argued that performance was being hampered by sentiment changes.
Unusual moves in Netflix stock had become a talking point on the day after missed earnings sparked a mass sell-off.
According to sentiment gauge the Fear & Greed Index, however, the mood was better overall on April 20, the Index reaching its highest score of April so far — 50/100.
The Crypto Fear & Greed Index, by contrast, languished in the “fear” zone at 27/100.
Crypto Fear & Greed Index (screenshot). Source: Alternative.me