ApeCoin price breakout stalls after $2.4M BAYC NFT robbery — What’s ahead?

APE price now risks crashing by almost 20% from April 26’s price, based on its rising wedge pattern.

ApeCoin (APE) underwent a modest selloff a day after the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), a popular nonfungible token (NFT) brand, reported losing $2.4 million worth of digital collectibles in a robbery.

APE price rally to $25 stalls

The hacker compromised BAYC’s official Instagram account, using it to post a phishing link that withdrew tokens out of users’ cryptocurrency wallets.

On April 25, the BAYC Twitter handle confirmed the hack, albeit too late as users had already transferred tokens to the hacker’s account, thus losing ownership of their extremely expensive Bored Ape, Mutant Ape and Bored Ape Kennel Project NFTs.

OpenSea, the biggest NFT marketplace by volume and earnings, tagged the stolen NFTs as suspicious. But even then, the hacker ended up selling four BAYC collectibles for about $1.6 million.

APE, which serves as a governance token to BAYC’s decentralized autonomous organization ApeCoin DAO, dropped by nearly 11% to $17.41 this April 26.

As it fell, the token also deviated from the upside target of its prevailing “symmetrical triangle” pattern around $25, as shown in the chart below.

APE/USD daily price chart featuring ‘symmetrical triangle’ setup. Source: TradingView

The correction confirmed strong bearish sentiments around $20, a level that coincides with the 0.382 Fib line of the Fibonacci retracement graph, drawn from the $41-swing high to the $8.50-swing low. This raised the possibility of APE extending its correction toward the 0.236 Fib line near $16 in the medium term.

Rising wedge risks further APE selloff

More downside cues in the ApeCoin appeared in the form of a “rising wedge” pattern.

In detail, rising wedges form when the price trends higher inside a range defined by two contracting, ascending trendlines. These patterns typically resolve after the price breaks below the lower trendline alongside a rise in trading volumes.

ApeCoin has been forming a similar ascending structure since April 2022, as shown in the chart below.

APE/USD four-hour price chart featuring rising wedge setup. Source: TradingView

A rising wedge’s breakdown target is measured after adding the maximum distance between the upper and lower trendlines to the breakout point. Therefore, APE’s downside target for Q2 is between $14.37 and $17.50.

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