Bitcoin Basing at $19K as Trader Await Direction of Breakout

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 Bitcoin Price is settling at $19K, as traders await the direction of the breakout. A quiet weekend sees BTC price move away from any trace of last week’s volatility while commentators look forward to excitement returning.

Bitcoin (BTC) stayed rigidly tied to $19,000 into the Oct. 16 weekly close as analysts warned that volatility was long overdue.

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

Analyst: BTC volatility a “matter of time”

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView captured a lackluster weekend for BTC/USD as the pair barely moved in out-of-hours trading.

After United States economic data sparked a series of characteristic fakeout events over the week, Bitcoin returned to its original position and at the time of writing, showed no signs of leaving its established range.

For Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading platform Eight, it was a question of not if, but when unpredictability would return to crypto.

“Matter of time until massive volatility is going to kick back into the markets, after four months of consolidation,” he told Twitter followers on the day, adding:

“Majority is still assuming we’ll continue to go downhill with the markets, but I think that odds of upwards momentum have increased.”

The week’s macro figures managed to spark a run to one-week highs for BTC/USD, with another popular commentator, the pseudonymous il Capo of Crypto, maintaining that a bear market relief rally could see $21,000 return before the downside continued.

In a Twitter update prior to the weekly close, they revealed a belief that the “entire market” was about to gain.

“Capitulation will happen, but not yet,” they added in part of a subsequent discussion on the market outlook.

With that, Bitcoin was in line to finish the second week of “Uptober” down 1.5% versus the start of the month — its worst performance since 2018 and far short of its 40% 2021 gains.

BTC/USD monthly returns chart (screenshot). Source: Coinglass

Stocks cloud crypto future

Looking ahead, market participants eyed ongoing correlation to stock markets as proof that the short-term prospects for Bitcoin were less than rosy.

With the Nasdaq Composite Index seeing its first weekly close below the 200-period moving average in fourteen years, comparisons to the dotcom crash and 2008 Global Financial Crisis abounded on social media.

“This was a pivotal moment for the two prior 50-80% bear markets in 2000 and 2008,” Nicolas Merten, founder of YouTube channel DataDash, commented in a post on the topic, adding:

“#bitcoin has never lived through something like this, so expect much more pain to come.”

Nasdaq 100 Index 1-week candle chart with 200MA. Source: TradingView

As Cointelegraph reported, not everyone was bearish beyond the short term, with LookIntoBitcoin creator, Philip Swift, calling time on the 2022 bear market by the end of the year.

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