Bitcoin (BTC) fell back below $33,000 support on July 12 as a familiar cocktail of low volumes and mounting shorts pressured price action.
Shorters fail to spark a Bitcoin rout
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView tracked BTC/USD as it hit local lows of $32,880 on Bitstamp.
Just like last week, a build-up of short positions on major exchange Bitfinex cost Bitcoin its range low, sending it back into its last zone of support before a $30,000 retest.
BTC/USD lost approximately 2.9% on the day, at the time of writing fluctuating around the $33,000 mark but staving off losses.
Earlier, analysts had been more upbeat about the short-term prospects, forecasting an upside bounce this week which could see a target of $38,000.
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“We have now entered a zone of coiled up volatility indicated by the yellow shading,” he commented alongside a chart describing an event called a “squeeze.”
“VIOLENT move incoming & imminent. This tells you its time to start paying attention. It can resolve as a squeeze breakout or fakeout in the coming weeks.”
Squeezes are not an everyday occurrence. The previous two events involved a trip from $9,100 to recent all-time highs at $64,500, along with the subsequent correction to $30,000, Wick says.
While the exact timing and nature of the next squeeze, or even its direction, remain unknown, Wick’s bias is to the upside.
Contributing to his belief are both recent accumulation of BTC and the strength of $30,000 support.