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Bitcoin price crawls 2.5% off lows as weekly chart risks 'bearish engulfing'

source-logo  cointelegraph.com 23 April 2023 11:46, UTC

Bitcoin (BTC) sought to snatch back lost ground on April 23 as ten-day lows remained in place.

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

$26,600 becomes popular BTC price target

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it rose to circle $27,700 at the time of writing.

Up around 2.5% from the lows set the day prior, the pair remained on traders’ radar as a potential short opportunity into the weekly close.

“$26,600 is my target in my short position right now, and being the weekend it may take a bit longer to get there,” Crypto Tony confirmed to Twitter followers on the day.

“It is the most logical target and we also have bids popped up down there too now, so i am expecting a reaction once tested.”
BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Crypto T/Twitter

That target would mark a new bottom for Bitcoin, which lost 10% over the week to turn April performance negative overall.

Analyst Mark Cullen eyed the potential for BTC/USD to approach the April 21 CME futures closing price of $27,310 before the weekly close.

“Lots of bids sitting at 26.5k, but not sure they get tapped just yet,” he added in accompanying commentary, offering a similar logical target to Crypto Tony.

BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Mark Cullen/Twitter

A further Twitter post noted increased spot market selling on largest exchange Binance, this potentially adding downside pressure in an otherwise less liquid weekend trading environment.

GM #Crypto!

Looks like the @binance spot selling is still trying to push price lower. They took a break as markets closed on Friday, but the algos seem to be kicking back in. pic.twitter.com/VQCROCYOnU

— AlphaBTC (@mark_cullen) April 23, 2023

Horrendous bearish engulfing looms

Market participants appeared to share consensus over BTC price action more broadly, suggesting that short-term bearish moves were not yet apt to change the overall bullish trend for 2023.

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Among them was Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading firm Eight, who likewise shared the popular downside targets.

The weekly chart, he added, was still on track to print a higher low (HL), thus preserving the uptrend.

“I don't see the entire bearish perspective,” he argued.

“Weekly timeframe we're seeking for a HL, which seems as a possible case around $26,500-27,000 (perhaps $25,000). Breaking back above $27,800 is probably a strong upwards reaction to $29,000 for Bitcoin and continuation of the uptrend.”
BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

Popular trader CryptoBullet sounded more nervous — even while acknowledging that a weekly candle eclipsing a full month’s progress would not necessarily spell the end for the bull run.

#Bitcoin $BTC 1W

Even if we close the weekly candle as a horrendous Bearish Engulfing, it’s not over yet

Let me remind you what we had back in 2019 during the same Echo Bubble rally:

1 - Bear Market Low
2 - First Bounce
3 - Higher Low
4 - Weeks of sideways consolidation after… pic.twitter.com/MI4yYTAKBe

— CryptoBullet (@CryptoBullet1) April 22, 2023

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