Bitcoin (BTC) hit its highest level since the beginning of the month on March 13, as US bank stocks saw the biggest massive halt in history.
BTC Price Sees “Phenomenal” Rebound
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed by a fully bullish hourly candle for BTC/USD, which reached $23,725 on Bitstamp.
The move was eagerly awaited by market participants, many of whom had warned of extreme volatility as Wall Street opened.
45 minutes after the US opened and the banks stopped left, right and center. By 4 p.m. EST, the fed funds could be back at 0%. $XAU $XAG $BTC $ETH It is the only way!
—Arthur Hayes (@CryptoHayes) March 13, 2023
This came to pass, with Bitcoin and altcoins benefiting from intense uncertainty surrounding banking stocks, especially, early in trading.
The fallout from the The failure of two other US banks over the weekend was keenly felt, not only in the country but also in Europe, where the banks also suffered heavy losses.
“Bitcoin massive move. Now facing the next resistance zone (couldn’t get $21.6,000),” Michaël van de Poppe, Cointelegraph contributor, founder and CEO of trading company Eight, reacted.
“The trend is back, buying the dip on the S/R flips looks like the game. Resistance around $23.3-23.6K, if it stalls and consolidates -> altcoins should continue.
Trader and analyst Rekt Capital, who previously argued that the monthly candle must close to confirm a longer-term trend break, called Bitcoin’s decline below $20,000 the previous week a “bear trap.” .
“The way BTC recovered in such a short time just shows that the drop to ~$20,000 was a bear trap,” he said. writing in one of many tweets as BTC/USD hit $23,500.
Rekt Capital called the rise “phenomenal” in further analysis, with 18% added from local lows on March 10.
Phenomenal #BTC rebound from Pi Cycle MA and Monthly Range Low support zone$BTC rallied +18% and is now attempting a range breakout
It’s been a crazy week in Crypto#Crypto #Bitcoins pic.twitter.com/rrG0bsNita
—Rekt Capital (@rektcapital) March 13, 2023
“If $22.4000 remains the new low, that’s all and a bit more that price needs to gain momentum to major resistance in the $24.1000-$25,000 range and really break through,” trader Gaah said. continued.
“We could have more price explosions, be careful in this region.”
Gaah shared a liquidity chart from Caue Oliveira, head of on-chain research and analytics at Brazilian firm BlockTrends:
Bank stocks halted as contagion spreads to Europe
Outside of crypto, the situation was slowly improving for US equities – with the exception of some banks.
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Some of the day’s worst performers included First Republic Bank, which fell 76% to see trading halt shortly after the opening bell.
Overall, as entrepreneur Brian Roemmele notedmore US bank stocks have been halted than ever before in history.
First Republic plummeted more than 60% in pre-market trading in the United States as measures taken by US authorities to allay investor concerns failed to relieve shares of the regional lender. (BBG) pic.twitter.com/Jf49izSvcu
— Holger Zschaepitz (@Schuldensuehner) March 13, 2023
In addition to rethinking the likelihood that US Federal Reserve interest rate hikes will continue on March 22, markets have meanwhile also reduce expectations that the European Central Bank would rise 0.5% this week.
Among the day’s European losses was the already beleaguered Credit Suisse, which was down more than 7% to new all-time lows at the time of writing.
“The problem for Credit Suisse (and others like it) is that it cannot cover deposit flight by borrowing in the money markets. It can only go to the Swiss National Bank, effectively for a second bailout. Will the SNB play ball? Alasdair Macleod, head of research at Goldmoney, interrogates.
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