Bitcoin price (BTC) continued its latest sideways trading pattern on Oct. 15 as analysts increasingly warned over likely short-term volatility.
Cryptocurrency market daily overview. Source: Coin360
Bitcoin clings to $8K support
Data from Coin360 showed BTC/USD remaining near $8,300 at press time, having fluctuated around that level over the past 24 hours.
Highs during that period topped out at $8,390, the culmination of a build-up that reversed a previous downtrend at $8,240.
Bitcoin seven-day price chart. Source: Coin360
Since a sudden dip took place on Sunday evening, Bitcoin has stayed quieter, trading in a narrow range above $8,000 support.
That range forms part of “choppy” conditions for BTC/USD, according to regulator Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van der Poppe.
For him, moving average (MA) prices are dictating the upper and lower bounds for the largest cryptocurrency this week. Specifically, it is “stuck between the 200-Day MA/EMA & 100-Week MA,” he said in private comments.
Fellow contributor filbfilb elaborated on likely price trajectory in the coming hours and days, erring on the side of a slide lower to test $8,000. He told subscribers of his Telegram channel:
“Moving averages are crossed bearish on every major timeframe up to but not including the weekly.”
Van der Poppe nonetheless remains unconcerned about the overall health of crypto markets. “It completely looks like a beartrap and overall doesn’t look bad at all if you check this whole year,” he summarized.
At current levels, Bitcoin is still up 120% versus the start of the year.
Altcoin growth broadly fizzles
Altcoins meanwhile slackened their march upwards, which characterized trading on Monday. The top twenty cryptocurrencies by market cap broadly failed to move, gaining or losing up to 2%.
Ether (ETH), the largest altcoin by market cap, meanwhile gained 0.5% to trade at around $184.
Ether seven-day price chart. Source: Coin360
The overall cryptocurrency market cap, the “bear trap” described by van der Poppe, dropped slightly to below $226 billion, with Bitcoin’s share at 66.3%.