It almost seemed like there would be no action this weekend as volume dropped and most traders took a few days off to spend time with their families. However, Santa decided to liven up this weekend and cash out a few thousand coins. It is no surprise to see Bitcoin’s price slide on the weekend as that is a relatively common pattern, however, combined with Christmas today’s dumps set quite a panic on the market as Bitcoin’s price dropped over 10% in a matter of hours. In our last night’s technical analysis, we mentioned how volatility is incoming as multiple TA factors suggested, today’s drop confirmed our suspicion.
There are a few theories as to why Bitcoin’s price crashed $50 today. The most popular seems to be the fact that the Yuan is showing signs of recovery after loosing value as a direct symptom of China’s capital controls. As you can see in the chart below, the CNY / USD exchange rate has been increasing since August.
Furthermore, the yuan is only allowed to rise or fall by 2 percent from the average parity rate each trading day, meaning that while we may only see a 20 cent increase, the Chinese Yuan maybe be gaining more value back then we think.
As WellsHunter mentions on r/Bitcoin, Zimbabwe has decided to start using the Chinese Yuan as the main currency for their country. According to this article:
Zimbabwe announced to adopt the Chinese Yuan as its legal currency after China canceled its $40 million debt. Once the foreign institutions meet the criteria and receive approval from the China Foreign Exchange Trading System Center (CFETS), they are allowed to enter the inter-bank foreign exchange market and trade all the listed products.
Another possible reason for the latest bear wave is a possible Butterfly pattern that is currently in play. The Butterfly Pattern uses Fibonacci values to validate itself. Using this pattern one can define a Potential Reversal Zone (PRZ) and more significant trading opportunities. Also, the Butterfly pattern must include an AB=CD pattern to be a valid signal. As provided by Tom_Killick this chart shows the Butterfly pattern in action:
Because the pattern needs the AB pattern to be the same as the CD leg, if the market is indeed following this technical indicator we should see further price drops. As Tom Killick mentions:
After an upwards move into the demand level, the trend has stalled, and we stalled again giving us a double top at demand. We have multiple reversal candlestick patterns at the top of the range, showing us graphically where the bears were going to step in.
On the bright side, many traders on tradingview remain bullish as a possible retest of support lines at $400 or even $375 might be incoming after which another price hike could come. CryptoCamel writes:
~$375 is simply a breakout retest of previous resistance that confluences nicely with 62% fib retracement and midpoint of a bullish daily orderblock. A nice opportunity for longs to fill pre ‘halving pump’ H1 2016
With proven support at $400, assuming no more further large dumps, the market should either retest the $400 support line or the $460 demand zone.
As the beginning of a new week approaches the market always exhibits upward pressure, even though the holidays are here this week should be no different. A general trading advice is to never sell on emotions, even though the recent drop was brutal selling during a panic sell will leave you with a sour taste in your mouth. If you have already lost a considerable amount due to this drop consider creating a stop loss order and waiting it out. A further look at the chart shows that the volume has died down once again as traders await the next move. Tell us where you think Bitcoin’s price is heading next!
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Mark is a 24 year old cryptocurrency entrepreneur. He was introduced to Bitcoin in 2013 and has been involved with it ever since. He used to mine bitcoins and altcoins but now focuses on blogging and educating others about digital currencies.