Bitcoin Slips Below $65,000 Amid Market Tension, Ethereum Holds Strong

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As Bitcoin’s value edges below the pivotal $65,000 mark, now benchmarked at $64,886, investors and traders within the cryptocurrency market are instilled with a gripping urgency. This echoing apprehension stems from a noticeable downward trend with cryptocurrency heavyweight Bitcoin surrendering nearly 2.4% of its value in the past week. Adding fuel to the fire, Bitcoin’s value further dipped by 1% over the past 24 hours, sparking an atmosphere of edgy apprehension within the market.

Analysts from the renowned blockchain analytics platform, Santiment, emphasized this declining phase as the precipitous three-day drop in the number of active Bitcoin wallets since a high noted in March. This ledger indicates a profound change in investor conduct and an undertow shift in market sentiment.

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However, this growing anxiety surrounding Bitcoin starkly contrasts with the narrative of Ethereum. In the face of Bitcoin’s bearish pressures, the increase in Ethereum wallets showcases investors’ steady faith in the cryptocurrency.

At the helm of this decline, according to Bitfinex analysts, are long-term Bitcoin holders and whales who are substantially reshuffling their holdings amidst market consolidation. This move is classic of long-term holders who trim their stakes during ambiguous market conditions, to either exploit these situations or stanch their losses.

The running commentary from Bitfinex implies that Hodler Net Position Change metric has persistently flashed negative values, pointing to the fact that significant players are shifting their holdings to exchanges, potentially to offload. This act increases the selling pressure on Bitcoin prices.

Supporting this trend is the climbing Bitcoin Exchange Whale Ratio that monitors substantial deposits to exchanges compared to overall market activity. As more whales transport their Bitcoin to trade, there is an amplified potential supply in the market, which could potentially instigate price drops.

Yet, among this whirlpool of uncertainty, there remains a cluster of analysts who are cautiously hopeful of a revival. A valuable analyst in the cryptocurrency circles, CrediBULL Crypto, has speculated that Bitcoin could be close to its lower support levels, with current prices potentially heralding a deeper market low that is widely dreaded.

Crucially, the funding rates in the crypto derivatives market serve as a key barometer of trader sentiment. Fresh data from Coinglass suggests slightly positive funding rates, a traditional sign indicating traders having an optimistic outlook.

Winning significance, these positive funding rates imply that a higher number of traders anticipate Bitcoin prices to ascend, thereby willing to shell out a premium to hold onto long positions in futures contracts.

This metric has the potential to temper the prevailing market sentiment, thus indicating that despite the sell-off, a section of the market is bracing for a potential uptick in price. This sentiment is backed by Bitcoin’s price chart, which reveals the value of the cryptocurrency moving sideways on a 4-hour chart.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.