The current BTC price boost may not be a natural phenomenon any longer, new research says.
Bitcoin (BTC) hit new two-month highs overnight into Jan. 19 as suspicions over the market’s validity gained momentum.
Concern over BTC liquidity “exploit”
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it consolidated above $21,000 after hitting $21,455 on Bitstamp.
That marked the pair’s highest point yet in 2023, the latest accomplishment in a bullish recovery unchallenged since the FTX debacle.
Amid widespread mistrust of the move, however, fresh warnings arose as Bitcoin continued to defy predictions of a major retracement.
Analyzing order book composition for BTC/USD on the largest exchange Binance, Material Indicators expressed surprise that those bidding Bitcoin higher had not yet pulled support.
“Been expecting the block of bids placed Fri the 13th to rug, but it’s attracted over 2x the amount of bid liquidity into the range, which is short-term bullish,” it commented.
As Cointelegraph reported, whales were already in the spotlight after mass buying ensued last week.
“They are trying to attract more bids to exploit the thin upside liquidity,” Material Indicators added.
Fellow trader Byzantine General noted similarly unusual order book composition at derivatives platform Deribit, with support between $20,000 and $21,000.
“Deribit’s book looks interesting. It’s not often so skewed to one side,” it argued.
Bitcoin supply may struggle to find buyer
Doubts over the rally’s staying power meanwhile extended beyond exchanges.
In a blog post published on the analytics platform CryptoQuant on Jan. 16, contributor Phi Deltalytics flagged potential insufficient demand.
The reason, it said, was due to BTC moving back to exchanges for sale, while stablecoin supplies dwindled.
“Recent BTC rally has led to market participants depositing their BTC from cold storage to spot exchanges for profit taking,” commentary stated.
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