Bitcoin teases weekly highs as traders eye BTC price leg up to $17.3K

Bitcoin has the ability to tackle the $17,000 mark for the first time in 2023 should stocks start the year right, say traders.

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Bitcoin (BTC) inched closer to $17,000 on Jan. 3 as the first Wall Street open of the year loomed.

Consensus builds for fresh attack on $17,000

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD reaching highs of $16,766 on Bitstamp — its best performance since Dec. 27.

Analysts and traders were keenly awaiting the start of Wall Street trading after European stocks posted gains the day prior and United States futures followed suit.

As Cointelegraph reported, both equities and gold had looked considerably more appetizing than Bitcoin since the FTX meltdown in November.

“If BTC is finally ready to join the party, I could see it run to 17.3K~ as drawn below,” popular trader Crypto Chase wrote in part of an analysis on Jan. 2.

Fellow account Cold Blooded Shiller likewise posted $17,300 as a target of interest for bulls should the S&P 500, in particular, play out in their favor.

“Despite a market-wide bounce, BTC is still below the key ~$17300 resistance,” Rekt Capital added about the monthly BTC/USD chart.

Prior to the open, the U.S. dollar began to see volatility, retracing a day of swift upside action that took the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) over 104.8 for the first time since mid-December.

“Local move above the weekly from the support I had marked out on USD/EUR,” price action trader Luckshury wrote in an update.

BTC avoids rising DCG tensions

Internal events, meanwhile, had noticeably little impact on BTC price strength, including concerns over potential trouble for Digital Currency Group (DCG).

Amid ongoing doubts over the fate of the conglomerate’s group of companies, including Grayscale — operator of the largest Bitcoin institutional investment vehicle, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust — one client in particular publicly took DCG to task.

In an open letter to DCG CEO Bary Silbert, Cameron Winklevoss, co-founder of Gemini, demanded answers.

Gemini funds locked up since the FTX debacle began total nearly $1 billion, Winklevoss stated, repeating the need for DCG to meet a Jan. 8 deadline to “solve this problem.”

Silbert, formerly vocal on social media, had yet to respond to the letter at the time of writing.

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