Bitcoin moves into the typically volatile weekend on the back of a 14.69% correction that saw it slump from its recent peak of $ 19,400.
The world’s largest cryptocurrency is facing a wrath of sell pressure from this morning’s Plus Token news, which saw Chinese authorities seize $ 4.2 billion from the alleged ponzi scheme, as reported by The Block.
However, some are assessing the seizure as a positive, as it means that the Chinese government are now in control of 1% of Bitcoin’s circulating supply.
In terms of price action, Bitcoin fell sharply to the $ 16,500 level of support on the news before recovering to around $ 16,850 at the time of writing.
As noted in Coin Rivet’s analysis on Wednesday, the $ 16,500 level is a key pivot point as it was the high on November 12 before it plunged back to $ 15,750.
With both the weekly and monthly candle closes coming up, it is important that Bitcoin establishes a level of support above $ 16,500 in order to set up another attempt at an all-time high in September.
Failing that, as long as the monthly closes above $ 14,000 it will mark the highest close in Bitcoin’s history, reinforcing the bullish narrative of the past few months.
In the short-term Bitcoin remains volatile due to a lack of liquidity across order books, which means price could float back $ 17,500 to trade within a $ 1,000 range over the weekend.
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