Bitcoin and Ether Facing Short-Term Pullback: Analyzing the Market’s Next Moves

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Good morning, crypto enthusiasts. As we dive into today’s market overview, we notice that Fairlead Strategies’ Katie Stockton anticipates a short-term pullback for both Bitcoin and Ether, with Ether potentially outperforming Bitcoin in the short term. While the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) pushed Bitcoin’s price above $28,000 briefly, it now trades at $27,618. Meanwhile, Ether is down 0.4% to $1,838.

Technical indicators suggest that the crypto market reacted positively to lower CPI numbers, but significant price appreciation might not be in the cards just yet. Both Bitcoin and Ether recently broke down below their respective 50-day moving averages. Stockton expects Bitcoin to pull back to its base breakout point of about $25,200, but she remains optimistic about an upward trend in the intermediate term. This lower price point could provide an attractive entry point for new investors.

Ether’s short-term setback is also likely, given its movement out of its 50-day moving average. Stockton predicts a support level around $1,755 for Ether, which may offer a natural stabilization point as oversold conditions could lead to a rebound.

Despite recent setbacks, Brent Xu, CEO of Web3 bond-market platform Umee, suggests Bitcoin’s price is searching for a new foundational story to help break free from its range between $25,000 and $30,000. Past narratives, including treating Bitcoin as a banking substitute or an alternative to gold, have not proven durable enough to catapult the cryptocurrency to new heights.

Xu noted that price movements tied to a series of U.S. bank failures in April have not managed to generate lasting Bitcoin price momentum. He predicts more price oscillations throughout the rest of the year and says that a more bullish market cycle will emerge next year.

The crypto market’s growth also depends on robust liquidity. Recently, market makers such as Jane Street and Jump Crypto have abandoned crypto trading in the U.S., and other firms have been reducing activity or considering relocation. However, Xu remains confident that institutional liquidity will find its way back into the market.

In his view, the next significant narrative for Bitcoin will need to involve a major innovation or significant improvement to its blockchain technology. A breakthrough like the Shanghai Shapella upgrade or a Layer 2 development could be the catalyst needed for increased liquidity and market action.

As Bitcoin and Ether seek their narratives and grapple with technical challenges, investors will be closely monitoring the market’s behavior to spot potential opportunities. The blend of optimism and uncertainty is bound to keep the crypto market dynamic and exciting in the months to come.

Source: Coindesk

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