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Bitcoin, Ethereum Technical Analysis: BTC, ETH Consolidate to Start the Weekend

Following strong gains on Friday, bitcoin was consolidating under a key resistance level to start the weekend. Bulls opted to secure gains as price uncertainty heightened in crypto markets, which as of writing are down 1% on the day. Ethereum was also marginally lower in the session.

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After strong gains on Friday, bitcoin (BTC) was trading marginally lower on Saturday, as prices fell below a key resistance point.

Following yesterday’s high of $24,294.79, which saw prices briefly breakout of the ceiling at $24,200, BTC/USD dropped to a low of $23,481.17 earlier in the day.

This low comes as traders seemingly opted to take profits at this point of uncertainty, opposed to attempting to send prices even higher.

BTC/USD – Daily Chart

Looking at the chart, the resistance level of $24,200 came as another ceiling was hit, this time in the form of the 62 mark on the 14-day RSI (relative strength index).

Relative strength recently rose to its highest point since April 4, when BTC was trading above $43,000, however price momentum in this instance stalled, due to current market conditions.

Prior to today’s price decline, bitcoin bulls were somewhat targeting the $25,000 mark, however in order to reach this, the RSI would need to move beyond 62.

Ethereum

Ethereum (ETH) was also lower in today’s session, as recent bullish sentiment shifted slightly to the bearish side to start the weekend.

The world’s second-largest cryptocurrency was consolidating on Saturday, as prices fell to a low of $1,662.79.

Saturday’s drop comes a day after ETH/USD failed to move beyond its long-term price ceiling of $1,780, which has been held since June 10.

ETH/USD – Daily Chart

This failure then led to a reentry from bears that smelled blood, and moved to pressure out earlier bulls from their positions.

As of writing, ETH is trading at $1,689.70, with the 14-day relative strength index tracking at 64.75, which is marginally below its own resistance level at 66.

Should bearish pressure persist in today’s session, the next landing spot for prices could be a floor of $1,620.

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Eliman Dambell

Eliman brings a eclectic point of view to market analysis, having worked as a brokerage director, retail trading educator, and market commentator in Crypto, Stocks and FX.

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BTC slips amid poor debut for Hong Kong spot ETFs

Bitcoin fell to under $62,000 after spiking past $64,700 earlier as Hong Kong spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs began trading. Data showed trading volumes hit just over $11 million, against expectations of over $3oo million. Bitcoin price fell below $62,000 again amid market reaction to less than encouraging numbers from the first day of trading…


  • Bitcoin fell to under $62,000 after spiking past $64,700 earlier as Hong Kong spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs began trading.
  • Data showed trading volumes hit just over $11 million, against expectations of over $3oo million.

Bitcoin price fell below $62,000 again amid market reaction to less than encouraging numbers from the first day of trading for much hyped spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs in Hong Kong.

BTC was down about 1.4% at the time of writing, having touched lows of $61,587 across major crypto exchanges.

The benchmark cryptocurrency, which has struggled to reclaim key levels since its recent halving event, was seeing a 24-hour trading volume of $28.4 billion.

Bitcoin price and Hong Kong spot ETFs debut

Earlier, Bitcoin price surged to above $64,000 as the six spot Bitcoin and spot Ethereum ETFs went live in Hong Kong.

The flagship cryptocurrency rose to over $64,727 on US-based crypto exchange Coinbase. BTC also soared after reports Hong Kong approved the listing of the ETFs.

NEW: 🇭🇰 Opening ceremony of Hong Kong spot #Bitcoin ETFs 👏 pic.twitter.com/ux1eb5PqRn

— Bitcoin Magazine (@BitcoinMagazine) April 30, 2024

However, as data streamed in showing disappointing trading volumes and inflows, Bitcoin price took a hit. According to details of the six ETFs’s debut day, total trading volume reached just $11 million, not impressive given projections were much higher at over $300 million.

Bitcoin ETFs saw about $8.5 million while Ethereum ETFs recorded just $2.5 million on the first day. Ethereum price fell to $3,040.

Notably, the figures from Hong Kong are way lower compared to those recorded amid the enthusiasm that greeted the launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the US in January. On their debut, the US spot BTC ETFs raked in over $4.6 billion in trading volume.

The start to trading for the ETFs has not helped BTC price and BTC could face a slide under the $60k level if sentiment flips negative. On the upside, resistance at $65k remains critical and a breakout could see the bellwether digital asset soar towards its recent peak.


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