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Crypto Blood Bath 2018…Again

Bitcoin continued its downward trend today, seeing a price low of just over $4,800 at the time of this writing (via Blockmodo real-time data). Meanwhile, the public speculates on a price bottom, accompanied by a broad range of emotions.

Bitcoin’s Price Action

Looking at the weekly chart for Bitcoin, there are several levels of interest. The $4660, $3000, and $1860 areas show levels of support based on the Bitmex USD chart. Price seems to have found a bit of support at press time, around a bottom of $4660.

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On the daily chart, Bitcoin is well below the 128-day moving average (yellow line). The $5700 – $6100 range (roughly) was the support for a significant amount time, but now has turned into resistance as yesterday saw price retesting that zone, with failure to stay in that range.

Image Courtesy: Tradingview.com

When Bottom?

From a trading and investing perspective, crypto chartist and influencer Tone Vays has been accurate in his evaluations this year. He even won a bet with poker pro and crypto influencer Doug Polk when Bitcoin’s price reached $6k (already seen).

In a YouTube video today, Vays expressed his evaluation based on the charts. Accordingly, lows of $2500 (and possibly $1300) may not be out of the cards going forward to find a market bottom in certain scenarios. However, the $4000-$5000 range is also referenced as a possible short-term bottom.

How Does Mining Factor Into the Equation

Bitcoin mining also plays a part in Bitcoin’s price. Bitcoin miners may operate on the basis of Bitcoin’s price covering their cost of mining. Simply put, if Bitcoin’s price drops to a range where miners cannot sell at a price to recoup their mining and electricity costs, then they are operating at a deficit.

Since mining costs vary by region and country, it is difficult to fully grasp the impact of such price action on miners.

In a private conversation, Crypto Insider’s Vlad Costea has made an interesting comment on the subject, stating that a lot of miners would shut down their operations if Bitcoin’s price dropped too significantly. Costea also mentions compromised/lowered network security in such a scenario, yet the reduced mining difficulty might be enough of an incentive to keep it all going.

Twitter Drama

Speculation fills the Twitter streets, with folks wondering when the market will see a reversal.

Meanwhile, notable figures like Peter Brandt show evidence of the bubble that once was Bitcoin.

Still others on Twitter just continue to make comical statements, knowing the market has a mind of its own, and that no amount of willpower can control help everything in life.

Many of these comments and tweets are made by veterans of the crypto space who are experienced with such market moves.

And of course, CNBC chimed in on the action.

No one knows for certain what the future holds for Bitcoin or cryptocurrency markets as a whole. However, after many weeks of consolidation and lack of volatility, the market is now seeing a big play to the downside.

*This article includes opinions from the author and is not in any way financial advice. Writing about price levels is purely speculation, subject to speculatory bias. Nothing written is any kind of advice whatsoever.

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Benjamin Pirus
Benjamin Pirus
BJ is a full time writer, editor, and trader in the cryptocurrency space. He has written many professional articles for numerous ICOs, news sites, and other interested parties in the crypto space. He is also a trader, staying up to date with the crypto markets constantly, and dabbling in traditional financial market trading occasionally.

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