Bitcoin bulls defend $23K amid warning bear market rally ‘alive and well’

BTC price action avoids a disappointing monthly close, but market players are demanding more proof of fundamental strength.

Bitcoin (BTC) tested $23,000 as support on the Aug. 1 Wall Street open with key moving averages in focus. 

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

200-week moving average gets big attention

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as bulls and bears battled for control amid a tight trading range.

Bitcoin had inspired with its highest weekly close since mid-June the day prior, with its monthly candle also producing the biggest gains since before last year’s $69,000 all-time highs.

Among analysts and traders, however, it was the market’s ability to remain higher for several more candles that was important.

Despite reclaiming important trendlines such as the 200-week moving average (MA) and realized price, Bitcoin would not be out of the woods until it began producing whole weekly candles without retests of those levels.

“The Bear Market Rally is still alive and well,” on-chain analytics resource Material Indicators explained on the day.

“To call it anything else requires confirmations of valid breakouts above the key MAs. The 200 Week and 50 Month are the first ones to be considered for BTC, but only if we have full candles above the line. A wick below invalidates.”

BTC/USD 1-month candle chart (Bitstamp) with 50-month MA. Source: TradingView

As such, $22,880 and $21,965 were essential lines to hold for bulls and increasingly close to spot price.

Fellow trader and analyst Rekt Capital nonetheless forecast that Bitcoin would naturally attempt to retest the 200-week MA as support in the short term.

Commenting on price strength, however, he noted that the 200-week MA reclaim was the first such occurrence after an “extended downtrend” since the March 2020 COVID-19 crash.

“Bitcoin may be struggling to break above the $24,000 level, but its weekly candle finally closed above the 200-week moving average and it could improve the technical sentiment significantly,” Zain Haider, co-founder of Blockchain Q&A platform Answerly, summarized in the additional commentary.

On-chain activity “lackluster at best”

With United States stock markets flat on the day, Bitcoin and altcoins had little by way of macro pressure influencing price action.

Related: Best monthly gains since October 2021 — 5 things to know in Bitcoin this week

The situation nonetheless remained somewhat uncertain, researchers at on-chain analytics firm Glassnode warned, thanks to markets still reflecting the bearish mood after months of downtrend.

“Both Bitcoin and Ethereum have seen a rebound in prices this week, coming off the back of extremely oversold conditions, and spurred on by risk-on sentiment following the July FOMC meeting,” they concluded in the latest edition of Glassnode’s weekly newsletter, The Week On-Chain.

“However, under the surface, on-chain transactional demand remains lacklustre at best, and this rally has not yet seen a convincing follow through in observable demand activity.”

Glassnode added that on-chain data still represented “only part of the picture,” and that attention should likewise now be on whether the fledgling signs of change could endure.

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