Bitcoin (BTC) Holds Tight as TerraUSD Woes Hit the Crypto Market
- Bitcoin (BTC) held on to early gains going into the afternoon session despite the broader market hitting reverse.
- TerraUSD (UST) and Terra (LUNA) woes worsened this morning on news of Terra Lab seeking funding to stabilize UST.
- Bitcoin (BTC) technical indicators flash red, with bitcoin sitting below the 50-day EMA.
On Tuesday, BTC rose by 3.11%. Partially reversing an 11.6% slide from Monday, BTC ended the day at $31,013.
While the broader crypto market found some much-needed support, TerraUSD and LUNA continued to free fall.
TerraUSD and LUNA Continue to Tumble as Investor Uncertainty Grows
This morning, UST tumbled to an all-time low of $0.1977 before finding support.
At the time of writing, LUNA was down by 80.8%, with LUNA falling to a morning low of $3.23.
Despite the market angst over UST, the Bitcoin Fear & Greed Index avoided another decline this morning.
Supported by bitcoin’s partial recovery on Tuesday, the Index climbed from 10/100 to 12/100. However, the Index remains deep in the “Extreme Fear” zone, reflecting investor anxiety over the threat of another sell-off.
For bitcoin and broader market crypto investors, several key drivers will be in focus today, which could test investor resilience.
Without the appropriate regulatory framework in place to protect investors, a lack of control may lead to lawmaker ire in the coming days.
To add more fuel to the fire, US inflation figures for April are due out later today. We expect plenty of market sensitivity to the numbers. Softer numbers would be crypto market positive, though much will depend on lawmaker chatter and news updates on UST and LUNA.
Terra Lab CEO and co-founder Do Kwon has been silent on Twitter since an early Tuesday morning post saying,
“Getting close… Stay strong, lunatics.”
Getting close … stay strong, lunatics
— Do Kwon 🌕 (@stablekwon) May 10, 2022
Bitcoin (BTC) Price Action
At the time of writing, BTC was up 1.96% to $31,623.
BTC will need to avoid the $31,158 pivot to target the First Major Resistance Level at $32,483 and Tuesday’s high of $32,625.
BTC would need the broader crypto market to support a return to $32,000.
An extended rally would test the Second Major Resistance Level at $33,947 and resistance at $34,500 The Third Major Resistance Level sits at $36,736.
A fall through the pivot would test the First Major Support Level at $29,697. Barring another extended sell-off, BTC should steer clear of sub-$28,000 levels. The Second Major Support Level at 28,368 should limit the downside.
Looking at the EMAs and the 4-hourly candlestick chart (below), it is a bearish signal. BTC sits below the 50-day EMA, currently at $34,507. This morning, the 50-day pulled back from the 100-day EMA. The 100-day EMA fell back from the 200-day EMA; BTC negative.
A move through the 50-day EMA would support a run at $37,500.