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Bitcoin (BTC) Price Retests $60k as On-Chain Activity Nears Historic Lows

By:
Ibrahim Ajibade
Updated: May 12, 2024, 12:00 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • Bitcoin's on-chain transactions hit multi-year lows amid market uncertainty and fear.
  • Long-term Bitcoin holders retain assets, showing strong confidence despite price drop.
  • Bitcoin price volatility aligns with historical post-halving corrections, deviating from typical cycles.
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BTC price reached a new all-time high in Q1 2024, but since then Bitcoin on-chain activity and transaction volumes have been in decline.

This cooling off comes after the all-time high of Bitcoin earlier in the year and is a period headline by crowd fear and indecision rather than being a predictor of further price dips.

Bitcoin’s On-Chain Activity Declines

According to Santiment data, Bitcoin’s on-chain transaction volume has dropped, hitting figures that were last seen years ago (since 2019). This pattern indicates that traders are reluctant to transfer their positions, possibly because of the market’s volatility.

Bitcoin Price vs. BTC Transaction Flows
Bitcoin Price vs. BTC Transaction Flows  

The sharp decline in activity followed Bitcoin’s all-time high in March 2024, a milestone that was one year ahead of the expected schedule according to historical halving cycles.

Market Reaction and Analysis

The sharp decline in the transaction volume has not escaped the attention of market analysts. Bitcoin tested the $60,000 support on May 10 after a very brief trip up to $63,500.

In addition, on platforms like X (formerly Twitter), traders suggest that institutional players may be manipulating the market to prevent significant breakouts during weekends when the ETF market is closed.

Trader and analyst Rekt Capital highlighted that Bitcoin usually takes a hit weeks after a halving event, an interval he dubs the “danger zone.” ” This phase of price dip, which is coming to an end now, showed a slump in the price of Bitcoin to $56,500. Nevertheless, long-term holders (LTH) are not selling their holdings, which might signify a possible recovery.

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Analysis
Bitcoin (BTC) Price Analysis

Price Performance and Economic Influences

Bitcoin’s price performance has been volatile, as the cryptocurrency has been unable to sustain its motion above $63,000. Bearish indications from stagflationary US economic data and hawkish remarks by Federal Reserve officials have also weakened the bullish sentiment.

Specifically, the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey revealed a significant drop from 77.2 in April to 67.4 in May, while inflation expectations rose, adding to the market’s concerns.

The price volatility shares the same Bitcoin history pattern where post-halving periods usually see large corrections. But the price trajectory this year in too far from the usual four-year cycle, which implies that the new high can be reached relatively quickly.

Long-Term Holders Maintain Confidence

Although the price of Bitcoin has fallen in recent months, the long-term Bitcoin holders are still positive. According to the data from CryptoQuant, these holders still did not sell their holdings after the top at $73,000. Meanwhile, at press time. Bitcoin(BTC) bulls were still fighting for market control despite a broader market sell-off that dipped the price to an intra-day low of $60,492.63. Trading at $60,908.99, BTC was 0.10% from the intra-day high.

 

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Action
Bitcoin (BTC) Price Action

On the contrary, the long-term holders seem to be waiting for a possible revival. Axel Adler Jr, an on-chain analyst, noted that long-term holders had previously sold 1.3 million BTC at the peak but are currently retaining their assets, anticipating a local bottom.

Such an act shows a strong faith in Bitcoin’s long-term value as opposed to the actions of short-term holders, who have been seen to participate in a number of profit-taking events. Now, the market is looking at major economic data and upcoming events that include PPI and CPI reports, as well as a speech from Fex chair Jerome Powell, which may affect Bitcoin’s trajectory in the following weeks.

About the Author

Ibrahim Ajibade Ademolawa is a seasoned research analyst with a background in Commercial Banking and Web3 startups, specializing in DeFi and TradFi analysis. He holds a B.A. in Economics and is pursuing an MSc in Blockchain.

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