Bitcoin bulls miss key resistance flip as BTC price sheds 8%

Bitcoin (BTC) extended losses on the July 21 Wall Street open after a key resistance level failed to hold as new support.

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

Dollar rises to squeeze risk assets

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD dropping to $22,340 on Bitstamp after the opening bell, down 8% from its local top. 

The pair’s progress had seen a challenge from Tesla, which revealed that it had sold 75% of its BTC position at a loss. Macro events then added to Bitcoin’s woes in the form of fresh U.S. dollar strength and a surprise rate hike from the European Central Bank (ECB) to combat inflation.

U.S. dollar index (DXY) 1-hour candle chart. Source: TradingView

At the time of writing, the U.S. dollar index (DXY) had regained 107, up 0.6% in an hour as U.S. equities conversely saw modest losses. 

In Europe, meanwhile, the ECB decision failed to improve the fortunes of the euro, which gave back early gains as the Eurozone battled fresh political fallout in Italy.

Good Morning on historic #ECB day from Italy where key interest rate should be at 6% & so 6ppts higher than current rate, acc to Taylor Rule w/Italy’s core #inflation at 3.4% way above ECB target & unemployment at 8.1% near NAIRU. ECB rates should be 7.4ppts higher for entire EZ.

— Holger Zschaepitz (@Schuldensuehner) July 21, 2022

“Curious to see if we get a similar breakdown on equities that like we did before,” popular trader Josh Rager tweeted, eyeing an S&P 500 fractal from late May.

“Naturally, this would impact the price action of $BTC and crypto.”

The macro impact had already cost Bitcoin its 200-week and 50-day moving averages at the time of writing, these both lingering at $22,800.

“Unfortunately for bulls, BTC lost the 50-Day MA and the key 200-Week MA,” on-chain analytics resource Material Indicators wrote in part of its latest update, adding the nearest macro support level was now just below $20,000. 

Retest of the 50-Day MA validated the Trend Precognition signals on the D chart. Unfortunately for bulls, #BTC lost the 50-Day MA and the key 200-Week MA. The next…



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