Bitcoin reaches ‘short squeeze’ trigger zone as BTC price nears $20.4K

Bitcoin (BTC) regained some lost ground at the Aug. 29 Wall Street open amid talk of an imminent short squeeze.

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

Shorts lose out in modest squeeze higher for BTC

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD climbing to near $20,400 on Bitstamp as United States equities began trading.

The move signaled welcome relief for hodlers, who had looked on as the pair dove increasingly below $20,000 during the weekend.

Now, with the market “aggressively short positioned,” conditions appeared to favor a further relief bounce to burn those nursing short trades.

Looks like we’re doing a little bearbecue. https://t.co/smRfCWC2C0

— Byzantine General (@ByzGeneral) August 29, 2022

“You know what is next,” popular Twitter account Il Capo of Crypto warned, reinforcing his belief that the bounce would be followed by a deeper retracement.

Short squeeze https://t.co/D8rNtSVwsl

— il Capo Of Crypto (@CryptoCapo_) August 29, 2022

Data from on-chain monitoring resource Coinglass meanwhile showed liquidations beginning to mount at the time of writing, with combined cross-crypto liquidations at $166 million in 24 hours.

U.S. stocks themselves opened slightly in the red, while the U.S. dollar index (DXY), having earlier put in a new twenty-year high, began retargeting its peak after a prior retracement.

U.S. stock markets are opening red, while the $DXY shows some weakness today.

Wouldn’t expect much further downside on risk-on assets and expect a slight bounce through the day.

— Michaël van de Poppe (@CryptoMichNL) August 29, 2022

“$DXY could be nearing its macro top similar way Bitcoin has in April 2021,” trader JACKIS summarized.

“Many bearish divergences seen on the Daily chart is defo something to keep an eye on. The moment DXY tops is the moment major assets print the macro bottom.”U.S. dollar index (DXY) 1-hour candle chart. Source: TradingView

“Hard to get too excited”

Zooming out, the mood among analysts remained lackluster in the face of ongoing macro turmoil.

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