Bitcoin price retests $63K despite GBTC outflows dropping below $100M


Bitcoin (BTC) plugged intraday lows at the March 22 Wall Street open despite lower outflows from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC).

BTC/USD 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView

GBTC sees cooling outflows

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView tracked limp BTC price performance as $63,000 returned to the radar.

The largest cryptocurrency failed to hold higher levels, which resulted from an earlier rebound, with its old 2021 all-time highs at $69,000 staying unchallenged.

The day’s flows into and out of the United States spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) began promisingly. GBTC saw just $96 million in outflows, per initial data from crypto intelligence firm Arkham — less than a third of the tally at the start of the week.

So far, every day this week has seen net outflows from the spot ETFs — a unique time in their short history.

Source: Daan Crypto Trades

Analyzing current BTC price action, popular trader Skew suspected deliberate moves to undermine bullish momentum.

“Looks like someone is trying to force a cascade here again during weak price action,” he commented in a post on X about spot order book data from the world’s largest exchange by volume, Binance.

Skew added that it was “pretty clear” that certain traders were selling into price.

Fellow trader Crypto Tony joined those calling for a reclaim of $69,000 in order to ensure upside continuation.

Source: Crypto Tony

“All eyes on the weekly close,” trader Jelle continued.

Adopting a characteristically optimistic take on the market, Jelle outlined the upside potential if Bitcoin were able to flip the current range to support.

“If Bitcoin successfully flips this zone for support, there is very little standing in the way of price making its way towards the target of this falling wedge: $100,000,” he told X followers.

BTC/USD chart. Source: Jelle

Analyst: Bitcoin risks “2016-like fate”

Eyeing the downside, meanwhile, trader and analyst Rekt Capital drew comparisons to Bitcoin’s 2016 bull market.

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Then, he noted, the period immediately before the block subsidy halving produced marked downside.

“Recently, Bitcoin has also produced a long downside wick on its Pre-Halving Retrace,” he explained.

“Bitcoin will need to continue to maintain these current highs to avoid a 2016-like fate where the initial reaction was strong but short-lived.”

BTC/USD comparison. Source: Rekt Capital

The next halving event is currently due to hit in mid-April.

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