The price of Bitcoin (BTC) declined below $60,000 on April 17 after a strong rally throughout the past week in anticipation of the Coinbase public listing on Nasdaq.
However, after the COIN listing, which is the ticker of the Coinbase stock, the cryptocurrency market started to correct.
An expected Bitcoin sell-the-news drop
Coinbase’s public listing brought significant attention to the cryptocurrency market. It marked the first public listing of a major cryptocurrency exchange, leading to high institutional demand.
As a result, the cryptocurrency market rallied leading up to the listing with BTC price hitting new all-time highs above $64,00. However, it was almost expected to see Bitcoin and Ether (ETH) drop after the fact, considering the tendency of cryptocurrencies to sell off after a major event.
Another major factor that contributed to the drop in price was the relatively high funding rates for longing Bitcoin. This, alongside strong technical resistance at $64,000-$65,000 were the likely reasons that BTC tested $60,000 support after the hype around Coinase’s listing began to fade.
Meanwhile, the $60,000 level is an important price point for Bitcoin because it took roughly a month for BTC to break out above it.
Hence, it is important for Bitcoin to hold the $60,000 area to maintain the bullish market structure heading into next week.
Traders predict what would likely come next
At the same time, cryptocurrency traders are mixed regarding where Bitcoin will go with its new weekly candle.
For instance, Cantering Clark, a popular cryptocurrency derivatives trader, said that the market isn’t necessarily bullish nor bearish, based on options data.