Market enters a ‘wait-and-see phase’ as Bitcoin struggles below $40,000

Price action for Bitcoin (BTC) and the wider cryptocurrency market was relatively subdued on May 27 as nervous traders remain unsure of what comes next following last week’s market plunge that saw leveraged traders wiped out as BTC dipped as low as $30,000 before its price rebounded.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that while Bitcoin’s price has managed to put in higher highs and higher lows over the past week, bulls continue to face stiff resistance at any meaningful attempt to break above $40,000 as bears defend the psychologically important level.

BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

For many traders, the recent correction likely triggered PTSD-like flashbacks of the market crash of 2017 and 2018 and the ensuing two-year crypto winter, and this could be a reason why the market seems indecisive at the moment.

Given that many traders are unsure of what might come next for Bitcoin’s price, it’s wise to consider the various bullish and bearish scenarios that could play out and to also take stock of the opinions of analysts in the sector.

Traders remain cautious after the recent sell-off

According to David Lifchitz, managing partner and chief investment officer at ExoAlpha, it’s important to look closely at the recent market events and review the catalysts that created the current situation.

Lifchitz told Cointelegraph that following an “almost uninterrupted bull run from $10,000 in October 2020 to an all-time high for BTC at $65,000 in mid-April 2021,” the market saw several waves of profit-taking ahead of the “great deleveraging of 2021,” which saw the price of BTC fall by 54% to $30,000, while Ether (ETH) and altcoins were hit even harder.

According to Lifchitz, the correction succeeded in “drastically reducing the amount of leverage that prevailed in the ecosystem,” which can be seen as a healthy development for the overall market, as it will help “to build on a more stable base.”

Estimated leverage ratio for Bitcoin….

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