Bitcoin whales in buying frenzy while prices consolidate

Bitcoin whales in buying frenzy while prices consolidate
13th November, 14:51
Updated: 13th November, 18:31
  • Billionaires are flocking the cryptocurrency industry, buying significant amounts of Bitcoin.
  • Despite the spike in buying pressure, BTC price is stuck within a narrow trading range.
  • A 4-hour candlestick close above or below the $15,760-$14,850 range will determine where prices head next.

Bitcoin enjoyed an impressive bull rally over the past month that saw its price rise to nearly $16,000 on November 6th. Although the upward pressure seems to have cooled off in the last few days, the rising demand among institutional investors suggests greener pastures ahead. 

The buying pressure behind Bitcoin skyrockets

A new wave of billionaires appears to be flocking the cryptocurrency market as faith in the traditional monetary system fades. 

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Hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones recently noted that Bitcoin is at the early stage of what could be a financial revolution. The head of Tudor Investment Corporation stressed that as more people believe in the idea behind BTC’s technology, the case grows stronger for it to act as a hedge against inflation and a store of value. Jones has invested about 2% of his portfolio in the flagship cryptocurrency as he forecasts a massive upside momentum building up.

Along the same lines, the former chairman and president of Duquesne Capital, Stanley Druckenmiller has jumped on the Bitcoin bandwagon. The ultra high-net-worth investor said to have transferred part of his capital into this digital asset as it seems to be more profitable than gold and treasuries. Druckenmiller anticipates that BTC will likely outperform all assets in his portfolio while the dollar goes into a three- to four-year decline. 

The increasing interest from institutional investors correlates with the growing number of Bitcoin whales. Data from behavior analytics platform Santiment reveals that the number of addresses with 10,000 to 100,000 BTC surged by 6.73% over the past three weeks. Roughly seven new whales have joined the network in such a short period. 

The continuous increase in the number of big players behind Bitcoin may seem insignificant at first glance. Still, when considering they hold between $150 million to $1.5 billion in BTC, the spike in buying pressure can translate into billions of dollars and may soon be reflected on prices. 

Technical analysis: Consolidating before new yearly highs

The pioneer cryptocurrency has gone through a week-long consolidation phase that forced the Bollinger bands to squeeze on its 4-hour chart. Squeezes are indicative of low volatility periods and are usually succeeded by significant price movements. The longer the contraction, the higher the probability of a strong breakout.

This index’s inability to provide a clear path for the direction of Bitcoin makes the area between the lower and upper band a reasonable no-trade zone. Only a 4-hour candlestick close outside of the $15,760-$14,850 range will determine where prices are headed next.

If demand among institutional investors continues surging, it may have the strength to push Bitcoin above the overhead resistance. Moving past this critical hurdle could see the bellwether cryptocurrency rise towards the next supply wall at $17,250. 

On the flip side, breaking through support will likely trigger a 10% correction towards $13,300. 

Key price levels to watch

Despite the ambiguous outlook that Bitcoin presents, prices may continue to rise in the long-term. The high levels of buying pressure behind it makes it nearly impossible to lean bearish at the moment. But this may be an ideal for the bears from a counter sentiment perspective as investors seem to be growing “extremely greedy.”

Regardless, it is imperative to remain on the sidelines waiting for a clear candlestick close above $15,760 or below $14,850. Such strategy may help reduce risk and maximize profits.

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