Calls for Bitcoin (BTC) to rally above $40,000 were dashed as the top cryptocurrency hit a wall of resistance which sparked a sell-off in the early trading hours.
Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView show the price of BTC fell as low as $34,368 before rebounding to its current price of $37,300.
Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360
It’s possible that the excitement surrounding the announcement of a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill from the incoming Biden administration quickly morphed into a buy the rumor, sell the news event as questions begin to emerge on the feasibility of parts of the bill.
BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView
Bitcoin’s dip also comes after renewed criticism from global regulators as European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde recently stated that the top cryptocurrency is “totally reprehensible money laundering activity.” This was followed by an announcement on Jan. 15 that a British financial advisor has petitioned the U.K. Government and Parliament to ban cryptocurrency transactions.
Traditional markets feel the pressure
Tough words from government officials weren’t the sole cause of the downturn in the cryptocurrency market as a scan of the global financial markets shows signs of mounting pressure.
The S&P 500 and NASDAQ faced pressure from the opening bell and finishing the day down 0.72% and 0.73% respectively. The Dow managed to push back against bears to close the day up by 0.3%
A broader survey of the global markets show gold and silver closed down 1.07%, and 3.17%, while oil and the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond lost 2.93% and 3.59%.
Altcoins continue to push higherBTC/USD daily chart. Source: Coin360
Despite increased sell pressure across the market, several altcoins showed strength. Chainlink (LINK) experienced a surge overnight and currently trades at $20.50, up 13.9% in the 24-hours. Cosmos (ATOM) has gained 21.62% and trades at $7.81.
Meanwhile, Ether (ETH) has faced the same pressures as the broader Bitcoin. At the time of writing the top-altcoin is down 4.8%% and trades for $1,172.
The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $1 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 68%.