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Bitcoin dips below $42K as crypto sentiment returns to ‘fear’


Bitcoin (BTC) trended toward a $40,000 retest on Feb. 12 as BTC price action bore out analysts’ predictions.
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BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

Trader hopes to avoid ‘ugly’ weekly close

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD reaching local lows of $41,741 on Bitstamp Saturday before a rebound over $42,000.

An about-turn had ended the pair’s advance after U.S. CPI data hit, and calls soon emerged for a return to $40,000 or even lower to see how steely bulls’ resolve really was.

For Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe, the results were still inconclusive, but caution was definitely needed going forward on short-timeframe trades.

“Bitcoin looking at the same resistance still,” he summarized alongside a chart showing potential support and resistance targets.

“Weekly order block rejecting in a harsh manner. Weekly candle starts to look ugly + several levels of fear across the market for coming weeks. Remaining flat at this stage.”

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BTC/USD 1-week annotated chart. Source: Michaël van de Poppe/ Twitter

Others meanwhile called time on the potential scope of Bitcoin’s longer-term downside.

“For those waiting for sub 30k $BTC, may the crypto gods be with you because the odds are not,” popular Twitter commentator Credible Crypto advised.

Even at current levels, Bitcoin’s weekly close was set to be practically identical to the last, thus preserving the majority of the prior gains that had taken it out of the $30,000 zone.

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Straight back to “fear”

The late drawdown this week was nonetheless more than convincing enough for crypto market sentiment to take a fresh hit.

Related: Bitcoin stuck in a tight range as BTC price moving averages prepare key bullish cross

According to the Crypto Fear & Greed Index, three days of “neutral” territory was enough before the return of “fear” as the main force at play among traders.

On Saturday, the Index measured 44/100, having reached 54/100 Wednesday.

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Crypto Fear & Greed Index (screenshot). Source: Alternative.me

Discussing January’s weeks-long trip into the bottom “extreme fear” zone, trading suite Decentrader argued that a sentiment reset had likely already come based on historical patterns.

“Such extended periods of extreme fear give an indication that general market participants can be caught offside. We saw that play out with the fast move to the upside that $BTC has shown over the past two weeks,” analysts wrote in a market update released Friday.