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Bitcoin mirrors 2020 pre-breakout, but analysts at odds whether this time is different

Bitcoin (BTC) failed to break $20,000 despite a new weekly high on Oct. 18 as market watchers waited for action.

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

Bitcoin meanders as stocks climb

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD defying volatility once again on the day.

The pair stayed noticeably stable despite stronger moves for United States equities at the Wall Street open. At the time of writing, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite Index were up 1.5% and 1.2%, respectively.

“We are now witnessing another well overdue relief rally in stocks,” financial commentary resource the Kobeissi Letter told Twitter followers.

“After over a month of near straight-line down price action, a bounce was needed.”

The post continued with a warning over the upcoming meeting of the Federal Reserve at which a further rate hike would be announced.

“However, as Q3 earnings begin and the next Fed meeting approaches, we are far from the clear. Use stops and don’t get trapped,” it advised.

With the mood still uncertain, crypto commentators thus largely stuck to existing predictions when it came to short-term price moves.

“The area around $19.3K is key to hold and then we can expand to $22.2K,” Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading platform Eight, wrote in part of a tweet on the day.

Popular trader Il Capo of Crypto declared Bitcoin “ready to pump to 20k+,” having already given a target of $21,000 for the relief rally.

Fellow trader Crypto Tony was more conservative on the potential range for BTC/USD in the coming week, flagging the area around $20,000 as a likely place for a longer-term trajectory decision to be made.

BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Crypto Tony/ Twitter

Exchange activity reminiscent of late 2020

The analysis of exchange order books meanwhile produced interesting conclusions about the nature of the current price setup.

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