Bitcoin (BTC) saw fresh gains on Oct. 23 as the weekend delivered a potential launchpad for the bulls.
BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
$10 million liquidations as Bitcoin steps higher
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it spiked above $19,500 as the weekly close approached.
While modest, the $300 move punctuated otherwise flat trading behavior, Bitcoin notoriously rangebound on daily timeframes.
Now, hopes were high that the market would offer more solid price action in the coming days, $20,000 remaining out of reach for over a week.
“Green week ahead, preferably first closing the current CME gap,” popular trader Crypto Ed told Twitter followers in an update at the time of writing.
An accompanying chart showed resistance in play around $19,500.
“Still moving higher from the green box. For now rejected exactly at that horizontal,” he added.
BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Crypto Ed/ Twitter
Analytics account On-Chain College meanwhile noted that even such an hourly uptick had managed to spark comparatively large number of liquidations, these setting a multi-day record.
“Around $6 million in Bitcoin Short Liquidations over the last hour. This is the highest short liquidation level in 10 days,” it confirmed alongside data from on-chain analytics platform CryptoQuant.
BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: On-Chain College/ Twitter
Weekly close could set multi-week high
In terms of weekly closes, Oct. 23 looked set to be another close-run candle within an increasingly compressed cluster.
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Should BTC/USD end the week above $19,440, however, it would nonetheless represent the highest weekly close since early September.
BTC/USD 1-week candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
In an update, trading suite Decentrader nonetheless described Bitcoin as “strong” going into the close, with multiple trading indicators bullish.
“I do believe the bottom is in for Bitcoin, despite the majority believing that we’ll hit $14K or lower,”…