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Top or bottom? Traders at odds over whether Bitcoin will keep rising

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Abstract:BTC price action holds near $44,000 but there is little consensus over whether the Bitcoin bottom is here.

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

  Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed the $44,000 mark acting as local resistance Thursday, following forecasts that $46,000 could soon return.

  Bitcoin stayed broadly higher overnight following the previous days United States inflation data, but for some, now was not the time to become overly confident.

  “BTC starting to feel a little toppy (local), although asks are diffused through some key resistance levels,” Twitter account Material Indicators commented as part of a recent update.

  “Some bitcoin bulls may show up to clear a few levels, but the whole herd is going to have to show up to clear them all.”

  Suggesting a good opportunity to “de-risk,” Material Indicators highlighted order book flux, which, on Wednesday, had formed the focus of a graver warning about a possible incoming crash.

  By contrast, others believed that a price “squeeze” may ultimately be to the upside and punish latecomer short traders.

  Observing perp funding going increasingly negative as price grinds higher, it appears that the real liquidation wave may be on the upside https://t.co/ml8h5t0Skg

  — Zhu Su (@zhusu) January 12, 2022

  Popular trader Crypto Ed, meanwhile, began to show optimism over significantly lower levels being gone for good.

  Having uploaded a predictive chart snapshot, he argued that should BTC/USD grind higher on the day, the stage would be set for a higher low construction as part of a more solid recovery.

  Good Morning all! nTnx for giving me some time to have a twitter break, but I'm back to tell you that my feeling about “bottom is in” is getting stronger when seeing the #BTC chart. nWant to see more confirmation, but if we do get that 5th leg today, I'm getting excited! pic.twitter.com/yW07BSdrYC

  — Crypto_Ed_NL (@Crypto_Ed_NL) January 13, 2022How long can the relief last?

  A brief look at funding rates across exchanges revealed only a slight change overnight, with neutral to negative values dominating.

  Related: Traders say Bitcoin run to $44K may be a relief bounce, citing a repeat of December‘s ’nuke

  Such behavior runs in contrast to recent weeks, in which a declining spot price was met by positive funding.

  Bitcoin funding rates chart. Source: Coinglass

  At the time of writing, BTC/USD continued to attempt a breakout of the $44,000 zone, buyers preventing each drawdown.

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