• Bitcoin price drops back to $60,660 support level for third time this week.
  • Asia has been trying, but American session proved worst performer this week. Europe has been front-running US session selling.
  • Billionaire real estate investor Barry Sternlicht says he expects at least one bank failure per week.

Bitcoin (BTC) price has wiped out all the ground covered during the Thursday session, with the whitewash coming despite crypto taking centerstage in Donald Trump's Election campaigns this week.

Also Read: Bitcoin price dips to $61K but defends one of its most resilient macro uptrends ever

Bitcoin, altcoins, stablecoins FAQs

Bitcoin is the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, a virtual currency designed to serve as money. This form of payment cannot be controlled by any one person, group, or entity, which eliminates the need for third-party participation during financial transactions.

Altcoins are any cryptocurrency apart from Bitcoin, but some also regard Ethereum as a non-altcoin because it is from these two cryptocurrencies that forking happens. If this is true, then Litecoin is the first altcoin, forked from the Bitcoin protocol and, therefore, an “improved” version of it.

Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies designed to have a stable price, with their value backed by a reserve of the asset it represents. To achieve this, the value of any one stablecoin is pegged to a commodity or financial instrument, such as the US Dollar (USD), with its supply regulated by an algorithm or demand. The main goal of stablecoins is to provide an on/off-ramp for investors willing to trade and invest in cryptocurrencies. Stablecoins also allow investors to store value since cryptocurrencies, in general, are subject to volatility.

Bitcoin dominance is the ratio of Bitcoin's market capitalization to the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies combined. It provides a clear picture of Bitcoin’s interest among investors. A high BTC dominance typically happens before and during a bull run, in which investors resort to investing in relatively stable and high market capitalization cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. A drop in BTC dominance usually means that investors are moving their capital and/or profits to altcoins in a quest for higher returns, which usually triggers an explosion of altcoin rallies.

Daily digest market movers: Bitcoin wipes out Thursday gains in American session

In the week ending Saturday, May 11, Bitcoin price started the Asian session with a show of strength, before tables started to turn in the late hours of the European session and worse in the US session.

The commendable performance for the Asian session comes as Hong Kong and China continue to show euphoria over the recently-launched spot BTC and Ether ETFs. 

The mania becomes intense following reports that one of the issuers, Chinese fund house Harvest Global Investment, may be considering seeking approval to trade in mainland China via the Connects Program. Notably, mainland China has been the biggest buyer of Hong Kong ETFs in the past three years, making this a huge move.

The New York session often sees increased trading activity and higher volatility compared to other sessions, which can lead to more fluctuations in Bitcoin prices. News and announcements occurring during the American session are majorly focused on US election campaigns, regulatory developments, economic data releases and geopolitical tensions, increasing volatility for BTC.  

More specifically, trading patterns specific to the American session may influence Bitcoin's performance during this time.

Meanwhile, Billionaire real estate investor Barry Sternlicht says he expects at least one bank failure per week in the US, Fortune reports.

In times of financial instability or uncertainty, some investors may turn to alternative assets like Bitcoin as a "safe haven" to protect their wealth.

If there are concerns about the stability of the traditional banking system due to bank collapses, it could potentially lead to an increased demand for Bitcoin and drive up its price.

Technical analysis: Support at $60,660 proves critical for Bitcoin

After three successful retests of the $60,660 support level, this buyer congestion base has proven critical for Bitcoin price. However, it may not be enough to sustain an uptrend unless the bulls are able to haul BTC to the other crucial level of $63,039, where bullish activity waits to interact with Bitcoin price. The yellow spikes of the volume profile show this.

Bitcoin price faces immediate resistance from the Smooth Moving Average (SMMA) at $62,466, beyond which a decisive flip above $63,039 would encourage more buying activity. However, the weekly high of $65,500 is also a critical level to beat for BTC. A stable candlestick close above this level on the one-day time frame would solidify the uptrend, setting the pace for a continuation of the uptrend.

In a highly bullish case, Bitcoin price could break past the upper band of the Bollinger Bands indicator at $67,224, before flipping the $70,000 threshold into support. This would give the bulls a shot at retaking the $73,777 all-time high before further upside potential.

As reported in a previous article, Bitcoin price is also consolidating within a falling wedge pattern, the profit objective of which is a 20% breakout to the estimated target of $76,116.

BTC/USDT 1-day chart

On the other hand, if the $60,660 support breaks, Bitcoin price could extend the fall. While a slip below the lower boundary of the Bollinger Bands indicator at $58,854 would be concerning, only a one-day candlestick close below $56,000, and effectively the lower trendline of the falling wedge would invalidate the bullish thesis.

Both the Relative Strength Index (RSI) and the Awesome Oscillator (AO) momentum indicators are below their respective mean levels. Also, the RSI continues to record lower highs since late March. This not only points to prevailing bearish sentiment in the market but also tilts the odds further in favor of the downside. 

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