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Into Crab Mode, Bitcoin Bullish Potential Capped For The Coming Months?

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Bitcoin is back below $20,000 and seems on track to re-test the bottom of its current range. The cryptocurrency was showing signs of recovery, but it was rejected near the critical resistance zone at around $22,000.

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At the time of writing, BTC’s price trades at $19,800 with a 3% and 2% loss in the last 24 hours and 7 days respectively.

BTC trends to the downside with sideways movement in recent weeks on the 4-hour chart. Source: BTCUSD Tradingview

In a recent market update, trading desk QCP Capital addressed the factor that might contribute to BTC’s price moving sideways for the foreseeable future. These included the upcoming Mt. Gox redemptions, and global inflation.

On the probability of the Mt. Gox repayments negatively impacting Bitcoin and the crypto market, QCP Capital wrote:

It is impossible to be certain about the exact impact, given the numerous cross-arguments and theories surrounding the release. Our main takeaway is that there is a high chance of BTC supply flooding the market soon.

In the best-case scenario, Bitcoin will face downside pressure allowing Ethereum and other altcoins to gain some breathing room. The sector might record some gains after an extended period of increased Bitcoin dominance.

The worst-case scenario is additional selling pressure for Bitcoin, as QCP Capital said, and the entire crypto market pushing prices to their yearly lows or deeper into bear market territory. A lot depends on Mt. Gox’s unlock schedule, and if the victims will succumb to market uncertainty or wait for BTC’s price to reclaim previous highs.

QCP Capital made the following prediction on what could be in store for Bitcoin in the short term.

We’re not outrightly bearish at these spot levels but we think the sudden demand for call structures might have pushed the risk reversal levels a bit too much to the topside. Our base case continues to be sideways trading with the risk of sharp dips and upside capped (…).

What Could Push Bitcoin Back Into The Green

Tomorrow, the U.S. will publish a new Consumer Price Index (CPI) print. After an aggressive shift in monetary policy from the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed), market participants expect a decline in this metric.

If the CPI print signals a decline in inflation, the crypto market could see some relief. $18,600 and $22,000 will continue to operate as major support and resistance levels.

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In addition, analyst Ali Martinez indicated that Bitcoin is sitting at an “important demand wall”. There are 570,000 addresses that purchased BTC around its current levels, to the upside $20,900 is the next level to watch in case of bullish momentum, as seen in the chart below.

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Source: IntoTheBlock via Ali Martinez

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Coinbase Exchange Reportedly Sued in the State of Georgia

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Sec Launches Fresh Probe Into Coinbase Listing Securities Claim
  • Pomerantz LLP has also filed suit against the exchange.
  • Coinbase is accused of making false and misleading statements.

Coinbase is been sued many times and is under growing scrutiny from authorities. Two law firms filed lawsuits against the cryptocurrency exchange in San Francisco, which is already under investigation by the United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC). Recently it has been revealed by crypto commentator Watcher.guru that the exchange is being sued in Georgio for allegedly failing to protect users from unauthorized transfers.

Bragar Eagel & Squire, a law firm located in New York City, said on Thursday that it will be suing Coinbase for false advertising. Pomerantz LLP has also filed suit against the exchange, claiming it was damaged by the defendant’s alleged breaches of federal securities laws and is thus entitled to restitution. The purpose of this litigation is to award damages to the claimants.

Embroiled in Lawsuits

Coinbase is accused of making false and misleading statements about its business, operations, and compliance activities between April 14, 2021, and July 26, 2022, in two separate charges. The accusations allege that Coinbase concealed the fact that the customer’s crypto held in escrow at Coinbase would be considered part of a bankruptcy estate and subject to procedures in which consumers would be regarded as general unsecured creditors of the corporation.

Coinbase allegedly concealed the fact that it allowed U.S. residents to trade virtual assets that, despite its knowledge and complacency, needed to be registered as securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The complaints allege that as a consequence of Coinbase’s conduct, the company’s public claims have been fundamentally dishonest and misleading from the beginning.

Coinbase has been at the center of numerous high-profile lawsuits and scandals. The two latest lawsuits came as Coinbase is being probed by the SEC for allegedly dealing with unregistered securities. 

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Alphabet Makes $1.5 Billion Investment in Blockchain Sector

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