Bitcoin () looked set to challenge critical $47,000 resistance on Sept. 14 amid a perfect storm of dwindling supply and «exhausted» bears.
HODLers vs. whales in battle for $50,000 retest
Data fromand followed BTC/USD as it hit local highs above $46,600 on Bitstamp.
The pair gained $2,000 since Monday’s lows of $43,700, with analysts hoping that $44,000 would now stick as support.
For Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe, $47,000 now formed the level to flip in order to spark a bullish run to the upside.
«On the upside, first, Bitcoin’s price has to break through $47,000, as that’s the current resistance. If that fails, upward continuation to $50,000 is possible as the final hurdle before a potential all-time high test,» he wrote in anfor Cointelegraph on the day.
Previously, whale selling behavior hadthat $47,000 would be difficult to beat.
Meanwhile, fellow trader and analyst Rekt Capital eyed a return of important moving averages as an additional bullish consideration.
Not only isholding this major demand area as support (orange)…
Not only isforming a Weekly Higher Low…
But Bitcoin is forming this Higher Low at the 21-week EMA (green)
The 21-WEMA is a valuable time-tested bull market indicator
— Rekt Capital (@rektcapital)
Strong hand supply hits pre-bull run highs
At $46,000, more of the Bitcoin supply is owned by strong hands than practically ever before, on-chain data confirms.
In its latest weekly report, «,» analytics firm Glassnode revealed that long-term holders (LTHs) own nearly 13 million BTC — 80% of the supply.
The extent of strong hand belief in Bitcoin this year contrasts strongly with previous eras, and the trend shows no sign of stopping.
Whereas short-term holders (STHs) have regularly formed a major market presence before, even the most recent run to $50,000 failed to shake LTH resolve.
«LTH owned supply has reached 79.5% of all BTC coins this week, which is equivalent to the level reached in October, prior to the bull market kicking off. In fact, on an absolute coin volume basis, LTHs currently own the most coins in history, hitting 12.97M BTC this week,» Glassnode noted.
«Peaks in LTH owned supply typically correlate with late stage bear markets which are historically followed by a supply squeeze and initiation of cyclical bull runs.»
As Cointelegraph, an imminent supply squeeze is a focal topic among analysts this week.