Bitcoin (BTC) bounced off a predicted floor on Friday as the dust settled on the latest market collision with Elon Musk.
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Previous strength this week, which had seen a push toward $40,000, abruptly ended in defeat after Musk released another cryptic tweet. In it, the Tesla CEO appeared to suggest that he had moved on from Bitcoin to some form of alternative.
The market sold off, but the biggest casualties this time were altcoin traders. Bitcoin only fell by $2,000 — significantly less than during other episodes involving Musk’s tweets.
For popular trader Crypto Ed, who predicted that Bitcoin would need to hit $36,000 again anyway before continuing higher, the bottom was now in.
“Just need to reclaim some levels and we’re good to go again,” he said, commenting on the market on Friday.
Most reactions among Bitcoiners, however, were tongue-in-cheek — part of a wider narrative that reminds spectators that Musk is of no importance to Bitcoin’s strength.
Short-term barriers to a recovery nonetheless remained. Of particular interest to traders were funding rates on the day, flipping positive after previously favoring longs.
In an ironic twist, Musk’s favorite token, Dogecoin (DOGE), lost more than most in the top 50 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, trading down 14% at the time of writing.
Bloomberg favors $100,000 over $20,000
As ever, seasoned market participants called for a longer-term perspective on Bitcoin.
Veteran trader Peter Brandt, who said that $21,000 would be the ultimate floor for BTC/USD under current circumstances, was firmly in favor of a bullish continuation.
“Why would someone bail out of non-leveraged longs when the market already had 80% of worst-case drop?” he argued earlier in the week.
Another publicly bullish opinion came from Bloomberg Intelligence, which in its latest monthly report described cryptocurrencies en masse as “discounted and refreshed.”
“Bitcoin is more likely to resume appreciating toward $100,000 resistance rather than sustaining below $20,000,” it summarized.
Fundamentals remained stable for Bitcoin, with hash rate — and therefore miners — unresponsive to Musk.