Bitcoin (BTC) swiftly reclaimed $50,000 on Thursday as bears felt maximum pain and lost hundreds of millions of dollars.
Bitcoin sparks a fresh bear bloodbath
After a night of bullish action, the pair left its lower trading range of recent weeks behind, with volatility still significant at the time of writing. Local highs topped $50,300 on Bitstamp.
As Cointelegraph reported, $51,000 remains the level to beat in order to cement a continuation of the 2021 Bitcoin bull run.
Heavy resistance remained at that level Thursday, with analysts waiting to see if the latest uptick had the momentum required to change the longer-term paradigm.
“Bitcoin facing final hurdle before $57K,” Cointelegraph contributing analyst Michaël van de Poppe tweeted in his latest update.
“Welcome back to $50,000 BTC,” fellow analyst Rekt Capital added.
Short traders lost out heavily from the upside, with liquidations hitting almost half a billion dollars in the past 24 hours.
Not so boring after all
As Cointelegraph noted, September tends to be a “boring” month when it comes to Bitcoin returns, with 6% currently the best performance on record.
Price forecasts take account of the anomaly, with the popular “worst-case scenario” series from stock-to-flow model creator PlanB calling for a $43,000 minimum monthly close.
Will August indeed close >$47K?— PlanB (@100trillionUSD) August 31, 2021
Btw these are worst case / floor estimates, so do not worry about Sep >$43K, my base case prediction is based on S2F: $100K. I use the floor stuff for options. pic.twitter.com/HGXa5MMqH0
The statistician’s August monthly close prediction, $47,000, was exactly on point. October, he calculates, should close at a minimum of $68,000 — a new all-time high.