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Bitcoin Stagnates Below $38,000 as Analysis Suggests ‘Notorious BID’ Is Back

Bitcoin (BTC) looked to hit its 18-month high through Nov. 21 as order book activity gave one analyst a sense of déjà vu.

BTC/USD 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

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Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed that BTC price momentum stood at $37,770 the previous day.

Now hovering around $37,400, Bitcoin remained in a range that had also characterized the second week of the month.

However, for hardware indicators of on-chain monitoring assets, the market was more akin to the first quarter of this year – the period that marked the beginning of Bitcoin’s recovery from post-FTX lows.

By analyzing order book data, he suggested that a major liquidity provider, which he informally called the “Notorious BID” at the time, could once again shape support for the bids.

Specifically, bid liquidity had increased to $33,000 “7 times in the last 30 days,” according to said X Subscribers (formerly Twitter).

“I can’t confirm if this is the entity I named Notorious BID in the first quarter, but I can tell you we’ve seen this play out before.”

BTC/USDT liquidity data. Source: Hardware Indicators/X

A snapshot of BTC/USDT liquidity also showed sellers lining up at $38,000 and immediately below.

Among whales, it was the largest order class – between $1 million and $10 million – that made up the only active cohort, with the others unanimously decreasing their exposure throughout the week.

Commenting on the situation, Keith Alan, co-founder of Material Indicators, argued that the entities behind the buy orders could be more organized than just high-volume speculators.

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Meanwhile, anticipating what might come next, Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading company Eight, refused to take $40,000 off the table.

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“Bitcoin continues to rise higher and higher. Making higher lows and attacking resistance for the fourth time,” he said. commented on nighttime events.

“I wouldn’t be surprised by a breakout to $40,000 and then a quick breakdown again. Keep buying the dips! »

BTC/USD annotated chart. Michaël van de Poppe/X

Popular analyst Matthew Hyland has warned that the Relative Strength Index (RSI) could risk printing a bearish divergence with the price if the latter fails to surpass the current 18-month highs just below $38,000 .

At the time of writing, the bulls were still unable to generate the required momentum.

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