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After dropping within a hair of $6,000, Bitcoin (BTC) price bounced around in a tight $120 range before mysteriously spiking $400 in just 30 minutes. Was this simply a breakout from consolidating prices, or did Tether (USDT) have something to do with it?

Bitcoin Price Market Overview

Loads of people believe that Bitcoin 00, and other cryptocurrencies are being manipulated by cryptocurrency exchanges, whales, and a particular stablecoin that has been implicated in multiple scandals this year.

For this reason, it is interesting to note that today’s massive green candle coincided with $50 million in USDT being transferred to Bitfinex on Saturday.

Meanwhile, others believe that the prolonged bear market is rooting out weak hands, as those who bought at higher prices become hopeless and sell on every BTC pop. There’s been plenty of talk about $6k, $5.5k, $4.3k and even $3k Bitcoin bottoms and BTC has drawn mightily close to all of these projections as bears continue to batter Bitcoin.

4-Hour Chart

In spite of today’s $400 pop, Bitcoin continues to trend lower within the descending channel. Today’s upside move briefly propelled BTC above the 20-day MA and the descending channel before pulling back to the $6,300 support. BTC appears to entice buyers around $6,300 and $6,100 but outside of today’s move, the short-term technical setup remains biased toward bears.

As mentioned over the last few weeks, BTC is likely to meet resistance at the most immediate moving averages (the exception being high volume spikes such as today), and traders could continue to execute relatively easy trades as BTC will likely continue sideways for some time on the $6,300 and $6,100 support.

Weekly Chart

BTC continues to find support at $6k. Failure to hold this point could see BTC drop to $5,750 then $4,600. A move above $6,800 or $7,000 would be encouraging but BTC’s failure to maintain bull volume, and the resumption of lower highs and lower lows being formed, renders this an unlikely

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