Bitcoin markets are getting slowly cleansed of irrational exuberance with a classic drawdown toward $60,000.
Bitcoin (BTC) briefly dipped below $63,000 on Oct. 21 as a standard correction cooled the market.
BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
Bitcoin battles for new support at old peak
The roughly 6% drop from its peak came as little surprise to seasoned traders, despite Bitcoin so far failing to create solid support at the site of its previous all-time high of $64,900.
“Bitcoin is still undergoing this retest attempt,” popular trader Rekt Capital wrote in his latest update, suggesting that the old high could still flip to support.
Others took the chance to poke fun at the jittery mood on social media, where various users were getting cold feet observing the retracement.
It's just a joke.
Most of you will get liquidated on a 5% drop anyway so it won't matter what happens after that.
— NebraskanGooner (@nebraskangooner) October 21, 2021
The return to near $60,000, now the top of a large buy wall, meanwhile served to flush out excessive optimism on derivatives markets.
As Cointelegraph reported, funding rates had skyrocketed overnight but were slowly returning to more sustainable levels at the time of writing.
Sentiment showed prevailing “extreme greed” among market participants, with the Crypto Fear & Greed Index at 84/100. Historical top scenarios have involved 95/100 or higher.
Crypto Fear & Greed Index as of Oct. 21. Source: Alternative
Altcoins stabilize with Ether, SOL leading
Altcoins presented a mixed but altogether more positive picture on the day.
Only Binance Coin (BNB) saw any noticeable downward movement, trading 4% lower over the past 24 hours.
“Total altcoin market cap close to taking out its September high (and ATH). Did not do that in 2017 until mid-Nov,” renowned analyst TechDev noted about the altcoin situation on Oct. 20.
ETH/USD 1-hour candle chart (Kraken). Source: TradingView