Friday's sell-off made exchanges shed excess BTC even faster than before, data shows.
Bitcoin (BTC) recovered from a dip below $50,000 on Dec. 8 as Wall St. trading opened on a fresh bullish note.
BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
Bitcoin market ditches "extreme fear"
The pair had hit daily lows of $48,656 on Bitstamp before a dramatic trend change brought back the psychologically significant $50,000 level.
— Zhu Su (@zhusu) December 8, 2021
#Bitcoin held crucial level and continues probably to a new test at $51.6K and $53.6K.
— Michaël van de Poppe (@CryptoMichNL) December 8, 2021
As positive signals began to emerge from well-known names on social media, sentiment likewise felt the benefit, exiting "extreme fear" for the first time since Dec. 3's crash below $42,000.
Popular trader Rekt Capital, who earlier eyed healthy behavior on the weekly chart, meanwhile added that BTC price action could be mimicking its recovery seen during September's major dip. This involved acting between two exponential moving average (EMA) lines.
"Bitcoin may be repeating a consolidation period it also experienced following its May 2021 crash," he tweeted.
"This consolidation takes place between the blue 50-week EMA support and green 21-week EMA resistance."
BTC/USD 1-week annotated candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: Rekt Capital/ Twitter
Exchange Bitcoin holdings drain faster since sell-off
On-chain metrics continued to please on Dec. 8 against a backdrop of network fundamentals shaking off spot price action by nearing new record highs.
BTC 1-hour supply % in profit (7-day moving average) chart. Source: Glassnode/ Twitter
A look at the BTC balance on exchanges added to the positivity, reserves at their lowest in multiple years and far below when Bitcoin traded at four figures.
Last week's dip failed to upend the trend, which in fact accelerated over the weekend, data from on-chain analytics platform CryptoQuant confirms.
BTC exchange reserves chart. Source: CryptoQuant