Bitcoin endured a surprising sell-off on Wednesday after a mysterious entity moved 40 BTC from an address that has been inactive for a decade.
Twitter account “Whale Alert” first speculated that the older Bitcoin wallet potentially belongs to Satoshi Nakamoto, who has 1.1 million BTC.
Technically, bitcoin slipped after failing to cross above a long-term resistance level near $10,000. The pullback sentiment could swell further.
Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto might be a bearish ‘ghost’, according to the events that took place on Wednesday.
BTC was eyeing retest of a technical resistance level at $10,000 while trading some $200 below it before – almost suddenly – it crashed by approximately $500 in just 15 minutes. So it appears, traders sold off near $9,800 after Twitter user Whale Alert tweeted about an old Bitcoin address becoming active.
The transaction tracker noted that a mysterious entity moved about 50 BTC from an ancient Bitcoin address, adding that it potentially belongs to Nakamoto — the pseudonymous entity who created Bitcoin in January 2009. The nonce pattern of the block that contained those 50 BTC showed that they were mined in February 2009.
Nakamoto is believed to be the biggest crypto whale. His early involvement with Bitcoin allowed him to mine about 1.1 million BTC, which is worth approximately $10 billion at current exchange rates. The first signs of sell-off appeared from the fears of him dumping his share on exchanges.
But the speculation cooled off after research reminded investors that the nonce pattern of the block that was related to the 50 BTC was not the same as blocks mined by Nakamoto. That helped bitcoin escape a deeper fall as it rebounded back to above $9,500 six hours after the crash.
A Technical Slip
The approximately $500 dump somewhat uncovered one of the biggest fears lying underneath an otherwise bullish Bitcoin market: That of older whales cashing out their billions of dollars worth of Bitcoin savings. Data aggregation portal Messari wrote in its letter to clients Thursday about “anxiety” among traders and investors about Nakamoto’s treasure
“Satoshi is estimated to have over 1.1 million coins, and there is the fear (albeit overblown) that those coins could be market dumped on an exchange, which would tank Bitcoin’s price,” the letter read.
But it could very well be a technical slip. The bitcoin price rally earlier hit a roadblock at a long-term descending trendline. The level, as shown in the chart below, has so far refused to buckle under the pressure of bulls.
BTCUSD uptrend trapped under the black trendline | Source: TradingView.com, Coinbase
While the Nakamoto FUD may have triggered the sell-off, the presence of the Descending Trendline may have fueled the downside move.
More Bitcoin Downsides Ahead
On Wednesday, the BTC/USD exchange rate was trading below $9,500, showing the first signs of price contraction after the Descending Trendline retest at $10,000. If the downside continues, the price can fall to seek support at the 200-day moving average (the orange wave).
That puts the downside target near $8,000.
On the other hand, the $9,500-support could prompt traders to retest $10,000. A breakout action could extend the upside target to Bitcoin’s YTD high of $10,500.
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