Support slips from BTC bulls’ grasp as “Septembear” delivers the first signs of classic downside.
Bitcoin (BTC) traded below $20,000 on Sep. 3 as commodities declined on news of a G7 Russian energy ban.
BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
All down after gloomy macro week
The largest cryptocurrency looked increasingly unable to flip $20,000 to firm support as the weekend began, and the mood among market participants was jaded.
Eyeing the 8-day exponential moving average (EMA), popular trader Cheds noted its strength as intraday resistance continuing into September.
— Cheds (@BigCheds) September 2, 2022
United States equities closed out a troublesome week, the S&P 500 down 2.7% and Nasdaq Composite Index 3.25%, respectively.
Oil prices fell in Europe on the announcement of a Russian price cap potentially taking shape at the end of the year, despite implications tied to price increases should Russia itself retaliate.
German Electricity and Gas prices keep crashing. Gas now €218/MWh, down 38% from ATH, 1y Power Price now €508/MWh, down 52% from ATH. pic.twitter.com/1pPK5vJoGE
— Holger Zschaepitz (@Schuldensuehner) September 2, 2022
Gas supplies to Europe likewise stopped following the price cap decision, allegedly due to technical difficulties, having previously been due to resume Sep. 3.
“Gazprom seems to imply here that the only operating turbine at Nord Stream 1 pipeline can only be repaired now at one of (overseas) Siemens Energy specialised workshops, and until that happens, the pipeline won’t re-start (in other words, it’s down for good),” Javier Blas, energy and commodities columnist at Bloomberg, commented on a statement from Russian energy giant Gazprom over gas transit downtime.
Bitcoin gives up market share
For Bitcoin bulls, meanwhile, lack of market presence was beginning to show.
Depending on the source, Bitcoin’s share of the overall cryptocurrency market cap was at its lowest in as much as four years as of Sep. 3.
CoinMarketCap put Bitcoin dominance at just 39%, the weakest performance since June 2018.
TradingView calculations gave the figure as 39.88%, still marking an eight-month low.
Bitcoin market cap dominance 1-week candle chart. Source: TradingView
Earlier, Cointelegraph reported on the overall cryptocurrency market cap preserving its 200-week moving average (MA), a key achievement in bear markets gone by.
The same, however, could not be said for BTC/USD.
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