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Bitcoin’s on-chain data suggests institutions are ‘deploying capital’ at the expense of ‘hodlers’

By on February 12, 2022 0

“Sophisticated passive buying” on Bitcoin (BTC) spot exchanges coincides with BTC’s trend of leaving exchanges to cold storage.

Adjusted Bitcoin supply shock. Source: Willy Woo

According to Data provided by researcher Willy Woo.

Nonetheless, the ability of BTC prices to withstand the selling pressure meant that there was buying pressure from elsewhere. As Cointelegraph reported earlier this week, so-called Bitcoin whales are accumulating BTC at current price levels.

“This selloff is contrasted by exchange data showing sophisticated passive buying on spot exchanges and coin movement to whale-controlled wallets,” Woo wrote, adding:

“This view is supported by the fact that coins are moving away from exchanges into cold storage. Meanwhile, whales holding more than 1,000 BTC ($45 million) are accumulating. institutional money deploys capital.”

Bitcoin exchanges net flows and deposits to/from whale wallets. Source: Trading View

Despite the pullback in the price of Bitcoin at the start of the weekend, the increase in whale addresses controlling 1,000 to 10,000 BTC also did not go unnoticed by on-chain data resource Ecoinometrics.

BTC Price Targets

Hunain Naseer, researcher at OKEx, noted Bitcoin would need more time to consolidate given its recent rejections and deviation from its 20-day moving average as shown in the chart below. Nonetheless, recovering $46,000 would likely cause BTC to price test at $50,000 next.

Daily BTC/USD price chart with blue arrows marking recent Fridays. Source: OKX/TradingView

On the other hand, Woo called $33,000 a solid bottom for Bitcoin, given recent selling sentiment among hodlers and speculative investors. As Cointelegraph reported, $40,000 remains a key level to hold while $46,000-$48,000 remains a strong resistance area for bulls.

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