Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC Looks To Move To $49,000 After Strong Session 

Daily Bitcoin BTC Price Forecast

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Last Updated December 22nd 2021
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  • The Bitcoin price has pushed up significantly during the current session and is already up by over 3%. 
  • BTC was quite bearish during the previous week and had dropped to $46,131 on Tuesday. 

The Bitcoin price has pushed up significantly during the current session, with buyers pushing the price above $48,000. BTC was quite bullish over the weekend as well, with the price rising by 2.41% on Saturday and settling at $47,243. However, the price fell back on Sunday, thanks to the 200-day SMA, and dropped to $46,657. Monday saw BTC post a marginal recovery, rising by 0.55%, before pushing above $48,000 during the current session. 

Bitcoin Price Chart Indicates BTC Looking To Push To $49,000

The Bitcoin price started the previous weekend on a very bullish note, rising by almost 5% and settling at $49,437. The price continued to push higher on Sunday, climbing to $50,134. However, Monday saw BTC back in the red, dropping by over 6% and settling at $46,885, slipping below the 200-day SMA. BTC recovered on Tuesday, rising by 3.25% and settling at $47,409, before pushing up to $45,825 on Wednesday, an increase of 0.86%.

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BTC/USD daily chart 122221

After rising to $45,825 on Wednesday, the Bitcoin price fell back on Thursday, dropping by 2.43% and settling at $47,638. BTC continued to drop on Friday as it slipped below the 200-day SMA and settled at $46,131. However, the price recovered on Saturday, pushing up to $47,243, before falling back on Sunday and settling at $46,657. Monday saw BTC post a marginal recovery, as BTC rose by 0.55%, before pushing up significantly during the ongoing session and moving above $48,000.

We can see that the MACD has flipped to bullish, and if the price continues to push higher, we could see the Parabolic SAR also flip to bullish.

Looking at IntoTheBlock’s IOMAP for the Bitcoin price, we can see that BTC has strong support at around $47,820. At this price level, 1.9 million addresses have bought more than 830,000 BTC. Bitcoin also faces strong resistance at around $49,165. At this price level, over 1.3 million addresses have sold more than 780,000 BTC.

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BTC/USD volume chart 122221

Looking at the 4-hour Bitcoin price chart, we can see that BTC had pushed above the 50-bar SMA on the 16th when it rose to $49,248. The price dropped significantly from this level, falling below the 50 and 20-bar SMAs and settling at $46,126 on the 18th. BTC pushed up from this level, moving back above the 20-bar SMA and settling at $47,761. However, BTC could not stay at this level and fell back below the 20-bar SMA, falling to $45,952, before surging above the 20 and 50-bar SMAs and moving to its current level of $48,593.

We can see that the Parabolic SAR and MACD are bullish, indicating that the price could further push up.

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BTC/USD 4-hour chart 122221

Latest On US Regulation

Capitol Hill played host to a significant moment for crypto adoption in the US Six executives from prominent crypto firms set out to demystify various aspects of their industry. At a hearing chaired by Maxine Waters, crypto execs fought off a decent grilling from politicians.

At the hearing, the crypto executives that testified included Charles Cascarilla, Brian Brooks, Alesia Jeanne Haas, Denelle Dixon, Sam Bankman-Fried, and Jeremy Allaire. Brooks is a former acting comptroller of the currency in the US. He had a brief stint as CEO of Binance.US before becoming CEO of Bitfury.

In answering a question as to whether he viewed cryptocurrency as a security, Brooks responded:

 “We don’t know authoritatively what’s a security and what isn’t, because no authority will tell us. But what we can do, at least, is we can tell you the difference between an R-rated asset and a PG-rated asset, and people can make their risk tolerance judgments.”

On Coinbase, Alesia Jeanne Haas, who sits on the board of ANGI Homeservices and Vimeo, said:

“We now securely store 12% of the world’s crypto on our platform. This is across over 150 asset types, and we offer customers the opportunity to earn, sell, send, and to receive and buy more than 100 assets on our platform.”

Haas’ emphasis lay around the utility of crypto and how Coinbase is driving that next phase of crypto adoption.

Haas clarified how Coinbase protects its customers in the event of a hack and how the company mitigates the risk of criminal activity through measures designed to prevent criminal activity (KYC/AML). Patrick McHenry, a representative for North Carolina’s tenth district also spoke. With US regulation as a background, he established where blockchain and cryptocurrency fit into the evolution of the internet.

“Let’s talk about where the internet was, where it’s come to where it’s going. Originally, the internet was a read-only format. In essence, we’re consuming information. And then [there are] additional layers that we placed on it, [and] it became much more interactive. But, counterintuitively, it’s much more interactive but much more centralized in Web 1.0, Web 2.0. What we’re hearing now is Web 3.0. policymakers need to understand the nature of Web 3.0.”

Chinese Bitcoin Miners Are Operating In Secret

Chinese Bitcoin miners are still running operations even after the recent ban. They are working in stealth, surviving by using off-grid power sources. Earlier, there was migration and a mass exodus of Chinese miners to more crypto-friendly jurisdictions in North America and Central Asia. This was following a blanket ban on cryptocurrency in China. Many less-resourced miners found themselves left out in the cold.

Some miners have remained back due to pandemic travel restrictions, supply chain issues, and complicated overseas contacts. These miners are using a combination of grid power and hydro-power. The miners that use hydro-power tap power off dams dotted across the provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan. These dams are inconspicuous and less likely to attract government attention. 

This is especially feasible during the rainy season, which occurs from May to the latter part of fall. Miners construct their infrastructure to make the power from the dams compatible with their mining equipment. One miner reportedly has two sites (8 megawatts and 12 megawatts). The sites use VPNs to evade detection by the government. China Telecom acts as a watchdog for the Chinese government concerning mining activity.

A Chinese cybersecurity firm Qihoo 360 recently released a report. It shows that mining continues to flourish despite a countrywide ban. According to the report, there are around 109,000 active mining internet protocol (IP) addresses every day. Some miners are turning to mining pools to conceal their operations.

Bitcoin Price Is Expected To Reach These Levels 

Looking at the Bitcoin price chart, we can see that BTC has made a strong recovery during the current session. If the current sentiment persists, we could see BTC push to $49,000.