Bitcoin Price Outlook— Traders Remain Concerned About Upcoming Fed Rate Hike and Bankrupt Crypto Firms

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During the first week of July, bitcoin prices have risen to their highest level since mid-June, coming as U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls handsomely beat expectations. However, as we head into the remaining weeks of the month, questions still linger on if this momentum can be maintained, despite the current uncertainty in the market.
Looking back at June, bitcoin (BTC) started the month trading around the $30,000 mark. However, exactly four weeks ago today, prices fell significantly, with markets still yet to recover from this drop.

Between June 8th and 18th, BTC/USD went from a peak of $31,600 to a floor of $17,612 as inflation in the U.S. continued to rise at historic levels.
This forced the Federal Reserve to once again hike rates, increasing them by as much as 75 basis points in hopes of curving spending.
The hike somewhat helped boost market confidence, with traders opting to buy June’s dip, however, for the most part, prices have been trading below $21,000.
However, following five consecutive days of gains, BTC is trading close to the $21,800 level, which is marginally lower than today’s high, which was nearer to a key resistance point.

Although there was an earlier breakout, prices are now below this hurdle, with volatility once again higher, leaving many traders uncertain about how the remainder of the month will pan out.
Stories of severe multi-million-dollar liquidations, alleged insolvencies, and bankruptcies have crypto traders on edge.
The upcoming Fed rate hike and more crypto firms experiencing negative exposure to insolvent crypto entities continue to add fear to the market sentiment.

This false breakout came at the resistance level of $22,070, which has historically been a point of uncertainty.
As a result of this, bulls opted to secure profits, rather than attempt to push prices of the leading crypto token higher.
Looking at the chart below, this coincides with the relative strength index (RSI) indicator trading close to a resistance level of its own at 48.30.

Bulls are likely waiting for the momentum indicator to move past this point before reentering with any real show of force.
If they do, they will likely use the remaining weeks of the month to get closer to the $30,000 region, recovering some of the losses of the past few weeks.
Many expect the Fed to once again increase interest rates by another 75 basis points, and should this happen, plus inflation begins to slow, then investors may see current lows as an opportune point of entry.

However, with price strength mostly trading under this current ceiling for the past three months, bears will also be waiting to enter the fray, targeting a move back below $19,000 this month.

What do you think about bitcoin’s price action in recent times and the July outlook for the leading crypto asset? Do you expect bitcoin to rise higher or drop lower from here? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.
Eliman brings a eclectic point of view to market analysis, having worked as a brokerage director, retail trading educator, and market commentator in Crypto, Stocks and FX.

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