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Dec 9, 2019

Bitcoin in wait-and-see mode as downward trend persists

An employee changes the fan on a mining machine at the Bitfarms cryptocurrency farming facility in Farnham, Quebec, Canada, on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Bitfarms says it's making more than $250,000 a day from minting Bitcoin, other virtual currencies and fees at four sites in the province.

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With Bitcoin’s wild price swings subsiding over the past week, investors are now looking ahead to its next potential breakout.

Bitcoin’s price has stabilized above its support level of the initial gap created on May 10, potentially marking a bottom for the largest cryptocurrency around US$6,500. However, the coin continues to move in the bearish pattern it formed in late June when it reached this year’s high of US$13,851. Bitcoin would need to break out of this downtrend in order to regain positive momentum.

“Breaching resistance should be a matter of time,” Mike McGlone, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence, wrote in a note this month. Increasing adoption and its limited supply could push its price higher in 2020 and over the next decade, he said. “The maturation process should continue, notably as volatility declines.”

Cryptocurrencies have had a volatile year, with prices swinging wildly over news that Facebook Inc. is working on its own stablecoin. Officials from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to the Federal Reserve have spoken out against the project and digital assets in general as news of widespread fraud and hacks continues to plague the market. But many analysts see potential in cryptocurrencies to change the digital finance landscape over the next decade.

Deutsche Bank AG’s Marion Laboure says a number of new cryptocurrencies could unexpectedly emerge and could become “the best tools for a digital war” in the decade ahead.

“The question is which country will take advantage of being the first to obtain licenses and build alliances,” Laboure wrote in a recent note titled “Cryptocurrencies: the 21st century cash.” As that happens, “the line between cryptocurrencies, financial institutions, and public & private sectors may become blurred.”

Bitcoin rose as much as 1.7 per cent on Monday to trade around US$7,521 and is on track for its third day of gains. Peer coins, including Ether and Litecoin also rose.


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