Bitcoin clings to $36K as data suggests BTC price sell-off came from short-term holders


Bitcoin (BTC) found a new home at $36,000 into May 7 as volatility finally cooled into the weekend. 

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BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

Terra down at least $250 million in crunch

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD circling the $36,000 mark overnight after losing 12% in just 72 hours.

Still near its lowest levels since late February, the pair had nonetheless avoided a rematch of 2022 lows at the time of writing despite low-volume weekend market conditions.

In his latest Twitter update on May 6, popular trader Anbessa highlighted the planned support level to buy Bitcoin in what he described as a “fakeout” — a zone beginning at just under $33,000.

While some eyed profit opportunities, however, there was no hiding others’ losses, notably those of the Luna Foundation Guard (LFG), the nonprofit organization attached to Blockchain protocol Terra which this week purchased $1.5 billion of BTC in over-the-counter deals.

According to data from on-chain monitoring resource BitInfoCharts, LFG was down over $240 million on its BTC stash at the time of writing, this not including the week’s latest purchase.

As Cointelegraph reported, Terra and its co-founder Do Kwon remain committed to buying unlimited amounts of BTC to back their U.S. dollar stablecoin, TerraUSD (UST).

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LFG wallet data overview (screenshot). Source: BitInfoCharts

Bitcoin-skeptic gold bug Peter Schiff meanwhile suggested that whales were responsible for keeping BTC/USD at $36,000.

February buyers may have exited BTC positions

Analyzing possible reasons for the extent of Bitcoin’s losses beyond stock markets, on-chain analytics platform CryptoQuant noted that speculators may have had an overriding influence on the week’s proceedings.

Related: ‘Someone is blowing up’ — Bitcoin sees 2022 volume record amid hopes capitulation is over

Exchange inflows, it revealed on the day, had involved coins dormant for maximum three months, and thus likely to be owned by more speculative investors.

Three months ago, around the start of February, was when BTC/USD had begun rising rapidly after putting in its $32,000 lows. As such, those investors would have hit breakeven point this week.

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BTC/USD 1-day candle chart (Bitstamp) with potential buy and sell areas highlighted. Source: TradingView

“According to CryptoQuant data, the decline in the past two days may be dominated by short-term holders. On the 5th and 6th, a total of 11.76k “young” BTC held for less than 3 months flowed into the exchange,” journalist Colin Wu commented on the numbers.

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Exchange inflow coin age chart. Source: CryptoQuant

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