Bitcoin’s $4,000 mark becoming ‘life or death’ for traders, says analyst



Bitcoin prices were relatively unchanged in early trade on Tuesday, hovering below $4,000, a level that‘s growing more important by the day, according to some industry pundits.

In Tuesday action, bitcoin, BTCUSD, -0.02%  the best-known cryptocurrency, was changing hands at $3,969.40, down less than 0.1% since Monday at 5 p.m. Eastern time on the Kraken exchange.

“Questions are being asked constantly when it comes to bitcoin’s battle with the $4,000 mark,” wrote Naeem Aslam, chief markets analyst at Think Markets U.K.

“Since December 14, 2018, there have been several battles between bulls and bears at the price level of $4K. In each... bulls have lost the war because after the first attack at the $4K level the bears have been able to gain enough strength to push the price back below this critical mark.”

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Aslam continued, “It is in this essence, that this level has become a matter of death or life for crypto traders.”

Altcoins — the group of 2,000 or so cryptocurrencies other than bitcoin — were mostly unchanged on Tuesday. Ether ETHUSD, -0.07%  was unchanged at $137.11, Litecoin LTCUSD, -0.56% was off 0.7% to $58.77, Bitcoin CashBCHUSD, -0.63% fell 1.3% to $156.90 and XRP XRPUSD, +0.02% was unchanged at 31 cents.

Bitcoin futures kicked off Tuesday on a quiet note. The Cboe Global Markets April contract XBTJ9, -0.25%  rose 0.1% to $3,960, while the CME Group March contract BTCH9, +0.25%  fell 0.3% to $3,965.



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