The end of the weekly candle could soon give way to a more pressing $42,400 target should the market move significantly overnight, one trader says.
Bitcoin (BTC) was on the cusp of making a new higher weekly close on Feb. 13 as bulls kept the market above $42,000.
BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
Bitcoin: Potential CME gap to come
The pair had briefly dipped below the $42,000 mark before recovering, this setting it up to challenge last week’s close of $42,400 on Bitstamp.
Should it succeed, the close would be a three-week high, Bitcoin nonetheless keeping traders guessing as a matter of a few hundred dollars separated the upcoming close from the last.
If #BTC loses this 4HR Range Low as support in the short-term, that could jeopardise a bullish Weekly Close
Others were focused elsewhere, among them Cointelegraph contributor Michael van de Poppe, who argued that Monday’s CME futures open would likely dictate a near-term price target regardless.
“Don’t be fooled by any move of Bitcoin during the weekend. In the end, the price will come back to CME close of Friday,” he reiterated.
CME futures ended Friday at $42,390 — almost exactly at the point of last week’s spot price close.
CME Bitcoin futures 1-day candle chart. Source: TradingView
XRP stands out in flat market
On altcoins, the calm conditions for Bitcoin played out in a broad lack of action for out-of-hours traders.
Out of the top ten cryptocurrencies by market cap, only XRP managed significant gains, climbing over 6% in the 24 hours to the time of writing to cap weekly returns of more than 25%.
XRP/USD 1-day candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
The move came amid an ongoing legal saga between Ripple, the major XRP token holder, and United States regulators over its status as a security.