Bitcoin (BTC) Continues Strong Start to 2023, Hits $23k, Analysts Divided on Rally

Bitcoin (BTC) rallied above $23k. A bull trap or bull market? Find out what analysts and indicators are saying.

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Bitcoin (BTC) continued its 2023 rallying over the weekend to skyrocket past $23,000 weekend for the first time since August. However, market analysts are divided on the world’s largest crypto’s outlook.

Bitcoin (BTC) Hits $23k

Still reeling from the euphoria of Bitcoin (BTC) breaking above $20k, the world’s largest crypto rallied by over 8% on Saturday to trade as high as $23,282 for the first time since mid-August 2022.


Although Bitcoin has retraced slightly to trade at $22,871 since the start of 2023 it has raked up 37.67% in gains. This upward momentum has seen the global crypto market cap rise above $1 billion for the first time in five months.

The year-to-date price chart for Bitcoin (BTC). Source: CoinMarketCap

The sharp ascension of Bitcoin has left many analysts divided about the actual condition of the market. While everything appears to point toward a bull market, some analysts believe it is only a bull trap to catch investors off guard.


One such is the popular trader BitcoinAgile, who believes BTC could plunge as low as $12k after the trap. Analyst and trader “il Capo Of Crypto” also maintains that the rally is “the biggest bull trap.”

Discarding the pessimistic views, the bulls countered with their observations of how much prices had moved off the floor. Popular crypto trader PlanB wrote on Twitter:

What Are Indicators Saying About the Range?

Asides from personal predictions, what do metrics and indicators say about the Bitcoin rally? The Bitcoin Open Interest (the value of all open BTC derivatives positions) and the Estimated Leverage Ratio point toward a longer uptrend.

Also, the price of Bitcoin broke above the all-important Bitcoin 200-Day EMA (Exponential Moving Average). With Bitcoin holding above that level, it could rally to $25k. However, if Bitcoin falls below the 200-Day EMA, we could see a $19.5k retest.

On the Flipside

  • It is more likely for Bitcoin to consolidate before testing the next crucial resistance level or support region. 

Why You Should Care

The predictions expressed above are all personal views of Bitcoin’s price and should not be used as a guarantee for making decisions, given the unpredictability of crypto markets.

Read about the previous Bitcoin rally below:
Bitcoin Holds Above $21,000 for Three Consecutive Days: Dawn of the Bull Market?

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This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Milko Trajcevski

Milko Trajcevski is a DailyCoin news reporter, mainly focused on Ethereum (ETH), Cardano (ADA), and their founders (Vitalik Buterin and Charles Hoskinson). Milko is an avid follower of crypto and blockchain technology and has written thousands of articles on the subjects. He finds joy in transforming complex issues into written content that anyone can understand. Milko has used and analyzed numerous exchanges, such as Coinbase, FTX, and Binance. He also closely follows all of the latest news around the largest decentralized exchanges (DEXs). Location: Skopje, Macedonia