BTC price drops to fill Bitcoin futures gap as focus turns to $46.5K bull target

Bitcoin (BTC) traded at crucial support near $33,000 on July 5 after a weekend of gains disappeared in hours. 

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

Bitcoin futures mark fresh price targets

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD reversing bullish performance at $35,900 to drop just over 5% on the day.

The U-turn leaves Bitcoin firmly within its established trading range, with traders mindful of various hurdles to overcome before continuation can take place.

For Michaël van de Poppe, these hurdles come in the form of Bitcoin futures gaps.

On Friday, CME futures closed the week at around $33,285, a full $2,700 below Sunday’s local high.

As a result, the temptation was there for spot price action to fall in order to “fill” the resulting gap between the end of one week’s trading and the start of the next.

This is exactly what happened — BTC/USD bounced at around $33,300, hovering at $33,600 at the time of writing.

“I’m expecting a corrective move to $33,400 with the CME Gap getting filled, and then we can start continuing,” Van de Poppe said prior to the event taking place.

He added that the CME gap higher up at $46,500 is also apt to act as a bullish target should upside enter the picture.

“If we get a rally, I’ll not be surprised that we get a rally towards this CME gap in general,” he commented.

CME Bitcoin futures 1-day candle chart showing gaps. Source: TradingView

Altcoins stave off capitulation

The past seven days have been broadly kinder to altcoins, meanwhile, with many tokens up versus the same time last week while Bitcoin remains lower.

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Ether (ETH), the largest altcoin by market cap, was in the red on Monday but still up 11% over the course of the week trading at $2,213.

As Cointelegraph reported, Ether price is also showing strength against Bitcoin, with ETH/BTC targeting a popular range high of 0.075.

Only two of the top fifty cryptocurrencies by market cap saw positive price movements on the day, however, as Bitcoin’s sudden reversal took its toll.

Slightly declining Bitcoin dominance provides a potential benefit to alts, which tend to perform best during periods of middling BTC action following major dips.

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