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Bitcoin price flatlines as XRP hits $1 with ‘massive’ altcoin move set for 2022

Bitcoin price flatlines as XRP hits $1 with ‘massive’ altcoin move set for 2022
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Bitcoin (BTC) held firmly in its narrow range on December 23 as price action continued to contradict the strong buying activity.

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

Traders are busy accumulating

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed that BTC/USD failed to hold $49,000 after hitting a 10-day high.

The pair remained stuck in a trading zone of just $4,000 wide, a major factor fueling bets that a “short squeeze” will occur during the holiday period.

Against the decline in volatility, the data bolstered conviction among investors, with the supply being bought at nearly three times the rate of new BTC being mined.

“Strong HODLers are absorbing supply at more than three times the rate of new coins being mined each day,” the on-chain analytics firm Glassnode summed up in the latest edition of its weekly newsletter, “The Week On-Chain.”

Glassnode also notes that at a spot price of $47,000, more than a quarter of the bitcoin supply is underwater compared to when it was last moved.

As Cointelegraph reported, the potential for upward or downward pressure on BTC/USD is likely to increase over the new year as lower activity dampens liquidity and allows volatility to enter more easily.

Among the traders, $50,000 remains the point to watch for a resumption of the uptrend.

Rally Santa Comes to XRP as Altcoins Boil

Among altcoins, Wednesday’s abundance was waning, with only two of the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap still in green on the daily time frames at the time of writing.

Related: Price Analysis 12/22: BTC, ETH, BNB, SOL, ADA, XRP, LUNA, AVAX, DOT, DOGE

The lead was XRP, which maintained a weekly gain of more than 18% to return to $1 for the first time since the beginning of December. Ether (ETH) is back below $4,000.

XRP/USD (Bitstamp) one day candle chart. Source: TradingView

For Cointelegraph contributor Michael van de Poppe, signs have been pouring in that the New Year’s rebound has made buying this week a solid strategy.

“More and more weekly charts are forming beautifully on altcoins,” said Tell Twitter followers.

“The year 2022 will be huge.”