Bitcoin shrugs off Russia crypto ban fears as BTC worth nears $43.5K

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Bitcoin (BTC) surged on the Wall Street open on Jan. 20 as information that Russia was planning to “ban” cryptocurrency didn’t impression worth efficiency.

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

BTC worth climbs $2,500 in 24 hours

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView confirmed BTC/USD including $1,500 over a number of hours on Thursday, persevering with the upside transfer, which started with a bounce off $41,000.

At the time of writing, the pair was performing above $43,000, having reached highs of $43,468 on Bitstamp.

That peak represented an eclipse of resistance instantly above the $43,000 mark, and buyers are actually watching to see whether or not Bitcoin can hit greater targets.

“A weekly close just like this (i.e. above ~$43,100) would be enough for BTC to build on this early bullish momentum and move higher,” dealer and analyst Rekt Capital argued in his newest Twitter replace.”

“Still just a few days left for the weekly shut to substantiate this however to date, so good.”

Bitcoin making an attempt to interrupt out of two+ month-long downtrend

— Will Clemente (@WClementeIII) January 20, 2022

Others zoomed out additional, with fellow analyst William Clemente noting a attainable breakout of a downtrend in place since early December.

The motion got here regardless of contemporary wishes to clamp down on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency extra broadly from Russia’s central financial institution, with feedback calling for a blanket ban on circulation and utilization in addition to mining.

Unlike comparable bulletins — and reiterations of these bulletins — by China, the market was solely unfazed by the plans, one thing which was not misplaced on pundits.

“Russia is looking to repeat the mistakes of China,” analyst and podcast host Scott Melker, generally known as the “Wolf of All Streets,” reacted.

A $34 million hack of buying and selling platform likewise didn’t dent enthusiasm.

Altcoins seize an opportunity to maneuver

Optimism additionally prolonged to altcoins as Bitcoin moved up, with Ethereum (ETH), Solana (SOL) and Terra (LUNA) main the highest ten cryptocurrencies by market cap.

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ETH/USD added round 3% on the day, making the probabilities of a $3,000 retest a minimum of quickly much less doubtless.

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

“Very good movements on the markets,” Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe summarized.

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