Bitcoin price feels FOMC friction as trader eyes trip to mid-$50K zone

Bitcoin (BTC) headed closer to $60,000 at the March 19 Wall Street open as BTC price weakness showed no signs of fading.

BTC/USD 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Tailwinds combine to keep pressure on

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD preparing to test $62,000 at the time of writing amid volatile conditions.

The largest cryptocurrency encountered fresh selling pressure immediately after the daily close, dropping by almost 8% on the day.

The trend came as risk assets prepared to weather the upcoming interest rates decision from the United States Federal Reserve on March 20.

U.S. dollar Index (DXY) 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView

The U.S. dollar gained in tandem, with the U.S. dollar index (DXY) spiking above 104 before consolidating.

Source: Tedtalksmacro/X

In the eyes of market observers, the Fed event formed just one of several headwinds for Bitcoin.

Others included news that Japan’s central bank had raised rates for the first time since 2007, as well as outflows from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), the daily tally for which hit a record $642 million on March 18.

“I think we’re close to a bottoming procedure and the correction is shallow, altcoins bleeding -> great opportunities,” Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading firm MNTrading, wrote in part of recent commentary on X (formerly Twitter).

An accompanying chart raised the prospect of a bearish divergence on BTC/USD, with Van de Poppe joining those eyeing $60,000 as a potential reversal point.

BTC/USD chart. Source: Michaël van de Poppe/X

Brandt: February BTC price trendline allows $55,000 dip

Old hands, meanwhile, stayed positive on Bitcoin’s overall strength.

Related: Bitcoin levels to watch next as BTC price risks sub-$60K retest

For veteran trader Peter Brandt, who successfully called various BTC price milestones in recent years, the current correction was little to worry about.

“This correction is healthy. BTC is in a major bull trend,” he summarized in part of an X discussion.

Brandt flagged a potential head and shoulders pattern playing out on daily timeframes. A deeper comedown toward $55,000 could…

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