Bitcoin price takes liquidity near $69K as gold surge rattles markets

Bitcoin (BTC) retreated toward $69,000 after the April 12 Wall Street opening as gold left BTC price action in the dust.

BTC/USD 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView

BTC price burns longs as gold rockets to all-time highs

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed lackluster performance on BTC/USD into the end of the week.

Despite lower outflows from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), Bitcoin appeared in no mood for optimism as bid liquidity was eaten up below $70,000.

Bitcoin liquidity heatmap (screenshot). Source: CoinGlass

“Coinbase is responsible for this dip, with a Bitcoin price of -$70 compared to Binance,” J. A. Maartunn, a contributor to on-chain analytics platform CryptoQuant, responded in a post on X.

Maartunn referred to the varying spot Bitcoin premiums on major exchanges.

Bitcoin Coinbase premium gap. Source: Maartunn

Risk-asset gains were thus confined to gold, which hit new record highs of $2,431 per ounce on the day.

United States equities sided with Bitcoin, with both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indexes down around 1% at the time of writing.

Gold as an outlier even concerned some analytics sources, among the trading resource The Kobeissi Letter, which considered the macroeconomic landscape as conversely conducive to gold price downside.

“Every single factor that has historically led to LOWER gold prices is happening now. Except for 2 key factors, central banks are stocking up on gold and geopolitical tensions are skyrocketing,” part of an X post read.

“When gold is behaving so strangely, it leads you to one key question: Does someone know something?”BTC/USD vs. XAU/USD 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

Bitcoin forms “clear re-accumulation range”

Now, within a narrow range for several weeks, BTC/USD had little news for traders on short timeframes, and attention was increasingly focused on the upcoming block subsidy halving as a potential source of volatility.

Related: Bitcoin RSI points to short-term gains as metric signals BTC price top

For popular trader and analyst Rekt Capital, a “re-accumulation phase” was now in progress.

“As is historically the case, Bitcoin is developing…

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