On-chain data shows the Bitcoin profit-taking has risen to a two-month high, which could provide resistance to the BTC surge.
According to data from the on-chain analytics firm Santiment, investors have started to take profits following the latest cryptocurrency price increase. The relevant indicator here is the “ratio of daily on-chain transaction volume in profit to loss,” as its name already implies, it tells us how the profit-taking volume in the market currently compares against the loss-taking one.
The indicator separates these two volumes by going through the on-chain history of each coin being sold/transferred on the network to see what price it was previously moved at.
If this last selling price for any coin was less than the current spot price, the sale of that particular coin contributes to the profit-taking volume. Similarly, their transactions would count under the loss-taking volume for the opposite type of coins.
When the indicator has a value greater than zero, the profit-taking volume is currently overwhelming the loss-taking volume. On the other hand, values under this mark suggest that loss-taking is currently the dominant behavior among investors.
Now, here is a chart that shows how the value of this Bitcoin indicator has changed over the past month:
As displayed in the above graph, the indicator’s value has risen as Bitcoin’s rebound from the $25,000 level occurred during the past few days. This suggests that the investors have started increasing their profit-taking volume.
During the past day or so, the metric has seen exceptionally high values, as the difference between the profit-taking and loss-taking volumes is at a two-month high now.
Usually, profit-taking is a normal sign during price rallies. Still, considering that this latest increase in BTC’s value isn’t too extraordinary, the level of the profit selling may be a cause for concern.
Perhaps some of the holders selling here have lost hope for the asset after it has been stuck in consolidation for some time now. These investors might be jumping on this relatively minor exit opportunity because they don’t think a better one will emerge shortly.
In the chart, Santiment has also attached the data for another metric: the active addresses. This indicator keeps track of the total number of addresses taking part in some transfer activity on the blockchain daily.
It’s visible that this metric has been at notably high values in the past few days, suggesting that many traders have been paying attention to the cryptocurrency.
While sellers may be present in the market, the high activity could also suggest the presence of buyers. It remains to be seen whether the profit-takers would pull the asset back down, or if the buyers are strong enough to hold them off.
Bitcoin had climbed to the $26,700 mark yesterday but dropped back under $26,500 today.
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