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Bitcoin price taps 5-day highs as Shiba Inu leads altcoin gains


Bitcoin (BTC) saw continued strength on June 21 as Wall Street trading opened with a trip to near $21,500.

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

Analyst eyes diminishing BTC stocks correlation

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it reached $21,633 on Bitstamp, its best performance since June 16.

The largest cryptocurrency managed to avoid fresh losses into the new week, these so far reserved for the weekend. As such, futures markets reopened without being subjected to the dip to $17,600.

CME Bitcoin futures 1-hour candle chart. Source: TradingView

While some planned to short BTC at current levels, the mood among market participants was broadly one of “wait and see” as U.S. equities opened up. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 both added around 2.5% on the open. 

Popular trader Bierre was eyeing the 200-period moving average (MA) on the four-hour chart. For him, breaking it on the day would be a sign of strength not seen for multiple weeks.

On the topic of stocks, meanwhile, data from Bloomberg showed that Bitcoin was in fact swiftly reducing its correlation with the Nasdaq 100 in particular. A potential benefit could come in the form of Bitcoin trading less like a tech stock, boosting its ability to weather the monetary tightening of central banks.

As Cointelegraph reported this week, global stocks are currently facing their worst quarter in history.

“Plunging risk assets in 1H are taking away inflation at a breakneck pace, which may translate into pre-pandemic deflationary forces resurfacing in 2H,” Bloomberg Intelligence chief commodity strategist Mike McGlone added in part of a tweet posted June 20.

“Primary beneficiaries of this scenario may be gold, Bitcoin and US Treasury long-bonds.”

McGlone additionally queries whether stocks were “too hot” versus a “maturing Bitcoin.”

SHIB headlines altcoin rebound

On altcoins, relief was also visible as Bitcoin made strides higher.

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The top fifty cryptocurrencies by market cap were led by a surprise mover, however, in the form of Shiba Inu (SHIB).

The meme-based tribute to Dogecoin (DOGE) added 20% on the day, this coming after its namesake received fresh assurances of support from Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Elsewhere, Ether (ETH) neared $1,200 at the time of writing, also its highest since June 16 on the back of 5% daily gains.

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

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