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Bitcoin funding rates show demand for short BTC as $40,000 turns into resistance

Bitcoin (BTC) consolidated below $40,000 on April 23 as market expectations favored further losses.

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BTC/USD 1 Hour Candlestick Chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

“Extreme fear” accompanies Bitcoin’s descent to $39,200

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed a bearish BTC/USD pair after the pair touched $39,200 at Wall Street’s open on Friday.

Bitcoin fell in line with stocks and now faced the prospect of firming resistance at the $40,000 level, with traders showing their lack of confidence in a short-term recovery.

Data from on-chain analytics site Coinglass confirmed that funding rates on derivatives exchanges were significantly negative through the weekend, suggesting that the majority of market participants expected short selling to be a profitable next trade.

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BTC funding rate chart. Source: coin jar

For analyst Filbfilb, co-founder of trading suite Decentrader, the ratio of long to short positions was another concern.

“Bitcoin is back at that crucial level here. Losing that -> $36,000 seems to be next,” said Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe added in a fresh Twitter update that day.

BTC/USD is circling $39,800 at the time of writing, having so far avoided a trip to bring buying liquidity below $38,000.

Cold feet among traders, meanwhile, were reflected in sentiment gauges, with the Crypto Fear & Greed Index returning to the “extreme fear” zone on Saturday.

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Crypto Fear & Greed Index (Screenshot). Source: Alternative.me

DXY resistance sought for BTC trend break

Despite the lack of confidence, not everyone was interested in giving up belief in Bitcoin in the short term.

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“Prepare for the next runup. Historically, this has been one of the best ranges for buying Bitcoin!” popular YouTuber Crypto Rover argued alongside a chart comparing Bitcoin’s price action to US Dollar strength.

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US Dollar Currency Index (DXY) vs. BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Crypto Rover/Twitter

As Cointelegraph reportedthe US dollar currency index (DXY) is currently near two-year highs, and a trend reversal has historically given Bitcoin the fuel to break long-term downtrends.

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US Dollar Currency Index (DXY) 1 week candlestick chart. Source: TradingView

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