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Bitcoin Inches Closer to $42,000 Amidst Uncertain Market Sentiment

Bitcoin approached the $42,000 mark as the week closed on January 21, but it was far from a stellar week for the cryptocurrency bulls.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView indicated that Bitcoin’s price managed to stabilize above the $41,000 level during the weekend, although it had dipped to $40,270 on Bitstamp earlier in the week, marking its lowest point since December 11.

The cryptocurrency landscape seemed less optimistic for those hoping for new all-time highs, as market participants anxiously awaited the weekly close and the resumption of Wall Street trading.

Popular trader and analyst Rekt Capital warned that Bitcoin had dropped below the Weekly Range Low after encountering new resistance, and a weekly close below this level could initiate a bearish trend.

Crypto Tony, another trader, expressed the possibility of Bitcoin dropping below $40,000, possibly before the block subsidy halving scheduled for April.

Additionally, Joe McCann, founder of the crypto fund Asymmetric, highlighted the dwindling trading volume in Bitcoin since the launch of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which had been anticipated.

The spotlight remained on the United States’ spot Bitcoin ETFs, which had grown their assets under management to nearly $4 billion since their introduction on January 11.

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These ETFs helped mitigate the impact of selling from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), which had recently transitioned into an ETF. GBTC had experienced outflows due to high maintenance fees and investors seeking to cash out at par value, as previously GBTC shares had traded at a substantial discount compared to BTC/USD.

Trading firm QCP Capital noted that GBTC had witnessed outflows of $1.17 billion since its conversion into an ETF and emphasized the significance of monitoring these outflows moving forward.

The conversion into an ETF offered GBTC holders a long-awaited opportunity to exit at par value, but the extent of remaining outflows from GBTC’s current $25.4 billion assets under management remained uncertain.

Looking ahead, QCP Capital pointed out that the next major crypto events to watch were the Bitcoin halving in mid-April and the potential approval of Ethereum (ETH) spot ETFs starting in May.

Additionally, macroeconomic events were expected to influence the direction of the cryptocurrency market in the interim.

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