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The price of Bitcoin (BTC) hit a new all-time high of more than $ 29,400 on major exchanges on Friday. In other words, BTC is only 2% away from reaching the USD 30,000 psychological resistance level.

$ 30,000 could break fuel renewed confidence in the market, with the last remaining technical roadblock directly below this level.

BTC / USDT 4-hour price chart (Binance). Source: TradingView.com

Therefore, sellers will try to defend the USD 30,000 resistance level with stacked sell orders in the near term. Exchange order books show large sell orders in the $ 29,800 – $ 30,000 range.

$ 29,800 is crucial for Bitcoin’s next step

Binance order book heat map. Source material indicators

Exchange order books on both Binance and Bitfinex show relatively large sell orders ranging from $ 29,800 to $ 30,000. This means merchants can attempt to lead a Bitcoin pullback before it hits $ 29,800.

A pseudonymous cryptocurrency trader known as “Loma” similarly said that if Bitcoin declined at $ 30,000, it would likely fall from $ 29,800. He said:

BTC is either blowing $ 30,000 into the $ 31-33k area in the next few days, or we are leading the way and rejecting for about $ 29,800. Basically what I mean is if you short $ 30k, chances are you will be run over. “

Traders in the Bitcoin futures market have been trying to push down the price of BTC and have aggressively shorted for the past 24 hours.

The funding rate for futures on Coinbase and other major exchanges has remained around 0.01% despite the recent rally. At times, it fell below 0.01%, indicating that most of the market went short or sold BTC.

However, retail investors in the Bitcoin spot market, which refers to exchanges without derivatives and leverage, have built up BTC.

On December 31st, shortly before the new year, the price of Bitcoin soared to a new record. Analysts at Santiment said they saw an increase in movements on the chain, which could indicate retail accumulation.

Since Coinbase saw a big premium over other major exchanges, such as Binance, retail investors on Coinbase likely bought Bitcoin as the new year started. The analysts said:

When the #Bitcoin markets first opened about 30 minutes ago (UTC) in 2021, prices have soared to $ 29,460 as $ BTC made another AllTimeHigh. Active addresses have been increasing in recent hours to support this push. “

In the short term, Bitcoin is likely to face a battle between futures market short sellers and spot retail investors as the price moves closer to USD 30,000.

Bitcoin hits all-time high on January 1. Source: Santiment

What happens now?

In the short term, the key to seeing Bitcoin’s behavior is at $ 29,800. There is a strong chance that it will retreat without moving to that level, which could lead to a decent sized correction.

If BTC moves past USD 29,800 without much effort, a broader rally above USD 30,000 is likely in the near future.

As Cointelegraph reported earlier this weekBitcoin will seek to expand its profits in the first quarter of 2021, several statistics suggest.