In what was likely a highly directed price action, Bitcoin (BTC) pulled a classic, massive pump-and-dump this weekend. Bitcoin shed about 15% off of its price in little more than a day. The implications of the move are that the MTF will continue, whereas there was a chance conclude it this weekend; and the HTF uptrend is now highly stressed.

We start on a 2-hour chart to see exactly what happened. Two legs in a LTF uptrend had been put in last week, and a third would have likely broken through the regional market structure and ended the MTF downtrend.

Fakeout and breakdownBTC chart by TradingView

The market was sharply inflated at the end of a consolidation movement, and then battered down just minutes later.

Turning to the daily, we see that the huge drop is still within the HTF market structure. Price dropped down right into the ‘golden pocket’ and is being held there, and Bitcoin can technically slide all the way down to about $6,500 without breaking this HTF structure.

this will likely take a while to shake outBTC chart by TradingView

That would still be very bad for the overall uptrend, though. As we see below, Bitcoin is definitely pushing the limits already. Both the 200-day moving average and the 55-day EMA have been completely abandoned at this point.

Moving to the weekly, we can assume that more downside will be needed, now, in order to find a base of support somewhere. Things look bleak: the EMA fan has started collapsing again, with the 8 about to cross under the 21 and Bitcoin not even closing above the 55 EMA for the week.

Ideally we'll see the histogram cool todayBTC chart by TradingView

The histogram is pointing straight down, in a flat bearish contraction that seems sure to cross negative this week. There is a chance that we could see support come in around $7,500-600, where significant price levels are waiting.

Bitcoin is now definitely in ‘bottom-finding’ season. This weekend’s bloody performance has dashed all thoughts of a quick resumption of the early 2020 uptrend. That uptrend is not yet canceled, but if it survives it will be a much slower-churning one than previously thought.

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