Bitcoin price loses support at $19k as the surging dollar takes a toll on global markets

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(Kitco News) – Global asset prices struggled amid a strengthening U.S. dollar on Friday, as the DXY surged to an intraday high of 113.226, its highest since May 2002.

Global financial markets plunged into the red on the back of DXY’s rapid rise, with the S&P, Dow and Nasdaq all posting their worst daily performance in weeks and the day down 2.62%, 2.59% and 1.80, respectively closed %, respectively.

The story was the same for the crypto market, where the majority of the top 200 tokens were trading in the red, as fears of a continuation of aggressive Federal Reserve policies caused traders to reconsider their exposure to the risky asset class.

Data from TradingView shows that a failed attempt by Bitcoin (BTC) bulls to rally above the $19,500 resistance led to a dip below the $19,000 support to hit a daily low of $18,541 before strengthening to bring it back above $18,900.

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BTC/USD 4 hour chart. Source: TradingView

The top crypto’s struggle to generate any momentum was cited in Kitco’s senior technical analyst Jim Wyckoff’s morning BTC update, who noted that “the sharp global market turbulence late this week does not bode well for BC bulls, who had hoped market fears would ease a safe-haven bid for bitcoin.”

As it stands now, “the bears have the overall short-term technical advantage amid a price downtrend on the daily chart,” Wyckoff said. “The path of least resistance for prices is sideways down at the moment.”

This potential for a forward-moving bearish path was further confirmed by market analyst Rekt Capital, who issued the following tweet warning of a long-term support level turning into resistance.

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Caleb Franzen, Senior Market Analyst at Cubic Analytics, also pointed to a worrying development on the Bitcoin chart as the appearance of a major head and shoulders pattern suggests further declines for the top crypto.

Overall, analysts seem to agree that now may not be the best time to go all in and buy the downside, as a rising dollar and multiple global headwinds suggest more downside is imminent.

Red over the altcoin market

The days when Bitcoin struggles are known to hit the altcoin market even harder, and Friday was no different.

Data from CoinMarketCap shows that more than three-quarters of the top 200 tokens by market cap for the day are in the red, while those that are in the green saw minimal gains.

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Daily performance of the cryptocurrency market. Source: Coin360

The only two notable mentions are Reserve Rights (RSR), which gained 11.65% to trade at $0.0073, and Cronos (CRO), which price rose 10.10% to trade at $0.1171 .

The total cryptocurrency market cap is now $920 billion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 39%.

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