A growing positive correlation between Bitcoin and stocks could spell trouble for the former, according to Vlad Antonov of Santiment, a data analysis service.
In a note published Wednesday, the researcher said that he expects Bitcoin to fall drastically should the stock market maintain its influence over it. He recalled recent cases wherein both Bitcoin and the S&P 500 rallied in sync against some of the most market-shaking events, including the recent successful COVID-19 vaccine trials and the US election.
Just Bitcoin rallied too faster than its correlated peers, eking out 71.5 percent gains so far into the fourth quarter. The S&P 500, on the other hand, added only 7.32 percent in profits in the same period.
BITCOIN DAA-PRICE DIVERGENCE
But one metric left the upside at risk of exhausting. Mr. Antonov said there is “an alarming divergence” between the Bitcoin price and its daily active addresses.
“If stocks will go through a correction in November-January, I anticipate that Bitcoin will have a 25%-35% correction,” Mr. Antonov wrote. “I conclude this from the lack of daily activity on the network and very bearish DAA vs Divergence.”
UNDERWHELMING SOCIAL VOLUME
Mr. Antonov also compared the current social volume in the Bitcoin market compared to its previous rallies/pullbacks. He noted that the cryptocurrency is getting public attention, but it is still not as high as in March, May, and August.
“When it comes to a weighted social sentiment, the overall trend bullish,” he added. “However, it significantly dropped compared to the beginning of the bull run that lifted BTC from 11k to 16k. It doesn’t look bullish enough to cause another 50-100% price growth in a short period.”