The price of Bitcoin (BTC) dropped sharply after approaching $18,500 on Binance and Coinbase. The plunge took place as large sell orders were spotted on both spot and futures exchanges.
BTC/USD 15 minute chart. Source: TradingView.com
As Cointelegraph previously reported, traders anticipated a pullback as the price of BTC neared the $18,000 to $19,000 resistance zone. Upon its first retest of the area in nearly three years, the market saw a strong reaction.
Bitcoin confirms $18.5k as a key near-term resistance area
There are two main reasons why Bitcoin saw a swift drop near $18,500, and this caused other cryptocurrencies like Ether (ETH) to correct even harder.
First, the $18,500 level remains the biggest resistance level before a new all-time high above $20,000. Hence, it is a key area of interest for sellers to defend, as breaching $18,500 would raise the chances of a broader rally.
Second, an overwhelming majority of Bitcoin addresses are profitable as BTC tests an important