Wall Street pumps following vaccine news while Bitcoin struggles

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Bitcoin fails to follow stock market rally as US biomedical firm Moderna, announces COVID-19 vaccine tests were fruitful

US firm Moderna has announced that its coronavirus vaccine tests have shown some signs of success in patients who took part in the trials. The good news appears to have kick-started appetite for risk, as Wall Street saw gains on all major stock indexes.

However, Bitcoin appears not to have followed the stock markets in reacting to the news by continuing to hold within a tight range between $9,000 and $9,200. Several altcoins are also trending green this Wednesday, led by gains for Chainlink, Ontology and Waves.

Massive upticks in altcoin prices have also seen the market dominance of Bitcoin cut to its lowest levels since early 2019.

Bitcoin currently trades at around $9,230, just 0.3% up on the day to see market dominance stay at 62.5%.

Is Bitcoin decoupling?

Currently, it’s too early to say if Bitcoin is charting a separate trading trajectory that diverges from the stock market.

‘Decoupling,’ however, is likely taking shape given stocks jumped during Tuesday’s trading session, while Bitcoin remained firmly restricted at $9,200 after running into rejection at $9,285.

Over the past 24 hours, Bitcoin has sunk to a low of $9,149, suggesting prices could yet dip below $9,000. Low volatility, as indicated by the squeeze of the Bollinger Bands, means the lull is likely to turn negative.

The indicator’s previous squeezes have resulted in significant price moves, with investors now facing a potential 30% downturn — according to prominent trader, Josh Rager.

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BTC/USD price chart showing Bollinger bands are getting tighter. Source: TradingView

If that happens, bulls will have to aggressively defend the $9k level to prevent a decline to previous support at $8,600-$8,400.

Chart showing Bitcoin price swings after volatility hit record lows. Source: Twitter

Holding the current support level is key for bulls, but as per the chart above, incoming volatility could push prices in either direction.

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