Aptos stalls at range-high: Can sellers gain more ground?
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- APT has been range-bound since 18 July.
- Aptos partnered with Microsoft, setting APT to rally 10%.
Aptos Labs has reportedly partnered with Microsoft to facilitate, integrate, and scale Web3 solutions. The native token, Aptos [APT], reacted positively to the news and rallied over 10% on 9 August.
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However, Bitcoin [BTC] recorded a sharp retracement ahead of July’s CPI data, denting APT’s recent gains. At the time of writing, BTC bears and bulls tussled for the $29.5k range-low, and any more losses could embolden APT sellers.
APT bulls and bears tussle for mid-range
APT’s Relative Strength Index climbed above the 50 mark, reinforcing a surge in demand and buying pressure on 9 August. Similarly, the Chaikin Money Flow also crossed above the zero mark – a positive reading illustrating improved capital inflows into APT’s market.
However, price action forayed into the resistance area after Wednesday’s pump. APT has been range-bound since July 18, oscillating between $6.67 – $7.97. The pump faced rejection at the range-high ($7.97).
Above the range-high lies a weekly bearish order block (OB) of $8.2 – $9.4 (red). In most cases, bearish OBs lead to negative price reactions.
In this case, the weekly OB is on a higher timeframe and aligns with the previous range-high in May 2023. That makes the $7.97 – $9.5 a crucial bearish zone. Another likely price rejection in the area could set APT to head lower, presenting two possible short set-ups.
The first set-up is shorting upon a retest of the range-high ($7.97), with take-profit at mid-range ($7.3). Secondly, shorting at the mid-range ($7.3), with take-profit at the range-low ($6.67) – a likely +8% profit. Stop losses will be placed at $8.4 and $7.6, respectively.
A daily candlestick session close above weekly bearish OBs will invalidate the bearish thesis.
Open Interest rates surge
The Futures market data suggested the short ideas above could be far-fetched at the time of writing. Notably, Open Interest rates surged from $75 million on 9 August to over $150 million – more than double demand.
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Additionally, the Cumulative Delta Volume (CVD), which tracks sellers vs buyers control, showed a massive positive slop after a little dump. It illustrates that bulls were in control and renders the above short ideas risky.
However, BTC’s price action will dictate APT’s price direction. A drop below or rally above the $29.5k range-low will confirm or invalidate the short ideas.