What to expect if Arbitrum’s range formation persists
Disclaimer: The information presented does not constitute financial, investment, trading, or other types of advice and is solely the writer’s opinion.
- $1.15 has been a critical short-term roadblock for ARB bulls.
- Selling volumes increased amidst a decline in Open Interest rates.
Arbitrum’s [ARB] strong recovery from mid-June has hit a critical roadblock, forcing it into narrow price consolidation. It hiked 25%, rallying from $0.9200 to $1.15 but faltered near $1.15, forcing it to enter a narrow price range of $1.06 – $1.15.
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In the meantime, Bitcoin [BTC] cooled off from the recent rally, easing to $30.68k from $31k as of press time. The short-term pullback could derail further uptrend, making the $1.15 roadblock more formidable.
Is a retest of $1.106 short-term support likely?
In the second half of May and early June, the $1.06 level was a key support level. But it cracked on 10 June during heavy selling pressure after BTC dropped to $24k. But BTC rebounded, boosted by institutional interest, tipping ARB to flip the $1.06 into support again.
However, the $1.15 roadblock has thwarted further upside, setting ARB into a narrow-range formation. A mild rally at the time of writing left behind an FVG (fair value gap) of $1.0823 – $1.1062 (white). Below the FVG zone lays the short-term support of $1.064.
Thus, the stretch between the FVG and support could act as a bullish stronghold. If BTC remains bullish >30k, ARB’s pullback will not likely morph into a downtrend. A rebound from $1.064 could be feasible, targeting the range high of $1.15.
Such a move could offer a long opportunity. Further gains could be likely at $1.22 if ARB closes above $1.15.
The bullish thesis will be invalidated if the $1.064 short-term support cracks. Such a scenario could set ARB to retest $1.0 or $0.92 levels.
Meanwhile, capital inflows dipped significantly as the CMF (Chaikin Money Flow) dropped below zero. Similarly, the RSI retreated from the overbought zone and crossed below the 50-mark, denoting reduced buying pressure.
Selling pressure increased; Open Interest rates declined
The 1-hour chart showed CVD (Cumulative Volume Delta) declined tremendously in the past few days. It reinforces increasing selling volumes and short-term sell pressure.
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Similarly, the Open Interest (OI) rates, which track the number of opened contracts on ARB’s futures market, have declined from the recent peak of about $150 million to nearly $130 million at the time of writing. It suggests increasing bearish sentiment in the futures market.
So, a retest of the FVG zone and short-term support were likely, and a rebound could offer new buying opportunities.