Bitcoin held above the $41,500 resistance level over the weekend after a slide from the $46,000 level last week. The move came as hash rates for the Bitcoin network hit lifetime highs.
- Bitcoin has shown strength this month after a slide to yearly lows of $33,000 in January. It broke above the $38,000 and $41,500 resistance level in the first week of February to monthly highs of $46,000, a level previously seen in the final weeks of 2021.
- Traders have since taken profits on the move as bitcoin saw weekly lows of $41,600 in early Asian hours on Monday but recovered to nearly $42,000 in afternoon hours.
- RSI, or Relative Strength Index, levels showed readings of 39 on Monday, suggesting an end to the weekend slide and a continuation of the uptrend to the $48,000 level.
- RSI is a price-chart indicator that calculates the magnitude of price changes. Readings above 70 suggest an asset is “overbought” and could see a correction, while below 30 imply “oversold” wherein assets may recover.
- The weekend price action came as hashrates surged to new all-time highs, as per data from analytics tool YCharts. Hashrates are a measure of the computing power required to mine blocks on the Bitcoin network, and higher rates make it much more difficult for singular entities to try and control the network in the so-called “51% attack.”
- Hashrates hit 248.11 million terahashes per second (TH/s) on Saturday, increasing from the 180 million TH/s level from last week. It currently hovers at 209.63 million TH/s, falling 15.51% in the past 24 hours, data show.
- Bitcoin hashrates have increased by over 50% in the past year. As of last July, miners based in the U.S. accounted for 35.4% of the hashrate on the network.