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Bitcoin and Ethereum price prediction outlook brightens with BTC's 10% surge, ETH's $5B influx

Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) price forecasts have turned more optimistic as BTC recorded a 10 percent surge from its recent low and ETH observed a substantial influx of $5 billion.

Currently priced at $42,220, Bitcoin had an almost one percent increase on Sunday, demonstrating a consistent upward trend. Bitcoin had earlier risen beyond $45,000 before falling to $44,000.

Support levels are established at $40,957, $39,644 and $38,618 for the asset. Its immediate resistance is set at $43,394, followed by higher resistance levels at $44,372 and $45,581. The pivot point is set at $42,161.

With the Relative Strength Index (RSI) standing at 70, there is a robust buying interest approaching overbought conditions. The 50-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) provides substantial support at $40,820.

Likewise, Ethereum showcased a promising upward trend, trading at $2,289.7, reflecting a gain of 0.97 percent. Its immediate resistance is observed at $2,388. Subsequent resistance levels are pinpointed at $2,476 and $2,560, representing thresholds where the cryptocurrency might encounter challenges moving higher.

On the flip side, Ethereum has established immediate support at $2,241, suggesting a level where the price may find stability or experience a rebound if it decreases. Additional support levels are identified at $2,169 and $2,102.

Bitcoin amid economic concerns

Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar is experiencing a decline following recent inflation data, creating a pivotal scenario leading up to the upcoming Federal Reserve meeting this week. Amid this backdrop, BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) saw substantial growth.

Following The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval, IBIT’s trading volume skyrocketed to $3 billion in just two weeks, drawing in a capital influx of $1.6 billion. In a Yahoo Finance interview, iShares U.S. head Rachel Aguirre conveyed her satisfaction with the results.

Aguirre emphasized BlackRock’s commitment to providing investors with access to Bitcoin and denied rumors about a spot Ethereum ETF. BlackRock currently has 16,361 BTC to support IBIT.

The current surge in interest and support for Bitcoin comes at a time when influential figures like JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon remain critical of the cryptocurrency. In contrast, advocates like Michael Saylor also believe that Bitcoin could function as a safeguard against adverse economic environments. Furthermore, the introduction of spot Bitcoin ETFs has paved a more favorable regulatory path for institutional investors to enter the cryptocurrency market.

In spite of being a prominent critic of Bitcoin, Dimon’s recent pessimistic view on the U.S. economy may unintentionally set a favorable boost for cryptocurrencies. Dimon has repeatedly dismissed Bitcoin as worthless and discouraged investor participation. His recent warning about the U.S. economy facing a potential debt rebellion underscores the precarious state of the nation’s finances.

“You have all these very powerful forces that are going to be affecting us in ’24 and ’25,” Dimon told Andrew Ross Sorkin in a CNBC interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“I think it’s a mistake to assume that everything’s hunky-dory. When stock markets are up, it’s kind of like this little drug we all feel like it’s just great. But remember, we’ve had so much fiscal monetary stimulation, so I’m a little more on the cautious side.”

Meanwhile, amid regulatory changes, there’s optimism in the crypto market. Author Robert Kiyosaki also advised investors to stay informed about Bitcoin’s upcoming halving, a key event that could impact its value.