Did This Bitcoin On-Chain Metric Predict Recovery Early?

On-chain data indicates that Bitcoin had retested a historically relevant line right before the latest recovery had come.

Bitcoin Adjusted SOPR Retested The 1.0 Level Prior To Recovery

When Bitcoin was declining, the cryptocurrency had dropped to a low of $60,600, which appears to have been the bottom, at least so far, given that the coin has rebounded sharply since hitting the mark.

Around the time of BTC’s recent low prices, an analyst had pointed out in a CryptoQuant Quicktake post that the Adjusted Spent Output Profit Ratio (aSOPR) had plunged to a value of 1 alongside the asset’s drop.

The aSOPR is an on-chain indicator that tells us whether Bitcoin investors realize a net profit or loss with their current selling.

This metric works by going through the blockchain history of each coin being transferred currently to check what price it was moved at before this. If the last price was greater than the current price, the coin’s sale would realize a loss; otherwise, it would count under profit-taking.

The aSOPR can only say this, of course, with the assumption that both of these transactions involved a change of hands for the coin in question (that is, selling/buying took place).

As for why the aSOPR has “Adjusted” in its name, this version of the SOPR metric has been adjusted to exclude coins that transferred within only an hour of their previous transaction.

Such transfers are usually essentially noise for the indicator as they don’t pose any greater consequence for the market, hence why they aren’t taken into account.

Now, here is a chart that shows the trend in the Bitcoin aSOPR over the past few years:

Bitcoin aSOPR

The value of the metric seems to have plunged in recent days | Source: CryptoQuant

As displayed in the above graph, the Bitcoin aSOPR had surged to very high levels as the coin had set its new all-time high beyond the $73,000 level. This means that the transactions being made on the network were profit-heavy on average.

With the price drawdown, though, loss-taking also started taking hold as the aSOPR retreated toward the 1.0 level. At this value, the market as a whole is just breaking even on its selling.

“When positions are stopped out or panic selling is sufficient, we anticipate the market nearing its local bottom,” notes the quant. This pattern is also visible in the chart, as major bottoms have formed when loss-taking has been dominant.

The 1.0 level itself, however, has been a point where the cryptocurrency has sometimes found rebounds. The most recent example of this trend would be the low back in January, which formed when the aSOPR retested this mark.

BTC Price

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading at around $67,000, up 5% in the past week.

Bitcoin Price Chart

Looks like BTC has sharply rebounded in the past day | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView

Featured image from André François McKenzie on Unsplash.com, CryptoQuant.com, chart from TradingView.com

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