Bitcoin (BTC) pushed to $64,500 on May 4 as out-of-hours trading produced fresh BTC price gains.

BTC/USD 1-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Bitcoin ups volatility as weekend begins

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView confirmed new local highs of $64,522 on Bitstamp — a new peak for May.

Strength which appeared on United States employment data gathered speed into the daily close, fueled by encouraging crypto market recovery signals including the first inflows for the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) in nearly three months.

BTC/USD was up 5% month-to-date at the time of writing, per data from monitoring resource CoinGlass, already contrasting with April’s 15% losses.

BTC/USD monthly returns (screenshot). Source: CoinGlass

“Had a great push into the market close yesterday,” popular trader Daan Crypto Trades reacted in part of his latest coverage on X (formerly Twitter).

“While I am liking how the charts are shaping up on the higher timeframes, I’ll be patient and not start adding on green candles during the weekend. Will see how this plays out.”

BTC/USD chart with CME futures data. Source: Daan Crypto Trades/X

An accompanying chart showed a clear divergence from the latest CME Group Bitcoin futures closing price, creating a “gap” which BTC/USD tends to fill later on.

Despite the impressive weekend performance, some were concerned about the overall strength of the market in the absence of TradFi participation.

Keith Alan, co-founder of trading resource Material Indicators, warned that a correction could easily come thanks to thin order book liquidity.

“Looking for bid liquidity to replenish to keep this rally going,” he told X followers retweeting an order book chart from Material Indicators.

“Otherwise, it isn’t going to take much to dump through thin liquidity.”

BTC/USDT order book liquidity on Binance. Source: Material Indicators/X

Analysis: BTC price still below “main resistance”

Summarizing his market views, meanwhile, popular trader and commentator Credible Crypto said that conditions may favor going short BTC below “main resistance” around $69,000.

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Uploading a chart to X, he forecast two possible outcomes for current BTC price action, with the current area comparatively short on liquidity.

“Green path is ideal. We hold the local highs we broke above and continue up to the major resistance. This will allow me to fill shorts on a number of alts across the board. Red path is not ideal. We fail to hold this reclaim, see an ‘early’ breakdown, and ideal short zones for most alts I’m eyeing up are not met,” he wrote.

BTC/USD chart. Source: Credible Crypto/X

Credible Crypto added that long BTC positions would be of interest should BTC/USD dip below $56,000.

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