Bitcoin (BTC) was flat at $39,000 until the close on Wall Street on Monday as stocks took the opportunity to recoup some losses.

BTC/USD 1-hour candlestick chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

Bulls need a “miraculous” recovery of $40,600

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed that the BTC/USD pair was flat at the opening bell on March 14.

The pair recovered from a last minute drop at the weekly close on Sunday to avoid a deeper pullback so far.

However, the week would bring many potential challenges for the bulls, starting with a European vote on banning cryptocurrencies with proof-of-work algorithms on Monday.

Wednesday, however, was the main focus, this being the day the US Federal Reserve was due to announce a key rumored interest rate hike of 25 basis points.

Meanwhile, geopolitical tensions surrounding the Russian invasion of Ukraine, coupled with the resurgence of the coronavirus in China, have added to the list of obstacles.

Therefore, traders were lackluster on the immediate outlook, given what the market had to navigate. For Crypto Ed, the 0.618 Fibonacci level at around $40,400 was set to form a local top before a deeper pullback took hold.

Only a “miraculous” rally to $40,600, he said, could produce a bullish outcome.

Fellow trader and analyst Anbessa meanwhile highlighted a cutoff point of $37,600 for the bulls to fight back.

On live order book charts, on-chain monitoring resource Materail Indicators further flagged further selling pressure appearing at $40,000 on Monday.

“The new BTCUSDT solicitation liquidity that has just appeared seems to be trying to push the price down the scale of offers below. Expecting it to be withdrawn if the offers are completed,” the account commented on a chart showing the changes in the Binance order book.

Bloomberg Analyst: Bitcoin “Cold” vs. Oil

Moving to longer timeframes, Bloomberg Intelligence Chief Strategist Mike McGlone doubled down on his view that Bitcoin would ultimately emerge stronger from the current turmoil.

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Bitcoin, he noted that day, was defying an “ebb tide” in demand for risky assets by protecting most of its support.

“The fact that one of the most volatile and best-performing assets since the financial crisis, Bitcoin, shows relative buoyancy in a ebbing tide of risky assets in Q1 may herald the maturation of cryptocurrencies towards digital collateral, in a world that goes that way. ,” he argument along with a chart comparing WTI oil to BTC.

WTI Crude Oil Vs. BTC/USD. Source: Mike McGlone/Twitter

Commodities continued to be the biggest movers at the start of the week, while oil futures, however, started to cool off.

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