Social trends data from on-chain analytics firm Santiment suggests that most traders believe that crypto has officially entered a bear market. A bear market refers to prolonged price declines characterized by a drastic drop from recent highs amid widespread pessimism and negative investor sentiment.
? Our social trends data confirms that the trading crowd feels very much as though #crypto is in an official #bearmarket. Mid-May was the last time #bearish sentiment was this prevalent, which is a very promising sign that weak hands are capitulating. ? https://t.co/Xyuw1L5fRB pic.twitter.com/Uz882URRla— Santiment (@santimentfeed) January 10, 2022
This follows declines in the previous week, with Bitcoin dipping to lows of $40,505 on Jan. 8. Bitcoin is presently down 10.58% in the past seven days, according to CoinMarketCap data.
The majority of altcoin tokens are likewise down in the last seven days, with several recording losses between 10% and 30%. However, tokens such as Chainlink (LINK, +31.14%), Cosmos (ATOM, + 6.11%) and Internet Computer (ICP, +34.97%) are up on a weekly basis.
The cryptomarket tanked on Jan. 5 along with the equities market minutes after the U.S. Federal Reserve's December meeting indicated that the central bank could hike interest rates as soon as this March. Also, a nationwide internet shutdown to quell unrest in Kazakhstan, the second-largest country in Bitcoin mining, forced local miners to switch off their equipment.
Here is a positive sign
Following market declines, the Crypto Fear & Greed index remains in the extreme fear zone, hitting 23 points out of 100.
According to Santiment, the last time bearish sentiment was this prevalent was in mid-May 2021 when Bitcoin touched lows of $30,000 following its dip from highs of $64,899.
The on-chain analytics firm notes that the prevalence of bearishness across the board could be a very promising sign that weak hands are capitulating. It notes that previous ''bear market'' spikes have led to short-term increases until the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) stops.
Cryptoanalyst Lark Davis jokingly hinted at incoming buying pressure for Bitcoin amid rising inflation. Jan. 12 (Wednesday) will see the release of fresh stats in which, according to Crypto Lark, inflation is expected to hit the high level of 7.1%. Rising inflation is beneficial to Bitcoin, as it serves as an inflation hedge.
Bitcoin trades at $41,898 at press time.