A comparatively modest price prediction comes as Bitcoin ranges, giving altcoins an opportunity to outperform.
Bitcoin (BTC) reversed recent gains to lose 1.5% on April 6 as bulls were kept frustrated with no sign of an attack on all-time highs
Bitcoin will "likely" squash $60,000 resistance
Despite being a matter of thousands of dollars away from all-time highs of $61,700, BTC/USD has been unable to drive sellers away for good. While thinning out, the last band of resistance has remained in place.
Among them is Bloomberg Intelligence, which on Tuesday predicted that Q2 was more likely to deliver a further surge to $80,000 than a capitulatory move to $40,000.
"Adoption of the benchmark crypto as a global reserve asset has crossed the mainstream threshold, as we see it, and the market tide is rising. This scenario has switched the focal point of our 2021 analysis toward more-technical indicators from a wider range of fundamental and on-chain metrics in the past few years," a new report reads.
"A more likely 2Q scenario is to breach $60,000 resistance and head toward $80,000. A backup toward $40,000 support is less likely, in our view."
Bloomberg senior commodity strategist Mike McGlone, who authored the report, is well known as a Bitcoin bull, and his perspective chimes with that of various analytics resources coming out with their own reasons to be confident in the market.
Continuing, he noted that in terms of a reserve asset, Bitcoin is usurping ground which used to be reserved for gold. The precious metal "will always have a place in jewelry and coin collections," he argued, "but most indicators point to an accelerating pace of Bitcoin replacing the metal as a store of value in investor portfolios."
"Bitcoin's fundamental and technical underpinnings are improving while gold's deteriorate," the report summarized.
Altcoin wake-up call sees gain
Meanwhile, altcoins had even more to celebrate than the average Bitcoin investor on the day as large-cap cryptocurrencies added to strong weekly growth.
An accompanying graphic suggested that smaller altcoins would feel the benefit once larger coins had outperformed. As Cointelegraph reported, altcoins traditionally do best once Bitcoin has spent a suitable length of time consolidating after a bull run.
Bitcoin market cap dominance stood at 55.1% on the day, its lowest since May 2019.