It’s doom and gloom for Bitcoin a day after the feared Grayscale unlocking event, with altcoins performing even worse.

Bitcoin (cryptoprimacy.com/bitcoin-price” data-amp=”https://cointelegraph-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/cryptoprimacy.com/bitcoin-price-index/amp”>BTC) fell below $31,000 support on Monday after sideways trading gave way to downside pressure. 

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

Fresh pain for BTC price

Data from cryptoprimacy.com/?via=markets”>Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD hitting local lows of $30,630 on Bitstamp on Monday.

Coming a day after Bitcoin’s cryptoprimacy.com/news/31-5k-bitcoin-price-on-track-for-lowest-weekly-close-of-2021″ data-amp=”https://cointelegraph-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/cryptoprimacy.com/news/31-5k-bitcoin-price-on-track-for-lowest-weekly-close-of-2021/amp”>lowest weekly close since December 2020, the price action underscored the sensitivity of a market with low volume and network fundamentals still in their recovery phase.

Traders had broadly predicted a move downward after Bitcoin had failed to hold on to support levels higher up, with the integrity of $30,000 itself being called into question.

“Volatility, finally for Bitcoin,” in-house trader and analyst Michaël van de Poppe summarized.

BTC/USD buy and sell levels (Binance) as of July 19. Source: Material Indicators/Twitter

At the time of writing, BTC/USD circled $30,700 with daily losses at around 3%. A glance at buy and sell orders on major exchange Binance showed considerable demand remaining at $27,000 and upward, reducing the likelihood of a deeper dive beyond that area.

Among market participants, it was all about catching the likely price bottom.

Earlier, van de Poppe had also cryptoprimacy.com/news/fed-takes-on-stablecoins-5-things-to-watch-in-bitcoin-this-week” data-amp=”https://cointelegraph-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/cryptoprimacy.com/news/fed-takes-on-stablecoins-5-things-to-watch-in-bitcoin-this-week/amp”>suggested that the ultimate BTC price floor may not come as a result of a sudden dive or have clearly defined characteristics.

A daily close below $31,000, nonetheless, has not happened since January.

Altcoins suffer at the hands of Bitcoin bears

Bitcoin’s dive, meanwhile, sparked instant pain for altcoins, which often doubled the largest cryptocurrency’s hourly losses.

Related: cryptoprimacy.com/news/bitcoin-sees-second-longest-bull-market-drawdown-with-btc-price-stuck-at-30k” data-amp=”https://cointelegraph-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/cryptoprimacy.com/news/bitcoin-sees-second-longest-bull-market-drawdown-with-btc-price-stuck-at-30k/amp”>Bitcoin sees second-longest bull market drawdown with BTC price ‘stuck’ at $30K

Ether (cryptoprimacy.com/ethereum-price” data-amp=”https://cointelegraph-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/cryptoprimacy.com/ethereum-price-index/amp”>ETH) shed nearly 8% on the day to hit $1,800 support, highlighting a fragile altcoin environment still at the mercy of Bitcoin sentiment. 

A possible overall explanation lay at the door of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, which on Sunday completed a cryptoprimacy.com/news/gbtc-unlock-edges-closer-as-impact-on-bitcoin-price-remains-unclear” data-amp=”https://cointelegraph-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/cryptoprimacy.com/news/gbtc-unlock-edges-closer-as-impact-on-bitcoin-price-remains-unclear/amp”>16,000-BTC unlocking event, which only a day later could have an opportunity to impact the market.

Today, Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein told CNBC in an interview that the regulatory discussion on Bitcoin exchange-traded funds is entering its ‘’final stages’’ and that the company is cryptoprimacy.com/news/grayscale-100-committed-to-turning-gbtc-into-bitcoin-etf-ceo” data-amp=”https://cointelegraph-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/cryptoprimacy.com/news/grayscale-100-committed-to-turning-gbtc-into-bitcoin-etf-ceo/amp”>committed to turning GBTC into such a product.