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BTC Soars to Annual Peak Amid Global Stock Market Downturn


Kate Solano
Kate Solano

Accomplished fintech journalist and analyst.

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Last week, a whirlwind of events pushed BTC's price beyond its yearly peak, setting the stage for a contrasted financial landscape. Here’s a deeper dive into what transpired. The BTC rally was fueled by news of China's decision to inject more liquidity into their markets. Alongside this, diminishing US yields and anticipatory whispers of Blackrock's spot BTC ETF's approval gave traders ample reasons to be bullish. After breaking past its previous yearly high of $31,800, BTC surged past $35,000, largely accelerated by stop-loss triggers above $32,000.

This surge was partly attributed to social media speculation. Late Monday night, a tweet announced the assignment of a ticker code for the Blackrock iShares Bitcoin Trust by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). Traders optimistically interpreted this as a harbinger of the ETF's impending approval. While DTCC clarified that the ticker had existed since August, BTC's price held its ground.

In the first half of the surge, more than $300 million worth of short positions were liquidated, marking the largest such occurrence this year. Additionally, altcoins rode BTC's coattails, with many posting double-digit percentage gains. Onchain activities, a sign of sustained momentum, also surged.

Consequent Events & Their Impact

Furthering the bullish sentiment, Ark Investment's spot BTC Trust also secured a ticker code from DTCC. In a separate development, Blockfi's exit from bankruptcy signaled the resumption of withdrawals, though the extent of investor reimbursements remains uncertain. BTC's resilience against sporadic retracements underscored the week's optimistic atmosphere.

While significant movement dominated the early week, the subsequent days leaned towards consolidation. Interestingly, meme coins like FLOKI and PEPE gained traction, potentially benefiting from the diversion of short-term profits from larger coins.

A pertinent metric, the BTC Short-term Profit Ratio (SOPR), showed a significant number of traders cashing out as BTC surpassed $34,000. Historically, such a spike in SOPR precedes a consolidation phase. However, BTC's proximity to its peak suggests this consolidation might be brief.

Cryptocurrency Flourishes as Equities Stumble

While BTC was enjoying its rally, US stocks, particularly in the tech sector, faced a downturn. This divergence might indicate a break in the previously observed correlation between the crypto and equity markets. This, coupled with BTC derivatives on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) hitting an all-time high, reflects heightened institutional interest.

Historical patterns suggest institutional bullishness positively impacts price trends, contrasting with the typically contrarian nature of retail bullishness. Institutional BTC holdings also rebounded from September lows, bolstering this sentiment.

Considering the influx of institutional interest, BTC's price may surge post-consolidation. Altcoins, exhibiting higher volatility (or beta), might witness even sharper increases. The rotational play among altcoins is expected to persist, given the recent performance of coins like LINK, SOL, GALA, and AXS. LTC, a potential altcoin candidate for a rally, showed promising onchain metrics, reminiscent of its price spike in June.

Stock Market Blues: Tech Takes a Hit

The stock market's struggles were punctuated by lackluster earnings from tech giants like Alphabet and Meta, dragging down the Nasdaq. Despite the US reporting better-than-expected 3Q GDP and a drop in the core PCE inflation index, the stock market remained in correction. Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan, further exacerbated concerns with his announcement of selling a massive portion of his shares.

By week's end, all major US stock indices were in the red, though easing US yields paused the dollar's ascension. Gold surpassed the $2,000 mark due to geopolitical tensions, and Silver also made gains.

Conversely, oil prices dipped after the US EIA reported an inventory spike. Central bank meetings across the ECB and BoC resulted in unchanged interest rates, mirroring the cautious global sentiment.

Looking Ahead

The early Asian trading session was tepid, with all eyes on the upcoming central bank meetings. The BoJ's decisions will be keenly observed, especially given the USD/JPY's approach to the critical 150 mark, a point many believe to be pivotal for Japan's financial health.


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