Bitcoin traders brace for SEC verdict on ETFs, sell orders take center stage


  • SEC’s ETF decision sparks market caution with sell orders prevailing.
  • Bitcoin’s stability post-rally points to market consolidation.
  • Crypto community anticipates SEC verdict but ‘sell-the-news’ risk looms.

The cryptocurrency market is currently experiencing a period of caution and subdued activity as it awaits a crucial decision from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs). 

This decision, expected between January 8 and 10, has the potential to significantly impact the crypto market, leading to a cautious approach by traders and subdued derivatives activity.

Bitcoin’s price stability and market behavior

In contrast to the bullish rally that characterized December, the beginning of the year has seen Bitcoin (BTC) starting at approximately $42,200, briefly touching $45,800 in January before retracing to its current level of around $43,600. Despite this price volatility, the derivatives market has not experienced a surge in activity.

Market intelligence platform CryptoQuant highlights the prevailing cautious sentiment in the market. Open interest in perpetual futures contracts, which measures outstanding positions, remains low, indicating a reluctance among investors to open new long positions following last month’s rally. Additionally, some traders are choosing to take profits, as evident by the market leverage dropping to its lowest level since January 2022.

Compounding this caution are the rising costs associated with opening long positions. Prices have returned to levels last seen when Bitcoin and Ethereum reached their all-time highs in November 2021, making it a costly proposition for those betting on further price increases.

Sell orders dominate with taker buy sell volume ratio

The current market sentiment is reflected in the Taker Buy Sell volume ratio, which remains below 1. This ratio indicates that sell orders dominate the perpetual futures markets, suggesting that investors are more inclined to lock in gains from recent rallies than enter new long positions.

While the market currently maintains a cautious stance, there is significant anticipation within the crypto community regarding the potential impact of the SEC’s impending ETF decision. The decision could sway the market, leading to a potential Bitcoin rally or a market retreat.

Market uncertainty surrounding SEC decision

Despite the optimism surrounding the SEC decision, CryptoQuant warns that market dynamics could turn the anticipated announcement into a “sell-the-news” event. In such a scenario, rather than witnessing a surge in Bitcoin’s price, the market might experience a price drop. This possibility emphasizes the uncertainty surrounding the market’s response to regulatory news.

It’s worth noting that “sell-the-news” events do not always lead to significant short- or long-term price drops. Additionally, the current low level of derivatives activity might not solely be attributed to regulatory apprehensions. It could also reflect a natural consolidation phase following previous rapid price movements.

With so much riding on the SEC’s verdict, the next few days are expected to be a tense period in the Bitcoin market. Whether the bulls take charge or the bears dominate will largely depend on how investors interpret the regulatory news and navigate the delicate balance of risk and reward.

Disclaimer. The information provided is not trading advice. Cryptopolitan.com holds no liability for any investments made based on the information provided on this page. We strongly recommend independent research and/or consultation with a qualified professional before making any investment decisions.

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Lacton Muriuki

Lacton is an experienced journalist specializing in blockchain-based technologies, including NFTs and cryptocurrency. He dabbles in daily crypto news rich with well-researched stats. He adds aesthetic appeal, adding a human face to technology.

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