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Industry titans cheer as Bitcoin’s meteoric rise signals bull run kickoff

TL;DR

  • Bitcoin’s 11% rally costs short sellers $161M, catching many off guard.
  • Institutional buying and ETF approvals fuel Bitcoin’s surge.
  • Market pundits are bullish as Bitcoin’s upward trajectory continues.

In a surprising turn of events, Bitcoin has experienced a massive rally, causing significant losses for short sellers in the cryptocurrency market. Within just 24 hours, Bitcoin surged by nearly 11%, briefly reaching a new yearly high of $57,000. 

This sudden upward movement resulted in the liquidation of over $161 million in BTC short positions.

Bitcoin surge costs short sellers millions

Bitcoin’s rapid ascent caught many short sellers off guard, leading to substantial losses totaling millions of dollars. According to data from CoinGlass, more than $161 million in BTC shorts were liquidated within a single day. Additionally, traders seeking short exposure to Ether also suffered losses, with liquidations amounting to almost $44 million during the same period.

The broader cryptocurrency market witnessed a flurry of activity as Bitcoin’s price surged. In total, over $268 million in short positions were liquidated as Bitcoin briefly touched the $57,000 mark. Despite a subsequent cooldown, with Bitcoin currently trading at around $56,000, the cryptocurrency remains up by 32% over the past month.

Institutional involvement and market sentiment

Market analysts and experts attribute Bitcoin’s rally to a combination of factors, including significant institutional buying pressure and the recent approval of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the United States. Net inflows into these ETFs exceeded $515 million on February 26, marking one of the highest days of inflows since their approval in January.

Swyftx lead analyst Pav Hundal commented on the current state of the crypto market, describing it as “on fire.” He highlighted the surge in retail trade volumes, which are reminiscent of the peak of the last bull run in November 2021, coupled with substantial institutional buying pressure.

Hundal emphasized the impact of ETFs on Bitcoin’s supply dynamics, noting that they are “cannibalizing close to a quarter of the Bitcoin that is currently being produced by the network.” His sentiments were echoed by other industry insiders, who expressed optimism about Bitcoin’s future trajectory.

Market pundits bullish on Bitcoin

Several notable figures within the cryptocurrency space have voiced their bullish sentiments regarding Bitcoin’s price outlook. Tyler Winklevoss, co-founder of Gemini Exchange, succinctly remarked, “We’re so back!” Dan Held, a well-known Bitcoin advocate, characterized the recent price action as “the beginning of the Bitcoin bull run.”

As Bitcoin continues to attract institutional interest and retail investment, market participants are closely monitoring its price movements for potential further upside. However, given the inherent volatility of cryptocurrencies, investors are advised to exercise caution and conduct thorough research before making investment decisions.

Bitcoin’s recent surge has led to significant losses for short sellers while igniting bullish sentiment among market participants. With institutional involvement on the rise and the proliferation of Bitcoin ETFs, the cryptocurrency market is poised for further developments in the days to come.

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 decision.

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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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