Bitcoin on Friday surged a minor 0.21 percent against the US Dollar, intensifying the bias conflict it has been in since yesterday.
The BTC/USD opened the day while valued at 6590-fiat and is currently fluctuating around 6593-fiat. Between then and now, the pair, however, witnessed a robust intrarange action, in which the value retested 6500-fiat as its psychological support, and found its uptrend capped by an equally strong resistance level near 6627-fiat. The sideways consolidation action offers adequate opportunities to traders to enter and exit markets on decent profits.
BTC/USD Technical Analysis
The medium-term triangle pattern continues to trap the Bitcoin price action. We still haven’t been able to establish a breakout action, despite BTC/USD moving in an upward parallel channel. On smaller timeframes, the pair is trending above its 100 and 200H SMAs, while the RSI and Stochastic both are also inside a buying region, with their heads towards the north.
A near-term bullish sentiment can be established if BTC/USD closes above the upper trendline of the prevailing triangle formation. Similarly, a sell-off towards the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the last swing from 6447-low and 6627-high could switch the bias towards bears. If the long-term trend is taken into consideration, BTC/USD is clearly going down to retest its bottom range below 6000-fiat.
BTC/USD Intraday Analysis
No wondering too much about where the price would go, we will rather focus on what we can make out of the current sideways action. That said, let’s see what levels are we watching out for today.
As of now, the upper trendline of the triangle formation serves as our interim resistance. A breakout scenario will be confirmed if we break above 6627-fiat. Even if we don’t, a false breakout signal on a close above the interim resistance would have us put a long position towards 6627-fiat. Also, a stop loss 3-pips below the entry level will define our risk.
If we do break above 6627-fiat, we’ll confirm a near-term bullish bias, and open a long position towards 6660-fiat, the higher high from September 30.
Conversely, a pullback from the interim resistance level would have us enter a short position towards 6558-fiat. At the same time, we’ll open a stop loss order 3-pips above the entry level to protect our trade from additional losses, if price reverses towards the north.
Roubini on BitMex: “95 percent of all bitcoin transactions are fake”
Anti-crypto personality Nouriel Roubini has lashed out at BitMex exchange following the recent announcement that the exchange had achieved US$1 Billion open interest on the Bitcoin perpetual swap contract, for the first time.
Roubini, who always has a lot of negative things to say about the cryptocurrency industry, took to Twitter to express his discontent about the recent record set by BitMex.
BitMex announced that the exchange had achieved US$1 Billion open interest on the Bitcoin perpetual swap contract, for the first time. Roubini commented saying “How can one believe ANY of these figures when 95 percent of all bitcoin transactions on a typical exchange are fake? Fake-coins, shit-coins, fake-transactions, fake-pricing. The only true thing in crypto space is manipulation, pump n dump, front-running, wash trading, etc…”
The two will be meeting in Taipei on July 3 at the Asia Blockchain Summit 2019, where they will have an open debate.View image on Twitter
ErisX goes all hands on deck to launch a Bitcoin Futures market
ErisX’s CSO, Matt Trudeau, detailed the company’s four important plans for the future, which includes launching a spot market, to secure a Bit License, DCO, and to launch a futures market.
ErisX currently has a DCM contract, which is a Derivative Contract Market that allows ErisX to run a CFTC-regulated futures exchange. However, ErisX aims to get a DCO [Derivatives Organization], which will effectively allow it to run a CFTC-regulated clearinghouse. A clearinghouse would mean that ErisX can take control of the custody of the assets and clear and settled trades.
The CSO explained the benefit of this, stating,
“There is some efficiency for firms like producers [like mining companies]; if they need to hedge their inventory or need liquidity on a spot market, they could do that conveniently on a single platform. “
Trudeau added that from the “post-trade standpoint” and “the collateral management standpoint,” ErisX would have cash, crypto, and the futures, all stored in their clearinghouse. This would boost efficiency since it would be available for all customers under a single platform. The CSO added,
“… so there is some efficiency in terms of managing collateral, if you don’t have assets on multiple platforms, it can all be in our clearinghouse.”
Apart from the aforementioned plans, Trudeau added that the crypto-industry needs to mature more and that ErisX plans to make a significant contribution to that. He added,
“The market is professionalizing and we think that in terms of what institutions are expecting from a trading/custody experience, we will bring some of the solutions to the market and that’s really the foundational pieces that they are looking in order to build their businesses on top of us.”
Apart from ErisX, LedgerX has also received a go-sign from the CFTC to settle Bitcoin Futures in Bitcoins. Other exchanges include Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt and Seed CX.
Bitcoin’s fantastic run contributes to a new milestone for BitMEX
The cryptocurrency market has been rife with news about Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, and its massive bullish movement. In a matter of just 3 months, Bitcoin has recovered from the bearish zone near the $4000 market, to currently trade near the $12,000 zone.
This price rise has prompted popular figures in the cryptocurrency industry to voice their opinions about the king coin and where it could go from its current market situation. Alex Kruger, a popular economist and analyst, is one of them and he tweeted,
“The hourly bar that marked tonight’s bitcoin $12,972 top had the highest hourly volume in Bitmex’s history. When such high volume prints come after an extended run, they often mark a local top. One could appreciate an intra-day blow-off top on the 5 minute as well.”
Kruger’s tweet comes in the wake of information that suggests that Bitcoin’s trading volume on the popular cryptocurrency exchange had skyrocketed over the course of the past few months. It was spotted in January of this year, when the trading volume found it difficult to breach the $1 billion mark. However, the present price hike has contributed to the volume spiking by a factor of 9 to amass a trading volume of more than $9 billion.
Kruger’s tweet also had comments from other Bitcoin enthusiasts, with @rufus666, saying,
“Gonna wait for Friday when these CME shorters gonna dump the corns they had to buy on spot after weekend rallies to hedge their positions.”
BitMEX had touched another milestone recently after the exchange clocked in a trading volume of a whopping $10 billion. This feat was also marked with requests from the community, asking BitMEX to include margin trading to its fold like the Changpeng Zhao-led Binance.
At press time, Bitcoin was trading at $12,595, on the back of a significant 11.19 percent growth over 24 hours. The cryptocurrency held a market cap of $223.96 billion, and a 24 hour trading volume of 32.23 billion.