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No more Bitcoin futures on CBOE, crypto market doesn’t care

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  • The exchange won’t list new contracts in March.
  • The market shows no reaction whatsoever.

Cboe Futures Exchange (CFE) announced that they wouldn’t launch new Bitcoinfutures this month. According to the statement, the company needs to review its approach to the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

“CFE is assessing its approach with respect to how it plans to continue to offer digital asset derivatives for trading. While it considers its next steps, CFE does not currently intend to list additional XBT futures contracts for trading,” – the company explained.

Meanwhile, the existing Bitcoin futures will remain available for trading, which means that the most recent contract XBTM19 will expire in June 2019.

The decision may be prompted by low trading volumes. According to the research conducted by TradeBlock at the beginning of February, investor interest towards Bitcoin futures on CME and Cboe is fading away.

It is worth noting that these US-based platforms offer cash-settled futures, which means that upon the contract’s expiration, one party pays the other the difference between the spot and futures prices in USD.

This news failed to trigger any meaningful reaction on the cryptocurrency markets as all significant coins including Bitcoin continued trading in narrow ranges. Obviously, at this stage, the market is dominated by technical and speculative factors.
 

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Bitcoin price prediction: BTC/USD stuck between strong levels of support and resistance – Confluence Detector

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  • BTC/USD went down slightly from $8,811.45 to $8,750.50 this Wednesday.
  • BTC/USD has three healthy resistance levels on the upside at $8,800, $8,990 and $9,000.

After suffering a slightly bearish Wednesday, wherein it fell from $8,811.45 to $8,750.50, BTC/USD has had a bullish start to this Thursday and is currently priced at $8,768.85. Since the price is sandwiched between strong resistance and support levels, further growth might be hampered. On the upside, there are three healthy resistance levels at $8,800, $8,990 and $9,000. While on the downside, healthy support levels lie at $8,755 and $8,530.

BTC/USD Confluence Detector

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Looking at the resistance levels – $8.800 has the one-hour Previous High, 4-hour Bollinger Band middle curve, 15-min Bollinger Band upper curve, one-hour Bollinger Band upper curve, one-day Fibonacci 61.8% retracement level and 100-day Simple Moving Average (SMA 100), while $8,990 has no confluence detected. $9,000 has the 4-hour Bollinger Band upper curve and SMA 10.

On the downside, $8,755 has the SMA 5, SMA 10, SMA 50, SMA 100, SMA 200 and one-hour Bollinger Band middle curve. Finally, $8,530 has the one-month Fibonacci 61.8 retracement level.


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Bitcoin to soon be accepted at 65,000 Swiss Retailers

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  • 65,000 Swiss Retailers will be able to soon start accepting Bitcoin.
  • The new development comes on the back of a partnership between Bitcoin Suisse and Worldline. 

It is reported that a new system will be available for the 65,000 Swiss merchants currently using Wordline’s nationwide payments infrastructure, dubbed SIX Payment Services. 

65,000 Swiss retailers will shortly be able to start accepting Bitcoin as a means of payment. It comes following a partnership announcement between the Swiss broker Bitcoin Suisse and the European payment and transaction services provider Worldline. 

It is reported that local publication Switzerland Global Enterprise has announced that both companies have signed a letter of intent. It covers ground that they promise to offer Swiss traders and consumers the possibility of paying with BTC. In terms of the partnership, it will be allowing the country’s 65,000 retailers who already use Wordline’s infrastructure to accept Bitcoin payments.

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Bitcoin technical analysis: BTC/USD price is consolidating outside of bullish flag

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  • 2Bitcoin price is trading in positive territory, up some 0.50% in the second half of the session. 
  • BTC/USD price action is within consolidation mode, failing to attract commitment. 
  • The bulls must again breakdown and hold above the $9000 price mark for greater upside. 

BTC/USD weekly chart

The price is sitting just on top of a breached weekly flag structure. 

BTC/USD daily chart

Daily price action is also moving within a bullish flag, subject to a potential breakout higher. 

Spot rate:                   8,771.49

Relative change:       +0.50%

High:                          8,838.90

Low:                           8,707.85

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