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BTC bull run has ‘at least 6 months to go’ — 5 things to watch in Bitcoin this week

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Bitcoin (BTC) starts a new week fresh from its first attempt to crack $50,000 in over a month — what’s in store next?

After an encouraging weekend, BTC/USD faces an increasingly bullish macroclimate and a host of expectations from analysts who demand that October changes the game.

Q4, they say, should be unlike anything yet seen in the current Bitcoin bull run, and the latest estimates even argue that there is more than six months left to prove it.

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With “Uptober” set for its first full week, Cointelegraph takes a look at what factors could be next to move the market in the coming days.

Markets brace for “tumultuous ride” this October

Stocks may have had a flat September, but the first few days of the new month have already shown how just a little good news can see Bitcoin outperform the macro pack.

While the S&P 500 fell 5% in September, BTC/USD closed the month around $4,000 below where it closed out August.

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Since Oct. 1, however, the pair’s fortunes have firmly set a different tone, and against expectations for stocks to rally at the expense of the United States dollar, positive headwinds for Bitcoin may well continue.

“Q4 2021 will likely record a higher-than-average return,” CNBC quoted Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist of research firm CFRA, as saying over the weekend.

“However, investors will need to hang on tight during the typically tumultuous ride in October, which saw 36% higher volatility when compared with the average for the other 11 months.”

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Last week’s sentiment was driven by the vote on the U.S. infrastructure bill, this now being pushed back until, at the latest, Oct. 31.

As it stands, USD is at its highest in over a year, as measured by the U.S. dollar currency index (DXY). A reversal in recent days — traditionally a bullish catalyst for Bitcoin — is on traders’ radar.

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For popular Twitter trader Crypto Ed, a DXY correction could even last months rather than weeks.

DXY 1-day candle chart. Source: TradingView

$50,000, but not yet

After clipping $49,000 over the weekend, Bitcoin is clearly lining up an attack on the all-important $50,000 mark — just not quite yet.

Despite bullish impulses, Sunday’s latest break to the upside ended with a hefty rejection and subsequent drop of almost $2,000.

Commentators broadly dismissed this as being a bearish signal, however, maintaining that any BTC price weakness will be temporary.

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Among them is Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe, who on the day repeated his recent theory about brief consolidation followed by a fresh bullish breakout.

Fellow trader Pentoshi, meanwhile, likened the situation to last year’s Q4 activity when it was $20,000, not $64,500, that Bitcoin needed to beat.

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“I don’t really care for low time frames. I care about the macro market structure,” he said in accompanying Twitter comments.

Drop or no drop, BTC/USD likewise put in a solid weekly close of $48,234 — and in so doing, canceled out its previous two weeks’ action entirely.

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Trader and analyst Rekt Capital additionally noted the Pi Cycle 111-day moving average holding as support, fuelling the recent rally.

New hash rate all-time highs trickle in

You can never know for sure, but by some estimates, Bitcoin’s hash rate has already hit new all-time highs.

Less than five months after China sparked a mass migration of miners and equipment due to a regulatory crackdown, data sources are showing that the fundamental metric has fully compensated for the upheaval.

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Not only that, but the hash rate may have even hit 200 exahashes per second (EH/s) in recent days — a full 32 EH/s above its previous peak.

Measuring the hash rate is difficult — mining power dedicated to Bitcoin is impossible to ascertain exactly, and so any depiction can only be a guess.

While different sources vary widely — CoinWarz recorded 201 EH/s on Oct. 2, while MiningPoolStats currently shows just 138 EH/s — the overall trend is undebatable.

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Bitcoin network fundamentals are firmly in “up only” mode, reflecting the continued long-term conviction miners have on profitability.

“China kicked out nearly 90% of bitcoin miners in the country earlier this year. Hash rate fell approximately 50% as a result,” Morgan Creek Digital co-founder Anthony Pompliano commented on the data.

“Only a few months later and we are almost back to an all-time high. Economic incentives drive further network decentralization.”

Bitcoin 7-day average hash rate chart. Source: Blockchain.com

As Cointelegraph reported last week, the difficulty is also set to challenge records this week, with the next adjustment likely being the seventh increase in a row.

This has not happened since 2019, while difficulty remains around 20% below its all-time highs seen in May.

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Halfway through?

It’s no secret that Bitcoin’s best-known analysts are calling for a spectacular Q4 performance from BTC price action.

For PlanB, creator of the stock-to-flow model family, the “worst case scenario” for Bitcoin has come true two months running.

His floor estimates now call for $63,000 by the end of October — and a whopping $98,000 for the November close.

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Zooming out, however, the picture remains even rosier for Bitcoin bulls, he says. In his latest stock-to-flow cross-asset (S2FX) update, PlanB showed price behavior being roughly 50% through its bull cycle, leaving the door open for rapid gains.

“IMO we are midway, no sign of weakness (red) yet. Note color overlay is not months to halving but an on-chain signal,” he commented on the chart.

“My guess: this 2nd leg of the bull market will have at least 6 more months to go.”

Bitcoin S2FX chart as of Oct. 3. Source: PlanB/Twitter

Bitcoin still has to play catch-up with stock-to-flow’s daily estimates, with spot price having deviated by record proportions in recent months.

For Monday, according to monitoring resource S2F Multiple, BTC/USD should be trading at just over $100,000.

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Pricing in a Bitcoin ETF

As Cointelegraph reported, the odds are on for some sort of Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) to get U.S. regulatory approval this month.

A futures-based ETF go-ahead is likely first, as the Securities and Exchange Commission “kicked the can” regarding a decision on a traditional product until at least November.

The market has been pricing in the landmark moment for some time, but a decision could nonetheless upend sentiment and, with it, the current state of play in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GTBC).

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Despite price action in recent weeks, the fund’s discount to spot price has remained significant, currently lingering near 14%.

Grayscale premium chart. Source: Bybt

Grayscale has said that it intends to convert its flagship crypto funds to ETFs when circumstances allow, while data shows that business is anything but suffering.

“GBTC utterly dominates in volume vs bitcoin fund peers trading 10x more than any other in $ terms,” Bloomberg ETF analyst Eric Balchunas noted last week.

“If it were an ETF it would also rank in top 5% most active.”

Bitcoin funds trading turnover comparison. Source: Eric Balchunas/Twitter

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Billionaire Mark Cuban Identifies Altcoin With ‘Most Upside’ As Bitcoin Blasts Above $60,000

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As Bitcoin shoots above $60,000, business magnate Mark Cuban says one altcoin stands above the rest in terms of investment potential.

In a new interview with CNBC Make It, the billionaire says that Ethereum (ETH) is the best crypto prospect on the market.

“As an investment, I think Ethereum has the most upside.”

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Cuban, who previously stated that smart contracts on Ethereum’s blockchain have revolutionized the cryptocurrency market, believes that the second-largest crypto by market cap is the digital asset which most resembles legal tender.

“I wish I had bought [Ethereum] sooner. I think it’s the closest thing we have to a true currency.”

Cuban went on to reiterate his position that Bitcoin (BTC) is superior to gold because not only is its supply scarce, but it’s easier to transfer, store, trade, and fractionalize. That sentiment is shared by fellow billionaire CEO Chamath Palihapitiya of Social Capital and Virgin Galactic.

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Cuban’s comments come on the heels of him saying that customers prefer making payments in Dogecoin (DOGE) rather than BTC at his venues because Bitcoin tends to be a highly appreciable asset.

Ethereum is exchanging hands at $3,839 at time of writing, an 11% increase from its seven-day low of $3,431, according to CoinGecko.

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ProShares Set for Bitcoin Futures ETF Launch on Monday After Apparent SEC Approval

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission has reportedly greenlit the country’s first Bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF).

ProShares, an ETF provider, filed a post-effective amendment prospectus on Friday that states the company plans to launch the BTC Futures ETF on Monday, a sign that the SEC has approved the product.

The fund doesn’t invest directly in Bitcoin, but it provides price exposure to Bitcoin futures contracts, a first in the US.

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Both Bloomberg and CNBC, citing people “familiar with the matter,” reported earlier in the week that the SEC planned to approve BTC futures ETFs from ProShares and the independent investment firm Invesco Ltd.

Invesco’s ETF is also set to provide exposure to a collection of exchange-traded products (ETPs) and private investment trusts that hold Bitcoin, rather than direct investments in BTC itself.

Last month, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler said he was open to ETFs for Bitcoin futures, noting that they are filed under mutual fund guidelines which provide “significant investor protections.”

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Bitcoin is trading at $61,549.38 at time of writing and is up 6.6% in the past day and more than 40% in the past two weeks, according to CoinGecko.

BTC hit its all-time high of $64,804.72 in mid-April.

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Bitcoin May See Real Peak If ETF Is Approved and I May Cash Out Half My ETH: CNBC’s Jim Cramer

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Jim Cramer shares a common view that Bitcoin has the opportunity to reach a short-term peak or even a real peak if Bitcoin ETFs are approved next week.

Host of CNBC’s Mad Money, Jim Cramer, has talked to Andrew Sorkin from CNBC’s Squawk Box show about the prospects of the Bitcoin price if or when four Bitcoin futures ETFs get the SEC’s approval next week.

Cramer also stated that he may cash out half of his Ethereum stash.

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SEC approval for ETF may push Bitcoin up, Cramer says

Answering Sorkin’s question, Cramer stated that a lot of people believe there is a high chance that the senior cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, may hit a short-term or even a real price peak if four BTC-based ETFs are approved by the SEC next week.

He corrected the host and said that the regulatory agency may approve not just one but four Bitcoin futures ETFs next week.

However, he stated that people are running ahead of a possible ETF approval.

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Bitcoin spikes to $59,500 as chance for ETF approval emerges

Earlier today, the flagship digital currency, Bitcoin, soared to a multi-month high of $59,500 on the Bitstamp exchange. It happened after Bloomberg released a report, saying that so far the Securities and Exchange Commission has not objected to approving multiple Bitcoin futures ETFs that were submitted to it earlier this year.

The Bloomberg article stated that the information had been confirmed by multiple sources close to the SEC and to the matter in question.

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The media giant’s ETF analyst, Eric Balchunas, believes that the likelihood of Bitcoin ETFs getting the green light has now risen to more than 90%. Still, he is not ready to “close the case” yet.

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