Bitcoin Price Volatility is Down 98% Year-on-Year

Bitcoin price volatility has crashed in the last 12 months as the bear market killed off the speculative frenzy. Daily volatility, as represented by the spread between the price high and price low, stood at $61 yesterday – down a hefty 98 percent from $3,468 seen on Jan. 16, 2018 – according to CoinMarketCap. That is hardly surprising, as BTC is currently down 74 percent from $13,836 (price on Jan. 16, 2018). That said, daily volatility was still extremely high  – the cryptocurrency had witnessed a 26 percent move (high-low difference…

Will Bitcoin’s Price Extend Its Four-Year January Losing Streak?

Bitcoin (BTC) has reported losses in January for the last four years, and a fifth now looks on the cards. The leading cryptocurrency by market value fell 32 percent, 14.6 percent, 0.10 percent and 26.64 percent in the first month of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index. Notably, the odds are stacked in favor of BTC extending the four-year January losing streak this year. BTC fell 13 percent last week, signaling an end of the corrective bounce from the December low of $3,122. The…

Bitcoin Futures Now Trading At Discount to Exchange Prices

Signs are emerging that the futures market may not be impressed by bitcoin’s recovery from 15-months lows in December – at press time, the cryptocurrency’s spot price is higher than the futures price. As of writing, the global average or spot price calculated by CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI) is currently $3,650 – up 16.9 percent from the low of $3,122 reached on December. Meanwhile, futures contracts are trading below the spot price. BTC futures As seen above (CME chart), January futures are reporting a $20 discount (futures price-spot price). Further, contracts…

This Price Resistance Level May Hold Key to Bitcoin Bull Market

That bitcoin (BTC) may be closing on a long-term bottom is generally accepted by now. After all, the leading cryptocurrency by market value has dropped by close to 70 percent over the last 13 months. The challenge now is to pick up early signs of a long-term bearish-to-bullish trend change, which may be possible with the help of the 10-week simple moving average (SMA). Acting as resistance, that moving average proved a tough nut to crack in the eight weeks to Nov. 14 – the day BTC reentered the bear…

Bitcoin Risks Return to December Lows After Price Drop to $3.5K

After breaching key support on Sunday, emboldened bears could soon push bitcoin (BTC) prices back towards $3,100. Following a drop to a 3.5-week low of $3,476 at 16:00 UTC yesterday, the cryptocurrency closed at $3,516, effectively invalidating the bullish view put forward by the higher low of $3,566 carved out on Dec. 27. That move also added credence to the bearish reversal signaled by the 9 percent price drop witnessed last Thursday. Put simply, the bears have strengthened their control of the market, after the bulls failed to penetrate the…

Bitcoin Price Looks South After Worst Daily Loss Since November

Bitcoin’s (BTC) price saw its biggest drop for seven weeks on Thursday, weakening the prospects of a bullish breakout above $4,100. The world’s largest cryptocurrency by market value hit a 3.5-week low of $3,503 yesterday, before closing (as per UTC) at $3,627 – down 9.4 percent on the day. That was the biggest single-day drop since Nov. 24 and the fourth biggest daily loss of the last two months, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI). Essentially, the hard-fought gains of the last two weeks have been erased in the…

Bitcoin Price Tumbles 10% as Crypto Markets Flash Red

The price of bitcoin fell more than 10 percent during Thursday’s trading session as the cryptocurrency erased a large portion of its recent gains. At 6:00 UTC, bitcoin opened the trading hour at a price of $4,018, but fell to $3,748 before the hour was complete. After trading sideways until 16:00 UTC, the sell-off accelerated to a low of $3,570, according to CoinDesk pricing data. Bitcoin’s current price of $3,610 reflects a $367 difference and more than 9 percent drop from its 24-hour opening price of $3,995, CoinDesk data further…

Bitcoin Price Slips Below $3.8K as Bullish Bets Tank

Bitcoin is losing altitude as an unwinding of bullish bets is creating downward pressure on prices. As of writing, BTC is changing hands at $3,780 on Bitstamp – down 5 percent on a 24-hour basis – having found offers above $4,000 at 06:00 UTC. Notably, the price drop is accompanied by a decline in the bullish bets. For instance, the BTC/USD long positions on the Bitfinex exchange fell to an eight-day low of 31,237 earlier today and are currently down 8 percent at 31,255 – the biggest single-day drop since Dec.…

Bullish Sentiment for Bitcoin Is at a 5-Month High

The ratio of long-to-short positions placed on bitcoin (BTC) has reached its highest level in over five months on cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex. At press time, the BTC long positions placed on the exchange total 33,750 units, worth $137.3 million at current market prices, whereas the number of short positions is roughly 11,000 units less at just 22,787 – now worth just under $93 million. This creates the long-to-short ratio of nearly 1.5:1 – its highest since August 6th of last year. Bitcoin longs and shorts (Bitfinex) The drop in short…

Bitcoin Price Faces Minor Pullback as Indecision Creeps into Market

Bitcoin (BTC) could be in for a minor pullback, as the market seems to have turned indecisive near a key price resistance. The world’s biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization witnessed a two-way business yesterday before ending largely unchanged on the day (as per UTC) at $3,995 on Bitstamp. Essentially, it created a doji candle, which is considered a sign of indecision in the market, even though the bull flag had set the stage for a move above $4,300. Notably, that candlestick pattern has appeared at the top of the recent recovery rally…