Bitcoin (BTC) was up by 4% over the past 24 hours as volatility continued to fade. The cryptocurrency has traded in a tight price range over the past month, but so far has avoided a significant dip below $30,000 since May 12.
The bitcoin dominance ratio, which compares BTC's market cap relative to the total crypto market cap, ticked higher on Monday. That suggests a lower appetite for risk among crypto traders despite short-term price bounces.
For now, bearish sentiment among crypto traders is starting to wane. The bitcoin Fear & Greed Index has stabilized over the past month, similar to what occurred in late January, which preceded a brief rise in crypto prices.
●Bitcoin (BTC): $31,386, +4.38%
●Ether (ETH): $1,859, +2.00%
●S&P 500 daily close: 4,121, +0.31%
●Gold: $1,844 per troy ounce, −0.08%
●Ten-year Treasury yield daily close: 3.04%
Bitcoin, ether and gold prices are taken at approximately 4pm New York time. Bitcoin is the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (XBX); Ether is the CoinDesk Ether Price Index (ETX); Gold is the COMEX spot price. Information about CoinDesk Indices can be found at coindesk.com/indices.
Uptick in short liquidations
Bitcoin's current price jump is similar to what occurred last weekend. This time, however, the rise in short liquidations is less extreme.
The chart below shows a lower amount of short liquidations over the past two weeks. That suggests a majority of sellers have not capitulated, which typically occurs at an extreme price low. Instead, long liquidations have been more severe, reflecting an unwind of bullish positions on each successive price drop over the past few weeks.
Liquidations occur when an exchange forcefully closes a trader’s leveraged position as a safety mechanism due to a partial or total loss of the trader’s initial margin. That happens primarily in futures trading.
Volatility fades, for now
The chart below shows the recent decline in bitcoin's implied volatility. Option traders have been expecting fewer price swings as bitcoin's price stabilizes between $27,000 and $33,000.
Still, short-term volatility has ticked higher over the past few days, which could point to a rise in trading activity this week.
"We have a market unwilling to move higher, establishing well-defined boundaries to the upside and downside," Greg Magadini, co-founder of Genesis Volatility, wrote in a blog post.
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