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Bitcoin (BTC) surged above $22,500 early Monday, hitting its highest price in over a month.
The largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization was trading at $21,696, up 3.1% over the past 24 hours.
Oanda Senior Market Analyst Edward Moya said that crypto sentiment is improving amid signs that the global economy will remain on solid footing for the near future and that the U.S. central bank will raise interest rates at its next meeting by 0.75 percentage point, rather than by 1 percentage point as some monetary policy observers had predicted last week.
“If bitcoin continues to stabilize here over the next two weeks, the crypto winter could be over,” Moya said.
GlobalBlock CEO Rufus Round said that he is seeing greater investor commitment to cryptocurrency as markets experience relief.
“We, certainly at GlobalBlock, are seeing professional buyers load up on bitcoin and ether around these levels,” Round said. “It's such a collapse and there's been so much stress in the markets. The forced sellers are hopefully all done by now, and people are seeing value right here, especially given the macroeconomic backdrop.”
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●Bitcoin (BTC): $21,513 +1.8%
●Ether (ETH): $1,459 +7.6%
●S&P 500 daily close: 3,825.30 −1.0%
●Gold: $1,706 per troy ounce +0.2%
●Ten-year Treasury yield daily close: 2.96% +0.03
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.
Short-Bitcoin Positions Dominate Inflows: CoinShares
Crypto funds had inflows for a third consecutive week with inflows of $12 million in the seven days through July 15, according to a CoinShares report. But a lot of those investments came from investors betting on further price declines in bitcoin.
Short-bitcoin positions, which bet on a price decline in BTC, generated $15 million in inflows. Short-bitcoin inflows reached a record four-week run of $88 million.
Net outflows for long investment products totaled $2.6 million. Traditional bitcoin investment products saw outflows amounting to $2.6 million, while ether-focused funds had $2.5 million of outflows.
“We believe this highlights new investors expecting further price downside, while those currently invested are not selling out of positions, believing crypto prices are close to a bottom,” the authors wrote.
Altcoin funds saw minor inflows with $500,000 of inflows for Solana, $300,000 for XRP and $100,000 for Tron.
Regionally, the U.S. inflows totaled $21 million, outperforming other countries. Canadian outflows totaled $13 million, pushing the country’s cumulative year-to-date outflows to $388 million.
- The 'Merge Trade' Has Begun, Experts Say: Renewed clarity about Ethereum's Merge timeline spurred investor interest in ether and its staked derivative on the Lido platform called staked ether (stETH). "ETH has undergone a rapid change in narrative over the past week, with speculators purely focused on the upcoming 'merge' as a catalyst for appreciation," one observer said. Read more here.
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- Celsius Outlines Next Steps as Bankruptcy Proceedings Begin: The insolvent crypto lender has said that it will give customers an option of staying "long crypto" or receiving a discounted cash settlement.
- Genesis Global Issued $2.36B in Undercollateralized Loans to Three Arrows Capital: Three Arrow Capital's list of creditors reveals the extent of Genesis' loans to the Singapore-based fund.
- Ether Futures See $230M in Liquidations as Merge Pushes ETH to $1.5K: Shorts took on the most losses as buying pressure built up on ether over the weekend.
- Options Signal Ether Strength for First Time in 6 Months: Some traders are buying large amounts of call options, one market observer said.
- 'Crypto and DeFi Won’t Disappear’: Hong Kong Monetary Chief: Hong Kong Monetary Authority CEO Eddie Yue tells a G-20 meeting that crypto and decentralized finance will remain significant forces.
- Coinbase Secures Regulatory Approval in Italy: The crypto exchange joins Binance in gaining clearance in that country.
- Binance Fined $3.4M by Dutch Central Bank: The crypto exchange was penalized for failing to register in the Netherlands.
- Stablecoin Bill Won’t Force All Issuers to Be Banks, Congressman Says: The key legislation that could open a path for stablecoin rules isn’t expected to stick to regulators’ recommendation to insist only banks issue tokens.
- Australian Central Bank Chief Believes Regulated Private Tokens Could Be Better Than CBDCs, Reuters Reports: Governor Philip Lowe spoke at a panel discussion at the G-20 finance officials' meeting in Indonesia on Sunday.
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