Traders Bet Heavily on Bitcoin’s Upswing to $50,000 by 2024

Bitcoin’s options market surge reveals traders’ optimism, signaling potential price moves and strategies in crypto trading trends.

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  • Activity among crypto derivatives traders has surged, propelling Bitcoin’s price to $44,000.
  • Calls have dominated recent trades, revealing an inclination towards positive price movements.
  • Traders have shown significant anticipation for Bitcoin’s price trajectory in early 2024.

Bitcoin (BTC) was trading just under $44,000 on Wednesday, as a surge in capital influx fueled increased activity among crypto derivatives traders. Options open interest, a measure of the amount of outstanding options contracts, surged to an all-time high of around $20 billion, according to data from Coinglass

60% Bitcoin Call Options Signal Optimism

An increase in open interest indicates higher liquidity and participation from more market participants. Over the last day, most trades involved calls, with a split of 60% calls to 40% puts. Calls offer traders the right (but not the obligation) to buy the asset at a fixed price before a set expiry date. This hints that traders are mainly optimistic about Bitcoin’s future price.

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Wednesday saw Bitcoin’s price climb to a high around the $44,290 area before cooling off to its current valuation of $44,000. The cryptocurrency market as a whole grew by 2.1%, reaching a total capitalization of $1.7 trillion. Looking at the significant options expiring on January 26, 2024, the bulk of options again favor calls.

Traders Place Bets on Bitcoin Surging to $75,000

Within these calls, the ones with the highest trading activity in the past day have a strike price of $50,000, as per Velo Data. This indicates traders’ strong anticipation of Bitcoin surging above $50,000 in early 2024.

The next set of actively traded open options includes calls at a strike price of $45,000, indicating traders are hedging against a possible price drop. However, a notable volume of calls at $75,000 shows some traders are expecting a hefty rise in Bitcoin’s value in early 2024.

On the Flipside

  • A high volume of call options, particularly at strike prices like $50,000 and $75,000, indicate speculative behavior rather than a definitive price surge for Bitcoin in early 2024.
  • While most options favor calls, the actual execution and realization of these options reaching their set strike prices remain uncertain and contingent upon various market factors.

Why This Matters

The surge in options open interest and the dominance of bullish calls in Bitcoin trading indicate a collective sentiment towards an upward price movement. This inclination toward higher valuations for Bitcoin in early 2024 may signal potential market trends and investor expectations, influencing broader trading strategies and market sentiment.

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This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Author
Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.