Bitcoin Surge Obliterates $68 Million in BTC Shorts on BitMEX

Journalist:
Will Heasman @wjheasman
September 3, 2019

Bitcoin (BTC) is back in positive territory today. Yesterday’s surge of nearly 8% on Bitstamp saw BTC shoot back past $10,000 and then briefly clip the $10,750 mark on Tuesday.

Most of the cryptocurrency market followed, with only a handful of altcoins in the red.

Bitcoin Price Booms Amid Mammoth Short Squeeze

The bitcoin price clipped the $10,750 mark on Tuesday. | Source: TradingView

While the bulls are celebrating this short term reprisal, the bears are hurting significantly.

This is especially true on the popular Bitcoin margin trading platform, BitMEX, which saw a goliath liquidation of $68 million in bitcoin shorts.

BitMEX $68 million in BTC short liquidations | Source: Coin360

BitMEX has become synonymous with these kinds of liquidations, with the exchange offering an insane 100x leverage.

On June 27, when the bitcoin price rose to $14,000 after an 18% pump, BitMEX saw a monolithic $500 million short liquidation in 24 hours.

Although the initial rise was likely responsible for the decimation of the bitcoin short contracts, their liquidation was also plausibly the cause for at least part of the BTC pump.

Whenever an asset sees a rise of this magnitude, the market often triggers what is known as a short squeeze, in which many of the short-sellers cover their position by setting buy orders that execute as short positions close.

Crypto Market Rally or Dead Cat Bounce?

For some time now, a few analysts have been fairly bearish on Bitcoin’s short term outlook as it fell below a long term trendline which was providing support.

This sentiment has now apparently shifted, with experts such as veteran trader Peter Brandt noting that bitcoin may have entered its fourth parabolic phase.

Brandt is particularly bullish on BTC this year, accurately forecasting bitcoin’s resurgence prior to April’s $1,000 candle – which for some, marked the end of the bear season.

Prominent investor Raoul Pal also noted the bearish sentiment around the cryptocurrency community, suggesting that bitcoin was rising despite negative opinions.

With or without the backing of the community and with global economic uncertainties boiling over, BTC could be primed to keep grinding higher.

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Last modified (UTC): September 3, 2019 14:59

Will Heasman @wjheasman

Will is a freelance journalist based in London, UK. He has been involved in the cryptocurrency industry for over 3 years, and fully believes in its capacity to change the world. Follow him on Twitter at wjheasman. Tips and PR: wjheasman@gmail.com