Bitcoin (BTC) was back at $57,000 on Oct. 13 as a classic move left hopeful traders liquidated to the tune of $200 million.
BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
Trader sees parallels to August price action
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD reaching highs of $57,250 on Bitstamp, up almost $3,000 in under three hours.
Reminiscent of multiple such surges over the past week, Bitcoin ( $20,742.00 ) thus gained 5.5% on the day, lining up a rematch of five-month highs.
Those looking to short further than $54,260 were thus disappointed amid a barrage of bullish optimism.
“This correction on Bitcoin ( $20,742.00 ) is nicely comparable to the price action in August,” Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe commented.
“Just a minimal correction for a few days, after which Bitcoin ( $20,742.00 ) continues grinding upwards, while altcoins are dropping in their $BTC pair.”
Fellow trader and analyst Rekt Capital meanwhile confirmed a higher low for BTC/USD during the retracement, this positioning it for further strength.
#BTC forms a Higher Low on the dip and continues to maintain the blue level as support
These are the two levels BTC needs to hold as support to maintain the highs$BTC #Crypto #Bitcoin https://t.co/yX5LKVboRn pic.twitter.com/6JhzRPP3v6
— Rekt Capital (@rektcapital) October 13, 2021
Futures open interest explodes over 70%
Meanwhile, data from derivatives showed CME Bitcoin ( $20,742.00 ) futures open interest skyrocketing over the past month, further fuelling cause to be positive on price action ahead.
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While still below all-time highs from February, the trend is encouraging, commentators said, considering the likelihood of traders frontrunning a possible futures-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) approval in the United States.
Bitcoin futures open interest chart. Source: Javier Paz/ Twitter
“The herd is not just coming, they’re stampeding,” Three Arrows Capital CEO Zhu Su added on the data from Forbes analyst Javier Paz.