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Bitcoin primed to break $50,000 ahead of Friday’s options expiry

Posted: 25 August 2021 5:18 am
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Bitcoin’s 30-day gains currently stand at an impressive 35%.

  • Bitcoin’s hashrate is currently hovering over the 150 EH/s mark after dropping to 52 EH/s just a couple of months ago.
  • Bitcoin’s ongoing correction is reflective of the currency’s previous runs this year, analysts suggest.
  • Reports indicate that El Salvador will formally introduce Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender within its borders sometime next month.

After breaching the $49,000 barrier yesterday, it looked as though Bitcoin was primed to keep surging. However, over the last 12 hours, the flagship cryptocurrency has continued to slide, currently trading at $47,303.

Even though Bitcoin hasn’t made the clean break past the $50,000 resistance, current derivatives data suggests that bulls may be looking to take over soon, especially as Friday’s $2 billion BTC options expiry approaches.

Trading and analytics firm QCP Capital recently released a report stating that an Asia-based market entity has been pushing BTC option prices higher over the last few weeks by acquiring bullish options in lump sums of 100 BTC contracts each, a trend worth keeping an eye out for in the future.

Another piece of bullish news that may push Bitcoin’s value higher in the near term is El Salvador’s reported move to formally introduce the digital currency as legal tender by the end of next month. Over the last few months, the country has been aggressively pursuing the creation of a payments infrastructure that can support its state-issued Bitcoin wallet called Chivo.

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Recent correction no source of concern, suggests expert

Following Bitcoin’s dip from $49,000 to its current price point of around $47,000, investors across the globe expressed concern as to whether a further retraction may be in store. However, according to independent analyst Rekt Capital, BTC’s current behavior mirrors much of what it has done in the past. They added: “BTC is still retesting this area in an uptrend, just like it did on those two occasions earlier this year.”

Will Clemente III, lead analyst for Blockware, opined that the last three months were essentially a chance for investors to accumulate more BTC at dirt cheap prices. He also expressed that over the said period, the digital asset’s core fundamentals became stronger, implying that more gains may be in store for BTC shortly.

The future looks good

Since China’s recent mining ban earlier this year, Bitcoin’s hashrate has recovered amazingly well. Statistically speaking, the metric recently exceeded the 150 Exahashes, or 1 quintillion hashes, per second mark. To put things into perspective, the figure bottomed out at around 52 EH/s just a couple of months ago on June 28. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the market as a whole.

Interested in cryptocurrency? Learn more about the basics with our beginner’s guide to Bitcoin, dive deeper by learning about Ethereum and see what blockchain can do with our simple guide to DeFi.

Disclosure: The author owns a range of cryptocurrencies at the time of writing

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