Investors Are Starting to Speculate on Higher BTC Prices

  • According to the tweet, this is the first time that this has happened.
  • The tweet added that this suggests traders are speculating higher prices for BTC.

The blockchain tracking firm, Glassnode (@glassnode), tweeted this morning that the amount of Open Interest in Bitcoin (BTC) Options contracts has surpassed that held in Futures contracts for the first time.

According to the tweet, the total Open Interest in BTC Options contracts is estimated to be $10.3 billion, while the total Open Interest in Futures contracts is estimated to be $10 billion.

BTC Options versus Futures Open Interest (Source: Glassnode)

The tweet went on to add that Futures Open Interest has been relatively flat in 2023. This results from significant call option buys for BTC, which is an indication that investors are beginning to speculate higher prices for BTC.

At press time, CoinMarketCap shows that BTC’s price printed a gain over the last 24 hours. Currently, BTC’s price is trading at $28,101.27 after experiencing a 0.78% price increase. Although BTC’s price has risen in the last 24 hours, the market leader’s weekly price performance remains in the red at -1.15%.

The total crypto market cap has risen 0.69% over the last 24 hours as well. As a result, the combined capitalization of the global crypto market is estimated to be around $1.19 trillion. BTC’s dominance in the market increased slightly during this time period. At press time, BTC’s market dominance is at 45.88%, which is a 0.03% increase in the last day.

BTC was also able to outperform the leading altcoin in terms of market cap, Ethereum (ETH). At press time, BTC is up around 0.10% against ETH. Lastly, BTC is also trading near its daily high of $28,159.86. The crypto’s 24-hour low sits at $27,794.03 at press time.

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