Bitcoin dives to fill CME gap amid claim new all-time highs will take 2 years

Bitcoin (BTC) stuck to “rangebound movements” into May 24 as price action avoided expected volatility. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView No joy for BTC bulls after DXY downmove Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD returning to circle $29,000 after failing to hold $30,000 support. On hourly timeframes, the pair thus continued a familiar pattern of swings between the two zones, refusing to explore more extreme territory either up or down. “The crucial breaker for Bitcoin is again the $29.4K area. If that breaks -> next test…

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10-month BTC price lows spark $1B liquidation as Bitcoin eyes $35K CME futures gap

Bitcoin (BTC) upended buy trends through May 10 as BTC/USD sank below $30,000 for the first time since July 2021. Data from on-chain analytics firm CryptoQuant showed exchange reserves start increasing as panic gripped crypto markets. BTC flows back to exchanges After seeing a sustained downtrend, the amount of BTC on major exchanges has begun to increase again. According to CryptoQuant, which tracks the balance of 21 major exchanges, sellers sent a total of 37,537 BTC to accounts from May 6 to May 9 inclusive. The deposits came as BTC…

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CFTC commissioner appoints crypto-experienced CME Group director as chief counsel

Kristin Johnson, one of five commissioners currently serving at the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, has announced that a CME Group executive director with experience in crypto will be joining her staff. In a Thursday announcement, Johnson said Bruce Fekrat will be her chief counsel at the CFTC starting on June 1. Fekrat worked as an executive director and associate general counsel at the CME Group for more than eight years, where he was lead regulatory counsel for issues including digital assets. During his time at the…

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Bitcoin suddenly dives to $46K as attention focuses on large CME futures gaps

Bitcoin (BTC) began to show fresh signs of an impending correction on March 31 as BTC price action began to eat into last weekend’s CME futures gap. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Up or down, CME futures gaps provide targets Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD abruptly spiking down by $1,000 in minutes on Bitstamp after March 31’s Wall Street open.  The pair had ranged after failing to cement $48,000 as support earlier in the week, amid calls for a retest of lower levels as a…

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CME Group plans to launch micro-sized Bitcoin and Ether options

Major derivatives marketplace Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group will launch options trading for its micro Bitcoin and Ether futures products. In a Tuesday announcement, the CME Group said that subject to regulatory review, it plans to launch options contracts for its existing micro Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) futures that will be 10% the size of the respective tokens. The futures options, expected to start trading on March 28, will come more than two years after the firm launched a BTC options trading product in January 2020 and more than four…

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Bitcoin inches towards higher weekly close with CME futures gap in focus

Bitcoin (BTC) was on the cusp of making a new higher weekly close on Feb. 13 as bulls kept the market above $42,000. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Bitcoin: Potential CME gap to come Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView tracked fairly stress-free conditions for BTC/USD over the weekend, with the weekly candle set to conclude in under 12 hours. The pair had briefly dipped below the $42,000 mark before recovering, this setting it up to challenge last week’s close of $42,400 on Bitstamp. Should it succeed, the…

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CME Group launches micro Ether futures as ETH hovers at $4K

Major derivatives marketplace Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group has expanded its crypto offerings to include a micro Ether futures product. In a Monday announcement, the CME Group said it had launched a micro Ether (ETH) futures contract sized at 0.1 ETH, giving institutional and individual traders another product for Ether exposure. The cash-settled micro ETH derivatives offering is trading under the Globex code METZ1 and joins crypto derivatives products at the exchange including micro Bitcoin (BTC) futures, Bitcoin futures, options on Bitcoin futures, and Ether futures. The newest member of the…

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Billionaire SBF says FTX may one day buy Goldman Sachs and CME

Hong-Kong-based billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried has stated that FTX may consider buying U.S. financial giant Goldman Sachs and exchanges such as Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) in the future. Speaking with the Financial Times on July 14, Bankman-Fried stated that if FTX can become the top crypto exchange and supplant rivals such as Coinbase and Binance, the idea of purchasing giants such as Goldman Sachs and CME group is not off the table: “If we are the biggest exchange, [buying Goldman Sachs and CME] is not out of the question at all.”…

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CME Micro Bitcoin futures surpass 1M contracts as institutional speculation grows

Institutional exposure to cryptocurrencies via derivatives continued to grow in the second quarter, as CME Group’s newly launched Bitcoin (BTC) micro contract received considerable uptick in its first two months of trading.  Since launching on May 3, CME’s Micro Bitcoin futures contract has already surpassed 1 million contracts traded, the Chicago-based derivatives market announced earlier this week. CME executive Tim McCourt said the new product has been popular among institutions and day traders seeking to hedge their spot Bitcoin price risk.  Denominated at 0.1 BTC, the micro contract is one-tenth…

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Bull trap fears engulf Bitcoin market as BTC paints CME gap below $40K

A run-up toward $40,000 in the Bitcoin (BTC) market risked exhaustion as Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s futures opened on Monday with a gap of $1,575, the first since May 17. In retrospect, the downside risks heightened due to Bitcoin’s recent bearish pullbacks near the $40,000 level. Atop that, the said CME gap formed between Friday’s close of $37,325 and Monday’s open of $38,900, raising possibilities that the next correction would prompt Bitcoin bids to fall to at least $37,325. That is due to a general psychological notion among traders that BTC/USD…

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