CME Bitcoin Futures Premium Hits Highest Since Early January

CME Bitcoin Futures Premium Hits Highest Since Early January

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Here’s what’s happening this morning:

  • Market Moves: Bitcoin’s post-Fed rally stalls despite persistent rumors of big BTC purchases by the Luna Foundation Guard. Cardano and dogecoin rally.
  • Featured stories: Bitcoin futures premium on the CME hits highest since early January. Bitcoin-S&P 500 ratio sees a bear flag.

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Market Moves

By Omkar Godbole

The upward momentum in bitcoin and ether stalled, with the latter facing rejection near the $3,100 mark.

Rumors of the Luna Foundation Guard following through on its plans to buy $3 billion worth of bitcoin to introduce a new BTC-backed reserve UST stablecoin continued to do the rounds.

“There’s probably $3-$7 billion in bidding coming on the back of @stablekwon’s buying of a couple billion. It shouldn’t be taken lightly how enormous, known spot buys are,” Split Capital’s Zaheer Ebtikar tweeted during the Asian hours.

Bitcoin implied volatility continued to slide, extending the post-Fed slide signaling a persistent bias to sell options (vols). Meanwhile, put-call skews continued to show a preference for puts or options offering downside protection with above-zero prints.

In alternative cryptocurrencies, the meme cryptocurrency dogecoin and Cardano’s ADA surged more than 10%, with the latter backed by increased accumulation by both small and large addresses. “The addresses by holding indicator show an increasing accumulation across the board in the different brackets. Addresses holding 10-100 and 100k-1m ADA increased their balance by 12% and 11% in 30 days,” analytics firm IntoTheBlock said in its Telegram channel.

Attendees of the Avalanche Summit reported an overall positive mood, with a few exciting infrastructure developments in the pipeline. “There is a lot of excitement about NFTs, cross-chain bridges, and DeFi projects. Institutional investors are well represented. It’s common to bump into VCs that invested in multiple Ethereum and Solana projects in the past but are new to Avalanche,” Ilan Solot, partner at the Tagus Capital Multi-Strategy Fund, said in an email.

In traditional markets, oil prices rose 5% on both sides of the Atlantic early today after Russian President Vladimir demanded unfriendly nations pay for Russian gas in rubles. “As the EU gets around 40% of their gas from Russia, this has huge implications,” Marcus Sotiriou, analyst at the U.K-based digital asset broker GlobalBlock said in an email. “Rising oil prices increase the likelihood of a recession over the coming year.”

The futures tied to the S&P 500 pointed to a positive open with a 0.23% gain.

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CME Bitcoin Futures Premium Hits Highest Since Early January

By Omkar Godbole

The annualized rolling premium in three-month bitcoin futures listed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a proxy for institutional participation, rose to 4.8% early Thursday, hitting the highest since Jan. 4, according to data provided by Skew.

“This could be caused by bullish institutional investors and the ongoing rolls from the BTC ETFs [exchange-traded funds], which might cause buying pressure farther dated futures,” Arcane Research said in a weekly research note published Tuesday.

CME Bitcoin Futures Premium Hits Highest Since Early January

A potential flag breakdown, a bearish continuation pattern, would imply a resumption of the downtrend from November highs.


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