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Hedge Funds Heavily Shorting BTC, Will BTC Outshine GameStop Saga? – Crypto News



On Friday, Bitcoin experienced a notable dip, plummeting to $68,450 before a modest recovery to just above $69,000. This movement in the Bitcoin price coincided with a significant shift in market sentiment. The shift was reflected in the latest Commitments of Traders (COT) report from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Hedge Funds Are Heavily Shorting Bitcoin

The report indicated that hedge funds are heavily shorting Bitcoin, placing substantial bets against the oldest crypto. Moreover, this surge in short positions reflects a bearish outlook among institutional investors. It suggests that many are expecting Bitcoin price to decline.

The financial news outlet Zerohedge highlighted this trend on social media platform X, pointing out a “big jump and new record high in Bitcoin hedge fund net shorts” on Friday. Earlier that day, Zerohedge had accurately predicted that the latest COT update would reveal a substantial increase in short positions against Bitcoin.

Zerohedge’s comment that “when this snaps, it will make Volkswagen/GME look like amateur hour” alludes to the potential for a dramatic market reversal. In the world of trading, a high number of short positions can lead to a situation where a sudden price increase forces short sellers to cover their positions via buybacks.

This move driving prices up even further—a phenomenon known as a short squeeze. The comparison to Volkswagen and GameStop underscores the potential for significant market upheaval. In 2008, Volkswagen briefly became the world’s most valuable company due to a short squeeze that caught many investors off guard.

Similarly, GameStop’s stock price surged in early 2021 as retail investors coordinated a buying spree, leading to massive losses for those holding short positions. For Bitcoin, analysts expect the implications of this hedge fund activity to be higher than GameStop or any other short squeeze stocks.

While short positions reflect a pessimistic view of Bitcoin’s near-term prospects, the volatile nature of cryptocurrency markets means that rapid and unexpected price movements can occur. If Bitcoin’s price were to rise sharply, those with short positions would incur substantial losses. It would potentially lead to a cascade of buying as they scramble to cover their shorts.

What’s Next For BTC Price?

Hedge Funds shorting Bitcoin expect a slump of $18,175 in the current BTC price. However, the technical indicators and analyst insights suggest a bullish outlook in both short and long-term. This indicates that Bitcoin could achieve a new peak sometime soon and if the prediction comes true, these shorts will be liquidated, leasing to an unprecedented rally.

However, Friday’s price action saw Bitcoin briefly dip below $69,000, triggering liquidations in long positions rather than shorts. Nevertheless, the market remains on edge, aware that a sudden upward spike in Bitcoin’s value could trigger a dramatic short squeeze. This would not only push prices higher but could also mirror or even surpass the market dynamics seen in past financial episodes like Volkswagen and GameStop.

At the time of writing, the BTC price was down by 0.06% to $69,382.34 on Sunday, June 9. Whilst, the crypto behemoth displayed a phenomenal market valuation of $1.36 trillion. Moreover, the 24-hour trade volume for Bitcoin plummeted 62.23% to $12.95 billion.

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