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Bitcoin futures indicate a rising OI amid heightened sell-offs

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Bitcoin’s price could not hold onto the $7k level on 12 April and noted another free fall of 8.87%. The falling price spread across four hours resulted in BTC slide from $7,180 to $6,542.91. Bitcoin market witnessed a rising interest and buy volume prior to the fall, that had rushed the value of BTC above $7k; however, the volume was minimal to keep the price that high. The sell-off volume was stronger than the buy-volume.

Source: BTC/USD on Trading View

This was Bitcoin’s sixth attempt at breaching the $7k level.

The 8.87% devaluation of BTC set-off huge liquidations on BitMEX, with the largest per hour liquidation being marked at $29 million. This was the largest hourly liquidation noted in a week’s time. According to data provided by Skew, the total hourly liquidations in a day were $49 million. The buyers have been maintaining a distance from the asset as the buy liquidations were limited to $9.7 million, while the sellers were trying to break even before the price slid to lower values. The Sell liquidations were noted to be $39 million.

Source: Skew

Even the weekly liquidations chart highlighted sell-liquidations. Despite a drastic shifting price, Bitcoin volume remained low, but the Open Interest [OI] was timidly rebounding after the 40% sell-off on 12 March.

Source: Skew

After moving sideways for a long time, Open Interest seems to have made a comeback. The aggregated Open Interest on 12 April was recorded to be $2.354 billion, with OKEx leading with $659 million. Bakkt and CME BTC futures indicated a rising interest with $6.5 million and $169 million, respectively.

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Namrata is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto covering the US and Indian market. A graduate in Mass communication, while majoring in Journalism, she writes mainly about regulations and its impact with a focus on technological advancements in the crypto space.
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