How investors should set up their trade after the October rally? Are we getting a price correction?
The prices of bitcoin have been consolidating at above 9000 levels after the rally in late October with a backdrop of blockchain-friendly policy from China and a new all-time high from the SPX. As we wrapping up October, where will bitcoin and broader crypto markets will go from here? While bitcoin may have most of the market focuses, data shows that altcoin could be reaching a critical level as well, how traders and investors should set up their trades as we approach year-end.
Bitcoin: Gap to Fill
It was a happy week so far for bitcoin traders as the leading cryptocurrency posted one of the biggest daily gains in history during the last weekend of October. We’ve explained that a new all-time high in the equities markets could trigger bitcoin to turn from a digital gold risk-off asset mode to a risk-on asset mode. While some traders could have taken profit from the recent rally, many could have wondered how to set up the next trade. Perhaps institutional bitcoin traders could provide some insights.
The chart below shows the CME Bitcoin Futures' year-to-date performance. The yellow circles are the major gaps that we’ve seen this year, and the green arrows indicate where the gap got filled.
Figure 1: CME Bitcoin Futures Daily Chart, YTD
In the case of BTC, most of the gaps in the CME BTC Futures this year got filled within days after the gap was produced. So far, only the June 17 gap is an exception, which came at the time before bitcoin surged to 14400 levels, and the gap ultimately got filled in late September.
Bitcoin’s October rally also produced a huge breakaway gap which shown on the far right side in figure 1. If history repeats itself, the October gap will likely be filled although the timing could be hard to determine. However, we believe that the rally would be healthier and more sustainable if the gap got filled before starting a new trend.
It’s worth noting that the bitcoin initially attempted but failed to stay above the 38.2% Fibonacci Retracement at around 9915 levels, which indicates that the chance of bitcoin retesting the support back at the 23.6% FR levels near 8908 is still viable, and that will eventually fill the gap.
Figure 2: CME Bitcoin Futures CoT Summary
Key Moment for Altcoin
Altcoin is an interesting area to watch as the bitcoin October rally has led the total altcoin market value to a critical moment, and it could be the moment of truth on whether a real beginning of an “Altcoin Season”.
Figure 3: Crypto Total Market Cap Ex-BTC
After the latest bitcoin rally, the altcoin market cap seems to make its third attempt to break the channel and retest the 365-day moving average. It’s worth noting that the upper end of the channel is also where the 23.6% Fibonacci Retracement lies, so altcoin traders would especially focus on the development in this area and see if it can produce a breakout.
However, if bitcoin continues to consolidate at the current level, or a gap-filling correction is due, that could strengthen the downside bias in the altcoin space.
Figure 4: OKEx’s BCH Long/Short Ratio
What’s the Setup?
Diversification has always been one of the most important strategies when it comes to trading, regardless of whether you are a long-term HODLer or a short-term day trader. In the short-term, we expect to see more traders in favor of short positions, especially in the BCH and BSV area. Also, some other major altcoins that already outperformed bitcoin, could draw more short interests as well. Over the medium-long term, we believe HODLers would still favor bitcoin over altcoin, and long call or short put position will able to create a stronger bullish position. Investors can always use the information from OKEx’s Trading Data to gauge market sentiments and the real trade volume of OKEx derivatives trading platform.
We have shown how investors can use OKEx’s Futures and Swap products and data to add value to trading, especially at a time that the broad cryptocurrency experienced one of the most significant rallies in history, and diversification could be one of the strategies that able to capture the potential post-rally price movements.
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