Market Wrap: As Stocks Rally, Bitcoin Trades Above $9.3K for the First Time in 10 Days

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 7:28 AM AEST - 1 month ago

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Market participants are pointing to global stock markets as reasons for bitcoins rise in price, with the worlds oldest cryptocurrency in a narrow range just above $9,000 since July 3.

Equity markets are up across the board and so you see a spike in bitcoins price, said Michael Rabkin, head of institutional sales at Chicago crypto trading firm DV Chain.

btcweek-3Bitcoin price chart the past week on Coinbase

Indeed, stock indexes globally are flashing green. In Asia, the Nikkei 225 index of companies ended the day up 1.8%. Despite a rising number of coronavirus cases in Japan, gains were made in industrial stocks including conglomerate Mitsubishi. Europes FTSE 100 index closed up 1.5%. Optimism on fresh government stimulus across the continent contributed to leading the index higher. The U.S. S&P 500 index gained 1.6%. Record highs for tech stocks Netflix and Amazon led the way.

Since the start of June, the major stock indexes are actually beating bitcoin.

stocksvsbtcThe S&P 500 (blue), Nikkei 225 (Red), FTSE 100 (green) and bitcoin since June 1

Despite some excitement in crypto price action Monday, traders point out volatility has been absent in the bitcoin markets, said Elie Le Rest, a partner at Paris-based cryptocurrency trading firm ExoAlpha, Since the bitcoin halving on May 12, the digital asset markets have gone nowhere for six weeks in a row, said Le Rest. Volatility has collapsed abruptly and bitcoin remains stuck between $8,200 and $10,500.

Bitcoins one-month at-the-money (ATM) implied volatility, reflecting the markets future expectation of volatility and calculated by using options with a strike price nearest to the spot price, has dipped. I ...

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