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Bitcoin [BTC] holders sell at a loss, but here’s the catch

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Bitcoin [BTC] holders sell at a loss, but here's the catch

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  • BTC holders distribute their holdings at a loss as the coin’s price fell below $16,000
  • Short traders overrun the market as many bet on a continued decline in price

As the general market continues to languish under severe bearish conditions, the price of the leading coin Bitcoin [BTC] dropped below $16,000 during the intraday trading session on 21 November.

Read Bitcoin’s [BTC] price prediction 2023-2024

The king coin traded at the $15,800 price level for the first time since November 2020. BTC exchanged hands for as low as $15,608 before rebounding to sell for $15,773.03 at press time, data from CoinMarketCap showed.

The drop in price led many traders to exit the market or liquidate their BTC holdings. According to on-chain analytics platform Santiment, to salvage what was left of their investments, many BTC holders distributed their coins at losses, causing the coin to log the most loss movement in the last three years.

According to data from Coinglass, liquidations in the cryptocurrency market in the last 24 hours totaled $110.54 million, with 36,787 traders liquidated. BTC liquidations of $46 million accounted for 42% of the total sums removed from the market.

Source: Coinglass

BTC’s ratio of daily on-chain transaction volume in profit to the loss recorded the lowest amount in profit since November 2019. According to Santiment, “bounces typically occur when this metric is severely negative.”

Would that play out in the current market?

One can never be too sure about BTC

According to CryptoQuant analyst CoinLupin, the exchange inflow share of six to 12 million BTC holders surged in the past few days. But, unfortunately, BTC’s price logged a decline whenever this occurred in the past. 

Source: CryptoQuant

In addition, CoinLupin found that BTC’s adjusted spent output profit ratio (aSOPR) was “similar to the level of local bottoms in the past, and many people are selling it at a loss.” 

Source: CryptoQuant

Commenting on the impact of this, CoinLupin stated,

“This could indicate that market participants are nearing their surrender. We can view these as sections that are dangerous in the short term but can be an opportunity in the long term.”

With the market marked by bearish macro factors, and a lack of positive sentiment, the BTC market was ravaged by short traders, at press time. According to data from CryptoQuant, the leading coin’s funding rates at press time posted a negative value of -0.0086. This showed that most traders in the current market bet on a further price decline.

Source: CryptoQuant


Abiodun is a full-time journalist working with AMBCrypto. He is also a lawyer with over 2 years of experience. With a keen interest in blockchain technology and its limitless possibilities, Abiodun spends his time understanding the technology, building projects, and educating people about it.
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