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Bitcoin flashes a profit signal, but only for THESE holders

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BTC’s rally above $70k has pushed the value of a key metric above 1, signaling that the coin’s short-term holders are sitting on profit.


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  • Bitcoin’s short-term holders now hold their coins at a profit.
  • BTC’s future open interest has risen to a two-month high.

Bitcoin’s [BTC] Spent Output Profit Ratio (SOPR) for its short-term holders (STH) has rallied above 1, signaling that this cohort of investors now holds their coins at a profit.

In a new report, pseudonymous CryptoQuant analyst Phi Deltalytics found that the uptick in this metric’s value above 1 suggests the presence of  “bullish sentiment in the market.”

BTC’s STH-SOPR measures whether investors who have held the coin for three to six months are selling at a profit or a loss.

When it returns a value above 1 such as this, it indicates that short-term holders, on average, are selling their coins at a profit. Conversely, if the STH-SOPR is below 1, it suggests that these holders are selling at a loss.

Why the value above 1 is significant

According to CryptoQuant’s data, BTC’s STH-SOPR was 1.019 at press time.

Bitcoin Short Term Holder SOPR (EMA 7)

Source: CryptoQuant

Before this metric steadied at this point, it had cratered to the 1 level but did not drop below it, Deltalytics found.

According to him, when that happened, the coin traded at a price at which sellers were neither making nor losing money. This led many market participants to hold on to their coins instead of selling them. This was a positive sign for the market, signaling low selling pressure.

The analyst added that BTC’s STH-SOPR must stay above 1. If this happens, the market will “absorb” any profit-taking by sellers without the risk of a significant price drop.

Predicting that this might aid the sustainability of the BTC’s current price rally, Deltalytics added:

“With the market not overly heated, this dynamic has the potential to push Bitcoin’s price upwards.”

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BTC amid the recent price rally

The leading coin has benefitted from the market rally in the past 24 hours. At press time, BTC was trading at $71,212, and its price had grown 6% during that period.

The period under review has been marked by a significant uptick in trading activity in BTC’s derivatives market. According to Coinglass’ data, BTC’s derivatives volume has risen 112% in the past 24 hours.

At $35 billion at the time of writing, BTC’s futures open interest sat at its highest level since March.


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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