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Bitcoin whales short the market, forces price down

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Bitcoin’s price has broken past old barriers and registered a new all-time high on 17 December 2020 at $23,777. However, this peak was short-lived as the shorts began liquidating in the market. Within minutes, Bitcoin’s trading price fell to $22,674 and is trading around a similar price level at press time.

The 5-minute BTC chart highlighted the sell-off that took place in the market.

Source: BTC/USD on TradingView

As per the Twitter handle Rekt, shorts were getting liquidated on a large scale. XBTUSD shorts started the moment BTC’s value hit $20k. However, the momentum increased when BTC reached $22k. The latest tweet by the handle noted:

Whereas, another Twitter bot alerted the fact that the whales were liquidating on a large scale. WhaleTrades noted:

This noted that millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin was shorted recently.

As price wavered above $22k, it became clearer that there were more short positions than long positions. Bitcoin whales have been trading actively and came in with huge deposits as the rally began. With current liquidations, it can be noted that Whales might have started liquidating their holdings to realize profits.

As per data provided by, nearly $123.45 million were liquidated in the past hour, whereas, $1.35 billion was liquidated in the past 24-hours. The largest single liquidation order took place on Bitmex-BTC with a value of $10 million. The chart below highlighted the large-scale short liquidation taking place even on BitMEX.

Source: Datamish

The value of Bitcoin began to rise from 16 December and surged by 23.34% till its peak. After which, it fell by 5.29% within two hours.

Source: CoinStats

At press time, the value of Bitcoin was $22,719.89 with a market cap of $421.37 billion.


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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