Bitcoin (BTC) bulls are nonetheless licking their wounds from the bloody Dec. 4 correction, which noticed the price collapse from $57,000 all the best way to $42,000. This 26.5% draw back transfer brought about $850 million in lengthy BTC futures contracts to be liquidated, however extra importantly, it shifted the “Fear and Greed index” to its lowest degree since July 21.

Bitcoin/USD worth at FTX. Supply: TradingView

It’s in some way unusual to match each occasions, because the July 21 sub-$30,000 low would have erased the complete features in 2021. In the meantime, the $42,000 low from Dec. 4 remains to be a 44% acquire year-to-date. Examine this towards the S&P 500, which is up 21% in 2021, and the WTI oil worth, which has accrued a 41% acquire.

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Bulls is likely to be targeted on the Bitcoin reserves held at exchanges, which continues to descend and presently sits on the lowest degree in three years. In keeping with information from CryptoQuant, there at the moment are lower than 2.27 million BTC deposited at exchanges and having fewer cash out there for buying and selling alerts that buyers are unwilling to promote within the quick time period. This can be a dynamic that many buyers contemplate to be bullish.

Even with the obvious stability between name (purchase) and put (promote) choices on Friday’s $1.1 billion expiry, bears are higher positioned after Bitcoin stabilized barely above $50,000.

Bitcoin choices combination open curiosity for Oct. 10. Supply: CoinGlass

A broader view utilizing the call-to-put ratio exhibits a modest 7% benefit to Bitcoin bulls as a result of the $555 million name (purchase) devices have a bigger open curiosity versus the $520 million put (promote) choices. Nevertheless, the 1.07 indicator is misleading as a result of the 11.5% worth drop over the previous week brought about most bullish bets to turn into nugatory.

For instance, if Bitcoin’s worth stays beneath $52,000 at 8:00 am UTC on Dec. 10, solely $50 million price of these name (purchase) choices shall be out there. That impact occurs as a result of there is no such thing as a worth in the fitting to purchase Bitcoin at $55,000 whether it is buying and selling beneath such worth.

The numbers recommend that bulls are set for a serious loss

Beneath are the three more than likely eventualities primarily based on the present worth motion. The variety of possibility contracts out there on Dec. 10 for bulls (name) and bear (put) devices fluctuate relying on the expiry BTC worth. The imbalance favoring both sides constitutes the theoretical revenue:

  • Between $47,000 and $50,000: 400 calls vs. 6,600 places. The online result’s $300 million favoring the put (bear) devices.
  • Between $50,000 and $54,000: 1,700 calls vs. 4,700 places. The online result’s $160 million favoring the put (bear) devices.
  • Above $54,000: 2,400 calls vs. 2,900 places. The online end result favors the put (bear) choices by $30 million.

This crude estimate considers the decision choices being utilized in bullish bets and the put choices which can be completely in neutral-to-bearish trades. Even so, this oversimplification disregards extra advanced funding methods.

For example, a dealer may have offered a name possibility, successfully gaining a unfavourable publicity to Bitcoin above a selected worth. However, sadly, there’s no straightforward solution to estimate this impact.

Bears will do their finest to carry BTC beneath $50,000

Bitcoin bears want a mild push to sub-$50,000 to attain a $300 million revenue. Then again, bulls would want a 7.2% worth restoration from the present $50,500 to scale back their loss by half.

Contemplating the $2 billion liquidation of leverage lengthy positions on Dec. 4, bulls are doubtless making an attempt to remain afloat and shall be unwilling so as to add extra threat proper now. It could be unnecessarily ineffective for bullish buyers to waste their efforts making an attempt to salvage this short-term loss.

So, on this occasion, bears look set to keep up the higher hand on this weekly choices expiry.

The views and opinions expressed listed here are solely these of the author and don’t essentially replicate the views of Cointelegraph. Each funding and buying and selling transfer includes threat. You must conduct your individual analysis when making a call.