Bitcoin price rallies past $47K as spot BTC ETF deadline approaches

    2024.01.09 | exchangesranking | 114onlookers

    Bitcoin price has broken through $47,000 for the first time since April 2022 as the deadline for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs draws near.

    Bitcoin (BTC) climbed rapidly from a price of $44,000 on Jan. 8, surging more than 6.5% in the last 24 hours and 177% over the last 12 months, to hit a year-to-date high at $47,284, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

    BTC/USD 1-day chart. Source: Source: TradingView

    Bitcoin’s price performance comes as the market readies for the SEC’s potential approval of one or several of the 14 outstanding applications for a spot Bitcoin ETF product, with Bloomberg analysts predicting a decision as early as Jan. 10.

    The last time Bitcoin traded above $47,000 was nearly 20 months ago, on April 3, 2022, when it reached a high of $47,458 before descending into an enduring bear market that saw it fall as low as $15,600.

    Trader and analyst Jin flagged BTC flipping the “21 EMA” into support, adding that the flagship cryptocurrency was headed to $48,000, while popular X user Byzantine General noted that “a lot of shorts just got liquidated” by the rapid price move to $47,000.

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    Data from Coinglass shows short-position liquidations for Bitcoin topping $76 million on the day, with the tally still increasing at the time of writing. Cross-crypto short liquidations amounted to more than $112 million.

    Crypto liquidations chart. Source: Coinglass

    Many market participants expect the fresh round of bullish price action to continue amid any news surrounding a spot Bitcoin ETF approval. This point was demonstrated by BTC’s price action response to the top BTC ETF contenders entering into a fee war, as illustrated by the latest S-1 amendments, in a bid to lure clients once the approval comes.

    Meanwhile, the SEC reissued a warning about FOMO (fear of missing out) crypto investing just days ahead of the anticipated approval of spot Bitcoin ETF. However, the products are ultimately expected to attract trillions of dollars worth of inflows over the next few years.

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