Bitcoin (BTC) recently encountered a significant price surge and subsequent dump driven by a false report of a spot exchange-traded fund (ETF) approval. The price surged from $27,900 to $30,000 after a deceptive post on the social app X (formerly Twitter) claimed that a spot ETF had been approved. This erroneous information led to a flurry of trading activity and nearly $100 million in liquidations within an hour.
The false post was eventually removed, but it had already generated enough interactions to influence the cryptocurrency’s price significantly. Bitcoin swiftly fell from $30,000 to $28,000 as skepticism from analysts and reporters emerged. BlackRock confirmed that the report was false.
- CoinGlass data revealed that approximately $81 million in short positions (bets against higher prices) were liquidated during the surge to $30,000. Additionally, around $31 million in long positions (bets on higher prices) were liquidated during the subsequent correction.
- Liquidation occurs when exchanges forcibly close leveraged positions due to a trader’s inability to meet margin requirements. In this case, traders were unable to maintain their positions as their initial margin was partially or entirely lost.
We apologize for a tweet that led to the dissemination of inaccurate information regarding the Blackrock Bitcoin ETF.— Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) October 16, 2023
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SEC’s Official Stance on Spot Bitcoin ETF
- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has not granted approval for a spot bitcoin ETF, as verified by the SEC website. It was also reported that the application from BlackRock, a leading investment management firm, is still under review.
- A recent SEC decision not to appeal a ruling involving Grayscale led to speculation that Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) might eventually be converted into a spot ETF. This news had a positive impact on Bitcoin’s price, contributing to a 4% increase in Asian trading hours.
- The incident underscores the sensitivity of the cryptocurrency market to breaking news and rumors. Traders and investors are advised to exercise caution and verify information before making trading decisions.
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