Bulls managed to find some momentum, but holding the $32,000 support level will determine who is the victor of Friday’s $330 million BTC options expiry.
This Friday’s weekly Bitcoin (BTC) options expiry currently holds a $330 million open interest. Considering the recent struggle to regain the $32,000 support, this event is an important test of bulls’ willingness to display reversion signs.
On July 21, Alameda Research announced that the company made Bitcoin purchases below $30,000, and Sam Trabucco, the firm’s quantitative trader, mentioned that the narrative for BTC could turn bullish because of the ongoing fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) caused by the China BTC mining ban, Grayscale GBTC unlock and recovery in stock markets.
BTC/USD price at Coinbase. Source: TradingView
The chart above shows that the current downtrend channel, initiated three weeks ago, might be invalidated if the price breaks the $32,200 resistance. The move seems to have been sparked by Elon Musk’s statement that his firm SpaceX also holds Bitcoin.
During the July 21 meet-up with Cathie Wood and Jack Dorsey, Musk said that despite the rumors, he completely opposes recent speculations that Tesla has been selling some of its Bitcoin position.
— New York Post (@nypost) May 17, 2021
It is worth noting that the rumors had some backing only because Musk gave conflicting signals on social networks. Moreover, Tesla had previously sold 10% of its Bitcoin holdings in the previous month.
The $32,000 support is crucial for bulls
Friday’s options expiry might be the first strength test of this recent bounce. If bulls want to set $32,000 as a support level, there’s no better way than causing the most damage possible to the neutral-to-bearish put (sell) options.
Bitcoin aggregate options for July 23. Source: Bybt
The first signal that bears have been trying to dominate is the put-to-call ratio. The 0.81 reading reflects a smaller amount of neutral-to-bullish call (buy) options for the July 23 expiry.
However, bears might have set themselves a trap because 96% of the put options used $32,000 or lower strike prices. If Bitcoin manages to stay above that level at 8:00 AM UTC on Friday, only $8 million put options will take part in the expiry.
On the other hand, there is $29 million worth of call options up to the $32,000 strike price. This $21 million difference favors bulls. Albeit small, it is completely opposite from an expiry below $32,000.
If $32,000 fails to hold, bears will have a $9 million lead because only 9% of the call options have been placed at $31,000 or lower.
Neither outcome is of extreme significance, but the profits could be used for the larger upcoming monthly options expiry on July 30. This is the primary reason why bulls need to hold their ground to keep the current momentum.
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