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The Bitcoin price rose to as high as $10,272 on July 26 in an unexpected weekend rally.
It liquidated $74 million worth of long contracts on BitMEX alone, catching many traders off guard.
There appear to be two main reasons behind the abrupt upsurge of Bitcoin from $9,700 to over $10,200.
They are the liquidation of over-leveraged shorts and traders taking profit from over-extended alternative cryptocurrencies (altcoins).
When the price started to rally, major altcoins, as well as well-performing DeFi tokens, began to slump.
Ethereum declined from $322 to $311, and DeFi tokens, including Aave and YFI, saw steep rejections.
The simultaneous rejections of major altcoins and the price surge of Bitcoin suggest that traders took profit from recent altcoin rallies.
As traders moved their altcoin gains to Bitcoin, it possibly triggered a BTC uptrend, while altcoins declined.
ETH, as an example, rose from $247 on July 23 to $322 on the day’s peak, recording a 30% gain.
Despite the strong sentiment around altcoins, investors are possibly taking a more cautious approach by hedging their gains.
When Bitcoin initially broke over $10,000, it triggered over-leveraged short contracts to become liquidated.
When BTC reached $10,200, it caused a cascade of liquidations to occur, totaling $74 million.
Bitcoin has seen many phases when more than $50 million worth of short or long contracts gets liquidated.
But for this to occur within a span of a few hours is less typical.
The mass liquidations of long contracts at $10,000 also suggest that the $10,000 to $10,200 remains as a heavy resistance area.
As soon as BTC hit $10,200, the price dropped below $10,000, marking a short-lived rally.
As the price of Bitcoin recovered strongly in recent weeks, some industry executives and investors expressed optimism toward BTC and ETH.
“Are you ready?” Grayscale CEO Barry Silbert tweeted when Ether price broke out of the dreaded $280 resistance level on July 25.
Well-known trader Peter Brandt, meanwhile, expects the price of Bitcoin to hit a new record high and eventually make its way to $50,000. He said:
“That is actually where my head is. Massive symmetrical triangle in $BTC points to ATHs, then $50k.”
In other trending Bitcoin news today:
Everything You Need to Know About Ethereum 2.0
The yearslong upgrade – intended to radically transform the world’s largest smart-contract platform – is inching closer to deployment.
The Ethereum Foundation recently announced “Medalla,” a final testnet before the mainnet launch of the Eth 2.0 beacon chain.
As of July 10, some developers, including Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin, estimate the oft-delayed Eth 2.0 will launch by the end of this year.
When phase zero of Eth 2.0 does ship, little about Ethereum will change in the near term for users and dapp developers.
This is because unlike all other system-wide upgrades in Ethereum history, the Eth 2.0 overhaul will primarily be happening on a different blockchain.
The first phase of development for Eth 2.0 is centered around the creation of a separate proof-of-stake blockchain network called the beacon chain.
On this new network, ETH holders with a minimum of 32 ETH can earn rewards in the form of annualized interest on their wealth.
To earn these rewards, ETH holders must have the appropriate hardware and software connecting to the beacon chain and a strong understanding of how the technology works.
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