Bitcoin (BTC) consolidated near $31,000 on July 14 after a classic short squeeze sparked new yearly highs.
BTC/USD 1-day chart. Source: TradingView
BTC liquidates $50 million shorts in new squeeze
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC price movements returning to cement support after rapid gains the day prior.
Already tipped for a trip higher, Bitcoin reacted instantly to news that a United States judge had supported the idea that altcoin XRP (XRP) was not a security.
This was taken by markets as a blow to regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which in recent months had sought to label altcoins as securities en masse.
XRP/USD immediately spiked by over 100%, almost touching the $1 mark before returning to trade near $0.80 at the time of writing. The last time that such levels formed part of the chart was in April 2022.
XRP/USD 1-week chart. Source: TradingView
Bitcoin, while considerably more muted, still managed to liquidate $50 million of shorts, according to data from monitoring resource CoinGlass.
BTC/USD liquidations chart (screenshot). Source: CoinGlass
While Cointelegraph reported that bears may still be able to get the upper hand around the weekly options expiry, on the day, traders were cautiously optimistic.
$BTC Aggregate CVDs & Delta
Confluence with market data ~ aggressive short squeeze & covering
Strong spot bid as well, want to see LTF dips bought by spot pic.twitter.com/XrwJpM6XOV
— Skew Δ (@52kskew) July 14, 2023
“Bitcoin failed to breakout overnight and could be falling back into the range here,” popular trader Jelle wrote in his latest social media update.
“Waiting to see how this 4h candle turns out, but bulls have some work to do. A bit of a push, and we can have a lot of fun this weekend.”
Fellow trader Crypto Tony voiced frustration at the lack of a clear breakout from Bitcoin’s long-established trading range.
“Rejecting from the range high so no entry for us to just yet on Bitcoin .. Waiting for a solid flip before we get into this,” he told Twitter followers, adding that he “would be disappointed if BTC doesn’t flip.”