Almost $250 Mln Worth of Bitcoin (BTC) Longs Liquidated on BitMEX

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Sun, 05/10/2020 - 08:43
Alex Dovbnya
It’s been a very rough day for Bitcoin bulls, with almost $250 mln worth of longs liquidated in a blink of an eye on the BitMEX exchange
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According to Datamish, more than $247 mln worth of long positions has been liquidated on the BitMEX cryptocurrency exchange on May 10 in practically no time. 

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This massive wipeout happened after the price of BTC tanked 15 percent in minutes.     
 

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Stairs up, elevator down

After printing seven back-to-back green candles on the weekly chart, Bitcoin was on track to extend its winning streak.

On May 7, the BTC price once again surpassed the $10,000 level on the news about billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones getting into the crypto game.

However, it didn’t stop Bitcoin from taking a major nosedive three days later. At 0:12 UTC, it started plunging at breakneck speed, taking a $1,500 haircut in a matter of minutes.

At press time, BTC is trading at $8,729 as the bulls and bears continue to play tug-of-war. 

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Open interest plunges across the board

In the meantime, popular crypto trader Hsaka noted that open interest, the total number of outstanding derivative contracts, nose-dived across major cryptocurrency exchanges, with Binance taking the biggest hit.

Notably, Chicago-based CME Group recorded its highest open interest to date (nearly $500 mln) on Friday, which coincided with Jones announcing his Bitcoin bet just one day earlier.

Considering that BTC CME futures closed at $10,030 on May 8, the bulls can hope that the $1,200 gap will be filled in the nearest future.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.

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