On January 4, 2020, the price of bitcoin slid to the lowest point of the year dropping from Sunday’s high of $33,800 per unit to $27,734 a few minutes after 5 a.m. (EST). In fact, the price dip filled CME Group’s large futures gap after the regulated exchange has seen six consecutive gaps since the run-up. Meanwhile, a number of other cryptocurrencies have seen significant gains and they did not drop as much as the leading crypto asset.
Bitcoin (BTC) prices took a hit on Monday morning losing a total of -17.94% from 1:30 a.m. to 5:15 a.m. (EST). On Sunday, BTC’s daily high was around $33,800 per unit and by 5:15 in the morning the next day, the price dropped to a 2021 low at $27,734 per coin. Since then, the price has rebounded (15.38%) and jumped back above the $32k region. Coincidentally, the drop had filled one of CME Group’s large bitcoin futures gaps as well.
For instance, yesterday the bitcoin trader since 2013 dubbed “Lowstrife” told his 21,000 Twitter followers that CME’s 6th consecutive gap had formed. “This is the 6th consecutive gap up for the CME bitcoin futures,” Lowstrife tweeted. “4 of these have been large(>6%) gaps, 2 of these have been small (added.
Trading gaps form because CME Group is a regulated market that only operates Monday through Friday, and if the price of bitcoin spikes or drops significantly, after the last price call on Friday throughout the weekend, traders may see a gap where the futures market had stopped. News.Bitcoin.com reported on a very large CME bitcoin futures gap that formed between $23,790 to $26,525. It was one of the largest CME bitcoin futures gaps ever recorded. The misaligned trading discrepancies between spot prices and futures market prices made CME temporarily stop trading.
Futures gaps happen often and there are quite a few on the BTC/USD chart between spot prices and futures market…