CME Bitcoin [BTC] Futures Sees Largest Drop in OI Since Launch: Report

bitcoin open interest hedge fundsThe futures monthly contract on CME saw the strongest declines in its history post-expiration on Friday.

While the price of the monthly contract for August closed ($11,350) around the opening ($11,630) itself. The high and lows of the futures contract on CME were $12,625 and $11,115. Apparently, the massive short position closing towards the end indicates profit-booking from positions.

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Bitcoin Futures (OI) on CME (Source

Nevertheless, despite the steep drop in OI, the current Open Interest over $600 million is considerable given its’ historic trend. At the time of the 2019 top around $14,000, the OI was only around $370 million.

According to the report by Market Science, leveraged funds account for the majority of trades on the platforms leading with a slight short composition. Moreover, non-reportable and other reportable positions fell slightly towards short inclination.

The net positioning of the market can be viewed in the chart below,

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Position of Funds on CME (Source

The futures contract is, nonetheless, is still in contango with prices of the successive increasing up to $375 for January 2022 contracts.

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Futures Market Monthly Quotations (Source)

On non-regulated exchanges, the OI is surging as well with close to $1 billion each on BitMEX and Okex. The funding rate for the XBT perpetual contracts on Bitmex is 0.03% which gives room for bullish pressure as well.

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