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Bitcoin market sentiment dim despite El Salvador news — what’s next?

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Jaipur (CoinChapter.com) — El Salvador has officially become the first country in the world to assign legal tender status to bitcoin. Amidst all the FUD that has engulfed the cryptocurrency market, this is a refreshing piece of news. But data suggests that it hasn’t done much to revive bullish sentiment in cryptocurrencies. So will the situation improve shortly?

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele became the first national leader to assign legal tender status to bitcoin in his country. Undoubtedly this is a first for the flagship cryptocurrency and something that pundits predicted eons earlier.

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But a deep research report from analysts at Stack Funds shows that the effect of this development on the bitcoin market is net insipid. First, however, BTC bulls tried to push the benchmark crypto-asset from the weekly low near $30,000 to above the $37,000 price mark. However, the excitement died soon after a bout of swift profit-taking.

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Bitcoin is currently trading within a consolidated price range of $30,000 – $41,000.

bitcoin, Bitcoin market sentiment dim despite El Salvador news — what’s next?
BTC/USD Trading In A Consolidated Price Range, Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

CME Futures BTC Short Positions Supersede Long Positions

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) started offering bitcoin futures contracts to investors during 2017’s bull market apogee. Since then, they have become a decisive market indicator to assess bitcoin price trends. Unfortunately, from the data that the Stack Funds report offers, it doesn’t look so good.

Overall, traders don’t have faith in the flagship cryptocurrency achieving higher prices anytime soon. As a result, the number of traders who have short positions opened for BTC is higher than their long counterparts. According to the report:

Albeit a 9% price recovery, the response for Bitcoin remains muted. Sentiments are still weak – Fear & Greed Index points towards extreme fear, contracts of Bitcoin derivatives from smart money are net short, and trading activity remains weak.

bitcoin, Bitcoin market sentiment dim despite El Salvador news — what’s next?
BTC Short Positions More Than Long Positions, Source: CFTC Commitment Of Traders Report/Ecoinmetrics

It’s Not All Gloomy Afterall

The doom and gloom scenario is all how it looks now.

According to analysts at Stack Funds, El Salvador has started a trend that might pick up other Latin American nations. Thus it would make sense to see if countries such as Mexico, Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, and others go the bitcoin route ditching the US Dollar for good. Russia has already decided to drop the greenback from its wealth fund.

Also, adopting bitcoin would help El Salvador boost its “GDP per Capita” numbers. Which, according to the report, “could translate into an imminent wealth transfer, creating the next generation of economic growth” for the nation.

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Himadri Saha

Himadri is an active investor in cryptocurrencies and upcoming blockchain technology projects. He has been a part of the digital asset space since 2017 and has held multiple positions as Social Media Manager, Assistant Editor, Sponsored Content Manager, Cryptocurrency Journalist roles in reputed news outlets like NewsBTC, Bitcoinist and CryptoPotato. He has also helped numerous blockchain projects gain prominence through terse and succinct marketing/technical content. Himadri comes with a marketing and engineering background, and has worked with reputed names such as GE Healthcare, Volvo Trucks and Polycom before moving into crypto.

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