Summer Lull, Wake Me up When September Ends

Summer comes with its joys but for cryptocurrencies, investors hold their breaths as they watch the charts hoping that the pendulum swings in their favour. This year, the summer began on a negative note as the bears had their day amid falling cryptocurrency prices.

Things turned around after the recent short squeeze that saw short-sellers cut their losses. Prices shot up again but there is a growing concern that the short squeeze may give way to a summer lull as is the case with the traditional stock market. Yet in the face of all this, several metrics and upcoming events may amplify the bull run till after the end of summer.

The Price Jolt

Cryptocurrency prices received a jolt in the middle of summer that saw Bitcoin attain a price of $40,000 for the first time. Investors had previously made up their minds and braced themselves for an uneventful summer, but it seems like fate had other plans.

After Bitcoin surpassed the $40K mark, over $1 billion worth of crypto short positions were liquidated. This liquidation is one for the history books as it took such a short time to liquidate over $1 billion worth of positions.

Remote causes for the squeeze can be attributed to the sentiment caused by China’s anti-cryptocurrency sentiments, falling volumes, and increasing regulatory pressure around the world.

This led to an increase in bets against bitcoin and the larger crypto markets at large but things quickly changed following reports of Amazon’s plans to accept Bitcoin as payment options. Short sellers scrambled to liquidate their positions and buy at higher prices triggering a strong price rally.

The Bull Run Might Not Be Over

The short squeeze saw several cryptocurrencies notch double-digit gains. ADA, XRP, and ETH all recorded gains of above 15% but sceptics think that the run will soon be over.

Ethereum’s London hard fork will go live on August 4th and is a significant move for the ecosystem given the impact it will have on gas prices. ETH is already trading at $2,684 which is a staggering 8.50% increase over the last 24 hours. The cryptocurrency market is already reaping the reward of Ethereum’s bullish development as it is 3.57% up.

Bitcoin has the Taproot Upgrade going for it and as the implementation date nears, the buzz grows even louder. Furthermore, recent data shows that institutional money is coming in heavy as BTC outflows from exchanges are on a steady increase.

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