Buying volume is pushing bitcoin higher. Meanwhile, DeFi investors continue to seek places to park crypto for steady yield.
Bitcoin’s price was able to cling to $10,700 territory, rebounding from a bit of a dip after the cryptocurrency rallied on Thursday. It was changing hands around $10,730 as of press time Friday
Guy Hirsch, managing director and U.S. head for multi-asset broker eToro, points to fundamentals for a bullish bitcoin case.
He cites bitcoin’s mining hashrate and difficulty hitting all-time highs, along with heightened economic uncertainty in the face of rising COVID-19. “$11,000 is the only barrier to a parabolic run towards $12,000 or higher,” Hirsch told CoinDesk.
Neil Van Huis, head of institutional trading at liquidity provider Blockfills, said he is just happy bitcoin has been able to stay over $10,000, which he contends feels is a key price point.
“I think we’ve seen that test of $10,000 hold which keeps me a level-headed bull,” he said.
The last time bitcoin dipped below $10,000 was Sept. 9.
“Below $10,000 makes me worried about a pullback to $9,000,” Van Huis added.
The weekend should be relatively calm for crypto, according to Jason Lau, chief operating officer for cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin.
He pointed to open interest in the futures market as the source of that assessment. “BTC aggregate open interest is still flat despite bitcoin’s overnight price gain – nobody is opening new positions at this price level,” Lau noted.
Another indicator of expected calm is bitcoin swaps funding, which remains in negative or near zero territory – a signal derivatives traders are still hesitant to place bullish bets.
Lau said there would need to be positive funding rates in the derivatives market before another big price pop.
“Until funding goes positive again, it’s hard to see us going much higher – for me that’s the best indicator of where we are at the moment,” said Lau. “Longs are being paid to open positions, so it confirms that there’s still a lot of hesitation at current price levels.”
The second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, ether (ETH), was up Thursday, trading around $355 and climbing 2.7% in 24 hours as of 20:30 UTC (4:30 p.m. EDT).
DeFi project dForce, a decentralized exchange, has seen its total value locked (TVL) almost double over the past 24 hours, from $58 million Thursday to over $108 million as of press time.
Jean-Marc Bonnefous, managing partner of Tellurian Capital, which invests in the DeFi ecosystem, says some investors should be wary of trendy projects cropping up in the ecosystem.
“There’s a great pace of innovation, but in some cases, project releases are not even a minimum viable product,” he said. “So the chances for breaking are pretty high which implies a huge risk premium and high volatility for the tokens as we have seen over the last few weeks.”
It’s possible, then, that crypto traders like dForce for parking assets while waiting for more exciting opportunities. According to the project’s website, dForce users are currently getting a 7% annual yield on the dai (DAI) stablecoin.
Digital assets on the CoinDesk 20 are mostly green Friday. Notable winners as of 20:30 UTC (4:30 p.m. EDT):
Notable losers as of 20:00 UTC (4:30 p.m. EDT):