CBOE trades another 4,200 contracts between 2 and 3:30
Total daily reaches 21,834 contracts, the highest daily /XBT traded at the Chicago Board Options Exchange
I noticed some very suspicious on the CBOE /XBT Aug 18 that totals to the amount of approx 22,000 contracts, which amounts to approx $162,800,000 USD assuming 1 BTC = $7400.
Here is a chart detailing the , clearly showing the 22,000 contracts in volume:
Here is an intraday chart, with 90min candles. Note the volume:
Here is a 1 minute chart. This chart is very interesting as we can see the majority of the is coming from successive blocktrades of 500 contracts:
The total sum equates to ~$162,800,000, and considering they are all trades of 500 contracts at the same time, I assume these are all being made for/by the same individual.
Additionally, its interesting the amount of slippage that occurred in this trade. This is NOT what an institution would usually do. However, given the limited number of products that can be used to hedge bitcoin , it may be an institutional investor.
Finally, the timing of this trade relative to the spot price of BTCUSD gives us the largest clue as to what may be happening. With news of Bitcoin ETFs coming, it's possible that an institution has purchased a large sum of BTC spot and is opening a large sum of short future positions to hedge these assets until they are required. It's possible that they shorted the CBOE XBT contract first, and then later bought an equal sum of BTC (spot) valued at +$162,800,000 USD which caused the large spike in price over the last few days. It's also important to realise that this position may not be a complete hedge, and in fact the individual may have only hedged a quarter of the spot position, leaving them with positive BTC spot delta exposure.
The / BTC contract at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange ( ) did not see any irregular . Here is a screenshot of the contract for reference:
Here you can see the contract spec for the /XBT contract at the CBOE . Note that no 'person' can control more than 5,000 contracts and that blocktrades have a minimum requirement of 50 contracts:
If anyone is knowledgeable about this trade please PM me. What's up with the slippage?
Formatting got a bit strange on the chart so heres a screenshot
The most bullish pattern in BTC hehe