Bitgur displays open interest for and CBOE traders (citation at end of report). The smaller traders are long while the larger traders are short. This makes sense as the larger traders need more time to enter and exit positions in such a small market, so they are anticipating a later move down. The smaller traders are able to enter/exit positions much more easily, so they see a small move up as having some profit potential while the larger traders need a much larger move to make profit. Overall, this is a good sign that we have some short term bullishness while the overall market is still trending downward.
IG client sentiment (over at DailyFX) has some very interesting numbers for the retail trading market as per the quote below (citation at end of this report). They say as follows:
"Bitcoin: Retail trader data shows 61.9% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 1.63 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 77.9% lower than yesterday and 78.6% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 49.2% lower than yesterday and 60.0% lower from last week."
IG client sentiment generally takes a contrarian point of view (as do I) in that they feel a fall in price will generally be likely while longs are greater than shorts. HOWEVER, the amount of longs vs shorts has more than HALVED. My studies generally look at the second derivative inflection points in rends, so this is arguably a very robust trend to what a contrarian would consider the be a path to overall pending bullishness.
AND TO THE CHART:
BTC is forming either a or even a potential ascending . I find that ascending are far more dependable than , but either formation does have a probability toward an upside breakout. To the right, we see a dramatic decrease in longs as well as a decrease in shorts. What does this decrease mean?
Let's review what a stop hunt is. When a trader goes long, they generally all place their stop losses in the same area below price. The market makers (MM) actually have visibility as to those stops. They have the resources and formulas to know that if they push price down into those stop losses, those "longs/buyers" will now become "market sellers". This means that the market makers can nudge the boulder to the edge of the cliff and the stop losses will gather enough momentum to cause that boulder to fall. Market makers know this and will get short and exit (exits are effectively a buy order) at a given target to which price dips. When the price is supercharged downward by all of those stop losses, the rest of the market will panic sell right into those MM buy orders, who will then move the price around to entice more retail traders to enter more positions and create more stops for them to trigger. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Lambo. Moon. Yachts.
The same above process works for shorts as well. Since the stop loss for the shorts is above current price, the MM will nudge the price up high enough to trigger those stops. Those "sellers" will instantly become market "buyers" as their stops are hit and the price is supercharged upward. MM will go long first and exit higher (effectively a market short) and then they will move the price around and build more liquidity in the form of stops created by people entering more positions.
As per the chart, we are seeing a drop in both longs and shorts. This is a drop in liquidity. MM can't make money on this, so I am thinking they will have to make a move that injects money into the market OR they will have to be patient and let the market build liquidity on its own. I GUARANTEE whichever way this is done will be the most cost effective. Low does give MM the ability to push price around in an inexpensive way. MM like their money and I think they will make a move soon. Probably over the weekend when nobody is looking.
The fact that we have such a hard drop in longs means that the retail market is taking profit just below a well established short term resistance. This is smart trading. Bitfinex shows 56% longs vs 43% shorts. This is a notable disparity, but with such a relatively low amount of longs vs shorts, the market may be a little too soft to expect a hard move down based on stop hunting as there are few stops to hunt. So which move would be more cost effective for bringing money into the market?
I say "up" although it may not be immediate and could be preceded by a small move down. I am positioned for up and hedged for down at this point. Retail is by the numbers and many think the bottom was in at 3000, so the hopium is strong. IF the MM choose UP, then we would see a push to 4200. If the bulls aren't that interested AND/OR the shorts start to build, the MM may spike the price up and gobble up those shorts. With so many eyes on 4200 as the range high, we could likely see a lot of money coming into the market.
My forecast (as per my disclaimer this is for educational purposes only and not intended as any sort of investment advice) is that we run to 4200. MM will see what happens with longs and shorts and will decide from there. If shorts build quikly, I expect to see a puncture of 4200 and the path to 5000. If longs build, I expect to see a retracement to around 3450 area.
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COMMENT: At the end of 13 nov 2018 we had 19884 shorts and 24092 longs against 19966 and 25754 today. And we all know what happened on the 14th.