Bitcoin shorts should brace to ‘get squeezed’ as BTC price eyes $50K

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Bitcoin (BTC) took a rain check on snap upside at the Feb. 9 Wall Street open as 24-hour gains hit 6%.

BTC/USD 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

Analysis warns Bitcoin shorters play a risky game

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC price trajectory retracing after reaching $47,700.

The move, driven by spot markets, barely stopped for breath overnight as successive Asia and United States trading sessions posed little problem for bulls.

At the time of writing, $47,400 formed a focus as volatility remained, with Bitcoin still sizing up its highest levels since late 2021. The week’s performance additionally marked Bitcoin’s strongest since last October.

“Strong bounce from the midrange, attacking $48,000 again, as expected,” popular trader Jelle wrote in part of his latest analysis on X (formerly Twitter).

“Last hurdle for Bitcoin to overcome, not much standing in the way of new all-time highs once it breaks.”

Jelle additionally described the current price range as a “moment of truth.”

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BTC/USDT 1-week chart. Source: Jelle/X

Fellow trader Skew, meanwhile, warned that the entire day would likely stay “pretty volatile.”

More sober on the immediate outlook was Keith Alan, CEO and co-founder of trading resource Material Indicators, who observed significant sell-side liquidity immediately below the two-year range highs and $50,000.

“Something to consider before you FOMO into BTC at this level. There is ~$175M in BTC ask liquidity (aka resistance) stacked between here and $50k, and only ~$50M in bid support down to $43k,” part of his own X post read.

Alan nonetheless suggested that a weekly close above $45,000 would be beneficial to bulls, with whales easily able to take the market higher should $50,000 appear — to the detriment of short positions.

“If you are considering a short, be prepared to get squeezed. IF whales manage to push above $50k there is currently very little friction up to $55k,” he concluded.

An accompanying chart laid out buy and sell liquidity and cumulative volume delta, or CVD, on the BTC/USDT order book of the largest global exchange, Binance.

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BTC/USDT order book data for Binance. Source: Keith Alan/X

Spot Bitcoin ETF inflows impress

The day’s flows among the newly launched U.S. spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), meanwhile, continued an encouraging narrative for bulls.

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The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) saw outflows in line with expectations, while the previous day’s cumulative netflows among the remaining nine ETFs were the third-largest since their Jan. 11 launch, per data uploaded to X by Bloomberg Intelligence ETF analyst James Seyffart.

As Cointelegraph reported, the ETFs from BlackRock and Fidelity Investments recorded the most successful first month’s trading of any ETF product in the past thirty years.

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