Hong Kong-based trading platform Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX) has revealed it traded over 1 million Bitcoin in the 24 hours through July 24.
‘Astronomical Surge’ In Volume
As Bitcoin prices continue to hover above $8000, major exchanges have handled daily volumes exceeding $5 billion this week. For a single venue, however, BitMEX claims it has broken an industry record.
“The astronomical surge in trading volume, coupled with the steadily rising price of bitcoin, is reflective of the market’s increasingly sophisticated understanding of the potential of bitcoin to redefine global markets,” CEO Arthur Hayes said in a press release.
Previously seeing $800,000 daily BTC volumes, BitMEX had also secured a combined daily volume of $1 billion, also becoming the first such venue to do so.
It should also be noted that BitMEX doesn’t serve US-based customers, adding further evidence to Asian traders driving the current Bitcoin price [coin_price] rally.
BitMEX CEO Favors A Return To $5k
Sentiment among Bitcoin traders remains buoyant amid speculation a renewed push to launch a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) might be successful this year.
As legal sources now suggest regulators may postpone their decision on some offerings until 2019, other commentators remain convinced that this week’s dramatic price rise is more than a temporary period of enthusiasm.
Citing a raft of statistics from exchanges as well as overall Bitcoin network volumes, eToro’s Mati Greenspan concluded current BTC/USD levels are based on more than simply speculative activity.
In comments to mainstream media last week, however, Hayes was more pragmatic. Speaking to CNBC after prices had already begun moving upwards, he warned that for a retest of all-time highs, Bitcoin should ideally fall at first – to $5000 or below.
“I would like to see us test $5000 to really see if we’ve put a bottom in,” he told the network. “…If that holds then we can rally to $50,000 by year end.”
Other analysts have also called for a return to lower levels in order to solidify Bitcoin market sentiment, Tone Vays previously saying $5000 represented his “most optimistic” scenario.
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