JPMorgan's Upbeat View: Limited Cryptocurrency Market Declines Ahead
The revelation of Elon Musk's SpaceX having marked down a portion of its bitcoin holdings during the prior quarter played a role in sparking a corrective phase in the cryptocurrency markets in August, according to the report.
In their recent research report, JPMorgan delved into the examination of the open interest in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange's (CME) bitcoin futures. They observed that the liquidation of extended positions seems to be reaching its concluding stage rather than being in its initial phases.
The term "open interest" signifies the total count of outstanding derivative contracts, encompassing options or futures, that remain unsettled.
The analysts, headed by Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, asserted, "This leads us to anticipate restrained downward movement in the crypto markets in the short term."
The August dip in cryptocurrency markets, which reversed the upward momentum following the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) versus Ripple court decision rally, can be ascribed partially to a broader decline in high-risk assets, particularly equities and technology stocks. The report attributed this broader decline to the combination of overly speculative positioning in the tech sector, rising U.S. real yields, and concerns about China's economic growth.
JPMorgan's report underscored the impact of the news regarding SpaceX's bitcoin markdown in the previous quarter as an "added trigger for the correction in crypto markets."
"These developments left investors dealing with an excess of prolonged positions," the note remarked.
Regarding the Ripple case, the SEC is contesting the district court's verdict, and with the final outcome of the appeal not expected until the following year, the report suggested that this could usher in a "new phase of legal uncertainty for the cryptocurrency markets."