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Bitcoin call options cluster above $60,000 indicating post-halving bullish sentiment, analyst says

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According to one analyst, bitcoin options are signaling a bullish sentiment post-halving, evidenced by the strike positioning and put-call ratio for the end-of-month expiry in June.

“The June expiry is a good gauge for halving sentiment and our charts shows much more upside positioning. The put-call ratio is significantly lower in June, at 0.28 versus 0.55 for March, and strike positioning is also higher,” Deribit Chief Commercial Officer Luuk Strijers told The Block.

A put-call ratio of less than 1 implies bullish sentiment, indicating more interest in potential upside (calls). In contrast to this, a put-call ratio greater than 1 typically suggests bearish sentiment, indicating more interest in downside protection (puts). 

Bitcoin call options concentrate above a strike price of $65,000 for June’s, post-halving, end-of-month expiry. Image: Deribit.

Strijers highlighted Deribit data for June’s end-of-month expiry, following bitcoin’s expected halving event in April, which could see the market experience supply-side pressure due to reduced BTC rewards to miners. For the June 28 expiry, the Deribit charts show a cluster of call options for strike prices from $60,000 to $75,000.

The concentration of bitcoin calls at the $60,000 strike price and above suggests that a significant proportion of market participants have a particular interest or expect that the price of bitcoin will rise above this level.

For the upcoming March quarterly and end-of-month expiry, Strijers also observed a large concentration of call options at a strike price of $60,000. However, he suggested that a slightly different motivation is at play in this case. “In March, some traders might be speculating on volatility moves upwards, as we approach the halving,” he said.

Bitcoin put-call skew indicates bullish expectations

Strijers said call optionsare relatively overbought for expiries occurring around and after bitcoin’s expected April halving event. By “overbought,” he is referring to increased demand for call options compared to put options in these months.

“The put-call skew is clearly changing after March expiry indicating calls are relatively overbought post halving indicating bullish expectations,” Strijers said.

The put-call skew from February to December 2024. Image: Deribit.

The upcoming bitcoin halving event

Bitcoin was changing hands for $51,023 at 3:07 p.m. ET, according to The Block’s Price Page. The GM 30 Index, representing a selection of the top 30 cryptocurrencies, slipped 2.36% to 111.35 in the past 24 hours.

Bitcoin decreased by over 1% in the past 24 hours. Image: The Block.

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