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Uniswap Value Locked Gyrates as Bitcoin Stuck at $10.3K

It was a quiet day in the bitcoin market while there was action on Uniswap’s total crypto value locked. Bitcoin (BTC) trading around $10,316 as of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET). Slipping 0.13% over the previous 24 hours. Bitcoin’s 24-hour range: $10,199-$10,383

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BTC above its 10-day and 50-day moving averages, a bullish signal for market technicians. The price of bitcoin was struggling to trend upward Friday, staying in a narrow $10,200-$10,380 range to start the weekend. 

“Bitcoin has traded off this month with other risk assets, such that it is now short-term oversold near former resistance in the $10,055 area,” said Katie Stockton, managing partner at Fairlead Strategies. “We expect the pullback to keep its hold in the near term from a momentum standpoint.”  

Indeed, bitcoin’s volume numbers Friday were tepid at best, with USD/BTC trades on spot exchanges amounting to just  $210 million, whereas daily averages the past month had been $393 million.

Yet, this could be an inflection point for the cryptocurrency, according to Neil Van Huis, director of institutional trading for crypto liquidity provider Blockfills. “Around $10,500 is really the middle of range from a previous breakout from consolidation around $9,000 all the way up to the roughly $12,000 we’ve seen recently,” he said. “If we can stay above $10,000, I’m encouraged and remain bullish. If we stay too long below $10,000, I think we could be more susceptible to a re-test of $9,000.”

The bitcoin options market appears to be picking up during this low-momentum period and that is an ominous sign, according to William Purdy, an options trader and founder of analysis firm PurdyAlerts. “Bitcoin option open interest is increasing. This suggests a continued downward trend,” noted Purdy.

Karl Samsen, vice president for capital markets at trading firm Global Digital Assets, said some are staying out of the market for the time being. “What we’re seeing is a lot of money on the sidelines,” said Samsen. “The early DeFi investors who didn’t cut gains pre-BTC runup are starting to take gains now.”

Uniswap’s roller-coaster ride

The second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, ether (ETH), was up Friday, trading around $369 and climbing 1.4% in 24 hours as of 20:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. ET). 

The amount of cryptocurrency “locked” in decentralized exchange Uniswap has shown a high degree of volatility on DeFi Pulse charts the past week. On Sept. 8, value locked was $1.4 billion, then down to $400 million Sept. 9, then up to almost $1 billion Sept. 10. On Friday, the number was at $648 million.

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Bentley Kapoor

Bentley is a cryptocurrency enthusiast and trader, his articles are news and platform review based. His writings are brought to you through his 10 years of experience in the cryptocurrency markets.

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