April 19, 2024
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Bitcoin Rally Sparks $1.9 Billion Loss for Short Sellers in Crypto Stocks

In a whirlwind of market activity today, short sellers of crypto-related equities suffered $1.9 billion in mark-to-market losses, propelled by Bitcoin’s unexpected rise. Data provided by S3 Partners indicates the scope of the decline, highlighting the difficulties encountered by those betting against the bitcoin market.

Bitcoin’s Soaring Rally and Short Sellers’ Woes

Bitcoin’s late-day trading gain of more than 7%, along with a spectacular 12% increase from its recent bottom three days ago, sent shockwaves across the market. While Bitcoin bulls cheered, short sellers were in a perilous situation, facing significant losses.

The overall short interest in crypto-related stocks has now reached a staggering $10.7 billion, with industry giants. MicroStrategy Incorporated and Coinbase Global Inc. account for 84% of this amount. However, short interest in the industry is more than three times higher than the US average, showing strong investor concern.

MicroStrategy Takes a Hit

MicroStrategy, renowned as the largest corporate holder of Bitcoin, bore the brunt of the downturn, tallying a staggering $1.4 billion in mark-to-market losses. This loss contributed significantly to the sector’s $1.9 billion downturn today and underscores the significant challenges facing short sellers.

Despite the daunting losses, the sector remains ripe for short selling activity, given its crowded nature and susceptibility to squeezes. With crowded scores averaging significantly higher for crypto stocks, short sellers face heightened risks.

Skepticism Persists Amid Bitcoin Rally

Despite the bullish run of Bitcoin, skepticism persists among short sellers, as indicated by the sector’s increased short interest in 2024. The recent rally has triggered further short selling activity, with MicroStrategy emerging as a focal point.

As MicroStrategy’s stock price continues to climb, the pressure mounts on short sellers, potentially leading to a scenario where they must buy back shares to cover their losses. This dynamic could propel the stock price even higher, further exacerbating losses for short sellers and reshaping the landscape of the crypto market.

Photo by Alesia Kozik

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