Bitcoin (BTC) enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating a monumental surge past the $100,000 mark, spurred by the cryptocurrency’s robust fundamentals. However, amidst the recent upheaval in the market, optimism has been met with volatility. 

Adam Back, the CEO of Blockstream, expressed his belief in Bitcoin’s potential, underlining that its current valuation should have ideally surpassed the coveted six-figure milestone. 

Back’s comment arrives during a period of significant market turbulence triggered by the abrupt removal of BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust from the listing of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, sending ripples through the crypto community.

Bitcoin Surges To $35,000 In 2023

In a surprising turn of events, Bitcoin’s price surged to $35,000 for the first time since last year. The spot trading volume also experienced a substantial uptick, soaring by 187% to reach $50 billion. The market capitalization of Bitcoin climbed by 13%, reaching an impressive $676 billion. These figures hint at the continued interest and support for the cryptocurrency, even as it grappled with the shock of BlackRock’s decision.

The recent rally that propelled Bitcoin to these heights began last week, triggered by a surge in fake news regarding the approval of a Bitcoin spot ETF proposal by BlackRock. This news sent shockwaves through the market, prompting investors, especially institutions, to scramble to meet their growing appetite for Bitcoin. 

As of the latest data from CoinGecko, the current BTC price stands at $34,136, reflecting a 0.8% gain in the last 24 hours and an impressive 18.6% surge over the past seven days.

BTC market cap currently at $668.387 billion. Chart: TradingView.com

Potential For Bitcoin ETFs To Attract Traditional Investors

The prospects of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) have been generating significant interest, with expectations that it could entice more traditional investors into the world of cryptocurrencies through the stock market.

Such an influx of capital could have a profound impact on the sector. It has long been speculated that a Bitcoin ETF approval could be a game-changer for the digital currency market, offering a more accessible entry point for mainstream investors.

Furthermore, the Bitcoin futures open interest (OI) recently reached a historic milestone of 100,000 BTC on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). This development indicates a remarkable surge in institutional investors’ appetite for the leading cryptocurrency.

As a consequence, the market share of CME experienced a 25% increase, and there are suggestions that it could soon surpass that of Binance’s perpetual market.

Vetle Lunde, an analyst at K33Research, noted that this trend is indicative of the growing institutional interest in the crypto space.

The recent price surge and increased institutional interest offer hope for the future of Bitcoin and the broader cryptocurrency market.

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