ARK Bitcoin ETF Outflows Surpass Grayscale’s GBTC

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ARK Bitcoin ETF Outflows Surpass Grayscale’s GBTC
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In an unprecedented shift in the Bitcoin ETF market, Cathie Wood’s ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF (ARKB) experienced a record outflow of $87.5 million on April 2, surpassing Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) for the first time.

According to Farside Investors, this marked a significant moment, as ARKB’s outflow exceeded GBTC’s by roughly 1,300 BTC. Notable, this was ARKB’s second consecutive day of outflows, losing $300,000 in assets the day prior, its first-ever outflow.

Comparing ARKB and GBTC’s Market

ARK Bitcoin ETF Outflows Surpass Grayscale’s GBTC

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Despite these outflows, ARKB remains a major player among the recently launched spot ETFs, with $2.2 billion in assets under management and holding 44,662 bitcoins. Grayscale, however, continues to lead in total Bitcoin holdings, with approximately 328,000 BTC. The price of Bitcoin has declined about 9% from the previous week amidst these increasing ETF outflows. However, Bitcoin ETFs still managed net inflows of $38.8 million on April 2, primarily driven by BlackRock’s IBIT and Fidelity’s FBTC.

Market Response and Future Outlook

The ETF outflow incident has stirred the market. Grayscale has faced a staggering $15.1 billion loss over the past three months, a significant contrast to the $150.5 million inflow BlackRock’s fund witnessed. The broader impact of these shifts is evident in the overall market performance, with Bitcoin’s price briefly dipping below $65,000 amid the ETF outflows.

This event has sparked discussions regarding the stability and future of Bitcoin ETFs. Analysts are closely watching the market for signs of stabilization or further shifts in investor sentiment. James Seyffart, an ETF analyst from Bloomberg, commented on yesterday’s outflow of GBTC. He mentioned that the outflow of $302.60 million is quite high compared to his anticipation. He further stated that the outflows, particularly for GBTC, should have been slowed down by now.

Additionally, the introduction of leveraged spot Bitcoin ETFs adds another layer of complexity, promising heightened volatility and potentially reshaping the ETF landscape further. Another Bloomberg ETF analyst, Eric Balchunas, mentioned that the launch of the first-ever 2x and -2x leveraged spot Bitcoin ETFs will be among the top 5 most volatile ETFs in the US out of the total 3,400.

Bitcoin Chart Analysis

ARK Bitcoin ETF Outflows Surpass Grayscale’s GBTC

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The recent price action of Bitcoin (BTC) indicates a bearish trend, as the price has crossed below multiple key EMAs – the 20,50, 100, and 200 – suggesting a strong downtrend. The price appears to have found some resistance around the $66,400 mark, evidenced by a minor rebound. However, the presence of the EMAs above the price action could act as resistance levels for any upward movement.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is a key indicator to consider, currently standing at 51.65. This value suggests that the market is neither overbought nor oversold, providing little directional bias. The recent price movement indicates a period of consolidation following a sharp decline. Traders might look for potential sell signals if the price fails to break above the closest EMA or potential buy signals if there’s a reversal pattern with support from volume and the RSI moves positively out of neutral territory. It’s crucial to watch for a clear break from this consolidation pattern to determine the next move.

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