Bitcoin Struggles to Maintain Rally Amid Upcoming Options Expiry and Potential ETF Approval

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Bitcoin Struggles to Maintain Rally Amid Upcoming Options Expiry and Potential ETF Approval

Bitcoin (BTC) is exhibiting a bearish trend, trading below the $27,000 mark on Monday after failing to sustain last week's upward rally. The overall cryptocurrency market has seen a 1.08% decrease in value, with the market cap standing at $1.04 trillion. This dip is largely attributed to the US Federal Reserve's hawkish stance announced during its September meeting, hinting at a future rate hike and a sustained period of higher interest rates.

In response to these statements, Bitcoin experienced a 1.4% decline since Monday, with its price now hovering below $26,300. The $26,000 support level holds significant importance as failing to sustain it could trigger further selling pressure for BTC.

The market is bracing for increased volatility for BTC as $3 billion worth of Bitcoin options are set to expire on September 29th. This event could lead to more trading and price turbulence, similar to traditional finance. However, the impact of the options expiry on the BTC price could be both positive and negative, causing short-term fluctuations.

Institutional investors employing strategies to manage this volatility could stabilize or positively impact the price. Traders are advised to be ready for potential fluctuations, particularly as the month and quarter end.

Another factor that could influence BTC price is the potential approval of a Bitcoin spot ETF. Mark Yusko, CEO of Morgan Creek Capital Management, estimates that this could attract a massive $300 billion into the market. Bloomberg's Eric Balchunas offers a more conservative estimate of a $150 billion influx upon approval. Currently, there are ten active spot Bitcoin ETF filings.

On September 21st, Fed officials decided to keep interest rates unchanged but projected that most officials favor increasing rates one more time in 2023. This decision led to a 4.25% decrease in BTC price. Higher interest rates have been bearish for non-yielding assets like Bitcoin, increasing investors' appetite for safer assets like the U.S. dollar.

However, the bulls are hopeful for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) possibly approving a Bitcoin ETF in October. This approval could boost confidence and ease regulatory concerns, positively impacting Bitcoin's market.

Bitcoin's price technicals show that it is maintaining a position just above the key support level of $26,000. If the market manages to breach the immediate resistance at $26,200, BTC could pursue the subsequent target of $26,500 and extend toward $26,700. Conversely, a breach below the upward channel around the $26,000 level could expose BTC to price declines reaching $25,500 or even $25,300.

For today, the $26,000 level is anticipated to serve as a pivotal point, with expectations of continued interactions between bullish and bearish positions. However, in the shorter term, Bitcoin price technicals are flashing a warning as a potential head-and-shoulder pattern is emerging. As a result of this classic technical setup, the bearish target for BTC price sometime in October will be around $25,400.

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