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Bitcoin hits $57K in surprise surge to almost erase April BTC price crash

A crazy few hours sees volatility return, with spot buyers noticeably in charge over leveraged traders.

Bitcoin (BTC) retook $57,000 on April 30 as a surprise bullish end to month took traders by surprise.

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

$4.2 billion expiry gives way to big Bitcoin gains

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and Tradingview showed BTC/USD climbing 5% in hours on Friday to come within inches of a green monthly close for April.

At press time, $57,000 still formed a focus, with the pair needing to clinch $58,800 to avoid April’s monthly candle turning red.

On social media, traders pointed to this month’s $4.2 billion options expiry being out of the way and thus allowing Bitcoin room to move. 

As Cointelegraph often reports, expiry events tend to pressure price beforehand, but post factum relief rallies differ considerably in strength, sometimes not appearing at all.

So much for “red April”

For Lex Moskovski, CIO as Moskovski Capital, the composition of the market on the day was a cause for optimism. 

“This Bitcoin price surge is driven by spot. Funding even decreased a bit,” he noted

Moskovski referred to funding rates on exchanges, with a decrease implying that short positions are “paying” longs in a classic sign that upward momentum would continue. 

Spot buyer demand likewise signals that BTC is being bought without leverage, which translates to a more organic shifting of “real” coins to private wallets.

Bitcoin funding rates vs. BTC/USD. Source: Lex Moskovski/ Twitter

Just days ago, Bitcoin was on its way to sealing its biggest April losses since 2015 in a stark contrast to the general trend of the past twelve years.

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