Institutional frenzy continues as CME Bitcoin trades at over 1% premium
After a surprise rally fueled by an update to Elon Musk’s Twitter biography, demand for (BTC) appears to be particularly strong in professional trading circles.
According to TradingView data, the ticker BTC1!, which represents CME’s Bitcoin futures contracts with the closest expiry — currently for February — is trading at over a 1% premium over spot BTC markets. This positive deviation in prices between a future and the underlying — which traders call “contango” — indicates that few institutions are willing to be short on the asset. Since this difference can be arbitraged, a consistent contango condition means that the buying pressure is overwhelming arbitrageurs, who cannot keep the price divergence in chec.
Bitstamp Bitcoin price, chart by TradingView. price by TradingView.
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