Bitcoin Ends Week on Positive Note as GBTC Sell Pressure Concerns Ease

Investor Confidence Grows Amid Signs of Slowing Redemptions from Grayscale Bitcoin ETF (GBTC)


Bitcoin rebounded to close the week on a positive note, with a nearly 6% increase, reaching $42,131.57, as concerns over sell pressure from the Grayscale Bitcoin ETF (GBTC) started to subside. The cryptocurrency’s weekly gains turned positive, providing some relief to investors who had been monitoring the outflows from GBTC.

Thursday marked a notable day, with one of the lowest recorded net outflows from GBTC and the third consecutive day of declining outflows, suggesting a potential slowdown in redemptions, according to observations by Needham’s John Todaro. The analyst noted that it had been challenging to quantify the extent of further outflows from GBTC but suggested that two significant drivers of selling, namely outflows from the FTX estate and arbitrage funds, seemed to be nearing completion.

JPMorgan strategist Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou echoed a similar sentiment, indicating that profit-taking from GBTC had largely occurred, implying that the downward pressure on Bitcoin resulting from this specific channel should be largely in the past.


The Grayscale Bitcoin ETF (GBTC) has been a focal point for investors, as its outflows have been perceived as contributing to selling pressure on Bitcoin. The recent signs of diminishing outflows and the potential easing of sell pressure have provided a degree of reassurance to the cryptocurrency market.

Bitcoin’s positive performance contrasted with Ether’s 2% increase, trading at $2,264.73. Ether was on track to record a 9% decline for the week, emphasizing the differing dynamics within the broader cryptocurrency market.

As Bitcoin recovers from earlier downward trends, market participants are closely monitoring various factors, including institutional flows and regulatory developments, to gauge the overall sentiment and potential price movements in the coming weeks. The evolving landscape of the cryptocurrency market continues to be influenced by a range of factors, making it a dynamic and closely watched space for investors.