The worth of Bitcoin (BTC) has prolonged its restoration on Jan. 14, reclaiming the $38,000 stage. What’s extra, the weekly candle has now turned inexperienced for the fifth consecutive week regardless of the 28% crash earlier this week. 

BTC/USD Weekly candle chart (Bitstamp). Supply: Tradingview

In the meantime, stablecoin deposits are flooding into cryptocurrency exchanges, based on information from CryptoQuant. This influx might act as a short-term catalyst for Bitcoin because it means that sidelined capital is transferring again into BTC.

Stablecoins influx on exchanges. Supply: CryptoQuant

Why are stablecoins indicative of sturdy purchaser demand for Bitcoin?

Within the cryptocurrency market, many merchants promote crypto property, like Bitcoin, to stablecoins relatively than money.

Stablecoins, reminiscent of Tether (USDT), is pegged to the worth of the U.S. greenback and are tradable throughout exchanges.

Most exchanges require a sophisticated Know Your Buyer (KYC) verification course of for financial institution transfers, and money deposits into exchanges might take a very long time.

As such, if a whale or a high-net-worth investor needs to purchase and promote thousands and thousands of {dollars} price of Bitcoin, stablecoins will be much more handy than money.

The excessive demand for stablecoins from merchants has led the valuation of Tether to extend in latest months. Final month, the market cap of Tether surpassed $20 billion. A month later, this quantity is already above $24 billion, indicating an increase in sidelined capital inside the cryptocurrency market.

Dry powder transferring to exchanges

In the meantime, stablecoin deposits into exchanges have elevated considerably over the previous 24 hours. CryptoQuant tracks the wallets of exchanges and observes stablecoin deposits and outflows.

Exchanges’ stablecoin reserve. Supply: CryptoQuant

Throughout main exchanges, stablecoin deposits spiked noticeably on Jan. 13, proper as the worth of Bitcoin started to recuperate.

On Jan. 13, the worth of Bitcoin dropped to as little as $32,500 after practically $1 billion price of futures contracts have been liquidated.

Traders have been actively shopping for the dip, as proven by the rise in stablecoin deposits and the growing open curiosity of the Bitcoin futures market. In consequence, Bitcoin noticed a fast turnaround, rallying by greater than 10% in a single day.

Bitcoin futures open curiosity. Supply:

So what comes subsequent?

Alex Saunders, a cryptocurrency analyst, said that stablecoins are “flooding exchanges,” which is usually indicative of a bullish development.

Previous to the restoration, Michael van de Poppe, a full-time dealer on the Amsterdam Inventory Change, mentioned an all-time excessive is probably going for Bitcoin if it surpasses $38,000 once more.

In a single day, the worth of Bitcoin pierced by the $38,000 resistance space, which Van de Poppe pinpointed. Therefore, within the brief time period, BTC is on monitor to retest its record-high. He said:

“Bitcoin did not change a lot. It flipped the $33,000 stage for assist and due to this fact is keen to check the $37,000-38,000 stage. That one must flip. If it does, we’ll be keen for brand spanking new all-time highs. If not, extra consolidation probably.”

Bitcoin’s rally additionally coincides with the opening of Grayscale’s merchandise on Jan. 13. If the worth of Bitcoin continues to rise, it might propel extra institutional and accredited buyers to acquire publicity to BTC by the Grayscale Bitcoin Belief (GBTC).

There’s additionally a powerful argument to be made that the reopening of GBTC kickstarted the rally, to start with, signifying that the uptrend is led by establishments, not by retail buyers.