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Bitcoin Q3 Rally Possible As Miner Selloff Finishes, Quant Says

A quant has explained how a rally could be possible for Bitcoin in this third quarter of 2024 as miner selling pressure has disappeared.

Bitcoin Miners Appear To Have Stopped Their Selling

In a CryptoQuant Quicktake post, an analyst has talked about how the selling pressure concerns from miners have resolved recently. There are two on-chain indicators of focus here.

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The first of these is the “Miner to Exchange Transactions,” which, as its name suggests, keeps track of the total number of transactions that are going from miner-related wallets to exchange-affiliated ones.

When the value of this metric is high, it means the miners are making a high number of deposits to exchanges. Generally, the main reason why these chain validators may transfer their coins to these centralized entities is for selling-related purposes.

As such, this kind of trend can have potential bearish consequences for the market. Low values of the indicator, on the other hand, could either be neutral or bullish for the asset, as they imply miners are possibly not participating in any selling through these platforms.

Now, here is a chart that shows the trend in the Bitcoin Miner to Exchange Transactions over the past year or so:

The value of the indicator appears to have registered a sharp plunge recently | Source: CryptoQuant

As is visible in the above graph, the Bitcoin Miner to Exchange Transactions had been rising between late 2023 and end of April of this year. This uptrend in the metric had taken place as the price of the cryptocurrency itself had been going through a rally.

It would appear that the miners saw the rally as an exit opportunity, as they gradually upped their selling pressure as the price went towards a new all-time high (ATH).

It’s also apparent, however, that since the peak in April, the indicator’s value has observed a very rapid decline. Thus, it’s possible that miners’ appetite for selling has cooled off.

Exchanges aren’t the only way miners sell, however, as over-the-counter (OTC) desks are also a popular option among these chain validators. Below is a chart that shows the trend in the Total OTC Desk Balance, which is an indicator that keeps track of the non-exchange and non-miner wallets that miners send to when they want to sell.

Bitcoin OTC Desk Balance
Looks like the metric had been at high levels until very recently | Source: CryptoQuant

From the graph, it’s visible that the Total OTC Desk Balance had been at relatively high levels just earlier, suggesting that these entities that are likely OTC desks had been holding a large number of coins.

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In the past couple of days, though, the indicator has seen a sharp decrease, potentially implying that the coins that had piled up in these wallets have now found a buyer.

Thus, it would seem that miners have eased off their selling pressure on exchanges and the coins that they had been waiting to sell on OTC desks have also now been absorbed. “Sufficient conditions have been created to continue the upward rally again in the third quarter of 2024,” notes the quant.

BTC Price

Bitcoin has shown some recovery over the last 24 hours as the asset’s price has now rebounded back above the $63,700 mark.

Bitcoin Price Chart
The price of the coin seems to have surged over the last couple of days | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView

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