CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives marketplace by number of contracts traded, reports that CME Bitcoin futures set a new record on Tuesday.
The number of open BTC contracts reached an all-time high of 5,311 totaling an estimated $250 million, as BTC open interest rose by a record 643 contracts in a single day. CME reports that the surge suggests an influx of capital from institutional investors.
CME Bitcoin futures (BTC) shows growing signs of institutional interest. BTC open interest rose by a record 643 contracts in a single day, establishing a new all-time high of 5,311 contracts on June 17 (26,555 equivalent bitcoin; ~$250M notional). https://t.co/I6A3jD6Iq3 pic.twitter.com/ljz6EbvK79
— CMEGroup (@CMEGroup) June 18, 2019
Last month marked the biggest month for Bitcoin futures volume for CME since the launch of its BTC derivatives product in 2017, as nearly 300,000 contracts were traded throughout May, according to CoinDesk. Record volume for CME BTC futures is in step with Bitcoin’s bullish momentum, with Bitcoin currently trading at $9,124 up 143% from $3,754 on January 1, 2019.
Right now, Bitcoin is up 0.76% at $9,115 according to COIN360. Ethereum is up 1.20% at $267.13, XRP is up 1.99% at $0.4314 and Litecoin is up 3.82% at $138.70.
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