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Bitcoin crossed the $19,800 benchmark Monday morning, catching many derivatives traders off-guard.

$BTC: New Bitcoin ATH on a few exchanges

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Up next:
Coinbase – $19,891
Bitfinex – $19,981
Gemini – $19,999
Bitmex – $20,093

Bitcoin Bears Caught in a Swift Rise

The leading crypto recovered lost ground above $19,500 lost on Nov. 26 with a strong uptrend of 16.15% over the weekend.

The weekend’s news of Guggenheim Trust Fund’s SEC filing for Bitcoin allocation acted as a positive catalyst for the market.

CME’s Bitcoin futures opened with a gap of $1,280 as CME traders missed the rise on Saturday and early Sunday. The all-time high on CME is at $12,600.

At press time, BTC topped at $20,260 on the futures exchange.

With BTC breaking above ATH, yet another CME gap will be left unfilled.

Bitcoin futures price on CME.
Bitcoin futures price on CME. Source: Trading View
The funding rate for perpetual BTC futures held flat over the weekend, too, signaling the uncertainty of breaching new highs.

Nevertheless, the rate is starting to pick up early Monday as $20,000 edges closer.

XBT/USD hourly price chart with the funding rate indicator.
XBT/USD hourly price chart with the funding rate indicator. Source: TradingView
Traders on the Deribit options market also aggressively bought call options at strike prices of $18,500 expiring on Dec. 04, as well as $22,000 and $24,000 for Dec. 25.

The above suggests that the uptrend is supported by spot buying on BTC on exchanges.

The net flow on Bitcoin on exchanges was negative through the weekend, while stablecoin reserves stayed at $2.55 billion.

Bitcoin net flow on exchanges. Source: Glassnode
Bitcoin’s rise beyond $20,000 appears imminent in this context. Buy orders on spot exchanges are on the rise, and funds like Guggenheim are joining the latest wave.

Dynamics like this have never materialized, not even in 2017.