Bitcoin and ether could hit record highs by year-end if the SEC approves a crypto ETF, Fundstrat says

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  • Bitcoin and ether could still hit record highs by year-end despite their recent sell-off, Fundstrat said in a Wednesday note.
  • One catalyst that could fuel the surge higher is the SEC approving a bitcoin ETF.
  • “Any near-term selling is an opportunity to buy as we anticipate a risk-on environment through the end of the year,” Fundstrat said.
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Bitcoin’s current 33% drawdown from its record high isn’t fazing Fundstrat, with the firm standing by its conviction that both bitcoin and ether will hit record highs before year-end.

In a Wednesday note, Fundstrat said potential catalysts are near that could help fuel a surge in the crypto space as long-term investors continue to hold on for dear life. Those catalysts include favorable seasonality for crypto in October, the potential approval of a bitcoin ETF by the SEC, and Ethereum’s highly anticipated network upgrades.

Bitcoin and ether would each need to surge 50% and 46% to eclipse their record highs of about $65,000 and $4,380, respectively. And Fundstrat thinks bitcoin can go even higher, with Tom Lee pointing to a $100,000 price target for the popular cryptocurrency earlier this year.

“Bears start to hibernate in the fall” when it comes to bitcoin, Fundstrat said, pointing to favorable historical data for bitcoin price returns in October.

Since 2011, bitcoin has posted positive returns in the month of October 60% of the time, with an average return of 32%. That’s compared to a weak September, which has posted negative returns 70% of the time, with an average return of 15%.

Bitcoin seasonality data

“The blue-chip cryptoasset has fared quite well in October, often following abysmal September performances with meteoric rebounds,” Fundstrat said.

Meanwhile, Fundstrat noted that SEC Chairman Gary Gensler remains receptive to the idea of a bitcoin ETF that would invest in futures contracts and be registered under the Investments Company Act of 1940. And while a bitcoin mutual fund that invests in futures contracts has attracted only $15 million in assets since its launch, Fundstrat says that’s not the point.

“The larger point here is that it probably doesn’t matter how much capital flows into these futures-based ETFs so long as the spot market for bitcoin gets a boost from improved sentiment,” Fundstrat said.

Finally, ether should see improved sentiment among investors as it nears another highly anticipated network upgrade that would shift to a proof-of-stake model. “We expect there to be positive sentiments surrounding this milestone which may cause increased speculative buying,” Fundstrat said.

“We are steadfast in our view that any near-term selling is an opportunity to increase one’s position as we still anticipate a risk-on environment through the end of the year to yield a run at all-time highs for both Bitcoin and Ethereum,” Fundstrat concluded.