Bitcoin (BTC) neared two-week highs on Aug. 29 as news hit that digital asset manager Grayscale had won a lawsuit against United States regulators.
SEC was “arbitrary and capricious” with Bitcoin ETF rejection
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView captured an instant BTC price reaction to the event, with BTC/USD gaining $1,700 in around 30 minutes.
The news upended a stale Bitcoin trading environment that had endured after snap losses in mid-August.
A ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stated that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was wrong to reject an application by Grayscale to launch an exchange-traded fund (ETF) using the Bitcoin spot price as its basis.
“The denial of Grayscale’s proposal was arbitrary and capricious because the SEC failed to explain its different treatment of similar products,” an unverified copy circulating online states.
“We therefore grant Grayscale’s petition and vacate the order.”
Grayscale thus joins the waiting list of firms seeking to launch what would become the first U.S. spot Bitcoin ETF, with the SEC yet to approve any application.
At the time of writing, BTC/USD circled $27,300, having reached as high as $27,723 on Bitstamp.
Data from the Binance BTC/USD order book uploaded to X (formerly Twitter) by monitoring resource Material Indicators covered the uptick, with all order classes boosting buying in what was a market lacking liquidity.
“A 6-month view of order book data shows thin liquidity to the upside that should be quite easy to exploit for a retest of the $30s, but we’ve yet to see enough sentiment to do that because the market fears what will happen if #BTC starts printing lower lows,” part of analysis issued just prior to the Grayscale announcement stated.
Analyst heralds BTC price “bull cycle” catalyst
Continuing the reaction, Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading firm Eight, suggested that the court’s decision could have a positive impact on the existing ETF applications, notably that of the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock.
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“This might sound weird, but we could be on the verge of the start of the bull cycle with this news,” he summarized to X followers in part of commentary on the back of a dedicated video update.
As Cointelegraph reported, Grayscale’s legal battle with the SEC was lengthy and slow-moving, with CEO Michael Sonnenshein among those insisting that the firm would not rest until granted permission to convert its existing Bitcoin investment vehicle, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), to an ETF.
“Thank you to everyone who has been on this journey with us, especially our investors,” Sonnenshein wrote on X following news of the SEC’s setback.
“We are grateful for your support and encouragement. Next up: our legal team is actively reviewing the Court’s opinion.”
The GBTC share price was up over 17% at the time of writing on Aug. 29 at $20.60.
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