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Crypto News Roundup: Bitcoin Fees Soar, GameStop’s Roaring Rally, and MicroStrategy Shorts Under Scrutiny

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Bitcoin Transaction Fees Amid Network Congestion

The Bitcoin network, hailed as the bedrock of the cryptocurrency ecosystem, faced an unexpected challenge on June 7th with a surge in transaction fees. This surge, attributed to congestion issues linked to the OKX exchange, caught many off guard.

A backlog of 332,000 unconfirmed transactions weighed heavily on the network, leading to a notable increase in processing fees. High-priority transactions reached 514 satoshis, equivalent to approximately $50 to $52 in USD terms, while low-priority transactions weren’t far behind at 513 satoshis.

While speculation abounds regarding the root cause of this backlog, some fingers point toward OKX, suggesting that the exchange may have contributed to the network congestion. However, concrete evidence to support these claims remains elusive.

GameStop’s Resurgence and Keith Gill’s Path to Potential Wealth

In a storyline reminiscent of the GameStop saga that captivated global attention in 2021, the video game retailer’s shares once again took center stage, with one individual riding the wave toward potential billionaire status. That individual is Keith Gill, known by his online aliases “Roaring Kitty” and “DeepFuckingValue.”

Gill, propelled into the spotlight during the GameStop frenzy last year, made headlines once more as he disclosed his renewed interest in trading GameStop stock. Armed with $180 million in capital, Gill shared his substantial positions in GameStop shares and call options on Reddit, sparking a frenzy in the market.

The reverberations of Gill’s revelation were palpable, with GameStop’s stock witnessing a rapid ascent. Within minutes of his post, the stock surged by 19% in overnight markets, ultimately closing with a staggering 38.8% gain in 2024 thus far.

As the dust settled, analysts from The Kobeissi Letter weighed in, predicting Gill’s trajectory toward billionaire status as GameStop’s stock soared to $67.50 per share in after-hours trading. With his positions now valued at approximately $1 billion, Gill’s journey from amateur trader to potential billionaire serves as a testament to the dynamic nature of the stock market.

MicroStrategy Shorts: A Billion-Dollar Wager Against Michael Saylor’s Brainchild

While GameStop’s resurgence dominated headlines, another narrative quietly unfolded in the background—the MicroStrategy shorting saga. Led by CEO Michael Saylor, MicroStrategy found itself in the crosshairs of institutional short sellers, despite its stock price nearly tripling in the last six months.

Short positions against MicroStrategy totaled a staggering $6.9 billion, reflecting a significant bet against Saylor’s brainchild. However, amidst these substantial short positions, signs of wavering confidence among short sellers emerged.

As of June 6th, MicroStrategy had 18 short positions listed on investment research firm Fintel’s “The Big Shorts” list, representing the largest disclosed short positions by institutions to the SEC. The largest position, amounting to approximately $2.4 billion, also ranked as the 27th largest net short position among institutions.

Despite some institutions betting against MicroStrategy’s success, there has been a discernible decrease in short seller confidence. The short-interest ratio for MicroStrategy’s stock plummeted by nearly 50% over the last six months, dropping from 3.1 days to 1.5 days.

As the cryptocurrency landscape continues to evolve, these narratives underscore the inherent volatility and unpredictability of the market. From Bitcoin’s network challenges to GameStop’s rollercoaster ride and MicroStrategy’s battle with short sellers, the crypto world remains as dynamic and intriguing as ever.

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A finance graduate, Maheen Hernandez has been drawn to cryptocurrencies ever since Bitcoin first emerged in 2009. Nearly a decade later, Maheen is actively working to spread awareness about cryptocurrencies as well as their impact on the traditional currencies. Appreciate the work? Send a tip to: 0x75395Ea9a42d2742E8d0C798068DeF3590C5Faa5

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