Cryptocurrency gains this year have again out-performed gains from traditional assets like oil, equity, and gold. Moreover, the weekly gains during the last of a couple of weeks have been more than impressive; reviving memories of the 2011 and 2017 parabolic moves in Bitcoin. Nevertheless, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have become more sophisticated investment assets since then.
The market gains are primarily governed by the price of Bitcoin [BTC]. Nevertheless, the altcoins have been testing their support levels for long and an anticipation of an alt-season finally came to yield as most cryptocurrencies posted double-digit gains at the end of the week.
The gains on Bitcoin are usually spread larger than altcoins. Moreover, there are a plethora of altcoins, which can be manipulated far more easier and is affected far more greater than Bitcoin on a weekly scale.
Nevertheless, during the second week of May, Bitcoin was the best performing cryptocurrency during the week. The market dominance of Bitcoin near 60% and the total market capitalization of Bitcoin broke above $125 billion. Bitcoin has added more than $25 billion during the week to its total MCap.
Opening Price: $5717
Closing Price: $7182
The weekly gains: 25.62%
Weekly High/Low: $7464/$5564
Bitcoin Cash [BCH]:
The altcoin rise began late into the week as Bitcoin [BTC] crossed $7000. The rise in almost all top coins was almost vertical in the next few trading sessions. Bitcoin cash [BCH] crossed $350 level after the break-out towards the end of the week.
Moreover, it also outperformed Litecoin [LTC] to regain 4th position according to the total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies.
Opening Price: $290
Closing Price: $362
The weekly gains: 24.8%
Weekly High/Low: $387/$270
Litecoin [LTC] was testing the support and resistance in the $70-$78 range for over a week. The bull market momentum from Bitcoin [BTC] pushed Litecoin above this range to test yearly highs again.
Opening Price: $74
Closing Price: $90
The weekly gains: 21.1%
Weekly High/Low: $95/$70
Ethereum [ETH] reached a new year-to-date high at $207. The price of Ethereum also broke above the resistance and support near $165 it broke upwards. The total market capitalization of Ethereum also broke above $20 billion. The dominance of Ether is also consistent ner 10%.
Opening Price: $161
Closing Price: $194
The weekly gains: 20.4%
Weekly High/Low: $207/$157
Monero [XMR], the most popular privacy-focused cryptocurrency also gained a considerable amount after the altcoins break-out began. This is can partly be attributed to the recent attacks on Zcash’s economic system.
Opening Price: $66
Closing Price: $78
The weekly gains: 18.18%
Weekly High/Low: $82.52/$63.68
One other cryptocurrency which gained around 20% as well included Bitcoin SV [BSV]. The price of BSV at press time is $63.43.
While most of the cryptocurrencies were in the green, Binance [BNB] Coin and Cosmos [ATOM] recorded negative gains at 6.6% and 24% respectively.
*The percentage dominance of cryptocurrencies w.r.t. to the total market capitalization of the market at $0.5 billion is 0.23%. Hence, for Analysis purpose we will only consider cryptocurrencies with a total market capitalization $0.5 billion or more. For future analysis, we’ll try to maintain 0.25% as a standard for the calculation.
**The data is taken at around 5: 00 Hours UTC on 12th May 2019.
Nivesh from Engineering Background is a full-time Crypto Journalist at Coingape. He is an atheist who believes in love and cultural diversity. He believes that Cryptocurrency is a necessity to deter corruption. He holds small amounts of cryptocurrencies. Faith and fear are two sides of the same coin. Follow him on Twitter at @nivishoes or mail him at nivesh(at)coingape.com