Bitcoin has just seen its lowest weekly close in eight months, in the aftermath of Grayscale’s unlocking of 25,000 BTC in recent days. Will it hold above US$30K (A$40.9K)? Bitcoin is down 6.7% for the week and is trading just above A$42,000. Bitcoin dragged the rest of the market down: Ethereum fell 10.4%, Cardano lost 14.2%, Ripple (-10.9%), Polkadot (-22.5%), Uniswap (-19.4%), Bitcoin Cash (-13.2%), Litecoin (-14.7%), Chainlink (-16.8%), Stellar (-10.5%), Aave (-19.4%) and Synthetix (-32.3%). The Crypto Fear and Greed Index is sitting at 24, or Extreme Fear.
Bitcoin remains 50% off its all-time high in April, but has been essentially going sideways since mid-May and refuses to drop below US$30K (A$40K). It’s currently 3.4% down on seven days ago to trade around A$44,300 (US$33,100). While Synthetix gained 13.5% on the news layer 2 scaling with Optimism would finally launch this month, most other coins were down. Ethereum lost 8.6%, Cardano (-7.3%), Ripple (-4.7%) Polkadot (-3.4%), Uniswap (-3.9%), Bitcoin Cash (-5.6%), Litecoin (-4.3%), Chainlink (-5.4%), Stellar (-6.9%) and Aave (-5%).
Bitcoin traded between approximately A$44K (US$33K) and A$48K (US$36K) this week, finishing pretty much flat on seven days ago at A$45,200 (US$34K) at the time of writing. With the London hard fork just around the corner and Eth2 deposit contract filling up, Ethereum is looking very solid and gained 7.8% to trade around A$2,970 (US$2,250). Overall, there was more green than red, with DeFi coins surging: Uniswap was up 16.4%, Aave (39.3%), Compound (62.2%) and Synthetix (60.2%). Ripple increased 3.5%, Cardano (7.9%), Bitcoin Cash (2.6%), Litecoin (2.2%). Chainlink was flat, Polkadot lost 1.7% and Stellar was down 2.2%. The Bitcoin hashrate bottomed out at 59 EH/S during the week, but the average rate was 87.9 EH/s which is about where we are right now. The Crypto Fear and Greed Index is at 29 (fear).
It’s too early to say if things are turning around but thanks to an overnight surge there are definitely some green shoots with Bitcoin up 7.9% this week to trade around A$45,300. It’s at the same price it was a month ago and it seems to have found a floor above the US$30K level (A$39.64K). Ethereum meanwhile gained 8.6%, Ripple was up 3.8%, Litecoin (7.8%), Bitcoin Cash (7%) Chainlink (6.3%), Stellar (8.9%), EOS (6.9%), Aave (4.3%) and Synthetix (4.8%). Polkadot lost 1%. The overall crypto market cap is around A$1.85 trillion.
China’s war on Bitcoin mining and virtual currency transactions ramped up a gear this week, sending Bitcoin sharply into the red. BTC is now 22% down on seven days ago and trading just under A$42K (US$33K). Although Bitcoin is well down on its peak around A$84K (US$65K) in April, it’s still up on the A$39K (US$27K) it began 2021 at. Ethereum lost 26.8% this week, which means former crypto billionaire founder Vitalik Buterin, is down to his last $838M. However, given ETH started the year under A$1,000 (US$750), its current A$2,500 (US$1,800) price is still quite impressive. Everything else was down: Ripple (-31.5%), Polkadot (-37.8%), Bitcoin Cash (-27.3%), Litecoin (-28.9%), Chainlink (-29.5%), Stellar (-30.8%), EOS (-32.4%), Aave (-34%), Synthetix (-34.5%). MicroStrategy announced overnight it had bought another 13,005 BTC for around US$489 million.
Various moves by billionaires Elon Musk, Paul Tudor Jones and Michael Saylor helped push Bitcoin back above US$40K (A$51.85K) overnight for the first time in two weeks. At the time of writing it was up 17.8% on seven days ago and is trading just under A$52,200. Ethereum and altcoins may take a little longer to recover, with ETH down 2.4% this week, Uniswap dropped 2.4%, Chainlink (-2.4%), Stellar (-3.8%) Aave (-8.5%) and Synthetix (-9.2%). Eos was flat, however XRP was up 2.1%, Polkadot (11.7%) and Bitcoin Cash (3.7%). The Crypto Fear and Greed Index is headed back up but is currently still at 28 (fear).