We are starting to run out of adjectives to comment and describe the trend of Bitcoin that since mid-December has started a race that seems to know no more stops and that marks new records for price and market cap.
22 days have passed since December 16 when the price of Bitcoin broke the wall of 20,000 dollars, disintegrating the previous historical record. In this period as many as 14 days, i.e. more than half, have recorded new absolute records setting a rise from 18,000 to more than 37,000 USD, doubling the price of a Bitcoin in less than a month.
A trend greater than the previous dazzling rally between November and December 2017. A parallelism that day after day exalted the current rise relegating to memories what happened exactly three years ago.
The drop at the beginning of the week – January 4 – which saw the price of Bitcoin lose just under 20% in less than 24 hours causing a loss of over 6,300 USD, the worst daily descent in history, did not frighten investors who went back to buying again making the price rise.
A few minutes after the start of the day (calculated on the CET time zone of London+1) the price of Bitcoin marked a new all-time record at 37,720 USD, dragging behind the rise also of Ethereum, which updates the highest record of the last three years at 1,225 USD, as well as most of the Altcoins.
It’s a choral rise that shuffles the top ten capitalized charts. The head-to-head for third position between Ripple (XRP) and Litecoin (LTC) continues with XRP up more than 30% in less than 24 hours takes the podium of the day’s best, led by Stellar (XLM).
With a flight of over 60% and price one step away from 42 cents, the highest level since May 2018, Stellar rises to 10th position undermining Binance Coin (BNB).
Among the best shines Cardano (ADA) which recovers 35 cents on the dollar with a rise of more than 20% from yesterday morning’s levels, conquering for the first time the 5th position in the ranking, bypassing Bitcoin Cash (BCH). Not enough is the rise to 460 USD of BCH, which has gained just over 25% since the beginning of the year.
Bitcoin: the price brings the market cap to an all-time high
The rise of the last few hours raises the total market capitalization for the first time above $1 trillion. In one year – since January 1, 2020 – the market cap of the entire sector has multiplied five times.
Credit to Bitcoin, which occupies about 69% of the market share and a capitalization that in these hours reaches $700 billion, doubling the previous peak in December 2017.
The recent climb in the price of Ethereum pushes the capitalization to $135 billion, beyond the previous record reached in January 2018. Despite this, Ethereum’s market share loses a few decimals from its highest peak in two years of 14% recorded yesterday. XRP tries to rise again from last week’s quicksand, returning over 1.3%.
DeFi: TVL at $21 billion
Despite the number of tokens used as collateral continuing to be withdrawn from decentralized platforms, the increase in token value raises Total Value Locked (TVL) over $21 billion, a new record.
Leading Maker climbs above $4 billion for the first time in its history, sending MKR governance token quotes soaring above $1,200 USD, the highest level since the launch of quotes occurred in May 2018. Aave retains the second position followed by Uniswap which continues its head-to-head with Compound.
Third day on the rise for Bitcoin which registers a new all-time high just a step away from $38,000. It’s a rise that since Monday, Jan. 4, sees Bitcoin prices gain about 24% in 4 days.
The rise at the beginning of the day also coincided with some profit-taking that currently brings Bitcoin prices back below $36,500, without worrying the strong uptrend that has been characterizing Bitcoin’s performance since mid-December.
Volumes explode and yesterday they record the highest peak for exchanges on the main exchanges with over 13.3 billion dollars, an all-time record for exchanges in counter value in dollars. This marks the particular moment of Bitcoin that sees a smaller amount of Bitcoin change hands, for a countervalue that marks absolute historical records. In these first 6 days of 2021, January 1 alone saw trades below $10 billion.
On a technical level, Bitcoin prices are moving away from the first short-term support area that from $30,000 now moves to $32,600, the area of 25% of the Fibonacci retracement calculated from the mid-December minimum to the highs recorded a few hours ago.
Only a drop below this threshold would give a warning signal in the short term, while in the medium term the warning level is far away, which in these hours passes just below $29,000, an area more than 20% away from current levels.
Ethereum (ETH) price
The strong rise sees the price of Ethereum mark a vertical ascent from the lows of January 2, with the value gaining over 70% in five days bringing capitalizations back above $1,200 for the first time since late January 2018.
For Ethereum, the consolidation of the trend built in recent months is finding the explosion in these days with support levels in a medium to long term perspective increasingly distant. At the same time, this strong movement of these last 5 days, +75%, gives ETH ample room for movement in a short-term perspective, as happened in recent weeks for Bitcoin.
These strong movements should increase attention and caution for shocks that in an intraday perspective could develop even in double digits with greater evidence than what happened last Monday with a movement that saw prices fluctuate by more than 25% in just over two hours.
The current bullish structure definitely removes the risk of endangering the trend of medium to long term. The first warning signal would arrive with prices just over 700 dollars, a level about 50% away from the current quotations.