Stellar Run: XLM, IOTA, ADA Spike in Good Week for Altcoins

Bitcoin may be inching up of late but the market for alternative cryptocurrencies remains a choppy sea of big winners and losers.

AccessTimeIconApr 20, 2018 at 3:45 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 7:51 a.m. UTC
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Alternative cryptocurrencies shone bright this week, as the wider cryptocurrency market saw continued resurgence.

The total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies rose 25 percent week-on-week to $375 billion, according to CoinMarketCap – that's up from below $250 billion just 10 days ago.

But bitcoin, with 5.4 percent appreciation over the last seven days, ranks only third from last in the list of the biggest gainers among the top 25 cryptocurrencies by market cap this week.

Meanwhile, the bitcoin dominance rate fell from 42.8 to 38.5 percent, indicating a drop in the percent of the total cryptocurrency market capitalization contributed by bitcoin and, conversely, growing investor interest in altcoins.

And, no wonder; names like stellar (XLM), IOTA and Cardano (ADA) are topping the list of biggest gainers, showing appreciation of up to 51 percent.

Other major cryptocurrencies like the Ripple (XRP) and bitcoin cash (BCH), though, have gained at least 30 percent each. While ethereum's ether token (ETH) has appreciated by 16 percent, and litecoin (LTC) is reporting 16 percent gains.

Top gainers



Weekly performance: +51.26 percent

All-time high: $0.9381

Closing price on April 13: $0.24629

Current market price: $0.372532

Rank as per market capitalization: 8

XLM picked up a bid following a bullish triangle breakout on April 12 and rose to a 7.5-week high of $0.3883 on Bittrex. The rally has been backed by positive news flow, with Novatti group, a global software technology and systems integration provider, integrating XLM into its remittance service.

Further, trading volumes have increased 27 percent since April 13, according to CoinMarketCap. The high volume rally adds credence to the bullish breakout seen in the chart below.

Daily chart


The breach of the long-term falling trendline, bullish triangle breakout and the ascending (bullish biased) 10-day MA, favor further gains in XLM. However, the 14-day relative strength index (RSI) shows overbought conditions, so a minor pullback cannot be ruled out.



Weekly performance: +38.64 percent

All-time high: $5.69

Closing price on April 13: $1.32

Current market price: $1.83

Rank as per market capitalization: 9

IOTA crossed the long-term falling trendline in a convincing manner on April 15, confirming a bull reversal. So, it is not surprising to see the cryptocurrency is well bid and trading at $1.95 on Binance – its highest level since early March.

The rally coincided with the announcement that the first cryptocurrency-powered charging station, set to go live in the Netherlands, will use IOTA. The positive news flow may have strengthened IOTA's appeal.

Daily chart


The cryptocurrency looks set to test resistance at $2.30 (Feb. 17 high), albeit after a healthy pullback, as the 14-day RSI shows overbought conditions. That said, the bias remains bullish as long as the cryptocurrency trades above the descending trendline.



Weekly performance: +38.60 percent

All-time high: $1.33

Closing price on April 13: $0.200532

Current market price: $0.277932

Rank as per market capitalization: 7

Cardano's (ADA) impressive rally could be associated with a listing on the Houbi cryptocurrency exchange and the addition of new ADA pairs on Binance.

The cryptocurrency crossed the key resistance of $0.2543 in a convincing manner on April 16 and has hit a high of $0.2928 – a level last seen on March 6. Trading volumes also have jumped 29 percent week-on-week, signaling the rally is here to stay.

However, like XLM and IOTA, ADA also looks overbought as per the 14-day RSI and, hence, we are unable to rule out a pullback.

Top losers



Weekly performance: -21.48 percent

All-time high: $0.240605

Closing price on April 13: $0.091562

Current market price: $0.071898

Rank as per market capitalization: 23

Verge's XVG token took a beating on April 17 after Pornhub announced it would accept XVG for payments. The developers had hyped the situation ahead of the official announcement, by describing the mystery partnership as the biggest cryptocurrency collaboration to ever hit the market.

Most, though, were expecting verge to name TokenPay as the mystery partner, so many in the investor community felt disappointed by Pornhub partnership.

Daily chart


As seen in the above chart, the token fell from $0.118 to $0.065 after the partnership announcement on Tuesday and extended losses to $0.06. The ascending trendline seems to have rescued the bulls for now.

However, the relative strength index (RSI) has found acceptance below the rising trendline. Further, the 5-day moving average (MA) and the 10-day MA bearish crossover indicates the short-term bias is bearish. So XVG might re-test and possibly break below the trendline support next week.

Binance coin


Weekly performance: -10.56 percent

All-time high: $22.48

Closing price on April 13: $13.54

Current market price: $12.11

Rank as per market capitalization: 20

Binance coin (BNB) is threatening to drop below the long-term ascending trendline, as seen in the chart below. The cryptocurrency is reporting losses on a weekly basis, despite Binance completing its "coin burn" – a process similar to share buyback, aimed at a reducing the circulation in the market (supply) and boosting demand.

It appears the positive impact of coin burn was priced in well in advance, as the token was better bid last week.

Moving forward, BNB risks a deeper sell-off unless it stages a solid rebound from the ascending trendline support.

Daily chart


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