The price of bitcoin rose by $500 on a four-hour basis Wednesday after testing lower support near $44,000 during Asia's late morning trading hours.
Bitcoin continues to cool upon multiple attempts at $50,000, evoking moments of price action gone by, though that may be less of a concern now given demand from bigger players, according to some market participants.
"In comparison to the bull runs in 2017 and 2018, the current movement takes a more mature trend," said Cynthia Wu, head of sales at Singapore-based digital asset services firm Matrixport. "The market landscape has become much more institutionalized – where now you have proprietary traders in crypto hedge funds, crypto-offerings from foreign exchange brokers and institutions ... that are transacting on an institutional scale."
The price trend for bitcoin and the fusion of retail and institutional interest are signs that the search for yield by investors, big or small, has extended into crypto and "will be around for good," Wu added.
Bitcoin's daily price action remains relatively flat with the weight of the previously discussed 200-day moving average bearing down on prices near $45,500, a sign that further selling pressure could be lurking around the corner.
Meanwhile, the altcoin market continues to hold firm with most in the top 20 coins by market cap remaining in the green over the past seven days.
“Overall, the markets have seen a positive trend continue this week; altcoins are up while bitcoin has coasted flat," said Byron Goldberg, Australian country manager at crypto exchange Luno. "Interestingly, we are seeing ether slightly outperform bitcoin week-on-week."
Goldberg points to Ethereum's London hard fork as the likely catalyst for driving prices higher.
Indeed, futures premium on ether stands at 7.36%, compared with bitcoin's meagre 2.8%, meaning the crypto markets are likely anticipating ether to rise further than bitcoin over the next three months with a shift in institutional interest, Goldberg added.
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