First Mover Asia: Bitcoin Rises Amid Light Weekend Trading

Yet, bitcoin’s market dominance has been dropping as interest in altcoins soars; transaction fees on the Ethereum blockchain have been rising.

AccessTimeIconNov 7, 2021 at 11:30 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 4:26 p.m. UTC

Good morning, Here’s what’s happening:

  • Market Moves: Bitcoin rose over the past 24 hours, and the leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization experienced low volatility.
  • Technician’s Take: Bitcoin is holding support at $60K, and slowing momentum suggests a period of consolidation.
  • Watch CoinDesk TV for insightful interviews with crypto industry leaders and analysis.

Bitcoin (BTC): $62,877.06

Ether (ETH): 4,601.22

Market moves

Bitcoin continued to hover comfortably above $60,000. At the time of publication, it was $62,877.06, up 2.4% in the past 24 hours. The No. 1 cryptocurrency by market capitalization experienced low volatility over the weekend, as bitcoin’s trading volume was thin across centralized exchanges tracked by CoinDesk.

Bitcoin trading volume (CoinDesk)

Ether, the second highest cryptocurrency, also rose over the past 24 hours. However, the transaction fees on the Ethereum blockchain are soaring. Data from BitInfoCharts shows that the average transaction fee on Ethereum was $41.50 on Saturday, nearly triple from three months ago. A few notable winners outside bitcoin in the past 24 hours were XRP (XRP), internet computer (ICP) and cosmos (ATOM). Among the biggest losers were solana (SOL) and shiba inu (SHIB). At the time of publication the price of 15 of the top 20 cryptocurrencies as listed by CoinDesk had gained.

The market’s main narrative has shifted to altcoins (alternative cryptocurrencies) as bitcoin’s market dominance continues to drop. Entering the week, tokens associated with layer 1 blockchains, including avalanche (AVAX) and solana, continue to grab the market’s attention as ether’s transaction fees surge.

Technician’s take

Bitcoin daily price chart (CoinDesk, TradingView)

Bitcoin (BTC) continues to trade in a tight range, although buyers appear to be holding support above $60,000. Short-term indicators are neutral, although pullbacks could be limited given a series of price breakouts over the past month.

If buyers fail to hold $60,000, lower support around the 50-day moving average, currently near $55,000, could stabilize a pullback.

After remaining flat on Friday, bitcoin rose to nearly $63,000 at the time of publication of First Mover Asia, rising almost 4% over the weekend.

For now, upside momentum is slowing, which suggests a period of consolidation could persist in the short term. Eventually, indicators suggest momentum could improve to support a breakout in BTC above $65,000 based on positive historical returns in the fourth quarter.

Important events

Be on the lookout for the following today:

  • 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong/Singapore (5:00 a.m. UTC): Japan Leading Economic Index (September)
  • 5:30 p.m. Hong Kong/Singapore (9:30 a.m. UTC): Sentix Investor Confidence (Eurozone)

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Damanick Dantes

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