First Mover Americas: Bitcoin Stays Above $19K as US Stocks Futures Slip Ahead of Earnings Reports

The latest price moves in crypto markets in context for Oct. 20, 2022.

AccessTimeIconOct 20, 2022 at 12:28 p.m. UTC
Updated Nov 7, 2022 at 6:34 p.m. UTC

Lyllah Ledesma is a CoinDesk Markets reporter currently based in Europe. She holds bitcoin, ether and small amounts of other crypto assets.

Omkar Godbole was a senior reporter on CoinDesk's Markets team.

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Price Point

Bitcoin (BTC) was trading flat on Thursday, with little movement over the last 24 hours. The world’s largest cryptocurrency briefly dropped below  $19,000 early Thursday but soon stabilized back just above at around $19,150.

Ether (ETH) was down slightly on the day, at around $1,290. It is still up slightly on the week, however

Top gainers on the day were Elrond’s EGLD and Huobi’s HT token, both up 3%.

In traditional markets, European stocks fell while yields on U.K. government bonds rose. U.S. stock futures slipped. Tesla’s shares dropped 5.4% in premarket trading after the electric-car maker reported third-quarter revenue that missed analysts’ expectations.

CoinDesk Market Index

Biggest Gainers

Asset Ticker Returns DACS Sector
Chain XCN +12.17% Currency
Radicle RAD +7.2% Computing
Biconomy BICO +7.07% Smart Contract Platform

Biggest Losers

Asset Ticker Returns DACS Sector
Ribbon Finance RBN -5.38% DeFi
MetisDAO METIS -2.88% Smart Contract Platform
Rally RLY -2.75% Culture & Entertainment

Sector classifications are provided via the Digital Asset Classification Standard (DACS), developed by CoinDesk Indices to provide a reliable, comprehensive and standardized classification system for digital assets. The CoinDesk Market Index (CMI) is a broad-based index designed to measure the market capitalization weighted performance of the digital asset market subject to minimum trading and exchange eligibility requirements.

Chart of the Day

Crypto Volatility Meltdown in Full Swing

By Omkar Godbole

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This chart shows bitcoin’s 30-day volatility has dipped below that of the S&P 500. (Source: Bianco Research, Standard & Poor's, Bloomberg)

  • Stocks have become more volatile than bitcoin for the first time since July 2021.
  • "This has only happened on four other occasions in bitcoin’s history, each time near a significant local bottom," Noelle Acheson, author of the Crypto is Macro Now newsletter, said in a note to subscribers.
  • "Obviously, patterns don’t always repeat, but it is worth noting," Acheson added.



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Lyllah Ledesma is a CoinDesk Markets reporter currently based in Europe. She holds bitcoin, ether and small amounts of other crypto assets.

CoinDesk - Unknown

Omkar Godbole was a senior reporter on CoinDesk's Markets team.

CoinDesk - Unknown

Lyllah Ledesma is a CoinDesk Markets reporter currently based in Europe. She holds bitcoin, ether and small amounts of other crypto assets.

CoinDesk - Unknown

Omkar Godbole was a senior reporter on CoinDesk's Markets team.