Dogecoin's Bitcoin-Beating Bounce May Be Bad News for the Market

In the past, outsized gains in DOGE have paved the way for a broader market sell-off.

AccessTimeIconDec 2, 2022 at 9:22 a.m. UTC
Updated Dec 5, 2022 at 5:07 p.m. UTC

While bitcoin (BTC) and the broader crypto market seem to have found a footing despite the heightened credit risk faced by major industry players in the wake of FTX's collapse, there's still one factor that suggests the downtrend isn't over.

Meme cryptocurrency dogecoin (DOGE) has rallied 40% in the past 10 days, outpacing the 18% gain in ether (ETH) and bitcoin's 8% rise. Total market capitalization has increased by 10% to $808 billion, CoinDesk data shows.

The discrepancy is significant because, historically, outsized gains in DOGE and other meme coins like shiba inu (SHIB) have portended a market-wide sell-off.

"Every time that [the] price of DOGE starts rising rapidly, there's a market-wide crash following just moments later," blockchain analytics firm Santiment said in a market insights note. "Right now, we are observing such a rise. Now the question is, is this time different?"

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DOGE price spikes have consistently foreshadowed BTC price slides over the past 12 months. (Santiment) (Santiment)

The chart shows rallies in DOGE, which started as a joke in 2013, have evolved into contrarian indicators in the past 12 months, prompting investors to trim bullish positioning in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The most notable example would be DOGE's late October surge that foreshadowed bitcoin's FTX-induced slide to 24-month lows in mid-November.

Whether history will repeat itself remains to be seen.


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Omkar Godbole is a Co-Managing Editor on CoinDesk's Markets team.

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