Crypto Markets Analysis: Bitcoin, Ether Top Weekly Leaderboard, but Some Indicators Suggest a Market Retreat

The two largest cryptocurrencies continued their strong start to 2023, but Bollinger bands have failed to reach the upper band for three, straight days.

AccessTimeIconJan 20, 2023 at 9:36 p.m. UTC
Updated Jan 20, 2023 at 9:52 p.m. UTC

Bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) logged another week of positive gains in what has been a strong start to 2023. Prior to a late-Friday surge, the two largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization had risen 10.15% and 9.92% respectively, and 25% and 28% year to date.

On a relative basis, BTC and ETH’s seven-day performance landed them near the top of the leaderboard for the first time this year. Among the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market cap, BTC’s performance was third among the group. ETH ranked fourth.

The leaders on the week were solana (SOL) and polkadot (DOT), which rose 24% and 10.7%, respectively. The biggest laggards were litecoin (LTC) and monero (XMR), which fell 0.57% and 0.64%, respectively.

The dispersion between best and worst performance has narrowed significantly over the past 30 days. Where on Dec. 16 the poorest-performing assets logged seven-day losses in excess of 15%, this week’s laggard was essentially flat.

Crypto Asset Performance (Messari)
Crypto Asset Performance (Messari)

Crypto markets were trading higher on Friday as well. Markets were seemingly unaffected by the announcement that crypto lender (and CoinDesk sister company) Genesis had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Trading volumes were moderate for the day, indicating that some investors may simply be pausing as smoke from the bankruptcy announcement clears.

Next week, investors may want to look for BTC returning some of this week's gains.

On a technical basis, BTC has failed to reach the upper range of its Bollinger Bands for three consecutive trading days after doing so in each of the prior 10. The decline in volatility following the prior expansion, could be signs that traders are:

  1. Looking to take profits following the 30% year-to-date move
  2. Looking to protect against price declines related to the Genesis filing
Bitcoin 1/20/23 (TradingView)
Bitcoin 1/20/23 (TradingView)

Coindesk Market Index sector performance

Week-to-date performance among CMI sectors highlighted sluggish performance within the Computing (CPU), DeFi (DCF), and Culture and Entertainment (CNE) sectors.

The Digitization (DTZ) and Currency (CCY) sectors led the way with positive returns on the week.

CNE’s decline departs from recent performance, and still remains the top performing sector for the month. The index itself is designed to capture price movements of assets within the virtual world, gaming, metaverse, art and social network universe. Notable assets include AXIE, APE and LPT.

CoinDesk CMI Sector Performance (CoinDesk)
CoinDesk CMI Sector Performance (CoinDesk)


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Glenn Williams

Glenn C Williams Jr, CMT is a Crypto Markets Analyst with an initial background in traditional finance. His experience includes research and analysis of individual cryptocurrencies, defi protocols, and crypto-based funds. He owns BTC, ETH, UNI, DOT, MATIC, and AVAX