The crypto market recovery is looking stronger by the day, and litecoin is leading the way.
The sharp recovery could be associated with chart factors (oversold conditions) and the U.S. Senate's cautiously optimistic response to calls for stricter regulations, or it could indicate the markets have digested the negative news flow out of China and South Korea.
Either way, with bitcoin now eyeing a break above $10,000, the broad-based recovery could gain further traction.
Amid the rebound, names like litecoin, ripple, and neo have put on a good show since Feb. 6.
Litecoin (LTC), in particular, has had a stellar run in the last couple of days and is up 54 percent week-on-week. The cryptocurrency has appreciated by 112.27 percent from the Feb. 6 low of $106.94 and is leading the recovery in top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.
The lure of making quick money on an upcoming hard fork seems to have boosted demand for LTC, although the legitimacy of the project is under question. As of writing, LTC is seen changing hands at $227, according to CoinMarketCap. Despite the impressive performance of late, LTC is reporting a 2 percent drop on a year-to-date basis.
Meanwhile, Ripple's XRP token has strengthened 90 percent from the Feb. 6 low of $0.58 and now ranks second on the list of biggest gainers among the top 10. XRP was last seen trading at $1.12 - still down 51 percent from the Dec. 31 close of $2.30.
Meanwhile, neo has appreciated by 86.50 percent from Feb. 6 low of $64.88 and is the reporting 59 percent year-to-date gains - the highest in the top 10. That said, the project will likely explore the downside against bitcoin as suggested by the recent head-and-shoulders pattern.
At press time, its price was $121.
Disclosure: CoinDesk is a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which has an ownership stake in Ripple.
Prices correct at time of writing and sourced from CoinMarketCap.com.
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