We’re heading towards the end of what can is called as one of the most exhilarating weeks for cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin. The impetus was brought on by Facebook’s announcement, which gave Bitcoin, which provided the market with the catalyst it required.
Bitcoin gained around 20% since the beginning of the week. Majority of the gains were realized towards the end of the week on Friday and Saturday. Nevertheless, the momentum was built during the beginning as Bitcoin [BTC] rose above $9100.
While Facebook’s announcement acted as a detonator, the utility of Bitcoin as a ‘store of value‘ seems to be establishing with David Marcus, Head of Facebook’s Blockchain unit and Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple not indenting to compete with Bitcoin’s utility.
BTC/USD 1-Day Chart on Bitstamp (TradingView)
Opening Price: $9083
Closing Price: $10675
The weekly Loss: 17.5%
Weekly High/Low: $9388/$7516
Ethereum maintained its dominance over the cryptocurrency market with near propionate gains to Bitcoin. The positive sentiments towards Ethereum can be attributed to Ethereum 2.0 announcements and the increasing volume on it.
Ethereum, EOS, Tron, and Cardano are competing for top place as a smart contract platform. While Tron (TRX) gained in double digits, the rise in EOS and ADA were close to 5%.
ETH/USD 1-Day Chart on Bitstamp (TradingView)
Opening Price: $269
Closing Price: $308
The weekly Loss: 14.4%
Weekly High/Low: $319/$260
Monero [XMR] along with Ethereum traded positively or only slightly contrary to Bitcoin over the entire week.