Markets Update: Altcoins Posted Heavy Losses, ETH Hits Over 12-Month Low
Many altcoins have posted significant losses in recent days, with ETH currently testing price levels not seen in over 12 months after losing 40% in roughly one week. The declining value of altcoins has also driven BTC to continue to establish new highs for market dominance during 2018.
Bitcoin Core Gains Dominance
The heavy losses sustained by many leading altcoin markets have led BTC to continue to further its market dominance over other cryptocurrencies. During writing, BTC has a market dominance of 57.6% and is trading for roughly $6,300 USD.
Despite stable price action over recent days, BTC has shed approximately 16% in the last 8 days. BTC currently has a market capitalization of around $109B. The number of BTC short positions is testing the all-time high level of roughly 38k for the 2nd time in roughly one month.
Bitcoin Cash Hits New Low for 2018
Bitcoin Cash has experienced a bearish week or so of price action, losing approximately 30% in the last 8 days when measuring against the dollar. With prices currently hovering at the $420 area, BCH has generated a new low for 2018 and is currently testing price areas not witnessed since late October 2017.
When measuring against BTC, BCH is trading for approximately, 0.067 BTC – a key support area dating back to the market’s inception a year ago. BCH is currently the 4th ranked cryptocurrency market by capitalization with roughly $7.35B.
Ethereum Breaks Below $200
In the last 8 days, ETH has lost roughly 41% when measuring against the dollar. The drop plunged the price of ETH down to the $170 area – prices not seen since mid-July 2017.
Ethereum’s market dominance has dropped below 10% for the 1st time since December 8th, 2017, and March 2017 before then – with ETH currently comprising 9.6% of the total cryptocurrency market cap. When measuring against BTC, ETH is testing the support area of approximately 0.0275 BTC for the 1st time since December 2017.
Both ETH/USD Shorts and Longs Test All-Time Highs
During writing, the number of both ETH/USD shorts and longs are testing record highs on Bitfinex – with longs breaking into new all-time highs above the 350k area during writing, and shorts testing the 240k area for the 2nd time in just a few days. ETH is the 2nd largest cryptocurrency market with a capitalization of $17.76B.
Other Leading Altcoins Post Significant Losses
XRP dropped by 21% in 8 days to retest support at its 2018 low of approximately $0.26. XRP is the 3rd-ranked market by capitalization with $10.43B.
EOS is trading for approximately $4.85 after losing 25% in 8 days. EOS has now tested the roughly $5 area for several consecutive weeks. EOS is the 5th largest cryptocurrency by market cap with nearly $4.4B.
Stellar has posted the most modest losses among leading altcoins for the last 8 days – falling by roughly 16%. Stellar is the 6th largest crypto market with a capitalization of $3.65B.
LTC set a new low for 2018 today, breaking below $50 for the 1st time in nearly 12 months. As of this writing, LTC is trading at $49 after shedding roughly 28% of its value in 8 days. LTC has the 7th largest cryptocurrency market cap with $2.87B.
ADA is the 9th largest cryptocurrency with a market cap of $1.65B. ADA posted the most violent losses of the leading altcoin markets this week, losing roughly 60% in 8 days. ADA is currently trading at a record price low of $0.064 USD.
XMR has fallen by 29% in the last 8 days and is currently testing support at the $100 area. XMR is the 10th largest cryptocurrency market with a capitalization of $1.62B.