2021-09-23 17:59:28

Crypto optimism builds; Bitcoin and Ethereum consolidate; some top altcoins surge

The crypto market is in the midst of its second green day in a row, with Bitcoin and Ethereum strengthening and notable altcoins, such as Avalanche and Terra, enjoying double-digit price pumps.

Needless to say, that could all change in a crypto minute. Fears about the global repercussions of China’s wobbly property market haven’t exactly disappeared, nor has the US regulatory-based FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt).

But, for now, several crypto bulls are puffing out their chests again and flooding twitter with hopium.

The entire market cap is looking much healthier above the two trillion mark, presently sitting at about US$2.07 trillion, which is 6.3 per cent higher level from this time yesterday.


And, at the time of writing, Bitcoin (BTC) has recovered well from its sub-$40K price dump earlier in the week. It’s reclaimed US$44K and is currently changing hands for US$44,144, up 4.25 per cent.

Several analysts are now eyeing a push above US$45 and, in particular, a monthly close above that level, for things to really start looking juicy again come October. (Caveats: Evergrande, Gary Gensler and pals, or some other “black swan” event like an asteroid colliding with Earth.)

Speaking of the Earth, MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor, has called Bitcoin a “moral imperative” for everyone on the planet. Treading as cautious a line as ever, then…

Note, just to keep things a little balanced here, not all crypto-industry commentators are quite as bullish right now…


US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) boss Gary Gensler, meanwhile, reckons the way to really excite the the kidz is to talk traditional savings advice…

(Not saying a savings strategy is a bad idea – there’s no financial advice whatsoever to be gleaned in these paragraphs. And the 0.04% APY you’ll get from a typical bank these days – that’s something… right?)

Mooners and shakers

Swiftly moving on to the realm of 200% APY, DeFi exploits, pump and dumps, “shadowy super coders”, hopium and moon missions, then… In other words, the altcoins.

Looking at the top 100 by market cap first, and several notable projects are in a double-digit price-pumping mood. These include: Terra (LUNA) +27.5%; Cosmos (ATOM) +24.3%; Tezos (XTZ) +23%; Elrond (EGLD) +19.7%; Solana (SOL) +12.6%; Arweave (AR) +25.7%; and THORChain (RUNE) +15.3%.

All at the time of writing, of course.

Further down the charts, there are some even bigger short-timeframe winners, including the new Solana-based decentralised exchange Orca (ORCA) +84.42%; and under-the-radar Ethereum layer 2 scaling solution Celer Network (CELR) +51.74%.

Flipping the coin, TwoFace style, we’re not seeing too many significant daily losers right now. But here’s a token (we’re here all week) effort on that front…

NFT launchpad Bondly (BONDLY) is down 4.4% since this time yesterday; while entertainment and esports protocol Veracity (VRA) and decentralised exchange dYdX (DYDX) are both about 3% to the negative.

Before we sign off, one last thing… the Fear & Greed Index. As George Costanza once said: “It moved”.



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