After several consecutive days of marking impressive gains, bitcoin retraced slightly and lost around $2,000 since its local peak. The altcoins have calmed on a daily scale, except for a few lower- and mid-cap ones that surged, such as Tezos (XTZ).
Bitcoin’s Peak and Subsequent Retracement
Ever since February 4th, when the price of the largest cryptocurrency struggled below $38,000, the overall landscape has been highly bullish. Bitcoin initiated an impressive leg up in which it reclaimed $40,000 for the first time in weeks and only kept climbing.
This resulted in touching $43,000 and $44,000 on February 7th before the bulls pushed BTC north, as reported yesterday. This culminated in touching $45,500, which became the highest price tag seen by bitcoin in over a month.
After gaining $8,000 in days, though, the community expected some kind of a retracement, and it arrived shortly after this peak. It drove the cryptocurrency down by about $3,000 to $42,500, but the asset reacted rather well and recovered $1,000 in the following hours.
As such, its market capitalization continues to stand well above $800 billion, and its dominance over the altcoins is close to 42%.
Tezos on the Move
Most alternative coins registered similarly impressive gains in the past week or so. Ethereum went from struggling to remain above $2,000 to a multi-week high north of $3,100. The second-largest crypto has calmed since then, but it’s still around that line.
The remaining larger-cap alts have either stalled or retraced slightly. Binance Coin is down by 3%, Solana by 2.6%, Terra by 3.5%, Dogecoin by 3%, while Shiba Inu has lost the most (-6%). This comes despite the recent introduction of Metaverse real estate by the memecoin project.
LEO Token is the best performer on a daily scale with a massive 50% surge. This is perhaps a direct consequence of the positive development in regards to the Bitfinex hack.
Tezos is another impressive performer following a 12% surge. Consequently, XTZ now trades above $4.5.
The crypto market cap topped $2 trillion yesterday, but it’s slightly below that line after a minor daily decline.
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