Bitcoin Eyes Fresh Peaks, Trading Above $55K

The cryptocurrency climbed back above a $1 trillion market capitalization.


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key takeaways

  • Bitcoin is trading at $54,573, as of press time, consolidating gains from earlier in the day
  • Elsewhere, in US markets, the S&P 500 and the DJIA have both dropped 0.9%

Bitcoin jumped 10% on Wednesday morning, notching an almost five-month high. The largest cryptocurrency in terms of market value reached an intraday high of $55,529, breaching a $1 trillion market capitalization, according to Messari, for the first time since April. 

Ruud Feltkamp, CEO of Cryptohopper, weighed in on the BTC’s trading, predicting benchmark highs as early as this month. 

“I’ve been saying repeatedly since the summer that I expect a new [all-time high] in October,” Feltkamp said in an email to Blockworks. Why?

“I think it’s partly due to the market cycle we’re in, where the emotional part plays a significant role. Therefore, news like the Bank of America announcing its crypto research has had a dramatic knock-on effect on market sentiment.”

“Bitcoin performs historically well in October, which almost makes the rising BTC price now a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Feltkamp added. 

September trading in crypto markets proved volatile: $BTC price levels ranged from $40,467 to $55,529 for the month. Bitcoin is down more than 30% from its all-time high of $64,654 hit in April, even as the total crypto market cap approaches its Spring peak of around $2.3 trillion, thanks to a pronounced drop in bitcoin’s dominance since late March.

$BTC price chart for the past month; Source: Messari

The rally follows a string of news for the digital asset class on Tuesday, including the launch of Bank of America’s (BoA) cryptocurrency research division. A published research report by BoA described crypto as “too large to ignore”, adding that it “could be more opportunity than skeptics expect.”

Elsewhere, US stocks are trading lower. Shares in major Wall Street gauges are tumbling. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average have both dropped 0.9%, respectively.

BTC vs S&P chart
$BTC has shown a notable lack of correlation to US markets in recent weeks; Source: TradingView

Kevin Kang, Founding Principal at BKCoin Capital, commented on bitcoin’s price in relation to traditional markets: 

“[The Bitcoin] rally decoupled with the equity market pullback has been impressive as Bitcoin’s digital gold narrative seems to be at an all-time high,” Kang told Blockworks. 

“The creeping inflation narrative, such as European gas prices up 60% in the last two days, is taking Bitcoin higher. Gold and BTC’s peaks and troughs over the past three days are happening in lockstep as well.”

Cody Ryan, Co-founder of Clearblock Insights, told Blockworks he attributes the move to a combination of a bullish sentiment shift heading into the fourth quarter coupled with continuing bullish on-chain data.

“After months of consolidation, BTC slingshotted past resistance to a 5-month high. This is likely the beginning of another leg up towards new all-time highs,”

But, Ryan added:

“It’s worth noting on the bearish angle, that volume is relatively low for this breakout, passing $50b, but still well off its pre-summer highs. Definitely something we’re keeping an eye on.”

Bitcoin is trading at $54,573, up 8% from the day’s low, as of press time. Ethereum has climbed 4.76%, trading at $3,576.

Sam Martin contributed reporting.

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