The recent fallout in altcoin prices, particularly ethereum, has boosted bitcoin’s dominance of the crypto market, now commanding nearly 60% of market share.
As of today, bitcoin holds 56.72% of the market compared to ethereum’s 12.62%, according to CoinMarketCap.
The orange line presents bitcoin’s crypto market share while the dark blue line shows Ethereum’s. Source: coinmarketcap.com
Bitcoin’s price woes of the past month have not been enough to compromise its market dominance, largely because ethereum’s struggles have been disproportionately fiercer.
None of the other altcoins have been a factor in the historic bitcoin/ethereum rivalry for crypto market dominance, a rivalry that has consistently favored bitcoin.
Bitcoin’s Dominance Never Challenged
June 19 of last year marked bitcoin’s weakest market position when ethereum grabbed 30.63% of the market to bitcoin’s 37.87%. Ripple was third with 9.6%, followed by litecoin at 2.25%.
Since then, bitcoin was able to regain market dominance of 65.18% by Dec. 2017, when its price was at record highs, while second place ethereum was at 9.71%. Ethereum was able to close the gap on Feb. 5, 2018, grabbing 20.46% to bitcoin’s 36.32%, but by March 30, bitcoin regained a 45.02% dominance to ethereum’s 14.63%. Ethereum fought back to 17.25% by May 5 to bitcoin’s 36.0%, but, since then, bitcoin has steadily dominated the market.
Ethereum achieved a $1,377.72 price on Jan. 13, 2018, riding the crypto market growth at the time. The leading altcoin attempted a comeback in mid-August, moving from $250 to $280 on Aug. 16 following a 20% drop on Aug. 14, as the overall market posted a recovery from bitcoin’s drop below the $6,000 on Aug. 14. But that attempt marked Ethereum’s last rally up to the present time.
Ethereum’s Woes Continue
Ethereum’s fallout has largely been attributed to a decline in ICO activity that boosted the ethereum price since early last year. Analysts expect the fallout to continue for the foreseeable future.
Yesterday, Sept. 10, bitcoin posted an unexpected spike in its price, jumping from $6,190 to $6,450, a boost that it did not share with the rest of the market. Bitcoin has recently demonstrated stability in the $6,300 to $6,400 range and has posted decent volume at nearly $3.8 billion.
Ethereum’s struggles, meanwhile, have rubbed off on other altcoins, as VeChain, WanChain, Waltonchain and Decentraland have posted hefty losses against the U.S. dollar.