The cryptocurrency markets are set to end the second week of May on a low note.
The total market capitalization for all cryptocurrencies fell below $400 billion for the first time since April 26 on Friday, and has dropped 15.97 percent week-on-week. As of writing, the combined market value stands at $385 billion and could see a further decline as indicated by a head-and-shoulders breakdown pattern on the price charts.
Looking at notable individual cryptocurrencies, bitcoin (BTC) has depreciated by 12 percent week-on-week and has outperformed its closer rivals. For instance, ethereum (ETH) and EOS have dropped 15 percent each and Ripple (XRP) has declined by 34 percent.
Bitcoin’s dominance rate, which represents its percentage of the total market capitalization, moved above 38 percent for the first time since late April. This likely indicates that money is possibly being rotated back into bitcoin from alternative cryptocurrencies, so BTC’s relatively good performance this week is not surprising.
Names like NEM (XEM), stellar (XLM) and cardano (ADA) are ranked higher on the list of biggest losers among the top 25 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.
The only gainers this week are two lesser-known cryptocurrencies: bytecoin (BCN) and zilliqa (ZIL).
Top weekly gainers
Weekly performance: +32.70 percent
All-time high: $0.0186
Closing price on May 4: $0.006733
Current market price: $0.010005
Rank as per market capitalization: 17
Bytecoin (BCN) picked up a bid on Tuesday and rose to a fresh record high of $0.01862, according to CoinMarketCap, seemingly due to cryptocurrency exchange Binance’s decision to list the cryptocurrency.
As of writing, BCN is changing hands at $0.010 – down 46 percent from record highs, but still reporting a 35 percent week-on-week rise.
The pullback from the record highs has neutralized the immediate bullish outlook. That said, the ascending (bullish) 5-day and 10-day moving averages (MAs) indicate the bulls are still in the game. Only a daily close (as per UTC) below $0.006 (May 8 low) would signal a bullish-to-bearish trend change.
Weekly performance: +13.84 percent
All-time high: $0.2306
Closing price on May 4: $0.132311
Current market price: $0.153565
Rank as per market capitalization: 23
Zilliqa (ZIL) is the latest entrant in the list of cryptocurrencies with a market capitalization of more than $1 billion. The cryptocurrency clocked a record high of $0.2306 on May 10, according to CoinMarketCap. Its BTC-denominated exchange rate rose to a life-time high of $0.00002508 BTC yesterday and was last seen at 0.00001847 BTC on Binance.
Currently, the downside is being capped by the ascending (bullish) 5-day MA. The 10-day MA is also biased bullish.
However, the relative strength index (RSI) is turning lower from the overbought zone, so prices might find acceptance below the 10-day MA (currently seen in 0.000016) next week and signal bullish invalidation.
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