Top Cryptocurrencies See Slight Gains, Bitcoin Hovers Under $4,000
During the day, Bitcoin has been trading in a narrow corridor between $3,768 and $4,091. At press time, the coin is trading at around $3,948, up around 1.61 percent on the day.
On its weekly chart, BTC reach a low $3,755 before reach a high of $4,404. Today, the CEO of Japanese fintech firm and crypto exchange operator Quoine predicted that BTC will “surpass” its all-time price highs by the end of 2019, noting that “there’s nothing new, no catalyst” in the immediate future to drive prices back up.
Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap
The second largest crypto by market capitalization Ripple (XRP) is trading at around $0.352, having gained 0.83 percent on the day at press time. Today, the coin dipped to its lowest price point of the week at $0.349, while the intraweek high was $0.399 on Nov. 28.
XRP 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap
Ethereum (ETH) is maintaining its position as the third largest coin by market cap, which is over $11.4 billion at press time. ETH is trading around $110, up 1.68 percent over the day as of press time. On its 30-day chart, ETH is in a solid downtrend, down from a high of $221.62 on Nov. 7.
Ethereum 30-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap
At press time, the main losers in the top 20 cryptocurrencies are Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and EOS, which are down over 6 percent on the day and are trading at $149 and $2.43, respectively. Bitcoin SV (BSV) — which was created in November of this year following BCH’s hard fork — is also in the red, trading at around $91, down almost 3 percent on the day, according to CoinMarketCap.
Cardano (ADA) and Ethereum Classic (ETC) are down 0.42 percent and 2.50 percent over the last 24 hours and at press time are trading at around $0.03 and $4.51, respectively.
Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is around $126.9 billion as of press time, according to CoinMarketCap. The daily trading volume of all coins is $13.5 at press time.
Total market capitalization 24-hour chart. Source: CoinMarketCap
Today, the world’s second-largest stock exchange, Nasdaq, confirmed it plans to launch Bitcoin futures in the first half of 2019. There has reportedly “been enough work put into this to make [the question of regulatory approval] academic […] we’re doing this, and it’s happening.”
At the same time, Ehud Barak, a former Israeli Prime Minister, compared digital currencies to Ponzi schemes. However, Barak underlined that blockchain technology and smart contracts are important and useful technological and mathematical concepts.