Bitcoin (BTC) stayed lower on Sept. 19 after yet another sudden bout of volatility sent the largest cryptocurrency below $10,000.
Market visualization. Source: Coin360
Bitcoin lingers in four-figure zone
Data from Coin360 showed BTC/USD stabilize at just below $9,900 after falling $500 in minutes overnight.
The behavior has become increasingly characteristic of Bitcoin in recent months, with long periods of sideways action interspersed with sudden moves up or down.
As Cointelegraph reported, various factors have formed suspects for the volatility, including margin trading activity on major exchanges.
Bitcoin seven-day price chart. Source: Coin360
Now, analysts are nonetheless concerned that a failure to reverse the latest losses could trigger a deeper dive. In his most recent Twitter update, trader and Cointelegraph contributor Crypto Michaël was confident of Bitcoin visiting the lower $9,000 range in the short term. This area forms the 21-week exponential moving average (EMA).
“Knowing that the 21 EMA is below us around $9,200-9,300 I’m still expecting that test,” he wrote, adding:
“Alts dropping a little / staying stable during this drop is also good, as they normally will outperform $BTC when the market starts to grind up.”
Altcoins had indeed outperformed Bitcoin in recent days, with some putting in as much as 20% daily gains. With the U-turn, however, almost all reversed much of their recent successes.
“Despite the Bitcoin dip, most $BTC alt pairs still look good. Encouraging,” Texas West Capital trader Scott Melker added.
With little bullish sentiment around, only proponents eyeing historical trend information continued to dispel concerns Bitcoin markets were shaky.
On Thursday, analyst PlanB reproduced a chart of Bitcoin price versus network difficulty, a relationship implying Bitcoin may be at the start of a larger bull phase.
Resurgent altcoin market pulls back
Losses across the top-twenty cryptocurrencies by market cap were almost universal, but notably hardly worse than Bitcoin’s own performance.
On the day, most tokens shed between 3% and 5%, with XRP, in particular, halting its previous march which took it above $0.30.
Ether (ETH), the largest altcoin, also fared better than average, dropping just 1.9% to maintain its new support above $200. As Cointelegraph reported, work is underway to improve network capacity by 25% in the face of demands from users of stablecoin Tether (USDT).
Ether seven-day price chart. Source: Coin360
Stellar (XLM) meanwhile was the easy winner on the day, putting in impressive 12.2% gains days after developers announced a fresh airdrop worth around $120 million.
The overall cryptocurrency market cap stood at $263 billion, with Bitcoin’s comparative weakness pushing its dominance down to six-week lows of 67.4%.
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