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Right, where were we? Ah yeah – analysts think Bitcoin and crypto could go up, down or sideways. Sounds about right. Just overnight here in Oz, things are sideways with the tiniest hint of uppishness. Golf clap.

But… let’s see where Bitcoin lands on its North American weekly close, still a handful of hours away at the time of writing.

As pseudonymous, European-sounding chart watcher Rekt Capital points out, Bitcoin is “very close to performing yet another weekly close above the 200-week MA [moving average]”. And that’s generally a good sign for a market that’s moving in a positive direction… we’re led to believe.

Then again, another account this column occasionally references, “Roman Trading”, has been banging on about low volume and a “bearish divergence on the MACD – a moving average-based momentum indicator – and on the RSI (relative strength index, which measures the speed and change of price movements).

Metrics schmetrics? In this ongoing uncertain macro environment, kinda. With constantly conflicting info, crypto technical analysis can seem as volatile as a Ricky Stuart press conference, and about as easy to interpret as prog rock jazz fusion… or this Nancy Pelosi speech…

Anyways… onto some price action…


Top 10 overview

With the overall crypto market cap at US$1.14 trillion and up 0.7% since this time yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

Actually, if you do prefer bullish stats (reasonably), here’s one. For the past 23 days or so, the entire crypto market cap has managed to hold above the US$1 trillion mark. Bitcoin (BTC) has largely been in a holding pattern, with Ethereum gaining some ground, and a selection of top altcoins, such as Polkadot (DOT), Polygon (MATIC), AAVE and BNB all performing strongly.

In fact, DOT has located a wristband just recently and is back in the Top 10 club at the expense of Musk’s doggy meme fave DOGE.

When Polkadot first hit the crypto airwaves in 2020, there was a hecka lot of excitement for its DeFi ecosystem. While layer 1 rivalries have taken a bit of a backseat this year, overshadowed by UST/LUNA crapping the bed, crypto-contagion after effects and inflation bantz, Polkadot is still definitely one to watch for when the market eventually turns around.

Here’s why the Acala protocol digs it… and it’s partly down to its strong developer community – something, the top gun Ethereum’s always laid its foundations on.


Uppers and downers: 11–100

Sweeping a market-cap range of about US$7.4 billion to about US$393 million in the rest of the top 100, let’s find some of the biggest 24-hour gainers and losers at press time. (Stats accurate at time of publishing, based on data.)


• Oasis Network (ROSE), (market cap: US$542 million) +25.6%

Loopring (LRC), (mc: US$599 million) +11%

• Theta Network (THETA), (mc: US$1.66 billion) +18%

• Cosmos Hub (ATOM), (mc: US$3.3 billion) +7%

• Chainlink (LINK), (mc: US$3.8 billion) +6%



• Lido DAO (LDO), (market cap: US$1.32 billion) -6%

• Tenset (10SET), (mc: US$566 million) -6%

• Filecoin (FIL), (mc: US$2.23 billion) -5%

• Synthetix Network (SNX), (mc: US$948 million) -5%

• Decred (DCR), (mc: US$563 million) -3%


Around the blocks: Coinbase and BlackRock spoon together

A selection of randomness and pertinence that stuck with us on our daily journey through the Crypto Twitterverse… starting with an unholy union that made headlines a handful of days ago.

On Thursday last week crypto exchange giant Coinbase and Blackrock, the world’s biggest winner of real-life Monopoly, announced a partnership that caught much of the cryptoverse by surprise. A deal that will allow BlackRock’s wealthy institutional clients to directly buy Bitcoin.

And it’s been a much-needed boost for Coinbase’s recently languishing COIN share price, which has surged more than 52% over the past five days.

The partnership is a “watch this space” setup, because it could have very positive implications for BTC down the not-so-distant track, considering BlackRock manages more than US$10 trillion in assets globally. And somehow… it feels a bit dirty saying that.

Here’s the CEO of crypto index fund Bitwise’s take on it…

Meanwhile… staying on pendulum swings, here’s a little reminder about taking profits in crypto… regularly, while they’re still there.

Not that HODLers are in it for short-term profits, mind…


Correction: original article incorrectly said the crypto market cap has been holding above US$1.1 trillion for 55 days.