The US dollar is dipping fractionally – has it finally run out of pumpage? This would normally mean a good day for crypto prices, but Bitcoin and mates aren’t taking that much notice so far.

And that might be due to the fact markets are bracing for the US Federal Reserve’s highly likely 50 basis points interest-rates increase when it holds its next major meeting on May 3-4.

Oh, and Vladimir Putin still isn’t helping market jitters much, either.

But as for the rate hiking, some analysts have been suggesting a 50bps increase is “priced in”…

That’s possible… but is caution the best non-financially advised mentality in this ongoing, uncertain, macro-influenced economic landscape? That’s probable.


Top 10 overview

With the overall crypto market cap at roughly US$1.87 trillion, down about 1.2% since this time yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

So, to reiterate, it’s a pretty lacklustre day in the crypto majors… which is also largely mirroring the performance of the stock markets (S&P 500: -1.7%). Perhaps this is a lull before some sort of storm. Crypto Twitter seems to be sensing a big week ahead – one way or the other.

Bitcoin, Ethereum and the other crypto big dogs appear to be showing little signs of strength, though, heading into the weekend.

Perhaps, as popular trader and technical analyst Rekt Capital posits, a higher low on the relative strength index (RSI) might need to form for a decent Bitcoin bounce to occur.


Sweeping a market-cap range of about US$18.3 billion to about US$962 million in the rest of the top 100, let’s find some of the biggest 24-hour gainers and losers at press time.


• ApeCoin (APE), (market cap: US$6.36 billion) 7%

• TRON (TRX), (mc: US$6.6 billion) +3%

GateToken (GT), (mc: US$964 million) +2%

NEXO (NEXO), (mc: US$1. billion) +1%



• Chain (XCN), (mc: US$1.3 billion) -15%

• The Graph (GRT), (mc: US$2.4 billion) -11%

Zcash (ZEC), (mc: US$1.67 billion) -10%

• Maiar DEX (MEX), (mc: US$962 million) -10%

Axie Infinity (AXS), (mc: US$2.7 billion) -9%


Uppers and downers: lower caps

Moving below the crypto unicorns (in some cases well below), here’s just a selection catching our eye…


• Market Making Pro (MMPRO), (market cap: US$37 million) +49%

Everdome (DOME), (mc: US$401m) +37%

Velas (VLX), (mc: US$493m) +32%

Tenset (10SET), (mc: US$258m) +29%

Mantra DAO (OM), (mc: US$49m) +13%



Offshift (XFT), (mc: US$5.6m) -58%

MAD Bucks (MAD), (mc: US$43m) -27%

DEUS Finance (DEUS), (mc: US$40m) -26%

• Tomb Shares (TSHARE), (mc: US$104m) -26%

• DeFi Kingdoms (JEWEL), (mc: US$183m) -20%


Around the blocks

Here’s an interesting thread worth half a look if you’re interested in how Elon Musk could potentially take Twitter down a decentralised path…

Oh, and this was some pretty big news from the past couple of days. Blackrock, the world’s biggest asset hogger, has just launched a crypto ETF. The institutional financial titan has been showing plenty of interest in crypto lately. Follow the money?

Meanwhile, one for the short-to-midterm bears…

… and one for the “I want it all, and I want it now” bulls…

… and just a general Bitcoin meme to round things off.