As George Costanza said in that episode of Seinfeld, “It moved.” Bitcoin and the crypto market are up, but whether they’ve recovered sustained potency remains to be seen.

Four months of inactivity and sideways movement for Bitcoin. Did that just end? Is BTC “back, baby”? It’s back above US$20k at least. Meanwhile Ethereum (ETH) surged more than 12% overnight (AEDT) and the entire crypto market cap is poking its head above US$1 trillion again.

Best not count chickens before they hatch – the woeful global macro climate still shows grey skies, but we’ll enjoy taking in a patch of green and euphoria (real or mock) on Crypto Twitter regardless.

Okay, let’s bring it back down a notch or two. Here’s US trader Gareth Soloway reminding about potentially significant tech-stock earnings calls today, plus the strong likelihood of another 0.75 rate hike from the Fed next week.

And Roman Trading never likes a pump on low volume.

Still, the US Dollar has been showing weakness and potential signs of topping out, so as long as that’s in play, there’s a chance for some decent relief right here. Dutch chart guy Michaël van de Poppe thinks so.

Onto some daily price action.

 

Top 10 overview

With the overall crypto market cap at US$1.01 trillion, up roughly 4.4% since this time yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

So yes, bull goose cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) is up 4%, which is obviously significant, but it’s the layer 1 smart contract platforms in the top 10 and just outside that are stealing the gainz show.

Ethereum, Cardano and Solana in particular surged overnight. (Polkadot, too, at no. 11.)

Blockchain data analytics firm Santiment noted that Ethereum’s surge in particular correlated tightly with a bounce in the S&P 500.

It also wrote that the dollar value’s drop and “growth coming to an end (or at least a pause) would be a key component to the next breakout of cryptocurrency market caps”.

The firm also pointed to some particular ETH whale activity showing signs of life for the first time in six years:

 

Uppers and downers: 11–100

Sweeping a market-cap range of about US$7.5 billion to about US$412 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 CoinGecko.com data.)

DAILY PUMPERS

• Token XChange (TKX), (market cap: US$1.49 billion) +17%

• Polkadot (DOT), (mc: US$7.5 billion) +8%

• Lido Staked Ether (STETH), (mc: US$6.57 billion) +8%

• Ethereum Classic (ETC), (mc: US$3.39 billion) +8%

• Evmos (EVMOS), (mc: US$780 million) +7%

 

DAILY SLUMPERS

 Klayton (KLAY), (market cap: US$583 million) -15%

• Aptos (APT), (mc: US$1.14 billion) -9%

Aave (AAVE), (mc: US$1.16 billion) -3%

• Elrond (EGLD), (mc: US$1.34 billion) -2%

• Quant (QNT), (mc: US$2.55 billion) -1%

 

Lower, lower cap movers

DAILY PUMPERS

Hegic (HEGIC), (market cap: US$23.3 million) +195%

• Rari Governance (RGT), (mc: US$18 million) +30%

Tokemak (TOKE), (mc: US$29 million) +20%

Clearpool (CPOOL), (mc: US$29 million) +17%

• Gods Unchained (GODS), (mc: US$50 million) +15%

 

DAILY SLUMPERS

Crypto Legions V3 (BLV3), (market cap: US$5 million) -25%

• Hop Protocol (HOP), (mc: US$5 million) -21%

Nuls (NULS), (mc: US$26 million) -16%

• Morpheus Network (MNW), (mc: US$61 million) -16%

• Dogechain (DC), (mc: US$48 million) -6%

 

Around the blocks

A selection of randomness and pertinence that stuck with us on our morning moves through the Crypto Twitterverse…

So here’s something. A day into Rishi Sunak’s new job as the richest British PM in history and the UK government has voted to recognise Bitcoin and crypto as regulated financial instruments.

Per a CoinDesk report, the lower house of British Parliament voted in favour of adding crypto to the scope of activities to be regulated via the proposed Financial Services and Markets Bill.

That’s a bill that was partly drafted by Sunak and which already seeks to extend payments rules to stablecoins. Regularity clarity is often cited as a potential catalyst for the next bull run.

And, although some are sceptical about his CBDC motives, it’s well known that the new PM has shown positive intent towards making Britain an innovation-friendly “global hub for crypto asset technology“.