Is Bitcoin loading up to do something special? If the US dollar index (DXY) cops a rejection at its current level and sinks, then odds would be in favour of a BTC surge.

As pointed out by various Twitter-lurking crypto analysts yesterday, the DXY is showing possible signs of weakness on the charts right now.

That said, Bitcoin has just hit a pump-blocking wall of resistance of its own at the US$42.2k level…

But Bitcoiners and crypto investors at large will be hoping for the following scenario in the coming days/weeks…


It’d be a welcome set-up before the US Fed’s next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in the first week of May.

That could bring back further downwards pressure on the market if Jerome Powell and mates go hard on their next interest-rate hiking. Anything “dovish” or expected from them, though, and a market-boosting effect might even be possible.


Top 10 overview

With the overall crypto market cap a bit over US$2 trillion, up about 1.4% since this time yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

That’s pretty flat movement in the majors there at the time of writing. Apart from Terra’s LUNA token, that is, which has now flipped Cardano (ADA) and has Solana (SOL) in its sites.

LUNA’s price is tied to the growing success of Terra’s “algorithmic” UST stablecoin, which is also moving up the charts and is now the third-most widely circulated stablecoin behind USDT and USDC.

Whenever UST is minted, LUNA is burned, reducing the supply. This maintains the stable price of UST and helps gives LUNA its value.


Sweeping a market-cap range of about US$21.3 billion to about US$992 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), (mc: US$4.6 billion) +26%

• Synthetix (SNX), (market cap: US$1.49 billion) 26%

STEPN (GMT), (mc: US$2.2 billion) +11%

Aave (AAVE), (mc: US$2.66 billion) +11%

• Zilliqa (ZIL), (mc: US$1.7 billion) +8%

ApeCoin (APE), the recently airdropped governance and utility token for the Bored Ape Yacht Club ecosystem, has risen by more than 35 per cent over the past week.

Just a word of warning, though, this could end up being a buy-the-rumour, sell-the-news scenario, as speculation surrounding BAYC’s “Otherside” metaverse project mounts.

According to Twitter account “renegademaster”, Otherside will be selling plots of digital land in a Dutch auction, opening at 600 APE bidding. The Dutch auction format should mean the price will decrease until an accepted market value is found.



• Chain (XCN), (mc: US$1.78 billion) -9%

• Radix (XRD), (mc: US$1.34 billion) -4%

• NEXO (NEXO), (mc: US$1.3 billion) -3%

• OKB (OKB), (mc: US$5 billion) -3%

• NEAR Protocol (NEAR), (mc: US$11.5 billion) -2%


Uppers and downers: lower caps

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


• Lyra Finance (LYRA), (market cap: US$35 million) +59%

• Bezoge Earth (BEZOGE), (mc: US$182m) +45%

• Shiba Predator (QOM), (mc: US$183m) +38%

• Dogelon Mars (ELON), (mc: US$594m) +35%

Synapse (SYN), (mc: US$659m) +33%



• Finance (PLT), (mc: US$118m) -15%

• ICHI (ICHI), (mc: US$36.5m) -12%

Nym (NYM), (mc: US$98m) -11%

• Ref Finance (REF), (mc: US$41m) -9%

• Tenset (10SET), (mc: US$302m) -9%


Around the blocks

The Ethlizards NFT project is proving it’s up on meme culture today, giving a nod to April 20’s cannabis-themed numerals. Maybe it’s hoping NFT fan Snoop will take notice…