Gigapump, gigadump, gigapump… annnd a slight pullback once again. That’s pretty much how it’s played out for Bitcoin and pals over the past day or so. Yep, that’s crypto.

The crypto bulls and bears are in the fight of the century (okay, month) right now. Rumble in the Crypto Jungle? Maybe Pain and (Sick) Gainz on the Chains. Where’s it all heading next exactly? Whodahell knows, but we’ll round up the opinions of a few reasonably popular Cryptoverse analysts anyway.

Before we get some of their predictions, though, let’s dive directly into the daily and weekly price action.

If only there was a theme-park ride to describe what’s been going on here… (Source: CoinGecko.com)

 

Top 10 overview

With the overall crypto market cap at US$1.26 trillion, up about 3% since this time yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

Solid daily green all round in the crypto majors, and it’s probably been helped by the good old (sometimes bad old) US stonks market correlation.

As our very own non-fungible and macroeconomic guru Eddy Sunarto reported in his most-excellent Market Highlights wrap this morning, “Wall Street rallied as mega tech stocks surged on earnings, and fears of a banking meltdown contagion eased”.

The S&P 500 closed 2% higher, the Dow by 1.5% and tech-heavy Nasdaq by 2.5%. And wouldn’t you know it, Bitcoin and co followed suit and lifted themselves off the canvas, too.

Bull goose crypto Bitcoin (BTC) seems to be taking a well-earned breather after a torrid few days. It seems to be settling (at the time of writing) in the mid US$29k range. Previously, analysts were expecting volatility after the top digital asset had been coiling up in a tight range between US$27k and $28k for several days.

Is it now due for some healthy consolidation again before a push higher? That’s what the punchy US trader/analyst “Roman” is rooting (er, in the American sense) for…

He’s also taken the opportunity on the latest Bitcoin surge back up to take another swing at the shorting bears…

And Roman has been having a bit of Twittering back and forth with another popular US analyst just lately – Justin Bennett, who has been camping himself more on the bearish side of the ledger recently. Here he is, referencing the total crypto market cap, as opposed to just BTC.

(The US$1.18 trillion TOTAL market cap referenced below is taken from a similar but slightly different metric to that of CoinGecko’s, further above. CoinMarketCap, for instance, grabs its data from a vaster array of cryptos/sh*tcoins.)

Here’s the Twitter-popular Rekt Capital, who’s been leaning bullish for most, if not all, of this year so far.

Mags, aka thescalpingpro, agrees… as does “Moustache”…

There’s absolutely been a lot of noise from the bears this week, though, and a lot of told-you-so tweets based around the Mt. Gox and US Govt BTC-selling “event”, which turned out to be a false narrative (for now).

It looks like we’ll be in for another volatile week coming up, though, with the Fed gearing up to announce its next monthly rate-hiking course. A 25bps hike seems to be pretty much priced in.

Will it be the final hike before a Fed pause or pivot? “Tedtalksmacro” thinks so…

And just on that, actually, did you catch this? Did Fed boss Jerome Powell let the rate-hiking-plan cat out of the bag to a someone impersonating Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier this year?

“The market is already pricing in two more quarter percentage price hikes,” said the unwitting Powell to the imposter at the time. Gregor might well have some comically incisive things to say about this in his always must-read ASX Small Caps Lunch Wrap.

 

Uppers and downers

Some of the biggest 24-hour gainers and losers at press time. (Stats accurate at time of publishing, based on CoinGecko.com data.)

PUMPERS (11-100 market cap position)

Cronos (CRO), (market cap: US$1.96 billion) +8%

ImmutableX (IMX), (market cap: US$1.01 billion) +7%

Bitget Token (BGB), (market cap: US$572 million) +6%

Radix (XRD), (market cap: US$1.14 billion) +6%

Internet Computer (ICP), (market cap: US$2.49 billion) +5%

 

PUMPERS (lower caps)

Maple (MPL), (market cap: US$59 million) +15%

Pepe (PEPE), (market cap: US$108 million) +13%

Blur (BLUR), (market cap: US$317 million) +11%

 

SLUMPERS

Stacks (STX), (market cap: US$1.02 billion) -3%

Monero (XMR), (mc: US$2.77 billion) -3%

Bitcoin Cash (BCH), (mc: US$2.26 billion) -2%

Optimism (OP), (mc: US$683 million) -2%

The Graph (GRT), (mc: US$1.26 billion) -1.5%

 

Around the blocks

Some pertinence and randomness that stuck with us on our morning moves through the Crypto Twitterverse.

Finally, how about a delicious piece of conspiracy theorising to round things off this week?