Crypto at a glance
It was a seminal day for cryptocurrency yesterday, with Coinbase becoming the largest business of its kind to list on the Nasdaq.
It opened shares at $381 – a steep increase on the $250 reference price. And it only grew from there, rising as high as $429 in its first few minutes of trading before stabilising.
It’s currently trading at $328.28, with a market cap of $87 billion at time of writing. This makes it bigger than BP and General Motors.
This is a huge moment for the crypto markets, bringing the kind of legitimacy and visibility to the space that many have been waiting for.
At $87 billion, its market cap is a lot higher than many major banks – including Barclays, which actually blocked Coinbase not too long ago. This is not an inflated valuation. It shows the promise of cryptocurrency and the belief in its potential, but also that we are still in the early stages.
The huge appetite among institutional investors for anything and everything to do with crypto shows the belief that we’re still at the beginning of this and there’s lots more to come.
This was also reflected in the cryptocurrency markets, with the price of Bitcoin soaring to a record of $65k in the hours before the listing. It has since dropped back to just below $63k, corresponding with a similar drop for Coinbase – suggesting a to-and-fro relationship that could continue into the future?
It was a similar story down the ranks too, with only Ethereum really holding its gains from yesterday. The second-largest cryptocurrency is up two per cent in the last 24 hours and changing hands at around $2,450.
Chainlink (LINK) and VeChain (VET) were the other big gainers, both seeing double digit rises. Will the Coinbase listing now spark now serve as a springboard for higher highs, or prove to be a temporary top as the market figures out what happens next?
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Total crypto market cap
The total capitalisation of the entire cryptocurrency market at time of writing is currently $2,230,550,604,862, up from $2,254,752,578,166 yesterday.
What Bitcoin did yesterday
We closed yesterday, April 14 2021, at a price of $63,109.70 – down from $63,503.46the day before.
The daily high yesterday was $64,863.10 and the daily low was $61,554.80.
This time last year, the price of Bitcoin closed the day at $6,842.43. In 2019, it closed at $5,167.72.
Bitcoin market capitalisation
Bitcoin’s market capitalisation at time of writing is $1.175 trillion, down from $1.204 trillion yesterday. To put that into context, the market cap of gold is $11.095 trillion and Alphabet (Google) is $1.516 trillion.
The total spot trading volume reported by all exchanges over the last 24 hours was $74,622,762,225, up from $74,815,037,858 yesterday. High volumes can indicate that a significant price movement has stronger support and is more likely to be sustained.
The price volatility of Bitcoin over the last 30 days is 40.47%.
Fear and Greed Index
Market sentiment remains in Greed at 79.
Bitcoin’s market dominance
Bitcoin’s market dominance today is 54.10. Its lowest ever recorded dominance was 37.09 on January 8 2018.
Relative Strength Index (RSI)
The daily RSI is currently 66.19. Values of 70 or above indicate that an asset is becoming overbought and may be primed for a trend reversal or experience a correction in price – an RSI reading of 30 or below indicates an oversold or undervalued condition.
Convince your Nan: Soundbite of the day
“Those who regulate … those who are in Government that make policy better start understanding what it means for the future because other countries are moving forward especially China. I want the next century to be ours. I do not want America to fall behind.”
Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-TX) on government involvement in crypto
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It’s definitely tempting to get swept up in the excitement, but please heed these words of caution: Do your own research, only invest what you can afford, and make good decisions. The indicators contained in this article will hopefully help in this. Remember though, the content of this article is for information purposes only and is not investment advice or any form of recommendation or invitation. City AM, Crypto AM and Luno always advise you to obtain your own independent financial advice before investing or trading in cryptocurrency.
All information is correct as of 08:30am GMT.