Calm After the Strom: Bitcoin Reclaims $57K and Ethereum Above $2K (Market Watch)

Bitcoin dipped to its lowest point in over a week beneath $56,000 but has recovered some of the losses and currently stands above $57,000. Most altcoins have retraced even harder, including a double-digit price drop for the high-flying Ripple (XRP) and Ethereum briefly dropping beneath $2,000.

BTC’s Dominance Increases Despite the Drop

The past several days didn’t go all that well for the primary cryptocurrency. After failing to overcome $60,000 on numerous occasions, the asset reversed its trajectory and headed south.

Bitcoin reached $59,400 on Thursday, but its inability to sustain the upward momentum gave the bears an opportunity to push it down, which led to a $4,000 price drop in less than 48 hours.

Yesterday was an especially harmful trading day for BTC as it slumped to a low of about $55,500. This was the lowest price line since late March.

It’s worth noting that this retracement came as the South Korean kimchi premium normalized following a yearly high. As CryptoPotatoreported, such developments typically lead to a price drop.

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Nevertheless, the cryptocurrency bounced off and has regained more than $1,500 since its low. As of writing these lines, BTC stands just above $57,000.

On the positive side, the altcoin market has retraced even harder. Consequently, bitcoin’s market capitalization has recovered a little less than 1% and stands around 55% after dipping below that level yesterday.

Altcoins Deep in Red

The alternative coins were on a roll in the past week or so, registering new records. Ripple was among the best performers by adding 100% of value in that timeframe, reaching a 3-year high at over $1,10, and becoming the 4th largest cryptocurrency by market cap.

However, XRP has retraced with about 11% since yesterday, despite the company’s CEO claiming that the court hearing against the SEC went well for the payment processor.

Ethereum dropped below $2,000 but has jumped slightly and currently stands at $2,020. Binance Coin (-2%), Polkadot (-4%), Cardano (-6%), Uniswap (-2%), Litecoin (-5%), and Chainlink (-5%) are also in the red.

The situation with the lower- and mid-cap altcoins is significantly more volatile, as one could expect. Helium (-15%), Ontology (-14%), Qtum (-14%), NEM (-12%), EOS (-12%), Waves (-11%), and Bitcoin SV (-10%) have also retraced with double-digits.

On the other hand, WazurX (37%), 1inch (23%), Enjin Coin (23%), Harmony (21%), PancakeSwap (12%), Yearn.Finance (12%) and Conflux Network (10%) have gained the most since yesterday.

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Bitcoin broke past the $60,000 mark on March 13, 2021, to surpass Facebook in total market value. To learn more about this and other stories, keep reading this article.

Bitcoin Hits Over $60,000 and Surpasses Facebook in Value

On March 13, 2021, bitcoin recorded a high of $61,683.86. This is yet another milestone that the cryptocurrency has achieved after recording a series of several all-time highs in the past three months.

Institutional investors continue to boost bitcoin’s price with Chinese firm Meitu being the latest company to purchase crypto. The firm bought $22.1 million in ether and $17.9 million in bitcoin.

“Beeple’s $69 million [non-fungible token] record demonstrates the true power of crypto, adding curiosity and fuel to the retail fire. Expect volatility but a landing of $100K levels by Q3,” said Jehan Chu, Managing Partner of trading firm Kenetic.

Furthermore, bitcoin’s market cap has risen to the eighth position, surpassing Facebook. Currently, bitcoin has a market capitalization of about $1.07 trillion while Facebook has a market cap of $808.76 billion.

Luno Users Can Now Earn Interest on Ether and USDC Savings

Luno users can now add ETH and USD coin (USDC) to their savings wallet where they can earn 4 percent and 7.6 percent APR, respectively. The exchange introduced the savings wallet five months ago allowing users to earn up to four percent on their bitcoin savings.

“The addition of two new cryptocurrencies to the savings wallet gives customers even greater flexibility and potential to earn interest as they grow their crypto savings. A high percentage of Africans who own cryptocurrency do so for speculative investment purposes, with the majority holding their crypto for the long term. If your crypto investment strategy is holding your crypto long-term, the savings wallet earns you additional interest for what you were already doing,” said Marius Reitz, the General Manager for Africa, at Luno.

According to a Luno 2020 survey, more than a third of the respondents (35 percent) were not earning interest on their traditional cash savings. On the other hand, 54 percent were not earning interest on their current bank accounts. As a result, Luno wants to change these statistics with its crypto savings wallet.

The savings feature pays out interest monthly and users can access their savings 24/7. Moreover, 250,000 people are using the savings wallet since its launch.

South African Company Invests in Bitcoin

It is not large companies alone that are investing in bitcoin. According to an article on Tech Central, open-source software firm LSD Information Technology has purchased R2 million in bitcoin (about $135,570.70).

The company’s board agreed to invest in the digital asset on January 4, 2021. In the initial purchase, it bought R1 million in bitcoin then bought the other R1 million over the next two weeks. The firm used the crypto exchange BitFund to buy and hold the BTC.

“Our vision is to make the world more open, and bitcoin supports our philosophy on how we believe the world works best. Working in the open-source space seems to attract many crypto enthusiasts for whom the decentralised open nature of cryptocurrencies appeals,” said LSD founder and CEO Stefan Lesicnik.

The firm participates in running and maintaining bitcoin full nodes.