Bitcoin Price Regains Its Footing After Wild Weekend

Bitcoin’s price stabilized on Monday, as a sense of calm returned to the cryptocurrency market following a highly volatile weekend.

BTC/USD Update

The bitcoin price rose 3.5% to $3,956 on Bitfinex, where it was trading near session highs. Aggregate data from CoinMarketCap show an average price of $3,915.14. The leading digital currency dropped by as much as 9% on Sunday mere hours after testing December highs north of $4,200.

Trade volumes touched a high near $11 billion on Sunday and have since moderated to around $9.6 billion, a level that is well above the historic average. In terms of exchange-based volume, BitMEX processed nearly $1.4 billion worth of BTC trades via derivatives contracts. That’s equivalent to nearly 12% of the daily volume. Spot markets accounted for the remainder.

Bitcoin has experienced a volume breakout over the past three weeks, as long-term holders continue to migrate capital onto virtual exchanges. This process may have begun as early as last summer, which was a period of unprecedented calm for digital assets.

At current values, bitcoin has a total market capitalization of $68.7 billion and accounts for 51.8% of the entire crypto market.

From a technical point of view, bitcoin continues to face strong resistance near the December high. A move beyond that barrier is needed if the bulls are to have any chance of negating the long-term downtrend. At nearly 14 months, bitcoin is in the longest bear market in its ten-year history. Read more: Bitcoin Price Update: BTC/USD Approaches Longest Bear Market in History.

Weekend Pump-and-Dump

The past 48 hours saw wild swings for cryptoassets, as traders booked profits following a successful pump of bitcoin and its altcoin peers. The combined market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies reached a high near $144 billion late Saturday before plunging back down toward $127 billion.

As a result of the pump-and-dump, Tether (USDT) witnessed its biggest volume surge on record. Nearly $12 billion worth of USDT was traded on virtual exchanges Sunday, equivalent to 29.6% of total trade volumes. The stablecoin overtook bitcoin as the most actively traded cryptocurrency but has since fallen back to second spot.

Related: Crypto Flash Crash Sees Coin Values Plunge by $16 Billion; Tether Overtakes Bitcoin as Volume Leader.

Bitcoin’s volatility index surged on Sunday, reaching its highest level in a month. The 30-day volatility tracker from jumped to 2.9% from 2.23% the previous session. A higher volatility reading implies bigger price variance over time.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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