Cue the Crypto Recovery: Coins Surge $9 Billion Overnight as Ethereum, EOS Break Out

Cryptocurrencies broke out of their narrow trading range on Monday and were on track to finally snap a four-month losing streak as bitcoin and its altcoin peers surged to their highest levels since early January.

Crypto Coins Surge

The top 40 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization reported gains through the early part of the session on Monday. Among the majors, Ethereum surged 14.8% to $144.65, its highest since Jan. 9. As we reported over the weekend, ether is benefiting from renewed optimism tied to its upcoming Constantinople hard fork.

The EOS price climbed 14.2% to $3.21. That was the highest since November.

Bitcoin cash also registered double-digit gains, climbing 10.7% to $134.61.

Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market cap, rose 5.8% to $3,836.51. Read more: Bitcoin Surges to Five-Week High; Crypto Bulls Reignite?

XRP reached $0.3159, having gained 5.2%. Litecoin extended its multi-week rally, climbing 7.8% to $46.48.

Tron, Stellar and Binance Coin all rose by at least 4.1%, according to CoinMarketCap.

Beyond the top-ten, Marker surged 10.2% to $573.80. In doing os, it toppled NEO and Ethereum Classic in the crypto-market index.

The combined value of all cryptocurrencies improved to $129.7 billion, having gained $9 billion since Sunday. Trade volumes jumped more than 40% to $28.6 billion.

Volumes and Fundamentals

Crypto markets as a whole are riding a four-month losing streak, but for bitcoin the skid stretches back all the way to six months. That’s the longest string of consecutive losses in its ten-year history.

Consecutive months of rising trade volumes are finally beginning to translate into higher prices. The number of bitcoins in circulation has been rising steadily since the summer, a trend that is positively correlated with increased volatility. Since October, coin circulation and trading volumes have been increasing more rapidly as long-dormant accounts became active once again.

Related: Bitcoin Likely Headed Lower as Whales Activate Long-Dormant Accounts.

Initially, it was feared that many of these suddenly active accounts would become net sellers. This was certainly the case in November when concerns about the bitcoin cash hard fork triggered a relentless technical selloff in the broader market. But over the past few months, higher trade volumes have not resulted in the same selling pressure as before. In fact, a sharp decline in volatility was also observed during the same period. This low-volatility, high-volume regime is unique for cryptocurrencies.

Fundamentals surrounding cryptocurrencies have also improved since the new year. For bitcoin, this means higher transactions and lower fees. On the adoption front, pension funds and other retirement planners are actively investing into crypto funds. Within traditional finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co has become a firm believer in stablecoins after the bank announced it will launch a new cryptocurrency to ease the time and cost burdens on its $6 trillion payments market.

Check out our latest Week in Review: Jamie Dimon Gets Crypto Fever as JPMorgan Develops Stablecoin; Bitcoin Fundamental Improve.

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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