Altcoins took the reins and galloped higher while bulls appear to be losing the battle to hold Bitcoin price above $43,000.
On May 18, Bitcoin (BTC) and the overall cryptocurrency market faced another round of selling as fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) impacted investor sentiment after Reuters and various social media outlets reported that China would ban financial institutions and payment companies from providing services related to cryptocurrency transactions.
According to these reports, China also issued a warning to several Chinese trade associations about the dangers of cryptocurrency investing.
Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that bulls attempted to push the price of Bitcoin back above the $45,000 resistance level in the early hours on Tuesday only to have the price battered back below $43,000.
While the conditions for Bitcoin may appear dire to some, several fundamental developments including increased BTC outflows from the top U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase and the revelation that MicroStrategy used this most recent dip to buy another $10 million worth of BTC indicate the potential for further upside for the top cryptocurrency.
The precarious nature of the current market conditions for Bitcoin are perhaps summed up best in the following tweet from cryptocurrency analyst and Twitter personality Rekt Capital, which highlights the importance of the upcoming daily close for BTC.
— Rekt Capital (@rektcapital) May 18, 2021
Altcoins shake off the downturn
Despite the full-frontal FUD assault that the crypto market has been under in recent weeks, many altcoins have seen their prices breakout over the past couple of days as traders rotate out of underperforming tokens and into tokens that have turned bullish.
The standout performance of the week goes to Polygon (MATIC), the rapidly rising Ethereum (ETH) layer-two solution that has morphed into an oasis for traders looking for lower fees.
According to data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, market conditions for MATIC have been favorable for some time as evidenced it’s the recent VORTECS™ Score of 99 on May 15, which was recorded roughly 50 hours before its price rallied 83% from a low of $1.47 on May 17 to a new all-time high at $2.70 on May 18. This move took place as there was a record $6.84 billion in 24-hour trading volume.
Synthetix (SNX) has also received a boost in trading volume on Tuesday that has lifted its price 40% to an intraday high at $25.64, while the Binance Smart Chain-based Venus (XVS) DeFi platform has rallied 63% to an intraday high of $143.41.
Other notable double-digit gainers include 40% gains for Ark and Celer Network (CELR), as well as 20% gains for Aave (AAVE) and Helium (HNT).
The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $2.076 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 39.4%.
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