In the second quarter, Bitcoin won over 40%
Bitcoin fell 0.56% on Tuesday. Thus, partially reversing Monday’s gain, Bitcoin ended June down more than 3% to $ 9,136. Despite the monthly loss for June, Bitcoin rose by an enviable 42.33% in the second quarter.
Earlier today, Cointelegraph announced that the price of Bitcoin registered its strongest performance for Q2 in history, despite the shocking collapse to $ 3,750 on March 13. It is worth noting here that the main cryptocurrency even registered twice the profit of the S&P 500 index for the quarter.
The second quarter was mixed for other major cryptocurrencies. Cardano’s ADA took the lead, rising 172.45%. Binance Coin (+22.43%), Ethereum (+69.43%), Monero’s XMR (+33.05%), Stellar’s Lumen (+65.45%), Tezos (+46.32%) and Tron’s TRX (+41.46%) also recorded stable profits.
Bitcoin Cash ABC (+1.26%), EOS (+6.98%), Litecoin (+5.03%) and Ripple’s XRP (+0.91%) lagged behind.
Reversing the trend during the quarter, however, Bitcoin Cash SV fell 4.63%.
On Wednesday morning, the total market capitalization amounted to 259.53 billion dollars. At the time of writing, the dominance of Bitcoin was 66.04%. And the trading volumes for the last 24 hours reached $ 54.54 billion.
What to expect in the third quarter?
Three were the main catalysts that fueled the historic Bitcoin rally from April to June. Namely: the block reward halving on May 11, the demand for BTC at a much lower price and a strong recovery in the world stock markets.
Also, data from the blockchain show that the total number of Bitcoin whales has exceeded a 3-year high above 1800 in the last 3 months. From a macro point of view, this increase in the number of whales (individual investors who own a large amount of BTC) can be considered a bullish indication.
As of the beginning of the third quarter, investors in stocks and cryptocurrencies remain concerned that markets will suffer from a drastic increase in COVID-19 infections in a number of US states. And the EU’s recent ban on Americans traveling to member countries should also have a strong effect on airlines and the global tourism industry. If stock markets volatility remains high (or above the historical average), then the correlation between stocks and BTC should remain relatively high.
The general opinion among analysts is that in the coming weeks the price of Bitcoin may test the recent bottoms again. But despite the short-term bearish outlook, BTC’s market structure and investor bullish sentiment suggest that the digital asset remains well-positioned for further gains in Q3.
Technical analysis of BTC/USD
Bitcoin started the new month, struggling to hold over $ 9,100 amid widespread consolidation in the crypto market.
On the downside, the first support is at 100-day SMA, supported by the upside trend line of the formed triangle of the hourly chart.
It is essential to keep the price above $ 9,100, as this will allow the bulls to focus on $ 9,200. However, if the bears prevail and the support of the triangle is broken, BTC/USD could fall below $ 9,000. And even to test recent lows at $ 8,856/18.
From a different technical point of view, the current consolidation may last longer based on the signals from RSI and MACD. Both indicators move sideways around their midlines on the hourly chart. The RSI is horizontal at 48, while the MACD is around 0.00 (midline). If they remain in the same condition longer, consolidation will also continue.
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Author: Silviya Velcheva
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