Top-trader sentiment surges for ETH ahead of Ethereum’s Merge — OKX Market Report
BTC price increase pulls crypto market up by its bootstraps
The total cryptocurrency market capitalization is up 4.5% today to $1.66 trillion — thanks, in large part, to a 7% increase in the price of BTC. The price of the second-ranked cryptocurrency, ETH, is only up 0.9%. Major altcoins DOT and XMR are some of the only standout altcoins outperforming BTC on the day.
Despite the solid increase in the price of BTC, market participants remain extremely fearful. Per multifactorial sentiment analysis from alternative.me, sentiment surrounding Bitcoin has increased modestly — but is still extremely negative.
DeFi market stagnation continues
The total value locked in the decentralized finance market continues to stagnate around the $60 billion mark as the wider cryptocurrency market focuses on BTC. Leading DeFi protocol Aave has seen its TVL increase by 5.41%, however — though the rest of the market has seen comparatively lesser action.
Top altcoin gainers and losers: Down day for major altcoins
- KLAY/USDT -10.58%
- MCO/USDT -10.72%
- AKITA/USDT -12.20%
No altcoin with a market capitalization over $1 billion is trading positive on OKX today — aside from stablecoins.
BTC technical analysis: Looking to put in a bottom
The price of BTC will look to keep up its bullish momentum following the news that El Salvador made the foremost cryptocurrency legal tender — a global first.
To do so, BTC must hold above the ribbon of exponential moving averages on the four-hour time frame. Failure to do so could be seen as extremely bearish — and buyers may not continue to remain in the area above 30,000 USDT.
ETH technical analysis: Collapsing against BTC
The price of ETH has continued its rapid decline against BTC. Some traders may expect a bounce around the 0.067 BTC area, though the four-hour EMA ribbon may act as resistance against any potential upward movement.
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