The Crypto Daily – Movers and Shakers – May 5th, 2021

Bitcoin, BTC to USD, slid by 6.81% on Tuesday. Reversing a 0.96% gain from Monday, Bitcoin ended the day at $53,251.0.

It was a particularly bearish day. Bitcoin slid from an early morning intraday high $57,166.0 to a final hour intraday low $53,067.0.

The extended sell-off saw Bitcoin fall through the first major support level at $56,124 and the second major support level at $55,100.

The near-term bullish trend remained intact in spite of the slide back to $53,000 levels. For the bears, Bitcoin would need to slide through the 62% FIB of $27,237 to form a near-term bearish trend.

The Rest of the Pack

Across the rest of the majors, it was a mixed day on Monday.

Bitcoin Cash SV (-12.62%), Crypto.com Coin (-10.36%), and Ripple’s XRP (-10.85%) led the way down.

Binance Coin (-9.99%), Cardano’s ADA (-6.75%), and Ethereum (-5.65%) also struggled.

Chainlink (+8.34%), Litecoin (+3.59%), and Polkadot (+0.35%) bucked the trend on the day, however.

Early in the week, the crypto total market rose to a Monday high $2,331bn before falling to a Tuesday low $2,064bn. At the time of writing, the total market cap stood at $2,216bn.

Bitcoin’s dominance rose to a Monday high 49.39% before falling to a Tuesday low 46.04%. At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s dominance stood at 46.62%.

This Morning

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was up by 3.85% to $55,300.0. A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin fall to an early morning low $52,960.0 before rising to a high $55,425.0.

Bitcoin left the major support and resistance levels untested early on.

Elsewhere, it was a bullish start to the day.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin Cash SV was up by 10.60% to lead the way.

BTCUSD 050521 Hourly Chart

For the Bitcoin Day Ahead

Bitcoin would need to avoid a fall back through the pivot level at $54,495 to support a run at the first major resistance level at $55,922.

Support from the broader market would be needed for Bitcoin to breakout from this morning’s high $55,425.0.

Barring an extended crypto rally, the first major resistance level and resistance at $56,000 would likely cap any upside.

In the event of an extended crypto rally, Bitcoin could test resistance at $60,000 before any pullback. The second major resistance level sits at $58,594.

Failure to avoid a fall back through the pivot at $54,495 would bring the first major support level at $51,823 into play.

Barring another extended sell-off on the day, Bitcoin should steer clear of sub-$50,000 levels. The 23.6% FIB of $50,473 and the second major support level at $50,396 should limit the downside.

S&P Dow Jones Brings Bitcoin, Ethereum to Wall St with Cryptocurrency Indexes

The new indexes, S&P Bitcoin Index, S&P Ethereum Index and S&P Crypto Mega Cap Index, will measure the performance of digital assets tied to them.

The list will expand to include additional coins later this year, the division of financial data provider S&P Global said.

The company first announced the plan in December when it said it would cover more than 550 of top-traded coins and that its clients will be able to create customized indices and other benchmarking tools on cryptocurrencies.

“Traditional financial markets and digital assets are no longer mutually exclusive markets,” said Peter Roffman, global head of innovation and strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

The indexes will use data from New York-based virtual currency company Lukka.

Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, has seen a wild rally in prices after backing from high-profile companies including Tesla and Bank of NY Mellon. Its price, however, has come off its record highs.

Ethereum, meanwhile, touched a record high on Monday after rising above $3,000 for the first time over the weekend.

(Reporting by Niket Nishant in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber and Arun Koyyur)

Sotheby’s to Accept Bitcoin, Ethereum for Banksy Auction

Bidding for the work is estimated at $3 million to $5 million, Sotheby’s said, with the buyer having the option to pay with cryptocurrency.

The auction house has tied up with cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc for the sale. Coinbase said in a blog https://bit.ly/3vGLwbz it would help manage price fluctuations during the auction in New York next week.

Bitcoin hit a record high just shy of $65,000 last month, the latest landmark on the emerging asset’s march to wider acceptance. Its gains have been fueled by growing acceptance among major U.S. companies and financial firms.

Cryptocurrencies have already made a mark in the world of digital art.

A digital artwork – “Everydays – The First 5000 Days” by American artist Mike Winkelmann who is better known as Beeple – sold for nearly $70 million at Christie’s in March, in the first ever sale by a major auction house of a piece of art that does not exist in physical form.

Coinbase said its partnership with Sotheby’s could pave the way for further adoption of cryptocurrency across the bidding house’s auctions.

(Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

After First Quarter Frenzy, NFT Market Shows Signs of Stabilising

By Elizabeth Howcroft

An NFT artwork fetched $69.3 million at Christie’s in March, in the first ever sale by a major auction house of a piece of art that does not exist in physical form.

While anyone can view an NFT, whose ownership status is recorded on blockchain, the buyer has the status of being the official owner, a kind of digital bragging right.

A surge in interest in NFTs in 2021 is attributed to people spending more time online with cash to spare during lockdown.

Meanwhile, cryptocurrency price gains over the past few years have also created a new group of crypto-rich speculators looking for the next big thing.

But after explosive growth in February and March, NFT sales volumes generally dipped in April.

On OpenSea, a major NFT marketplace, monthly sales were $93.6 million in April, having hit almost $150 million in March, compared to $95 million in February and $8 million in January.

A year ago volumes were steady at around $1 million a month.

NFT sales on OpenSea NFT sales on OpenSea 

Sales data from NonFungible.com, a site which aggregates transactions from the Ethereum blockchain, shows weekly trading volumes in April were below March’s peak, but substantially higher than pre-2021 levels.

And on Nifty Gateway, an NFT marketplace owned by Gemini, monthly sales of $60.9 million were less than half of the $144 million in March, but significantly more than in January when then totalled $8.75 million.

Gemini is owned by virtual currency entrepreneurs Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.

Weekly NFT sales volume

The U.S. National Basketball Association’s Top Shot marketplace, which allows fans to buy and trade NFTs in the form of video highlights, also saw its explosive sales in the first quarter of the year slip in April.

But participation remains high, with 324,000 unique buyers in April, up from 30,800 in January.

NBA Top Shot sales

Although individual “moments” fetching six-figure sums have caught headlines, Top Shot said that the average sale price in April was $65, compared to $157 in March, $182 in February and $80 in January.

Overall, sports-related NFTs saw the most sales in April, followed by games and NFTs related to online virtual worlds known as the “metaverse”, NonFungible.com said.

Number of NFT sales by category 

(Reporting by Elizabeth Howcroft; Editing by Rachel Armstrong and Alexander Smith)

‘Speculative Excess’: Ethereum Finds New Peak in Sizzling Crypto Market

A day after blowing past $3,000 for the first time, ether, the token traded over the ethereum blockchain, hit $3,457.64 on the bitstamp exchange before dropping 6% to $3,244.

That still leaves it with a gain of some 340% this year. The rise is in part a spillover from flows into bitcoin, which has grown in stature as big-name investors from Elon Musk’s carmaker Tesla to Wall Street investor Stanley Druckenmiller buy in.

It is also being driven by a speculative frenzy in the asset class. Joke cryptocurrency dogecoin is up by 9,000% this year to put the sum of its tokens on issue at over $54 billion. Other new tokens have proliferated, and buyers this week piled in to several tiny new coins promoted by porn stars.

“What we’re seeing right now is the definition of speculative excess,” said IG Markets analyst Kyle Rodda, who likened it to the tech-bubble mania of two decades ago.

“There’s money being thrown at anything in the crypto space,” he added.

With a market capitalisation of $376 billion, traders are taking the gains in ether much more seriously and say it is catching up to bitcoin’s rise and that upgrades to the ethereum blockchain stand to make it more useful.

Against bitcoin the value of ether has more than doubled this year and it touched a more than two-and-a-half-year high early on Tuesday. Bitcoin, which is up 90% this year dipped to $55,625 while the U.S. dollar firmed slightly elsewhere. [FRX/]

(Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Kim Coghill and Sam Holmes)

Ethereum Breaks Past $3,000 to Quadruple in Value in 2021

By Ritvik Carvalho and Tom Westbrook

Ether, the token transacted on the ethereum blockchain, rose 3% on the Bitstamp exchange to $3,144.81 in morning deals in London. It is up 325% for the year so far, easily outpacing a 95% rise in the more popular bitcoin.

In part, the big rally is a catch-up to late 2020 gains in bitcoin, said James Quinn, managing director at Q9 Capital, a Hong Kong cryptocurrency private wealth manager.

It also reflects improvements to the ethereum blockchain, he said, and a growing shift towards “DeFi”, or decentralised finance, which refers to transactions outside traditional banking for which the ethereum blockchain is a crucial platform.

“At first, the rally was really led by bitcoin because as a lot of the institutional investors came into the space, that would be their natural first port of call,” Quinn said.

“But as the rally has matured over the last six months, you have DeFi and a lot of DeFi is built on ethereum.”

The launch of ether exchange-traded funds in Canada and surging demand for ether wallets to transact non-fungible tokens such as digital art have also pushed up the price.

The ether/bitcoin cross rate has soared more than 100% this year and hit a 2.5-year high on Sunday, pointing to a degree of rotation into the second-biggest cryptocurrency as investors diversify their exposure.

“Surging DeFi volumes continue to push ethereum prices higher as investors gain confidence in crypto and see ethereum as a safe second-place asset,” said Jehan Chu, managing partner at Hong Kong blockchain venture capital firm Kenetic Capital.

Illustrating the momentum for such new transactions, Bloomberg reported last week that the European Investment Bank plans on issuing a digital bond over the Ethereum blockchain, while JP Morgan plans a managed bitcoin fund.

Venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz is looking to raise a new fund of as much as $1 billion to invest in cryptocurrencies and crypto start-ups, the Financial Times reported on Friday, underlining interest in the sector.

Bitcoin, the world’s biggest crypto asset with more than $1 trillion in market capitalisation, regained the $50,000 mark last week and hovered around $58,700 on Monday, up about 4% but well below its record high at $64,895.22.

The U.S. dollar was broadly steady. [FRX/]

(Reporting by Tom Westbrook and Vidya RanganathanAdditional reporting by Ritvik CarvalhoEditing by Himani Sarkar, Tommy Wilkes and Mark Heinrich)

The Crypto Daily – Movers and Shakers – May 3rd, 2021

Bitcoin, BTC to USD, fell by 2.02% on Sunday. Reversing a 0.25% gain from Saturday, Bitcoin ended the week up by 15.22% to $56,605.0.

A bullish start to the day saw Bitcoin rise to an early morning intraday high $57,900.0 before hitting reverse.

Falling short of the first major resistance level at $58,400, Bitcoin fell to a mid-morning intraday low $56,050.0.

Bitcoin fell through the first major support level at $57,074 before briefly revisiting $57,300 levels.

Failing to move back into positive territory, Bitcoin fell back through the first major support level to end the day at sub-$57,000 levels.

The near-term bullish trend remained intact supported by the return to $58,000 levels. For the bears, Bitcoin would need to slide through the 62% FIB of $27,237 to form a near-term bearish trend.

The Rest of the Pack

Across the rest of the majors, it was a mixed day on Sunday.

Polkadot rose by 1.39% to lead the way, with Binance Coin (+0.21%), Ethereum (+0.11%) also finding support.

It was a bearish day for the rest of the majors, however.

Ripple’s XRP slid by 5.72% to lead the way down, with Chainlink ending the day down by 4.27%.

Bitcoin Cash SV (-2.17%), Cardano’s ADA (-1.84%) and Crypto.com Coin (-2.93%), and Litecoin (-2.86%) also struggled.

In the week, the crypto total market fell to a Monday low $1,778bn before rising to a Saturday high $2,229bn. At the time of writing, the total market cap stood at $2,208bn.

Bitcoin’s dominance rose to a Monday high 51.73% before falling to a Sunday low 48.76%. At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s dominance stood at 49.01%.

This Morning

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was up by 2.05% to $57,762.6. A bullish start to the day saw Bitcoin rise from an early morning low $56,574.0 to a high $58,279.0 before easing back.

Bitcoin broke through the first major resistance level at $57,653 early on.

Elsewhere, it was a bullish start to the day.

At the time of writing, Ethereum and Ripple’s XRP were up by 3.16% and by 3.07% respectively to lead the way.

BTCUSD 030521 Hourly Chart

For the Bitcoin Day Ahead

Bitcoin would need to avoid a fall back through the first major resistance level at $57,653 to bring the second major resistance level at $58,702 into play.

Support from the broader market would be needed for Bitcoin to breakout from the morning high $58,279.0.

Barring an extended crypto rally, the second major resistance level would likely cap any upside.

In the event of an extended crypto rally, Bitcoin could test resistance at $60,000 before any pullback. The third major resistance level sits at $60,552.

A fall back through the first major resistance level would bring the pivot at $56,852 and the first major support level at $55,803 into play.

Barring another extended sell-off on the day, Bitcoin should steer clear of sub-$55,000 levels. The second major support level at $55,002 should limit the downside.

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The Crypto Daily – Movers and Shakers – May 2nd, 2021

Bitcoin, BTC to USD, rose by 0.25% on Saturday. Consolidating Friday’s 7.59% gain, Bitcoin ended the day at $57,774.0.

A bullish start to the day saw Bitcoin rise to an early morning intraday high $58,326.0 before hitting reverse.

Falling short of the first major resistance level at $59,260, Bitcoin fell to a mid-afternoon intraday low $57,000.0.

Steering clear of the first major support level at $54,534, Bitcoin revisited $57,900 levels before easing back.

The near-term bullish trend remained intact supported by the return to $58,000 levels. For the bears, Bitcoin would need to slide through the 62% FIB of $27,237 to form a near-term bearish trend.

The Rest of the Pack

Across the rest of the majors, it was a mixed day on Saturday.

Binance Coin (-0.43%), Cardano’s ADA (-0.13%), and Crypto.com Coin (-2.35%) saw red to buck the trend on the day.

It was a bullish day for the rest of the majors, however.

Bitcoin Cash SV rallied by 12.35% to lead the way, with Chainlink and Ethereum seeing gains of 8.13% and 6.20% respectively.

Litecoin (+1.99%), Polkadot (+0.89%, and Ripple’s XRP (+3.31%) also avoided the red.

In the current week, the crypto total market fell to a Monday low $1,778bn before rising to a Saturday high $2,229bn. At the time of writing, the total market cap stood at $2,188bn.

Bitcoin’s dominance rose to a Monday high 51.73% before falling to a Saturday low 49.10%. At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s dominance stood at 49.24%.

This Morning

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was down by 0.43% to $57,527.0. A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin rise to an early morning high $57,900.0 before falling to a low $57,461.0.

Bitcoin left the major support and resistance levels untested early on.

Elsewhere, it was a mixed start to the day.

Binance Coin (+0.79%), Crypto.com Coin (+0.89%), and Polkadot (+0.19%) found early support to buck the trend.

It was a bearish start for the rest of the majors, however.

At the time of writing, Ripple’s XRP was down by 1.55% to lead the way down.

BTCUSD 020521 Hourly Chart

For the Bitcoin Day Ahead

Bitcoin would need to move back through $57,700 pivot to bring the first major resistance level at $58,400 into play.

Support from the broader market would be needed for Bitcoin to break back through to $58,000 levels.

Barring an extended crypto rally, the first major resistance level and Saturday’s $58,326 would likely cap any upside.

In the event of an extended crypto rally, Bitcoin could test resistance at $60,000 before any pullback. The second major resistance level sits at $59,026.

Failure to move back through the $57,700 pivot would bring the first major support level at $57,074 into play.

Barring another extended sell-off on the day, Bitcoin should steer clear of sub-$56,000 levels. The second major support level at $56,374 should limit the downside.

The Crypto Daily – Movers and Shakers – May 1st, 2021

Bitcoin, BTC to USD, rallied by 7.59% on Friday. Reversing a 2.36% loss from Thursday, Bitcoin ended the month down by 1.98% to $57,630.0.

A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin fall to an early morning intraday low $53,068.0 before making a move.

Steering clear of the first major support level at $52,221, Bitcoin rallied to a late intraday high $57,611.0.

Bitcoin broke through the first major resistance level at $55,066 and the second major resistance level at $56,567.

Falling short of $58,000 levels, however, Bitcoin eased back to end the day at sub-$57,600 levels.

The near-term bullish trend remained intact supported by the return to $57,000 levels. For the bears, Bitcoin would need to slide through the 62% FIB of $27,237 to form a near-term bearish trend.

The Rest of the Pack

Across the rest of the majors, it was a mixed day on Friday.

Polkadot bucked the trend, falling by 5.80%.

It was a bullish end to the month for the rest of the majors, however.

Ripple’s XRP rallied by 14.39% to lead the way.

Binance Coin (+3.89%), Bitcoin Cash SV (+5.96%), Cardano’s ADA (+3.68%), Chainlink (+4.65%), Crypto.com Coin (+5.32%), and Litecoin (+6.30%) also made solid gains.

Ethereum (+0.64%) trailed the front runners, however.

For the month of April, it was a mixed month for the majors.

Crypto.com Coin joined Bitcoin in the red, with a 6.49% loss.

It was a bullish month for the rest of the majors, however.

Ripple’s XRP and Binance Coin surged by 180.63% and by 106.01% respectively to lead the way.

Bitcoin Cash SV (+36.87%), Chainlink (+29.83%), Ethereum (+44.61%), and Litecoin (+37.93%) also found particularly strong support, with Cardano’s ADA gaining 13.61%.

Polkadot saw a modest gain of 0.22%, however.

In the current week, the crypto total market fell to a Monday low $1,778bn before rising to a Friday high $2,193bn. At the time of writing, the total market cap stood at $2,154bn.

Bitcoin’s dominance rose to a Monday high 51.73% before falling to a Thursday low 49.18%. At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s dominance stood at 50.28%.

This Morning

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was up by 0.28% to $57,794.0. A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin fall to an early morning low $57,350.0 before rising to a high $57,930.0.

Bitcoin left the major support and resistance levels untested early on.

Elsewhere, it was a mixed start to the day.

Crypto.com Coin (+0.36%), Litecoin (+0.46%), and Polkadot (+0.22%) joined Bitcoin in the green early on.

It was a bearish start for the rest of the majors, however.

At the time of writing, Binance Coin was down by 0.77% to lead the way down.

BTCUSD 010521 Hourly Chart

For the Bitcoin Day Ahead

Bitcoin would need to avoid the $56,164 pivot to bring the first major resistance level at $59,260 into play.

Support from the broader market would be needed for Bitcoin to break out from $58,500 levels.

Barring an extended crypto rally, the first major resistance level and resistance at $60,000 would likely cap any upside.

In the event of an extended crypto rally, Bitcoin could test resistance at the swing hi $64,829. The second major resistance level sits at $60,890.

Failure to avoid a fall through the $56,164 would bring the first major support level at $54,334 into play.

Barring another extended sell-off on the day, Bitcoin should steer clear of sub-$54,000 levels. The second major support level sits at $51,438.

The Crypto Daily – Movers and Shakers – April 30th, 2021

Bitcoin, BTC to USD, fell by 2.36% on Thursday. Following on from a 0.33% decline on Wednesday, Bitcoin ended the day at $53,566.0.

A bullish start to the day saw Bitcoin rise to an early morning intraday high $55,222.0 before hitting reverse.

Falling short of the first major resistance level at $56,222, Bitcoin slid to a late intraday low $52,377.0.

The sell-off saw Bitcoin fall through the first major support level at $53,707 and the second major support level at $52.554.

Finding late support, however, Bitcoin broke back through the second major support level to end the day at $53,500 levels.

The near-term bullish trend remained intact supported by the partial recovery to $55,000 levels. For the bears, Bitcoin would need to slide through the 62% FIB of $27,237 to form a near-term bearish trend.

The Rest of the Pack

Across the rest of the majors, it was a mixed day on Thursday.

Binance Coin and Polkadot rose by 6.60% and by 8.49% respectively to lead the way.

Chainlink (+0.59%), Ethereum (+0.27%), and Ripple’s XRP (+2.90%) also found support.

It was a bearish day for the rest of the majors, however.

Bitcoin Cash SV (-0.73%), Cardano’s ADA (-2.37%), Crypto.com Coin (-1.01%), and Litecoin (-1.27%) joined Bitcoin in the red.

In the current week, the crypto total market fell to a Monday low $1,778bn before rising to a Wednesday high $2,124bn. At the time of writing, the total market cap stood at $2,013bn.

Bitcoin’s dominance rose to a Monday high 51.73% before falling to a Thursday low 49.20%. At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s dominance stood at 49.45%.

This Morning

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was down by 0.59% to $53,250.0. A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin rise to an early morning high $53,638.0 before falling to a low $53,068.0.

Bitcoin left the major support and resistance levels untested early on.

Elsewhere, it was a bearish start to the day.

At the time of writing, Binance Coin and Crypto.com Coin were down by 1.73 and by 1.77% respectively to lead the way down.

BTCUSD 300421 Hourly Chart

For the Bitcoin Day Ahead

Bitcoin would need to move through the $53,722 pivot to bring the first major resistance level at $55,066 into play.

Support from the broader market would be needed for Bitcoin to break out from $54,500 levels.

Barring an extended crypto rally, the first major resistance level and Thursday’s high $55,222.0 would likely cap any upside.

In the event of an extended crypto rally, Bitcoin could test resistance at $58,000 before any pullback. The second major resistance level sits at $56,567.

Failure to move through the $53,722 would bring the first major support level at $52,221 into play.

Barring another extended sell-off on the day, Bitcoin should steer clear of the second major support level at $50,877 and the 23.6% FIB of $50,473.

The Crypto Daily – Movers and Shakers – April 28th, 2021

Bitcoin, BTC to USD, rose by 1.76% on Tuesday. Following a 10.12% rally on Monday, Bitcoin ended the day at $55,044.0.

A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin fall to an early morning intraday low $53,304.0 before making a move.

Steering clear of the first major support level at $50,493, Bitcoin rallied to a late intraday high $55,437.0.

Falling short of the first major resistance level at $56,049, however, Bitcoin eased back to sub-$55,000 levels before ending the day at $55,000 levels.

The near-term bullish trend remained intact supported by the partial recovery to $55,000 levels. For the bears, Bitcoin would need to slide through the 62% FIB of $27,237 to form a near-term bearish trend.

The Rest of the Pack

Across the rest of the majors, it was a bullish day on Tuesday.

Bitcoin Cash SV rallied by 10.87% to lead the way.

Binance Coin (+6.29%), Cardano’s ADA (+5.57%), Chainlink (+4.62%), Crypto.com Coin (+5.11%), Ethereum (+5.31%), and Litecoin (+5.12%) also found strong support.

Polkadot (+2.35%) and Ripple’s XRP (+2.94%) trailed the front runners, however.

Early in the week, the crypto total market fell to a Monday low $1,778bn before rising to a Tuesday high $2,078bn. At the time of writing, the total market cap stood at $2,057bn.

Bitcoin’s dominance rose to a Monday high 51.73% before falling to a Tuesday low 49.94%. At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s dominance stood at 50.27%.

This Morning

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was up by 0.39% to $55,260.0. A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin fall to an early morning low $55,010.0 before rising to a high $55,298.0.

Bitcoin left the major support and resistance levels untested early on.

Elsewhere, it was a mixed start to the day.

Polkadot was down by 0.34% to buck the trend early on.

It was a bullish start for the rest of the majors, however.

At the time of writing, Ripple’s XRP was up by 1.38% to lead the way.

BTCUSD 280421 Hourly Chart

For the Bitcoin Day Ahead

Bitcoin would need to avoid a fall through the $54,595 pivot to bring the first major resistance level at $55,886 into play.

Support from the broader market would be needed for Bitcoin to break out from $55,500 levels.

Barring an extended crypto rally, the first major resistance level would likely cap any upside.

In the event of an extended crypto rally, Bitcoin could test resistance at $57,000 before any pullback. The second major resistance level sits at $56,728.

Failure to avoid a fall through the $54,595 would bring the first major support level at $53,753 into play.

Barring another extended sell-off on the day, Bitcoin should steer well clear of the 23.6% FIB of $50,473. The second major support level at $52,462 should limit the downside.

The Crypto Daily – The Movers and Shakers – April 26th, 2021

Bitcoin, BTC to USD, fell by 2.03% on Sunday. Following a 1.91% fall on Saturday, Bitcoin ended the week down by 12.54% to $49,129.0.

A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin break through the 23.6% FIB to strike an early morning high $50,563.0 before hitting reverse.

Falling short of the first major resistance level at $51,291, Bitcoin fell to a late morning low $49,164.0.

While steering clear of the first major support level at $48,942, Bitcoin fell back through the 23.6% FIB of $50,473.

Finding late morning support, however, Bitcoin broke back through the 23.6% FIB to hit an intraday high $50,671.0.

Continuing to fall short of the first major resistance level, Bitcoin slid to a late intraday low $47,112.0.

Falling back through the 23.6% FIB, Bitcoin also fell through the first major support level at $48,942 and the second major support level at $47,722.

Steering clear of sub-$47,000 levels, however, Bitcoin broke back through the major support levels to end the day at $49,100 levels.

The near-term bullish trend remained intact in spite of the latest reversal. For the bears, Bitcoin would need to slide through the 62% FIB of $27,237 to form a near-term bearish trend.

The Rest of the Pack

Across the rest of the majors, it was a mixed day on Sunday.

Ethereum and Polkadot rallied by 4.78% and by 5.00% respectively to lead the way.

Binance Coin (+1.68%), Chainlink (+1.22%), and  Crypto.com Coin (+1.76%) also bucked the trend on the day.

It was a bearish day for the rest of the majors, however.

Bitcoin Cash SV (-1.82%), Cardano’s ADA (-1.18%), Litecoin (-0.49%), and Ripple’s XRP (-1.88%) joined Bitcoin in the red.

It was also a mixed week for the crypto majors.

Binance Coin and Ethereum rose by 4.81% and by 3.60% respectively to buck the trend in the week.

It was a bearish week for the rest of the crypto majors, however.

Bitcoin Cash SV and Ripple’s XRP slid by 29.49% and by 26.97% respectively to lead the way down.

Cardano’s ADA (-14.67%), Chainlink (-19.02%), Crypto.com Coin (-13.09%), Litecoin (-18.24%), and Polkadot (-8.64%) also struggled, however.

In the week, the crypto total market rose to a Monday high $2,100bn before sliding to a Friday low $1,648bn. At the time of writing, the total market cap stood at $1,832.

Bitcoin’s dominance rose to a Tuesday high 54.32% before falling to a Thursday low 50.03%. At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s dominance stood at 51.18%.

This Morning

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was up by 2.13% to $50,173.8. A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin fall to an early morning low $48,831.0 before rising to a high $50,439.0.

Bitcoin left the major support and resistance levels untested early on.

Elsewhere, it was a mixed start to the day.

Crypto.com Coin fell by 0.81% early on to buck the trend.

It was a bullish start for the rest of the majors, however.

At the time of writing, Ripple’s XRP was up by 5.25% to lead the way.

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For the Bitcoin Day Ahead

Bitcoin would need to avoid a fall back through the $48,971 pivot to bring the 23.6% FIB of $50,473 and the first major resistance level at $50,829 into play.

Support from the broader market would be needed for Bitcoin to break out from $50,500 levels.

Barring an extended crypto rally, the first major resistance level and resistance at $51,000 would likely cap any upside.

In the event of an extended crypto rally, Bitcoin could test resistance at $53,000 before any pullback. The second major resistance level sits at $52,530.

Failure to avoid a fall back through the $48,971 would bring the first major support level at $47,270 into play.

Barring another extended sell-off on the day, Bitcoin should steer clear of sub-$45,000 levels. The second major support level at $45,412 should limit the downside.

The Crypto Daily – Movers and Shakers – April 25th, 2021

Bitcoin, BTC to USD, fell by 1.91% on Saturday. Following on from a 1.17% decline on Friday, Bitcoin ended the day at $50,161.0.

A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin rise to an early morning intraday high $51,201.0 before hitting reverse.

Falling short of the first major resistance level at $52,993, Bitcoin fell to a late morning intraday low $48,852.0.

While steering clear of the first major support level at $48,422, Bitcoin fell back through the 23.6% FIB of $50,473.

Finding late morning support, however, Bitcoin broke back through the 23.6% FIB to revisit $51,000 levels before easing back.

A bearish end to the day saw Bitcoin fall back through the 23.6% FIB to end the day at sub-$50,200 levels.

The near-term bullish trend remained intact in spite of the latest reversal. For the bears, Bitcoin would need to slide through the 62% FIB of $27,237 to form a near-term bearish trend.

The Rest of the Pack

Across the rest of the majors, it was a mixed day on Saturday.

Crypto.com Coin rose by 2.70% to buck the trend on the day.

It was a bearish start for the rest of the majors, however.

Chainlink and Ripple’s XRP slid by 11.06% and by 10.17% respectively to lead the way down.

Binance Coin (-5.68%), Bitcoin Cash SV (-5.21%), Cardano’s ADA (-4.66%), Ethereum (-6.47%),  Litecoin (-6.77%), and Polkadot (-8.32%) also struggled.

In the current week, the crypto total market rose to a Monday high $2,100bn before sliding to a Friday low $1,648bn. At the time of writing, the total market cap stood at $1,787.

Bitcoin’s dominance rose to a Tuesday high 54.32% before falling to a Thursday low 50.03%. At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s dominance stood at 52.25%.

This Morning

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was up by 0.15% to $50,238.0. A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin fall to an early morning low $5,0005.0 before rising to a high $50,273.0.

Bitcoin left the major support and resistance levels untested early on.

Elsewhere, it was a mixed start to the day.

Polkadot was up by 0.25% at the turn of the day to buck the trend.

It was a bearish start for the rest of the majors, however.

At the time of writing, Crypto.com Coin was down by 3.22% to lead the way down.

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For the Bitcoin Day Ahead

Bitcoin would need to avoid the $50,071 pivot to bring the 23.6% FIB of $50,473 and the first major resistance level at $51,291 into play.

Support from the broader market would be needed for Bitcoin to break out from Saturday’s high $51,201.0.

Barring an extended crypto rally, the first major resistance level and Saturday’s high would likely cap any upside.

In the event of an extended crypto rally, Bitcoin could test resistance at $53,000 before any pullback. The second major resistance level sits at $52,420.

Failure to avoid a fall through the $50,071 pivot would bring the first major support level at $48,942 into play.

Barring another extended sell-off on the day, Bitcoin should steer clear of sub-$47,000 levels. The second major support level at $47,722 should limit the downside.

The Crypto Daily – Movers and Shakers – April 24th, 2021

Bitcoin, BTC to USD, fell by 1.17% on Friday. Following on from a 3.80% loss on Thursday, Bitcoin ended the day at $51,138.0.

A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin rise to an early morning intraday high $52,131.0 before hitting reverse.

Falling short of the first major resistance level at $54,632, Bitcoin tumbled to a late morning intraday low $47,560.0.

Bitcoin fell through the first major support level at $49,710 and the second major support level at $47,678.

More significantly, Bitcoin also fell through the 23.6% FIB of $50,473 before finding support.

Through the rest of the day, Bitcoin broke back through the major support levels and the 23.6% FIB to end the day at $51,100 levels.

The near-term bullish trend remained intact in spite of the latest reversal. For the bears, Bitcoin would need to slide through the 62% FIB of $27,237 to form a near-term bearish trend.

The Rest of the Pack

Across the rest of the majors, it was another mixed day on Friday.

Binance Coin (+4.42%), Cardano’s ADA (+1.35%), Chainlink (+0.06%), and Ripple’s XRP (+1.29%) bucked the trend on the day.

It was a bearish day for the rest of the majors, however.

Crypto.com Coin tumbled by 12.19% to lead the way down.

Bitcoin Cash SV (-6.75%) and Litecoin (-4.38%) also saw heavy losses

Ethereum (-1.22%) and Polkadot (-0.92%) saw relatively modest losses on the day.

In the current week, the crypto total market rose to a Monday high $2,100bn before sliding to a Friday low $1,643bn. At the time of writing, the total market cap stood at $1,839.

Bitcoin’s dominance rose to a Tuesday high 54.32% before falling to a Thursday low 50.03%. At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s dominance stood at 51.51%.

This Morning

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was down by 0.85% to $50,705.0. A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin rise to an early morning high $51,201.0 before falling to a low $50,486.2.

Bitcoin left the major support and resistance levels untested early on.

Elsewhere, it was a mixed start to the day.

Crypto.com Coin bucked the trend early on, rising by 2.16%.

It was a bearish start for the rest of the majors, however.

At the time of writing, Ripple’s XRP was down by 2.01% to lead the way down.

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For the Bitcoin Day Ahead

Bitcoin would need to avoid a fall through the 23.6% FIB of $50,473 and the $50,276 pivot to bring the first major resistance level at $52,993 into play.

Support from the broader market would be needed for Bitcoin to break back through to $52,000 levels.

Barring an extended crypto rally, the first major resistance level and Friday’s high $52,131 would likely cap any upside.

In the event of an extended crypto rally, Bitcoin could test resistance at $55,000 before any pullback. The second major resistance level sits at $54,487.

Failure to avoid a fall through the 23.6% FIB and the $50,276 pivot would bring the first major support level at $48,422 into play.

Barring another extended sell-off on the day, Bitcoin should steer clear of sub-$47,000 levels. The second major support level sits at $45,705.

The Crypto Daily – Movers and Shakers – April 23rd, 2021

Bitcoin, BTC to USD, fell by 3.80% on Thursday. Following on from a 4.77% slide on Wednesday, Bitcoin ended the day at $51,735.0.

A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin fall to an early morning low $52,525.0 before making a move.

Bitcoin fell through the first major support level at $52,663 before rallying to a mid-day intraday high $55,500.0.

Falling short of the first major resistance level at $55,844, Bitcoin slid to a late intraday low $50,575.0.

The sell-off saw Bitcoin fall back through the first major support level at $52,663.

Bitcoin also fell through the second major support level at $51,545.

Coming within range of the 23.6% FIB of $50,473, Bitcoin revisited $52,200 levels before easing back.

While breaking back through the second major support level, Bitcoin came up short of the first major support level.

The near-term bullish trend remained intact in spite of the latest reversal. For the bears, Bitcoin would need to slide through the 62% FIB of $27,237 to form a near-term bearish trend.

The Rest of the Pack

Across the rest of the majors, it was another mixed day on Thursday.

Ethereum (+1.79%) and Polkadot (+1.45%) bucked the trend on the day once more.

It was a bearish day for the rest of the majors.

Ripple’s XRP slid by 10.53% to lead the way down

Binance Coin (-7.22%), Bitcoin Cash SV (-6.67%), Cardano’s ADA (-4.97%), and Crypto.com Coin (-5.58%) also struggled.

Chainlink (-3.43%) and Litecoin (-2.01%) saw relatively modest losses on the day.

In the current week, the crypto total market rose to a Monday high $2,100bn before sliding to a Thursday low $1,794bn. At the time of writing, the total market cap stood at $1,865.

Bitcoin’s dominance rose to a Tuesday high 54.32% before falling to a Thursday low 50.03%. At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s dominance stood at 51.63%.

This Morning

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was down by 0.14% to $51,665.0. A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin rise to an early morning high $51,883.0 before falling to a low $51,321.0.

Bitcoin left the major support and resistance levels untested early on.

Elsewhere, it was a bearish start to the day.

At the time of writing, Crypto.com Coin was down by 9.45% to lead the way down.

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For the Bitcoin Day Ahead

Bitcoin would need to move through the pivot level at $52,603 to bring the first major resistance level at $54,632 into play.

Support from the broader market would be needed for Bitcoin to break back through to $54,000 levels.

Barring an extended crypto rally, the first major resistance level and resistance at $55,000 would likely cap any upside.

In the event of an extended crypto rally, Bitcoin could test resistance at $58,000 before any pullback. The second major resistance level sits at $57,528.

Failure to move through the $52,603 pivot would bring the 23.6% FIB of $50,473 and the first major support level at $49,707 into play.

Barring another extended sell-off on the day, Bitcoin should steer clear of the second major support level at $47,678.

Dollar Firm as COVID-19 Resurgence Dampens Risk Appetite

By David Henry

The safety bid also supported the Swiss franc and the Japanese yen as the outlook for the global economy soured.

The rise in the dollar comes after the greenback weakened through much of April as U.S. interest rates declined and traders bet that vaccinations would open up a stronger global economic recovery and drive demand for riskier and higher-yielding currencies.

The dollar index, which tracks the U.S. currency against six major peers, was up 0.1% at 91.289 in the morning in New York after slumping overnight as low as 90.856.

The greenback’s bounce came with softer U.S. Treasury yields as investors reconsidered how long it might take before inflation forces the U.S. Federal Reserve to tighten monetary policy and as they saw prices for oil and stocks hit on Tuesday by the prospect of a slower global recovery because of more COVID-19 cases.

The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee meets next week and the European Central Bank decides policy on Thursday. Though neither is expected to signal a change in policy now, traders may hold back from big bets for a few days, said Joseph Manimbo, senior market analyst at Western Union Business Solutions.

“I think the market is just going to play it carefully in case the Fed changes its tune,” Manimbo said.

At the moment, he sees the market acting as though it is at “somewhat of a crossroads for the dollar given that it has struggled this month.”

The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield hovered just above 1.57% on Wednesday morning, not far from the 1.60% level at the start of the week, as the note consolidated gains after a reversal that had driven yields to a 14-month high at 1.7760% last month.

The biggest casualty of the dollar’s rise in Wednesday trading was the euro, with the single currency weakening 0.24% at $1.2007 after touching a seven-week high of $1.2079 overnight.

The Japanese yen, often seen as a safer refuge than the dollar, gained against the greenback to 107.86 but then drifted back to 108.14 on Wednesday morning.

India reported its highest daily toll of 1,761 deaths from COVID-19, while Canada and the United States extended a land-border closure for non-essential travelers.

In cryptocurrencies, bitcoin traded around $55,500, consolidating following its dip to as low as $51,541.16 on Sunday. It set a record high at $64,895.22 on April 14.

(Reporting by David Henry in New York and Saikat Chatterjee in London; Editing by Barbara Lewis, Will Dunham and Hugh Lawson)

The Crypto Daily – Movers and Shakers – April 21st, 2021

Bitcoin, BTC to USD, rose by 1.53% on Tuesday. Reversing a 0.96% loss from Monday, Bitcoin ended the day at $56,471.2.

A bullish start to the day saw Bitcoin fall to a late morning intraday low $53,337.0 before making a move.

Bitcoin fell through the first major support level at $54,091 before rallying to a late intraday high $57,099.0.

Falling short of the first major resistance level at $57,335, however, Bitcoin eased back to end the day at sub-$56,500 levels.

The near-term bullish trend remained intact in spite of the latest reversal. For the bears, Bitcoin would need to slide through the 62% FIB of $27,237 to form a near-term bearish trend.

The Rest of the Pack

Across the rest of the majors, it was a mixed day on Tuesday.

Crypto.com Coin and Litecoin slipped by 0.26% and by 0.73% respectively to buck the trend on the day.

It was a bullish day for the rest of the majors, however.

Binance Coin jumped by 16.49% to lead the way.

Cardano’s ADA (+6.08%), Chainlink (+9.12%), Ethereum (+7.81%), and Ripple’s XRP (+5.76%) also found strong support.

Bitcoin Cash SV (+2.95%) and Polkadot (+0.59%), trailed the front runners, however.

Early in the week, the crypto total market rose to a Monday high $2,100bn before sliding to a Tuesday low $1,837bn. At the time of writing, the total market cap stood at $2,043bn.

Bitcoin’s dominance fell to a Monday low 51.28% before rising to a Tuesday high 54.32%. At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s dominance stood at 51.89%.

This Morning

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was up by 0.41% to $56,702.0. A mixed start to the day saw Bitcoin fall to an early morning low $56,353.0 before rising to a high $56,790.0.

Bitcoin left the major support and resistance levels untested early on.

Elsewhere, it was a bullish start to the day.

At the time of writing, Crypto.com Coin was up by 3.93% to lead the way.

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For the Bitcoin Day Ahead

Bitcoin would need to avoid the pivot level at $55,636 to bring the first major resistance level at $57,935 into play.

Support from the broader market would be needed for Bitcoin to break out from Tuesday’s high $57,099.0.

Barring an extended crypto rally, the first major resistance level and resistance at $58,000.0 would likely cap any upside.

In the event of an extended crypto rally, Bitcoin could test resistance at $60,000 before any pullback. The second major resistance level sits at $59,398.

Failure to avoid a fall through the $55,636 pivot would bring the first major support level at $54,173 into play.

Barring another extended sell-off on the day, Bitcoin should steer clear of sub-$53,000 levels. The second major support level sits at $51,874.

PayPal’s Venmo Launches Crypto Buying and Selling

By Anna Irrera

Venmo users will be able to buy bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash for as little as $1 and publish transactions on the app’s feed, the company said.

With more than 70 million customers, Venmo is one of the most popular payment apps in the United States, especially among younger consumers who use it to pay friends and family. It processed around $159 billion in payments last year.

California-based PayPal has become one of the most active mainstream financial companies in cryptocurrencies.

In October, it began allowing users to buy, sell and hold cryptocurrencies in its digital wallets and last month it started allowing customers to spend their virtual coins at millions of merchants globally.

These launches helped to fuel a rally in virtual currencies. Bitcoin has soared nearly 90% since the start of this year, boosted by interest from larger financial firms betting on its greater adoption and use as a hedge against inflation.

Venmo’s crypto launch also coincides with increased competition in the U.S. peer-to-peer payments sector.

Square Inc’s rival Cash App, which has allowed cryptocurrency purchases since 2018, has seen user growth boom over the last year. Other financial technology startups popular with young consumers, such as broker Robinhood also allow crypto buying and selling.

More than 30% of Venmo customers have purchased crypto or equities, 20% of which started buying during the pandemic, the 2020 Venmo Customer Behavior Study found.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with an easy-to-use platform that simplifies the process of buying and selling cryptocurrencies and demystifies some of the common questions and misconceptions that consumers may have,” Darrell Esch, Venmo senior vice president and general manager, said.

Crypto on Venmo is enabled through PayPal‘s partnership with Paxos Trust Company, a regulated provider of cryptocurrency products and services.

(Reporting by Anna Irrera; editing by Barbara Lewis)

Asian Stocks Hit One-Month Highs, Bitcoin Climbs

By Swati Pandey

Indicators were positive for Europe as well with futures for Eurostoxx 50 up 0.2% and Germany’s DAX adding 0.1% though those for London’s FTSE were barely changed.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan went as high as 699.70, a level not seen since March 18. It was last up 0.1% at 696.46.

The index jumped 1.2% last week and is up 5.1% so far this year, on track for its third straight yearly gain.

“The extremely supportive monetary and fiscal policy setting continues to provide a fertile environment for risk assets,” said Rodrigo Catril, senior forex strategist at National Australia Bank.

Australian shares finished unchanged from Friday’s close while New Zealand’s benchmark index gained 0.6% and South Korea’s KOSPI added 0.1%. Japan’s Nikkei turned around its losses to end flat.

Chinese shares, which started in negative territory, recouped losses with the blue-chip index up 2.2%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.6%.

On Friday, the S&P 500 gained 0.4% to close at a new record high while clocking its sixth straight weekly gain. The Dow finished 0.5%, also at a record high while the Nasdaq climbed 0.1%.

The gains are unlikely to extend further with e-mini futures for the S&P 500 down 0.2%.

This week is off to a quiet start with no major data releases slated on Monday.

Investors will keep their eyes peeled for earnings from IBM and Coca-Cola later in the day. Netflix reports on Tuesday while later in the week American Airlines and Southwest will be the first major post-COVID cyclicals to post results.

The European Central Bank (ECB) meets on Thursday with no changes to rates or guidance expected while preliminary data on factory activity around the globe for April is due on Friday.

Elsewhere, Bitcoin, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency, reversed its losses after plunging as much as 14% on Sunday following speculation the U.S. Treasury may be looking at cracking down on money-laundering activity within digital assets, NAB’s Catril said.

Data website CoinMarketCap cited a blackout in China’s Xinjiang region, which reportedly powers a lot of bitcoin mining, for the selloff.

The retreat in Bitcoin also comes after Turkey’s central bank banned the use of cryptocurrencies for purchases on Friday.

Bitcoin was last up 1%. It has risen more than 90% year to date, driven by its mainstream acceptance as an investment and a means of payment, accompanied by the rush of retail cash into stocks, exchange-traded funds and other risky assets.

In currencies, the U.S. dollar loitered near a four-week low against a basket of currencies as investors increasingly bought into the Federal Reserve’s insistence it would keep an accommodative policy stance for a while longer.

The dollar index measuring the greenback against a basket of six currencies was unchanged at 91.567, not far from its lowest since March 18 touched on Friday.

Against the Japanese yen, the greenback was off 0.2% at 108.52. The euro was a tad lower at $1.1964 while the British pound gained 0.2% to $1.3854. [FRX/]

The risk-sensitive Aussie dollar climbed to $0.7740.

In commodities, oil prices were down with the Brent slipping 22 cents to $66.55 a barrel and U.S. crude falling 19 cents to $62.94.

Gold was up a tad at $1,776.7 an ounce.

(Editing by Michael Perry and Sam Holmes)

Dollar Pinned Near One-Month Low, Bitcoin Steadies Near $57k After Weekend Drop

By Ritvik Carvalho

The dollar was also held down by improved risk sentiment amid a rally in global stocks to record highs.

Bitcoin stabilized after losses from Sunday, when it plunged as much as 14% to $51,541, which a report attributed to news of a power outage in China.

The dollar index, which tracks it against six other currencies, was at 91.552, not far from last week’s low of 91.484, a level not seen since March 18.

The dollar bought 108.40 yen, its lowest against the Japanese currency since March 24.

“Following the decline since end-March, the dollar index has stabilized since mid-last week,” said Jussi Hiljanen, chief strategist, USD and EUR rates at SEB.

“The dollar is likely to remain counter cyclical until the dollar rates in the 2-5y sector take another leg higher. As we expect the dollar rates to move more or less sideways during Q2, EUR/USD has room to gain in the coming months, especially if vaccination speeds up in the euro area and the earnings season pushes the stock market even higher.”

The euro changed hands at $1.1985, flat on the day and near its highest against the dollar since March 4. The European Central Bank meets on Thursday with internal divisions over the pace of bond buying, extended COVID-19 lockdowns and potential delays to the EU recovery fund form the backdrop.

The 10-year Treasury yield sank as low as 1.5280% last week from 1.7760% at the end of last month, its highest in more than a year.

The S&P 500 closed at a record high on Friday, extending a rally in global stocks.

Fed Governor Christopher Waller said on CNBC on Friday that the U.S. economy “is ready to rip” as vaccinations continue and activity picks up, but a rise in inflation is likely to be transitory, echoing comments from other Fed officials, including Chair Jerome Powell, over the past week.

“With liquidity still abundant, we are going to hear more about the FX carry trade – which thrives in a low volatility environment,” said Chris Turner, global head of markets and regional head of research for UK and CEE at ING.

“This especially being the case if the Fed manages to make the April 28th meeting a non-event. With the SOFR overnight USD interest rate now at 0.01%, the dollar clearly doesn’t score highly on the carry front. And indeed a little more confidence in the European and global recovery stories may well see flows start to resume to EM – having been derailed by the Treasury sell-off in February and March.”

MSCI’s emerging market currency index traded 0.1% higher on the day, and is up 0.8% from the start of last week.

Bitcoin stabilized around $57,471 after a weekend plunge.

Data website CoinMarketCap cited a blackout in China’s Xinjiang region, which reportedly powers a lot of bitcoin mining, for the selloff.

Analysts at National Australia Bank cited “speculation in several online reports” that the U.S. Treasury may crack down on money laundering within digital currencies for the sharp move lower.

The bitcoin rout also followed a decision on Friday by Turkey’s central bank to ban the use of cryptocurrencies for purchases.

Despite recent weakness, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency remains up 97% in 2021, after more than quadrupling last year.

“We suspect the 15% weekend correction in Bitcoin will not have broader market ramifications,” ING’s Turner said.

(Reporting by Ritvik Carvalho; additional reporting by Kevin Buckland in Tokyo; editing by Larry King)