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Altcoins Next in Focus for Analysts as Bitcoin Reaches 19-Month Peak

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Updated by Ryan James
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In Brief

  • Bitcoin's dominance in crypto markets surges to 54% as it reaches a 19-month high of $41,700, reducing the gap from its all-time high.
  • Altcoins lag behind Bitcoin, with many still 80% down from their peaks; Ethereum, despite a 4% jump, remains 54% down from its peak.
  • Analysts anticipate a significant move in altcoin markets, with high-cap altcoins like BNB, XRP, Solana, Cardano, and Dogecoin still way down from their peaks.
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Bitcoin is dominating crypto markets at the moment, surging to its highest price for 19 months at $41,700. However, altcoins have been slow to react but usually follow with their rallies, but which ones will move first? 

The massive move by Bitcoin today has reduced the gap from its all-time high to below 40% for the first time since April 2022. 

Altcoins Eyed in Next Market Move

Bitcoin dominance surged to just under 54% today as the asset led market gains. Moreover, it has steadily increased for the past year since the market bottomed in December 2022. 

Altcoins are being left behind, with many of them still languishing 80% down from their all-time highs. 

Ethereum has been very slow to move comparatively. Even with today’s 4% jump to $2,250, ETH remains down 54% from its peak whereas BTC is 39% down. 

However, altcoins have lagged Bitcoin in previous cycles, so history is likely repeating. 

Analysts have been eyeing altcoin markets in anticipation of this move. On December 4, “IncomeSharks” commented:

“Missing out on a 9% move on Bitcoin won’t sting as much when some ALTS and Microcaps make a 900% move. One step ahead on the money flow.”

Total market cap minus BTC. Source: X/@IncomeSharks
Total market cap minus BTC. Source: X/@IncomeSharks

Analyst ‘Moustache’ also shared a similar chart stating, “We’re still very early imo.”

Crypto YouTuber Lark Davis held a poll on whether altseason had arrived yet, and only half of the respondents thought it had. 

Of the high-cap altcoins, BNB is still 66% down, XRP is 81% down, Solana is 75% down, Cardano is 87% down, and Dogecoin is 88% down from its peak. Furthermore, DeFi-related tokens are down even more, so there is still a long way to go. 

However, there are still a lot of shitcoins and pump-and-dump schemes out there, so always DYOR (do your own research) and do not pay much attention to what is shilled on social media.  

Today’s Top Performers

There are a handful of altcoins making bigger moves than Bitcoin this Monday. 

Shiba Inu (SHIB) has made just over 8% on the day. However, the meme coin is still 89% down from its ATH.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is up 9% at $249, but the BTC hard fork is 93% down from its December 2017 peak.

Internet Computer (ICP) has made 7% on the day, but this token has been obliterated 99% from its all-time high. 

There are only a handful of altcoins making double-digits today, and they are all still smashed from their cycle peaks so yes, things are still very early. 

Top crypto platforms in the US | March 2024

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Martin Young is a seasoned cryptocurrency journalist and editor with over 7 years of experience covering the latest news and trends in the digital asset space. He is passionate about making complex blockchain, fintech, and macroeconomics concepts understandable for mainstream audiences.   Martin has been featured in top finance, technology, and crypto publications including BeInCrypto, CoinTelegraph, NewsBTC, FX Empire, and Asia Times. His articles provide an in-depth analysis of...
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