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Crypto market bolstered by Alameda, Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk

2021.07.22 Adam James

With the price of BTC previously on the precipice of a capitulation, Alameda Research has been buying. 

The cryptocurrency market continues to rally modestly after yesterday's strong bounce, which coincided with the news that Alameda Research has been purchasing BTC below the $30,000 level. 

The market-leading cryptocurrency also continued to rise in value preceding a discussion featuring Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Tesla CEO Elon Musk at The B Word — during which the latter noted that he owns ETH while SpaceX owns BTC.

Following these two events, the total cryptocurrency market capitalization is currently up 2.5% over the last day — per data from CoinGecko — while BTC and ETH are up 1.4% and 4.1% over the past 24 hours, respectively. Over the same period, XLM and OKB have led the top 40 altcoins after rising by double-digit percentages.

The cryptocurrency market continues to see modest gains across the board, with minimal exceptions. Source: Coin360

Further bolstering the cryptocurrency market is the news that rich investors have an appetite for cryptocurrency exposure. According to a survey from Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs, 15% of its family office clients — who represent some of the richest families in the world — have already invested in digital assets, while 45% are looking to make their first investments into cryptocurrencies.

Top altcoin gainers and losers: WAVES leads large-caps

  • SNT/USDT +25.22%
  • QUN/USDT +24.27%
  • WAVES/USDT +13.20%
  • UBTC/USDT -5.64%
  • AE/USDT -6.52%
  • LAT/USDT -7.00%

The top-performing altcoin on OKEx today with a market capitalization greater than $1 billion is WAVES, which is up more than 13%. Major altcoin FLOW — which powers NBA Top Shot — is close behind.

WAVES is the top-performing major altcoin on OKEx today. Source: OKEx

BTC technical analysis: Catching bids but precarious

The price of BTC is in a precarious position at the moment after catching bids from Alameda Research ahead of a high-profile talk featuring Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk. It is now trading back inside a horizontal range of historical support — either meaning a capitulatory move down is delayed or a new rally is about to get underway. 

Traders will be watching BTC's next move carefully, as failure here would almost certainly imply more downside.

OKEx's BTC/USDT 4h chart — 7/22. Source: OKEx, TradingView

ETH technical analysis: Middle of a descending triangle

The price of ETH continues to trade in a large descending triangle against BTC. As of right now, the foremost altcoin is trading in the middle of said triangle, so many traders currently not in a position will be sitting on their hands and waiting for more optimal short entries near the top or long entries near the bottom.

OKEx's ETH/BTC 4h chart — 7/22. Source: OKEx, TradingView

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