Bitcoin futures data shows retail is cautious now despite long-term optimism
El Salvador makes BTC legal tender, encouraging buyers of Bitcoin forks
The effects of Bitcoin's milestone event are being seen in the altcoin market, where forked coins are outperforming.
The total cryptocurrency market capitalization has increased 3.3% to $1.6 trillion today on the news that El Salvador has officially become the first country to adopt BTC — which is up 5% over the past 24 hours — as legal tender.
DeFi market stagnates as focus shifts to Bitcoin
The decentralized finance market is relatively flat on the day, in line with the price of ETH. The total value locked in DeFi is currently $59.11 billion, with market-leading Aave having added 1.71%.
The decentralized exchange race has been uneventful over the past 24 hours. Curve Finance has lost more than 3.5% in TVL but still remains comfortably in first place.
Top altcoin gainers and losers: Bitcoin forks outperform
- BTG/USDT +38.88%
- BCD/USDT +26.65%
- TOPC/USDK +24.30%
- STRK/USDT -8.61%
- VSYS/USDT -11.38%
- TRADE/USDT -11.86%
Bitcoin forks are outperforming on OKEx today, with BTG, BCD and SBTC among the biggest gainers. This is likely due to the mainstream media's focus on the news out of El Salvador today — which may be spurring on some buying for anything with "Bitcoin" in the name.
BTC technical analysis: El Salvador news encourages buyers
The price of BTC has found buyers in the area of critical support around 30,000 USDT. It may find resistance here at the four-hour ribbon of exponential moving averages, but a successful breakthrough opens the door to a push toward 40,000 USDT.
The BTC market is proving to be highly influenced by mainstream news, so it is worth keeping an eye on headlines as mainstream media digests the milestone event out of El Salvador.
ETH technical analysis: Breaking down against BTC
The market's renewed focus on BTC has caused ETH to break down against the leading cryptocurrency. The foremost altcoin is now trading underneath the four-hour EMA ribbon — a short-term bearish indicator.
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