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The past week was filled with serious volatility, but unfortunately, a lot of it was to the downside. Bitcoin is currently trading at around $43,800, down 3.6% during the week. It’s interesting to note that this happens as the biggest BTC-focused event is currently taking place in Miami – Bitcoin 2022.
The first week of April wasn’t very productive across the board. For BTC, the price was sitting at around $46,000 this time last week, and it was looking primed to test $47K. It failed on a few occasions, and four days later – on April 6th, the bears finally took control.
Taking advantage of the buyers’ inability to produce meaningful gains, bears pushed the price down, and by the next day, BTC was trading below $43,000 for a brief period. It managed to recover and is currently trading slightly below $44,000.
The rest of the market followed a similar path as most of the altcoins also corrected. Ethereum lost some of the gains it had previously delivered but ultimately finished the week flat with a slight 0.3% increase. BNB is up 1.1%. SOL and XRP are down some 4%, whereas AVAX and ADA are down around 6%.
It’s worth noting that Terra, the protocol behind the popular UST stablecoin, announced plans to buy $200 million worth of AVAX today. This happens shortly after Do Kwon started buying massive amounts of BTC to build up a considerable reserve for UST.
All in all, the market looks rather indecisive, and this might also be due to overall uncertainty across traditional markets as well. It’s interesting to see how things will shape up in the weeks to come and if the geopolitical tension will have its toll.
Market Cap: $2,130B | 24H Vol: $101B | BTC Dominance: 39.1%
BTC: $43,850 (-3.6%) | ETH: $3,291 (+0.3%) | ADA: $1.08 (-5.2%)
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