The cryptocurrency markets rose for a third consecutive day on Wednesday, enabling every top 10-cryptocurrency to post gains against the US dollar and most to advance by more than five percent. The day’s top performer was the Cardano price, which soared by nearly 20 percent during intraday trading.
The cryptocurrency market cap rose by nearly $25 billion for the day, representing an index return of 7.5 percent.
The Bitcoin price trailed the index slightly but still managed to plow past $9,000. At present, the flagship cryptocurrency is trading at $9,043 on cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex, representing a single-day increase of six percent. Bitcoin now has a $155.3 billion market cap, as well as a 43.6 percent share of the total market index.
Meanwhile, the Ethereum price posted an index-matching 7.5 percent increase after lagging the average market return over the previous several days. The Ethereum price is now trading at $574 on Bitfinex, providing the second-largest cryptocurrency with a $57.4 billion market cap.
The day’s best returns came from smaller-cap altcoins, and the most impressive performance belonged to Cardano.
Third-ranked Ripple achieved a three percent increase, which significantly trailed the index but nevertheless lifted the value of XRP above the $0.70 mark, and Bitcoin Cash posted a four percent climb to $1,061.
The next five cryptocurrencies, on the other hand, beat the index by at least one percent.
Fifth-ranked Litecoin leaped nine percent to $174, and EOS rose eight percent to $6.28.
Cardano, ranked seventh, surged by 20 percent to about $0.22, a move that correlated with heavy trading volume on Seoul-based cryptocurrency exchange Upbit.
NEO was the only other top 10-cryptocurrency to post a double-digit percentage increase, and the “Chinese Ethereum” is now valued at $77.35 after today’s 11 percent advance.
Stellar rose nine percent for the day, while IOTA posted an increase of less than one percent to round out the top 10.
This week has brought a welcome respite to the cryptocurrency markets, but altcoin investors may want to hold off on plunking down deposits at the Lamborghini dealership, because Wall Street strategist and noted cryptocurrency bull Tom Lee has predicted that altcoins will remain in “purgatory” for the duration of spring and most of the summer before rallying again in August or September.
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