Weekly Crypto Market Analysis: Bitcoin uses the geopolitical ladder to climb above $8,000 and the other altcoins follow suit

Data & Research / 12.01.2020

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This Week’s Summary

The Crypto Market ends the week at a total market capitalization of $214 billion
Bitcoin price responds to international conflicts and breaks past the $8,000 mark
Ethereum finally goes  above the $130 barrier and sets sights on the $150 stopover
Ripple joins the market renaissance and bullishly climbs above the $0.20 mark
The conflict between the United States and Iran escalates, which increases the cost of oil, gold and cryptocurrencies even more than the previous week

Crypto Trends 5th– 12th of January 2020: PERFORMANCE & ANALYSIS

It has been an exciting week for the cryptocurrency market. Both Bitcoin and a copious number of altcoins experienced a value increase that most analysts see as a good omen for the year that has just started.

All the headlines feature Bitcoin’s spectacular resurrection. The BTC price went on a rollercoaster ride throughout the week, and it is still riding high. Its value’s volatility shows the deep-rooted connections to gold and oil through the smoldering conflict between Iran and the United States.

The recent developments in the tense Middle East strife saw the prices for both crude oil and gold increase. The Bitcoin value followed suit and increased by 7.51% over the past week. With the bulls heavily pushing from behind, the BTC price quickly reached the $8,400 mark before losing momentum. At the time of this writing, it is trading at $8,125 and it is interesting to see where it will go from there.

The rest of the altcoins had something to gain from the geopolitical risk between the U.S. and Iran, too. Ethereum successfully made it past the $130 mark, and it is now trading at $143.53. There is hope in the market that ETH will push to get above the $152 resistance level and then aim for the $158 one. It all depends on how ETH/BTC will react to the unfolding of the conflict in the Middle East.

XRP also surged past the $0.20 mark thanks to all the commotion in the market. It went on to break the $0.22 barrier, and for now, the bulls seem to defend it pretty well. Another bearish return to December’s record low of $0.181 is hard to imagine at the moment. At the time of this writing, XRP is trading for $0.211.

What’s in the News?

Qatar announced a blanket ban on cryptocurrencies that might value substitute fiat money
The European Central Bank considers issuing its own central bank digital currency
Baidu (BIDU) launches a blockchain service letting developers and small businesses build Dapps
TRON overtakes EOS in terms of active Dapps, according to this report
JPMorgan Chase (JPM) is developing an e-wallet system for e-commerce transactions
Elon Musk mysteriously tweets that Bitcoin is not his favorite safe word

Next Week’s Market Forecast

In the upcoming week, the crypto market should witness a return of speculative money to assets like Bitcoin, XRP and Litecoin. The recent developments in international geopolitics will have rippling effects in the months to come, as traders rediscover the safe storage value of cryptocurrencies.

The bulls will try to defend the last barrier conquered by BTC and keep its price above the $7,800 mark. Elsewhere, Ethereum and XRP will try to push past each of their next levels of resistance and attract more attention from investors while the iron’s still hot.

Some of the events in the crypto community to watch for in the next week include:

The North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami (15-17thof January)
The World Web Forum in Zurich (16-17th of January)
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