Markets Remain Checkered After Christmas With Red and Green Across the Board

Bitcoin has seen negligible price change over the 24 hours before press time, and is currently trading around $3,804. After a steep price dip yesterday, the coin is stemming further losses and is holding at a price change close to the start of its weekly chart. Overall on the week, Bitcoin has veered between as high as over $4,236 on Dec. 23, to today’s lower price point.

Friday, Dec. 26 — crypto markets are tentatively recovering after hefty losses hit all major cryptocurrencies yesterday on Christmas Day. All of the top 10 coins by market cap are seeing mild losses or gains of within a three percent range both red and green, as data from Coin360 shows.

Meanwhile, the Asia fintech and crypto leader of audit firm PwC Hong Kong has predicted that many institutional players will enter the crypto industry in 2019, citing increasing regulatory clarity as a key factor.

Bitcoin’s swings have resulted in an around 7 percent gain on the week; on the month, the coin is a mild 1.3 percent in the red.

Bitcoin 7-day price chart.

Second-largest crypto by market cap Ripple (XRP) has continued to shed some value, after having shouldered double-digit losses yesterday. The asset is trading at $0.37, down just over 2 percent on the day, according to Cointelegraph’s Ripple Price Index. Notwithstanding an intraweek spike to $0.45 on Dec. 23, Ripple has mostly been trading range bound between $0.35 — $0.39. On the week, the alt has come full circle to the same price point; monthly losses are about 2.4 percent.

Ripple 7-day price chart.

Ethereum (ETH) — ranked third by market cap — has inched up a sliver of a percentage point over the past 24 hours, and is currently trading at $127. Despite a bearish performance yesterday as the wider market crash, Ethereum remains a bullish 35 percent in the green on its weekly chart, and is comfortably in green on the month, up by around 14 percent.

Ethereum’s 7-day price chart.

The CEO of major Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX Arthur Hayes told Cointelegraph Japan today he believes initial coin offerings (ICO) will return within 18 months and Ethereum will see an aggressive rebound to soon test $200.

Fourth-largest cryptocurrency Bitcoin Cash (BCH) has sealed stronger 24-hour gains, and is currently close to 4 percent up on the day at $170. Having seen large growth this week, the coin is up by around 93 percent up on its weekly chart — and down by around 12.3 percent on the month.

Among the top ten coins on CoinMarketCap, EOS (EOS) is another strong performer, seeing 3.8 percent growth at $2.56. Tron (TRX) is also up a solid 3.5 percent at $0.02, while Litecoin (LTC) is down by around 2 percent at $29.98.

Among the top twenty, Ethereum Classic (ETC) has outstripped all other assets in terms of 24-hour growth, up about 12 percent at $5.14. Milder gains have been seen by NEO (NEO), up 2.5 percent at $7.49 and Cardano (ADA), up 2.48 percent at $0.04. Privacy-focused altcoins Monero (XMR) and ZCash (ZEC) are down 0.5 and 1.1 percent, at $48.41 and $59.96 at press time.

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is at $128.1 billion as of press time — down from an intraweek high of over $146.5 billion on Dec. 24. It nonetheless remains significantly higher than a low of $114.9 billion at the start of the 7-day chart on Dec. 18.

7-day chart of total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies from CoinMarketCap

In news for the Asian crypto markets today, Japan’s Mizuho Financial Group has revealed plans to introduce a digital currency to be used for remittances and payments this coming March.

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