The cryptocurrency market experienced a surge in Bitcoin value, surpassing the $30,000 mark and holding strong throughout the week.
This significant upturn was largely driven by the increasing interest of institutional investors in Bitcoin as an emerging asset.
While Ether remained relatively stable, other top 10 cryptocurrencies (non-stablecoin) witnessed mixed results.
This article explores the recent market trends, institutional adoption, regulatory developments, and the performance of various cryptocurrencies.
Bitcoin’s Steady Climb Amid Institutional
Interest Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, demonstrated resilience as it rose above $30,000 and maintained its gains.
This remarkable growth was fueled by growing institutional interest in Bitcoin as an emerging asset class.
Notably, BlackRock Inc., the largest asset manager globally, filed an application for a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), while other major financial institutions, including WisdomTree, Invesco, and Fidelity Investments, expressed their intentions to follow suit.
Institutional Adoption Paves the Way for Bitcoin ETFs
The potential launch of a Bitcoin ETF has sparked optimism among traders, as it could lead to increased inflows from both individual and professional investors.
Denys Peleshok, the head of Asia at CPT Markets, believes that a Bitcoin ETF could significantly lower entry barriers and attract substantial investment volumes into Bitcoin.
Fidelity Investments, managing trillions of dollars, is reportedly preparing to file a Bitcoin ETF application, further signaling institutional adoption.
EDX Markets Embraces Crypto with Regulatory Compliance
EDX Markets, a digital asset exchange backed by prominent Wall Street firms like Citadel Securities, Fidelity Investments, and Charles Schwab Corp., commenced operations.
This move towards institutional adoption of cryptocurrencies emphasizes the focus on regulatory compliance in the United States.
Notably, this development follows the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recent crackdown on the U.S. crypto sector, involving lawsuits against Binance.US and Coinbase.
Bitcoin’s Favorable Position Amid SEC’s Legal Actions
Bitcoin’s classification as a quasi-commodity by regulators sets it apart from other digital assets treated as securities.
As a result, Bitcoin may benefit from the SEC’s legal efforts and emerge as a winner.
Denys Peleshok of CPT Markets suggests that Bitcoin’s status could further solidify its position and attract more investors seeking regulatory compliance and stability.
Ether’s Relatively Stable Performance
While Bitcoin experienced substantial gains, Ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency, remained relatively unchanged.
Ether’s minor increase of 0.02% to $1,879.66 reflects its resilience in the market.
Despite the lack of significant movements, Ether achieved a weekly gain of 12.87%.
Mixed Results for Top 10 Non-Stablecoin Cryptocurrencies
The remaining top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies demonstrated mixed performances.
Binance’s BNB token experienced a decline of 2.53%, while Cardano’s ADA token saw a rise of 2.21%.
These variations highlight the diversity within the cryptocurrency market and the influence of Bitcoin’s rally on the overall weekly gains.
NFT Market Shows Modest
Growth In the non-fungible token (NFT) market, the Forkast 500 NFT index experienced a modest increase of 0.78%, reflecting cautious optimism among NFT traders.
The top-selling collections included Yuga Labs’ Bored Ape and Mutant Ape Yacht Club NFTs, which demonstrated notable gains.
Despite these positive developments, the NFT market as a whole remains cautious, with investors awaiting more substantial evidence of long-term value retention.
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NFT Trading and the Rise of Azuki
The NFT market witnessed notable trading activity, with Yuga Labs’ Bored Ape and Mutant Ape Yacht Club NFTs leading the way.
Bored Ape experienced a 1.12% rise to $3.07 million, while Mutant Ape surged by an impressive 23.92% to $1.05 million.
These figures highlight the optimism and willingness of NFT traders to invest in high-value collections.
Additionally, Azuki, a Japanese anime-inspired NFT collection, continues to captivate the community.
Holding the eighth spot on the list of most traded collections, Azuki generated $537,366 in transactions over the past day.
With an active community and a track record of delivering on hype, Azuki’s upcoming event in Las Vegas has attracted considerable attention.
Mainstream Interest in NFTs
The interest in blockchain-powered technology continues to expand beyond the crypto community.
Nestlé S.A., a multinational food manufacturer, and Slim Jim, a popular snack brand, have both recently launched their own NFT collections.
These developments signify the growing mainstream interest in NFTs and their potential for various industries to engage with blockchain technology.
Equity Futures Indicate Market Adjustment
In the equity market, U.S. stock futures showed a downward trend during the morning trading session in Hong Kong.
Following a mixed regular trading session on Thursday, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures slipped by 0.06%, S&P 500 futures lost 0.11%, and Nasdaq futures inched down by 0.084%.
Despite these adjustments, certain technology stocks, including Apple Inc., Amazon.com Inc., and Tesla Inc., performed well and demonstrated positive growth.
Federal Reserve’s Battle Against Inflation
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell addressed the U.S. Congress this week, highlighting the central bank’s consensus on the likelihood of additional interest rate increases to combat high inflation.
Currently standing at around 4.05%, the U.S. inflation rate remains above the Federal Reserve’s target of 2%.
The recent inflationary pressures prompted the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates to their highest level since 2006, with rates currently ranging between 5% and 5.25%.
While the last meeting on June 14 resulted in a pause in rate hikes, the Fed indicated its intention to implement two more hikes this year, potentially bringing rates to approximately 5.6%.
Anticipating the Federal Reserve’s
Next Move The Federal Reserve’s next meeting on interest rates is scheduled for July 26.
The prevailing majority view suggests that another 25-basis-point rate hike is likely, with a 76.9% probability according to the CME FedWatch Tool.
This probability increased from 71.9% on Thursday, indicating a growing expectation of a rate hike.
However, there is also a 23.1% chance that the Fed will maintain the current rates, reflecting the uncertainty surrounding the decision.
Bitcoin’s ability to sustain its gains above $30,000 showcases the growing interest from institutional investors in the cryptocurrency market.
The prospects of Bitcoin ETFs, along with other institutional adoption initiatives, have fueled optimism among traders.
Meanwhile, the performance of other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies has been mixed.
In the NFT market, Yuga Labs’ collections and Azuki continue to generate significant trading activity, reflecting the ongoing interest in blockchain-powered digital assets.
As equity futures adjust and the Federal Reserve focuses on combating inflation, market participants eagerly anticipate the central bank’s decisions in the coming months.