Altcoins Rule in Q1; BTC Dominance Down to 50% as BNB, LTC, XTZ and ONT Over Doubled in Price
Crypto markets have had their best three month period for over a year during 2019. A solid 16% gain in total market capitalization has taken things from $125 billion on January first to $145 billion at the end of March and there has been a clear uptrend for the past two months. Daily volume has also surged from around $13 billion at the beginning of the year to over $30 billion today.
Top Three Dominance Dwindles
Bitcoin has not been the market leader this quarter however as its market dominance has dwindled at the expense of altcoins which have been driving momentum. From a 2019 peak of almost 54%, BTC’s share of the market has fallen back to just over 50%, its lowest level for seven months. For the past four months Bitcoin has failed to break heavy resistance at $4,200.
Second and third largest crypto assets Ethereum and XRP have not had things so great either as their dominance has also declined to ten and below nine percent respectively. So which altcoins are making the moves and driving markets?
Binance Coin has been one of 2019’s biggest movers with a 180% gain from $6 to over $17. The exchange based token has come under a little fire for being controlled by the company but that has not hampered its epic performance as BNB drives up the coin cap charts to seventh spot.
Litecoin has also doubled in price during Q1 with a surge from just over $30 on January first to a touch over $60 by the end of March. Volume has pumped from $350 million to $1.6 billion which has also sent LTC racing up the charts to take fourth place as it jockeys with EOS for position.
Tezos is another altcoin that has over doubled in three months, primarily in a recent Coinbase driven spurt. XTZ started out the year trading below $0.47 and is now priced at over $1 in an epic 125% drive that has seen it usurp NEO, Ethereum Classic and NEM.
A similar move has been seen with Ontology which began 2019 trading at $0.60 and has since over doubled to reach $1.30. Bigger moves have been made with a lot of the smaller cap coins such as Ravencoin which has surged over 400% this year according to Coinmarketcap.com. Samsung’s Galaxy S10 announcement has resulted in gaming based Enjin Coin pumping 300% and Everex has had a similar gain on the back of news that EVX received approval from the US state of New Jersey to onboard users and perform crypto to crypto domestic and international transactions.