• Ethereum and Ethereum-killer projects Polkadot and Solana have hit their all-time high within the past 24 hours. 
  • Market capitalization dominance war between Shiba-Inu-themed cryptocurrencies DOGE and SHIB kicked off the altcoin season. 
  • Total crypto market capitalization excluding Bitcoin is climbing steadily, signaling the onset of altcoin season. 

Ethereum and projects considered Ethereum-killers are posting double-digit gains in the current bull run. The overall market capitalization of crypto has crossed $2.89 Trillion. 

Ethereum, Solana and Polkadot enter price discovery as altcoin season arrives 

Dog-themed-coins Dogecoin and Shiba Inu have posted double-digit gains competing amongst themselves for dominance in market capitalization. Memecoins kicked off the altcoin season. Ethereum-killer projects Polkadot and Solana prices are rallying in response to new updates in the networks. 

Institutional capital inflow in Ethereum, Polkadot and Solana crossed $37.5 million last week. With rising inflows, the demand for ETH, DOT and SOL has increased consistently. Holders are awaiting the launch of Polkadot’s Parachains and Ethereum’s “Merge.” The two key events would likely push the prices of the altcoins higher. 

Guy, YouTuber at Coin Bureau, commented on the altcoins’ price rally in a recent tweet:

Solana has posted over 15,000% gains in the past year, flipping XRP, Shiba Inu coin, Polkadot and Cardano in market capitalization. 

Ethereum Triple Halving author Nikhil Shamapant has predicted that a market-cap-weighted portfolio of Ethereum (ETH), Solana (SOL), Luna (LUNA), Polkadot (DOT) and Cosmos (ATOM) would outperform a broader equal-weight rebalanced portfolio of layer-1 projects. 

Interestingly, the total crypto market capitalization excluding Bitcoin has climbed higher consistently. 

Total crypto market capitalization excluding Bitcoin

Total crypto market capitalization excluding Bitcoin.

Historically altcoin season lasts for several weeks, with most cryptocurrencies in the top 30 hitting new all-time high and entering price discovery. A local top in BTC is considered a sign of an upcoming alt season. Bitcoin briefly entered price discovery before the onset of the alt season. 

FXStreet analysts have evaluated the Ethereum price trend and noted that ETH had entered price discovery mode. ETH is heading towards a $5,500 target in the altcoin season. 

 

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