• Binance Coin (BNB, Tech/Adoption Grade “C-”) is having a day, trading up over 60%, as the Friday Index Roundup confirms the start to altcoin season.

  • Bitcoin (BTC, Tech/Adoption Grade “A-”) continues to trade at or near all-time highs and continues its run to $60,000, as of Friday.

  • Ethereum (ETH, Tech/Adoption Grade “A-”) is close to finally breaking $2,000.

Binance Coin continues its astronomical run, cresting over $300 today. This comes as Binance Smart Chain-based decentralized finance applications have seen a ton of interest, mainly due to lower fees than Ethereum-based competitors.

Many observers in the crypto universe have been talking about a potential “flippening” event, where BNB might overtake ETH as the No. 2 crypto asset, something that could happen if more and more people switched to Binance-based DeFi apps. We’re still well away from something like that, though it is interesting to see some true competition for Ethereum Dapps (decentralized applications).

While BNB may not overtake ETH, the asset is still red-hot, smashing through all resistance levels on this parabolic run. BNB is currently up more than 580% this month, a truly amazing run.

Here’s BNB in US dollar terms via Binance

Chart

Binance Coin might try to overtake Ethereum, but what remains the world’s No. 2 crypto is not backing down.

ETH seems to be moving more slowly than the rest of the market during this bull cycle. It’s knocking on the door of $2,000, but it’s had some trouble breaking above that level. The takeaway here is that ETH’s apparent “slow growth” is bullish: It continues to climb higher despite flows into other notable coins and DeFi tokens.

Here’s ETH in US dollar terms via Coinbase

Folks, perhaps we’ve “buried the lede” here, but Bitcoin crossed $1 trillion in total market capitalization for the first time.

This is a major milestone. In terms of total asset valuation, Bitcoin trails just five total companies in the world.

The King of Crypto is rapidly approaching silver’s $1.5 trillion market cap, but it still makes up just 9% of gold’s $11.3 trillion. Like Ethereum, Bitcoin’s upward trajectory, despite flows into altcoins, is extremely bullish.

Here’s Bitcoin in US dollar terms via Coinbase

Now let’s turn to my colleague Sam Blumenfeld for an overview of the Weiss Crypto Indexes ...

Index Roundup

Over the past week, we’ve seen the top cryptocurrencies set new highs. But smaller altcoins have outpaced them. Bitcoin surpassed $54,000 during trading this morning, and Ethereum looks set to cross the symbolic $2,000 price level.

Meanwhile, a flood into altcoins through Bitcoin and Ethereum pairs have led to a recent boom for smaller and less-established cryptocurrencies because of their potential.

The Weiss 50 Crypto Index (W50) gained 8.05% this week, as the broader market looks to continue exploring new highs.

Chart

The Weiss 50 Ex-BTC Index (W50X) increased 10.15%. Bitcoin slightly underperformed this week, but this is to be expected during periods where altcoins rally.

Chart

Breaking down performance this week by market capitalization, we see that large-cap cryptocurrencies lagged behind smaller and mid-sized altcoins. This is predictable during “alt season” because the smaller coins are typically bought using Bitcoin or Ethereum. The Weiss Large-Cap Crypto Index (WLC) rose 6.13%.

Chart

Mid-cap cryptocurrencies rallied, as the Weiss Mid-Cap Crypto Index (WMC) climbed 24.52%.

Chart

The small-caps performed the best this week, as the Weiss Small-Cap Crypto Index (WSC) soared 41.24%.

Chart

Moving forward, we’ll likely see a continuation of alt-season. It’s positive news that market-leaders Bitcoin and Ethereum continue to set new all-time highs despite outflows into altcoins.

While corrections are common in the crypto market, its overall health and fundamentals look stronger than ever.

Notable News, Notes and Tweets

  • Pomp and the rest of Crypto Twitter continue their campaign to recruit Reddit’s r/WallStreetBets crowd.

  • Crypto analyst Luke Martin acknowledges BNB’s major breakout and other positive market catalysts.

  • MicroStrategy chief executive Michael Saylor raises over $1 billion to buy more Bitcoin.

  • While institutions increase adoption, retail traders embrace crypto’s future.

What’s next

It seems like we pass another critical milestone for the cryptocurrency industry almost daily now, such is the nature of a parabolic bull market.

The significance of Bitcoin becoming a trillion-dollar asset can’t be overstated — it’s simply more validation for the King of Crypto and the industry at large. Ethereum is also setting new highs despite the fact that it hasn’t experienced a parabolic breakout like some other crypto assets.

The rise of the Binance smart chain brings some healthy competition for Ethereum and its DeFi application ecosystem. Competition like this usually sparks development wars and pushes the entire industry forward with a newfound sense of urgency.

The index roundup for this week confirmed our assertion that we’re in the midst of an altcoin season. “Alt season” always brings with it some exciting price runs in smaller-cap cryptos and can serve to bring attention to some undiscovered and undervalued projects.

The fact that this alt season is coinciding with new all-time highs for many blue-chip cryptocurrencies highlights the excitement in this space. As always, stay tuned for more news and insights.

 

Weiss Ratings does not accept any form of compensation from creators, issuers or sponsors of cryptocurrencies. Nor are the Weiss Cryptocurrency Ratings intended to endorse or promote an investment in any specific cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrencies carry a high degree of risk. The SEC, CFTC and other regulators have expressed concerns with the volatility of the market and the actions of sponsors of specific cryptocurrencies. Be sure to review their official consumer alerts such as the public statement on cryptocurrencies by the SEC.

Cryptos feed Join Telegram

Recommended content


Recommended Content

Editors’ Picks

Scam Alert: How to avoid trouble on Terra’s LUNA 2.0 airdrop

Scam Alert: How to avoid trouble on Terra’s LUNA 2.0 airdrop

The LUNA hard fork is set to occur on May 28, followed by the subsequent airdrop of LUNA 2.0 tokens to eligible holders. Ahead of the real LUNA 2.0 airdrop, some scammers have tried to lure LUNA and UST holders to send their assets in lieu of receiving the new tokens. 

More Terra News

Bitcoin Weekly Forecast: On-chain metrics support multiplying downside threats

Bitcoin Weekly Forecast: On-chain metrics support multiplying downside threats

Bitcoin price consolidates above a weekly support level after the LUNA-induced crash on May 12. This coiling price action could cause BTC to trigger a move to the downside, further deepening the woes of investors.

More Bitcoin News

This Web3 move by Crypto.com could be a good bet for patient investors

This Web3 move by Crypto.com could be a good bet for patient investors

Crypto.com price stabilization on a high time frame chart indicates that a bottom formation could be taking place. This pattern combined with a bullish signal from a momentum indicator adds credence to the possibility of a reversal and a recovery rally for CRO.

More Crypto.com News

Why Elon Musk’s tweet failed to move Dogecoin price

Why Elon Musk’s tweet failed to move Dogecoin price

Dogecoin price slipped up as Bitcoin price triggered a sudden crash on May 26. This downswing, while serving as a great opportunity to accumulate DOGE, failed to recover alongside BTC.

More Dogecoin News

Bitcoin: The last rebound before capitulation

Bitcoin: The last rebound before capitulation

Bitcoin is showing bullish signs in the lower time frames, which can be taken advantage of by traders in the next couple of days. But looking at BTC from the higher time frames suggests that the bottom is not in yet.

Read full analysis

BTC

ETH

XRP