Cryptocurrencies extend the bounce, Bitcoin jumps 9%, Ethereum up 11%


Bitcoin, the world’s most traded virtual currency, is seen building on its last two days of rebound from $ 9900 levels, as markets continue to hold the interest in the digital currency and look to buy the dips, despite the concerns over the Asian regulatory clampdown. As of writing, the spot jumps nearly 9% to $ 11,545, having hit the highest levels in three days at $ 11,723.

Despite the solid rebound, the spot still remains confined within the $ 3000 tight range, as markets believe the bulls are gathering pace for further upside. According to Omkar Goldbole, Crypto Analyst at CoinDesk, “persistent demand around the $10,000 mark appears to have not only neutralized the immediate bearish outlook on bitcoin but also hints the cryptocurrency could be building a base for an eventual move higher.”

The two-way price action witnessed in the last 24 hours is indicative of indecision in the marketplace and a decisive move (in either direction) would likely set the tone for the market. That said, the price chart analysis today puts the odds of a decisive move higher above 50 percent, Omkar added.

Meanwhile, the latest uptick in prices is seen after Florida-based firm Weiss Ratings released a ratings assessment of cryptocurrencies, assigning letter grades to them, yesterday. Bitcoin received a C+ grade and Ethereum, the second most valuable cryptocurrency, received a B. The firm noted that Bitcoin has excellent security and "widespread adoption." 

Elsewhere, Dan Ciotoli from Bespoke Investment Group told CNBC a day before that Bitcoin is likely to reach $20,000 and $30,000 by the end of 2018 for the cryptocurrency, adding that, “The driver that I think is going to bring bitcoin up in 2018 is bitcoin-denominated commerce.” 

All of the most-traded cryptocurrencies advanced further, with Ethereum up 11.43% at $ 1090, Ripple rises 2% while Bitcoin cash rallies 5.50%, according to the CoinMarketCap data. Meanwhile, the cryptocurrency market cap has risen to $ 568 billion, with Bitcoin’s market cap heading back towards the $ 200 billion figure.

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