The cryptocurrency market ended 2022 in a consolidation phase, with investors standing on the fence as major cryptocurrencies were unable to make decisive moves. However, the market is experiencing short-term buying pressure that has resulted in reclaiming key positions.
Indeed, as of January 2, 2023, the global crypto market capitalization reclaimed the $800 billion level to stand at $807.17 billion, although the value represents a drop of about $4.27 billion from the December 26 figure of $811.16 billion. On the weekly chart, the market cap hit its lowest point on December 30 at $788.93 billion.
It is worth mentioning that the crypto market briefly reclaimed the $1 trillion market capitalization towards the end of 2022 after getting a boost from positive macroeconomic-related news.
Furthermore, the crypto market is still dictated by leading assets such as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), the two large cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. Notably, by press time, Bitcoin accounted for a market share of 39.9%, while Ethereum stood at 18.5%.
Ethereum (ETH) has also reclaimed the $1,200 position, trading at 1,216 by press time with gains of about 1.64% in the last 24 hours. Although the market remains in a consolidation phase, other notable cryptocurrencies to record gains in the last 24 hours include XRP at 1.5%, Dogecoin (DOGE) at 3%, and Cardano (ADA) at 3%.
Bitcoin registers minor rally
Bitcoin is still attempting to reclaim the $17,000 level after days of a sideway trading pattern. By press time, the flagship cryptocurrency was trading at $16,730, with gains of about 1% in the last 24 hours.
Similarly, the asset has witnessed increased buying pressure culminating in a market capitalization of $322.08 billion as of January 2. In the last 24 hours, Bitcoin has attracted $3.38 billion in capital inflow.
Bitcoin 2023 outlook
Although 2023 is still in its infancy stages, several industries have shared varied views on how Bitcoin’s price movement will play out. In this line, David Kemmerer, CEO of crypto tax software CoinLedger, projected that Bitcoin might correct further in the first half of the year.
In contrast, pseudonymous crypto and stock market analyst Trend Rider noted that Bitcoin could take a bullish turn in the first half of 2023. Elsewhere, Stefan Ristic, a crypto miner operating BitcoinMiningSoftware.com, also believes Bitcoin might be bearish in 2023, but he expects next year’s halving event to act as a catalyst for a rally in 2025.
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