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Crypto weekly wrap: Bitcoin to rise once it reaches $20,400, say experts

For Ethereum, which is scheduled to go for 'The Merge' on September 6, will likely break out of the $2,000 level before the event, experts suggest

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Raghav Aggarwal  |  New Delhi 

Photo: Bloomberg
Photo: Bloomberg

The crypto market has been highly volatile since the Jackson Hole speech by chair on August 26. The total market cap on fell below $1 trillion for the first time in over a month.

"The Fed chairman's comment on tightening the economy further led to fall in crypto markets, which were aligned with drops in Nasdaq and S&P 500," the CoinDCX research team told Business Standard.

Nasdaq composite index was down over 6 per cent, and S&P500 fell 5.5 per cent in the last week, market data showed.

On the other hand, Bitcoin, the largest by m-cap, was down 6 per cent from August 26, according to data from Ethereum, the second largest cryptocurrency, was down nearly 3 per cent.

"BTC seems to be consolidating near $20,000, a focus area of many . ETH has shown more volatile movements than BTC," CoinDCX added.

has fallen below $20,000 several times in the last seven days, but its graph did not show any significant movements. Ethereum's chart fluctuated with more volatility between $1,400 and $1,600 throughout the week.

What can we expect?

However, in the last week, stayed above $19,000. "Despite the decline, BTC has not gone below the 19,000 level so that we might see sideways for a few more days," said Edul Patel, CEO and co-founder of crypto investing platform Mudrex.

As of 5 PM (IST), was at $20,024.

"We can expect BTC to rise when it returns to the $20,400 level," he added.

On Friday, Ethereum was at $1,584.

"Ethereum has been outperforming BTC for quite some time now due to its recent network activity and the upcoming Merge. ETH may likely break out of the $2,000 level before the Merge," Patel said.

With Merge, Ethereum will move from a proof-of-work consensus mechanism to a proof-of-stake blockchain. It is scheduled for September 6, and the upgrade will be completed between September 10 and 20.

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First Published: Fri, September 02 2022. 19:33 IST