Antonio Aguilar

January 8, 2024  ·  4 Mins

Weekly Rollup - January 9, 2024

Weekly Rollup - January 9, 2024

Market Highlights

  • Bitcoin’s (BTC) bull run was setback nearly 10.0% this week after a report was released from Matrixport, predicting the rejection of all spot Bitcoin ETF applications by the U.S. SEC in January.
  • Celsius Network (CEL), a bankrupt crypto lender, announced preparations for asset distributions.
  • Solana (SOL) achieved a significant milestone in December by surpassing Ethereum (ETH) in monthly NFT volume for the first time.

Bitcoin

Crypto investors were in a panic after Bitcoin’s (BTC) bull run was brought to a screeching halt on Wednesday, falling nearly 10.0% to a low of US$40,750, and erasing all of last week’s gains.

The sudden drop in price was linked to an ominous report from digital asset manager Matrixport, whose analysis concluded that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) would reject all spot Bitcoin ETF applications in January.

However, experts, such as Bloomberg ETF analyst, Eric Balchunas were quick to reply to the paper, citing improper sourcing and faulty analysis.

Calmed by these reassurances, BTC was able to fully recover and extend its rally, closing the week at US$47,029 for a gain of 8.0%.

Recommended reading: What is a Spot Bitcoin ETF?

Bitcoin 9 January
Bitcoin 9 January

Ethereum

Ethereum (ETH) followed in BTC’s footsteps, falling 11.1% to a low of US$2,100 on Wednesday. ETH was also able to recover however to a lesser extent, losing 7.2% relative market share against BTC throughout the week.

ETH BTC 9 January
ETH BTC 9 January

ETH eventually closed the week at US$2,337, up a slight 0.2% over the last seven days.

Ethereum 9 January
Ethereum 9 January

Altcoins

Despite BTC and ETH making a full recovery, the rest of the market remained in the red with GameFi and Web3 taking the hardest hits, losing 14.3% and 14.1%, respectively. Currencies held on strongest, falling just 4.3% in comparison.

Market Sectors 9 January
Market Sectors 9 January

While majority of the crypto space experienced a tumultuous week, a handful of tokens managed to secure double-digit gains.

Scaling solutions, Stacks (STX) and Arbitrum (ARB) each gained 29.9% and 6.1%, respectively. STX continues to rise ahead of the anticipated BTC ETF approval news while ARB just crossed US$2.5 billion in TVL (total value locked), an all-time-high.

Leading the DeFi sector this week were Osmosis (OSMO) and Injective (INJ) which added on 21.0% and 8.0%, respectively. OSMO’s monthly trading volume past US$1 billion for the first time since May 2022.

OSMO trading volume
OSMO trading volume

Securing top spot this week was Ethereum Name Service (ENS) which rallied 34.4% after Ethereum co-founder, Vitalik Buterin highlighted the protocol’s importance to the Ethereum ecosystem.

Altcoins 9 January
Altcoins 9 January

In Other News

In the initial week of 2024, digital asset investment products saw inflows amounting to US$151 million. Since the Grayscale vs. SEC lawsuit, the cumulative inflows have now reached US$2.3 billion.

Weekly Crypto Asset Flows 9 January
Weekly Crypto Asset Flows 9 January

In preparation for asset distributions, bankrupt crypto lender, Celsius Network (CEL) recently announced that it had started the process of recalling and rebalancing assets. CEL added that it would un-stake its existing ETH holdings, "to offset certain costs incurred throughout the restructuring process". CEL currently accounts for 32% of ETH awaiting withdrawal, worth approximately US$460 million.

ETH waiting for withdrawal
ETH waiting for withdrawal

Solana (SOL) remains on a winning streak, achieving a new milestone in December by surpassing Ethereum in monthly NFT volume for the first time ever. Solana's NFT sales reached US$366.5 million, exceeding Ethereum's US$353.2 million. This performance nearly matched Solana's previous all-time high of US$373.5 million in October 2021. Notably, the number of unique buyers and sellers on Solana doubled during the same period.


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