Bitcoin (BTC) was challenging the $10,000 barrier again on July 18 after a modest uptick broke up several days of losses. 

Market visualization

Market visualization. Source: Coin360

A sea of green for Bitcoin and altcoins

Data from Coin360 showed BTC/USD hovering just below the significant marker Thursday, circling $9,900 on the back of 2.9% gains over the past 24 hours. 

The pair had encountered difficulties over the week, declining from near $11,000 to hit local lows close to $9,000. 

Bitcoin 7-day price chart

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Courtesy of Coin360

Analysts immediately sounded the alarm about a possible sentiment change for Bitcoin, but found it hard to reach consensus about whether the price declines were part of a long-term bearish trend. 

“Bitcoin had a nice bounce that tapped the previous 4hr chart low and I honestly think it needs to push up more before continuation down,” investor and trader Josh Rager wrote in his most recent daily Bitcoin price update on Twitter late Wednesday.

Rager added that if Bitcoin breaks above $9,830 — which is subsequently did — resistance would in fact come into play slightly beyond $10,000, at between $10,192 to $10,342.

Longer term, the picture is more uncertain for some, with veteran trader Peter Brandt even forecasting an 80% correction in overall cryptocurrency market cap gains seen this year.

Altcoins suddenly wake up

Bitcoin’s negligible shift to the upside meanwhile appeared to have a more profound impact on altcoin markets, which had long failed to halt their own declines.

Many tokens in the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market cap showed improved performance Thursday, with Ether (ETH) gaining 6.1% to hit $217.

Ether 7-day price chart

Ether 7-day price chart. Courtesy of Coin360

Litecoin (LTC) led the top performers with 15% daily gains, while the embattled Bitcoin SV (BSV) also achieved double-figure growth. 

Previously, bearish warnings had appeared — specifically from Brandt — suggesting altcoin markets would not recover at all after Bitcoin’s gains eclipsed them in 2019.

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