Bitcoin Reclaims $6,600, Altcoins Gain up to 9% Today as ETF Giant BlackRock Eyes Crypto

Crypto markets are on an upswing today, July 16, as data from Coin360 shows, with Bitcoin (BTC) reclaiming the $6,600 price point.

Today’s notable market growth is likely bolstered by news that the $6.3 trillion asset management heavyweight BlackRock –– the world’s largest provider of exchange traded-funds (ETF) –– is beginning to assess potential involvement in Bitcoin, according to reports from Financial News.

Market visualization from Coin360

Market visualization from Coin360

Today’s solid market gains are poised to turn around negative momentum that has thwarted price performance since market descent that began July 10. Yesterday saw the first signs of a budding positive trend, and as of today, virtually all of the top 100 coins by market cap are seeing significant growth on the day to press time.

Bitcoin is trading around $6,607, up a little over 4 percent over the 24-hour period to press time. The top cryptocurrency gained over $200 in the space of a few hours this morning, hitting a peak of $6,635 before falling slightly to its current position. Bitcoin is still down around one and a half percent on the week, yet to top its outstanding rally July 8 when the coin hit almost $6,800.

Bitcoin price chart July 16

Bitcoin price chart July 16. Source: Cointelegraph Bitcoin Price Index

Leading altcoin Ethereum (ETH) is trading around $474 to press time, up over 6 percent over the past 24 hours to press time. The coin’s strong ascent has not yet brought its mid-term price performance back into net positive territory, with its weekly and monthly losses still at 1.25 and 4.8 percent respectively.

Following Bitcoin’s spike, Ethereum also saw a sharp upward turn earlier today, growing about 4.6 percent in two and a half hours to peak at $475, before proceeding to trade sideways to press time, holding today’s gains so far.

Ethereum price chart July 16

Ethereum price chart July 16. Source: Cointelegraph Ethereum Price Index

On CoinMarketCap’s listings, all of the top 10 coins by market cap –– excluding stablecoin Tether (USDT) –– have seen impressive gains of between 4 and 9 percent over the past 24 hours to press time. Of the top 100 ranked crypto assets, just five are in the red, including Tether.

EOS is the strongest performer of the top ten cryptocurrencies over the 24-hour period, up a hefty 8.55 percent and trading at $7.75 to press time.

EOS 24-hour performance

EOS 24-hour performance. Source: CoinMarketCap

Other sweeping gains have been claimed by Stellar (XLM), Cardano (ADA) and IOTA (MIOTA) –– all of which have seen positive growth of 7-8 percent over the 24-hour period, according to CoinMarketCap.

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is now at around