Saturday, Dec. 15: the top 20 cryptocurrencies report a mix of moderate gains and losses, with Bitcoin (BTC) briefly dipping under $3,200 before climbing back above the price mark by press time.
Market visualization from Coin360
Bitcoin started the day around $3,228, but after a mid-day high of $3,275, it fell back to the current price of $3,232, after touching its lowest point of $3,191 earlier today.
At press time, Bitcoin is down a fraction of a percent over the last 24 hours. On the weekly chart, the prices in the past two days have been the lowest, down from a weekly high of $3,600.
Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap
Ripple (XRP), the second largest crypto by market capitalization, lost 1 percent in the last 24 hours. It started the day at $0.286 and is currently trading around $0.284 after a mid-day high of $0.292. On the weekly chart, the current price is the lowest, seven days ago Ripple was worth about $0.32.
Ripple 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap
Ethereum (ETH) remains the third cryptocurrency by market cap, losing just a under half a percent of its value in the last 24 hours. At press time, ETH is trading at $84.33, after having started the day around $84 and trading sideways during the day.
On the weekly chart, the current ETH prices today are the lowest. Seven days ago Ethereum was trading at $87, but then shortly peaked at $98.90 last Sunday, Dec. 9, before starting a decline towards the current price.
ETH 7-day chart. Source: CoinMarketCap
Among the top 20 cryptocurrencies, several coins are seeing more notable growth. EOS (EOS) is up a solid almost 6 percent, while IOTA (MIOTA) is up 4.29 percent on the day, and Dash (DASH) is up almost 5 percent.
The only top ten cryptocurrency reporting more than 2 percent losses is Bitcoin SV (BSV), having lost close to 5 percent in the last 24 hours.
As Cointelegraph reported Dec. 13, according to a study, while crypto prices have been decreasing, this year the number of verified crypto users nearly doubled. A Bloomberg analysis of the report says that the growth of crypto’s user base while markets are declining “could signal that an eventual recovery could be coming.”
Status, an Ethereum-based open source chat platform has recently laid off one-fourth of its staff due to the recent decline in cryptocurrency prices. In an announcement, the startup’s co-founder said that Status is “much larger than we can sustain.”