The long awaited Bitcoin halving came and went, bringing with it volatility that saw the price whipsaw 5% to 7% in each direction for the last three hours leading up to block 630,000. 

Earlier in the day, the top-ranked digital asset on CoinMarketCap managed a quick 8% rally from $8,475 to $9,168, but was quickly snuffed out once the price dropped below the support at $8,750. 

Crypto market daily price chart. Source: Coin360

On a more interesting note, as the 629,999 block was mined, f2pool inserted the message “NYTimes 09/Apr/2020 With $2.3T Injection, Fed’s Plan Far Exceeds 2008 Rescue.” The message is a clever ode to a similar note left in the Genesis block by Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009. 

Nakamoto embedded “The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks” in the first Bitcoin block, and f2pool’s message references the U.S. Federal Reserve’s recent $2.3 trillion stimulus package aimed at protecting the U.S. economy from imploding due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Bitcoin price muzzled as Twitter activity explodes

Generally, the halving followed the expectation of many amateur and professional analysts who expected the day to be something of a non-event. 

Many subscribed to the idea that the halving event was already priced in, and given the global economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, few expected Bitcoin to pull off a double- or triple-digit rally as the halving occurred. 

Despite the absence of a rally, crypto Twitter was abuzz throughout the entire event. Data from The TIE, an alternative data provider for digital assets, shows that over the past 24-hours, tweets from cryptocurrency-related accounts saw a surge in keyword mentions for the halving and Bitcoin.

24-hour Twitter word chart. Source: TheTIE

Bitcoin’s tweet dominance, the percentage of overall crypto tweets that an individual cryptocurrency accounts for on a given day, also surged to a six-month high as the halving event approached. 

BTC Tweet Dominance (6 months). Source: TheTIE

Similar increases in volume and sentiment can be seen in both Bitcoin’s daily sentiment score and the volume of Bitcoin- and halving-related tweets.  

BTC daily sentiment score vs. market cap (1 week). Source: TheTIE

According to The TIE founder Joshua Frank: 

Today’s daily sentiment score and tweet volume show that on the day of its third halving, conversations on Bitcoin surged 72% (vs. the 30 day moving average) as Bitcoin surpassed 50K daily tweets for the first time since June 2019. 

In the month prior to the halving, the event became the dominant narrative for Bitcoin, as it was the most used word in Twitter conversations around the coin. Despite recent downwards price movement, 51% of tweets mentioning the halving remained positive today as Bitcoin’s Daily Sentiment Score quickly doubled from monthly lows just two days ago. 

Bitcoin still leads among all asset classes

Macro assets current year returns (%). Source: Skew

Despite the lackluster price action from Bitcoin, the digital asset still leads as the top-performing asset year-to-date, with a significant lead when compared to traditional markets and commodities. 

The digital asset now has a lower inflation rate than gold, but Charles Edwards of Capriole Investments warned

This will be the most brutal Bitcoin Halving in history. Production cost is about to double to $14,000. 70% above the current price. Last halving, price was just 10% below production cost, and price & HR collapsed -20%. 

Without FOMO now, expect a big miner capitulation. 30%+

Altcoins also performed poorly as all eyes were glued to the halving event. Ether (ETH) dropped by 1.95%, XRP lost 2.47% and Tezos (XTZ)  is currently down by 4.80%.

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $236 billion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 66%.

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