Bitcoin prices traded higher on Friday, looking to snap a run of two consecutive losing weeks.
On Friday, a single bitcoin,
the best-known cryptocurrency, was fetching $3,447.10, up 2.5% since Thursday’s level at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the Kraken exchange. The cryptocurrency needs to close the week above $3,415 to prevent it from booking its third-consecutive losing week.
What are analysts saying
“For the past few weeks, we have not seen any significant movement in the bitcoin price. We are stuck in a price range of $3183 (17 December low) to $4234 (Dec. 24 high), as long as we are not breaking out of this range, there is nothing new,” wrote Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at Think Markets UK.
However, Aslam said that a break out of the range would provide a marked change in sentiment, with the biggest risk being another leg lower. “On the flip side, the support of $3000 is really important for us and no one wants to see the price breaking below this because that will trigger a blood bath on the street.”
Altcoins and futures
On Friday, altcoins — coins other than bitcoin — traded higher. Litecoin
was the best-performing major altcoin, rising 18.4% to $38.85. It’s move saw it surpass EOS and Bitcoin Cash to become the fourth largest cryptocurrency by market value at $2.37 billion.
rose 7.4% to $110.75, Bitcoin Cash
added 5.5% to $119.20 and XRP,
was up 3.9% to 30 cents.
Futures followed spot prices higher on Friday. The Cboe Global Markets February contract
was up 2.8% at $3,445, while the CME Group February contract
added 3% to $3,440.
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