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Stocktwits Crypto Data Dive – Week 21

Welcome to the Stocktwits Crypto Data Dive for Week 21 of 2023! 📊

In this issue, we’ll dive into the data to keep you informed about the progress of the overall crypto market and shine a spotlight on emerging and established trends.

The Stocktwits Crypto Data Dive has three main objectives:

  1. Tracking the weekly total market cap of the crypto market.
  2. Highlighting the 25 best-performing cryptocurrencies of the week.
  3. Monitoring the top 10 cryptocurrencies within various high-performing indices, including “Proof of Work,” “Web 3,” “Smart Contracts,” and more!

We track the performance of these indices from Thursday to Thursday to ensure a more accurate representation and account for weekend volatility.

So, without any further delay, let’s jump right into the data from week 21 and explore the intriguing insights it offers! 🚀


Total Market Cap

Total Market Cap Update

What is the broader trend within the crypto market? The simplest way to track that is using a total market capitalization chart. So let’s see what we’ve got. 🔭

From the highest all-time market cap close of $2.834 trillion, crypto is down -62.22%, versus -61.68% from last week. 

Total Market Cap Daily Chart – Click to enlarge.

YTD, the cryptocurrency market is up +34.18%.

*the price levels and performance values may be very different from what you read in your mailbox vs. what’s happening in the live market. This is especially true when crypto faces a new bull or bear run. 


Top 25 Cryptocurrencies

Top 25 Cryptocurrency Update

There were 5 changes in the Top 25 this week.

In: $RNDR, $XMR, $ATOM, $XLM, and $AVAX

Out: $LTC, $UNI, $ICP, $ALGO, and $FTM

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Overall, the Top 25 cryptocurrencies were lower for the week by -1.20% versus -1.30% prior. 👍

*The universe used to construct the Top 25 list consists of all cryptocurrencies with at least $1 billion in market cap, excluding stablecoins.


Stocktwits Crypto Index RRG

Stocktwits Crypto Index RRG

Relative Rotation Graphs (RRG) help us visualize how a currency or sector performs compared to a benchmark – in this case, the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY). Think of the four colored sectors as stages in a race:

  • Leading Quadrant (green) – You’re a champ! 🏆 You’re ahead of everyone else, and the crowd is cheering. But watch out; you might be overdoing it.
  • Weakening Quadrant (yellow) – You’re slowing down 😓 and losing your lead. Maybe you’re a bit demoralized because your biggest fan didn’t show up. You’re now in the middle of the pack.
  • Lagging Quadrant (red) – Disaster strikes! 😱 You’re injured, exhausted, or just made a big mistake. You’re now in last place, and it’s a sad scene.
  • Improving Quadrant (blue) – Time for a comeback! 💪 Your motivation returns, the music swells, and you’re picking up speed. You’re back in the middle, catching up with the leaders.

Analyzing the RRG Examples 

Example 1: Rapid Rotation
– If an instrument moves quickly through all four quadrants, it could indicate high volatility or erratic behavior. Traders may want to be cautious or use appropriate risk management strategies in such cases.

Example 2: Stuck in the Middle
– An instrument that remains close to the center of the RRG might be in a consolidation phase, lacking a clear trend or momentum. Traders might wait for a decisive move before entering a position.

Example 3: Consistent Leader
– If an instrument stays in the Leading Quadrant (top right) for an extended period, it could signify a strong, sustained uptrend. Traders might consider buying opportunities or riding the trend.

Example 4: Slow Recovery
– An instrument that gradually moves from the Lagging Quadrant (bottom left) to the Improving Quadrant (blue) and eventually to the Leading Quadrant (green) could indicate a slow but steady recovery. Traders might look for potential reversal or bottom-fishing opportunities.

The GIF below shows the past 10 days of movement on the RRG.

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Bit a mixed bag here on the daily RRG. The indices moved into the Improving quadrant and looked fairly bullish – until they quickly turned around and pointed south. 

The GIF below shows the past 13 weeks of movement on the RRG.

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The weekly RRG still looks weak, but the momentum to the downside appears to have at least slowed down and is flattening out. 

Smart Contracts

1. Smart Contracts Index

The Smart Contracts Index includes cryptocurrencies whose blockchains allow for smart contracts. Ethereum and Cardano would be examples of cryptocurrencies that fall into this index.

We construct this index by limiting the assets in this space to a minimum market cap of $250 million.

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Current week’s performance: -0.5%

Last week’s performance: +1.2%

Web3

2. Web 3 Index

The Web3 Index comprises cryptocurrencies focusing on the next generation of the internet: blockchain, publicly distributed ledgers, transparency, openness, decentralization, and tokenonomics. 

$LINK.X and $GNT.X are examples of assets in this category.

We construct this index by limiting the assets in this space to a minimum market cap of $50 million.

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Current week’s performance: -1.5%

Last week’s performance: +6.5%

Proof-Of-Work

3. Proof-Of-Work Index

The Proof-Of-Work Index is a collection of cryptocurrencies that, you guessed it, are blockchains that use Proof-Of-Work as their primary consensus mechanism. Bitcoin is the most well-known and biggest Proof-Of-Work cryptocurrency.

We construct this index by limiting the assets in this space to a minimum market cap of $100 million.

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Current week’s performance: -1.70%

Last week’s performance: +0.50%

Biggest Loser - DEX

Decentralized Exchange Index (DEX)

The DEX Index (Decentralized Exchange) comprises the cryptocurrencies and tokens that comprise the DEX space. 

We construct this index by limiting the assets in this space to a minimum market cap of $100 million.

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Current week’s performance: -5.60%

Last week’s performance: +3.90%


Summary

Putting It All Together

Let’s bring the Total Market Cap chart from the beginning of today’s Litepaper and take a look at it again:

Total Market Cap Daily Chart – Click to enlarge.

The cryptocurrency market remains within the descending wedge pattern identified last week, with prices approaching the lower trendline of this pattern.

As per Bulkowski’s analysis, the falling wedge pattern in a bullish market exhibits the following characteristics:

  1. Typically, there are at least five instances where the price touches one of the trendlines, with the other three being touched multiple times.
  2. The falling wedge pattern tends to persist for a minimum of three weeks.
  3. Volume generally declines until the breakout occurs.
  4. Approximately half of the falling wedges serve as consolidations of the preceding trend.
  5. Breakouts above a falling wedge in a bull market tend to have the lowest failure rates.
  6. The most robust breakouts tend to happen between 55% and 80% of the way toward the pattern’s apex.
  7. Around 29% of falling wedges experience false breakouts to the downside, resulting in a bear trap followed by a strong rally.

While these statistics provide valuable insights, it is important to note that Bulkowski’s analysis primarily focuses on the stock market. How his statistics stack against the crypto market is unknown.

See You Next Saturday!