A rare first in current market conditions saw Ethereum leave Bitcoin Cash behind in terms of USD price.
Cryptocurrency markets were showing signs of life today, Dec. 17, but the major focus was on Ethereum (ETH), which passed the price of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) for the first time.
Market visualization from Coin360
Data from Cointelegraph’s price tracker, Coin360, CoinGecko and CoinMarketCap confirm the ongoing battle within the top ten altcoin assets, with ETH trading around $90.86 compared with BCH on $88.63 at press time.
Previously, BCH had traded above the market price of ETH since its creation in August 2017.
Bitcoin Cash/Ethereum 7-day price chart. Source: CoinGecko
A contentious hard fork in November caused BCH to split into two chains, the second being Bitcoin Cash “Satoshi’s Vision,” now with the ticker BSV.
BSV’s price began to show inverse correlation with the majority of crypto assets, fluctuating according to activity in Bitcoin (BTC) markets before drifting downwards to almost match BCH in price by mid-December.
BCH and BSV currently occupy positions eight and nine respectively in the top cryptocurrencies by market cap.
Bitcoin itself meanwhile has managed to bounce off 15-month lows of $3,130 seen over the weekend to circle support around $3,200 earlier Monday.
A sudden uptick subsequently propelled prices $150 higher to close in on $3,470.
Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph
Trading sources remained uncertain about the chances of current levels holding, crypto expert Tone Vays warning in his latest market update Sunday that a collapse to at least $1,300 could be imminent.
Specifically, a close below the long-term 50-month moving average price for BTC/USD would trigger the extended downward spiral.
“Until we close below it, my probability of $1,300 remains a little bit lower; the […] we have a full candle below the moving average, it’s all over; we’re going to $1,300,” he told viewers.
Elsewhere in the top twenty, Litecoin (LTC) partly the daily gains at just over 9 percent to around $28.78, the uptick coming on the back of an announcement from accomodation booking website Travala that it would accept the altcoin.
Litecoin 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph
EOS also saw large gains today, up more than 10 percent on the day to trade at around $2.16 at press time.