Dogecoin (DOGE) and Maker (MKR) soar as the altcoin market cap tops $1T

By Jordan Finneseth

Dogecoin and Maker stole the spotlight as the hype around COIN faded and Bitcoin consolidates near $63,500.

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Trading action for COIN was muted on Thursday as the price declined during the early trading hours and closed the day at $326.88.

For those who are curious about how Bitcoin’s current price action compares with previous bull cycles, Jarvis Labs co-founder Ben Lilly says looking at the time it took for BTC price to reach its peak following its most recent halving is a good place to start.

Bitcoin price after the 2012, 2016 and 2020 halving. Source: Jarvis Labs

As seen in the chart above, the current cycle is falling somewhere in between the 2012 and 2016 halving cycles with the price action “setting up to be faster than what we saw in 2017, but slower than 2013.”

Altcoins steal the show

While Bitcoin and COIN faded from the spotlight on Thursday, altcoins stepped up to carry the market higher. Dogecoin (DOGE) was the breakout star of the day with a 60% rally that saw its price sprint to a new all-time high at $0.1918.

Momentum for DOGE was kicked off when one of cryptocurrency’s well-known proponents and “Technoking of Tesla” Elon Musk posted the following tweet for his 50.8 million followers.

Doge Barking at the Moon

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 15, 2021

Other notable altcoin performances include Maker (MKR), which gained 43% on the day for a record high of $4,102 as its ecosystem moves towards full decentralization, and Band Protocol (BAND), which rallied 38% to a new all-time high at $22.83 following the announcement of integration with Google Cloud.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $2.26 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 53.7%.

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