Bullish optimism is on the rise across the cryptocurrency market on Sept. 23 as prices continue to recover from this week’s volatility which was the result of regulatory pressure on the crypto sector, the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on the Fed’s interest rate hikes and monetary policy, along with fears that the Evergrande situation would ripple out to impact global financial markets.
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that after trading in a range between $43,000 and $44,300 during the early trading hours on Sept. 23, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) spiked above $44,800 in the early afternoon and now takes aim at flipping the $45,000 resistance level into support.
BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView
The timing of the spike in BTC price aligns closely with Twitter’s announcement that users will now be able to tip other users with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin thanks to an integration with Strike, a payment application built on the Lightning network that enables low-cost Bitcoin transactions.
BREAKING: Twitter is launching Bitcoin Lightning Network tipping functionality on iOS.
— Pomp (@APompliano) September 23, 2021
This development came as the momentum across the cryptocurrency ecosystem was already on the rise with the top altcoin Ether (ETH) back above $3,100. Data also shows that the Ether balance held in reserves on major cryptocurrency exchanges has reached an all-time low.
Altcoins fully rebound
The altcoin market is firing on all cylinders as competition in the layer-one field heats up with projects like Terra (LUNA), Avalanche (AVAX) and Cosmos (ATOM) making gains in terms of price and attracting new users thanks to lower-cost transactions and faster processing times.
Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360
Celer (CELR) is the top gainer on the 24-hour after seeing its price spike by 52% to a new all-time high at $0.14, while Celo (CELO) has put on a 24% gain and trades at $7.80.
Other notable performances include a 23% gain for COTI, a 21% gain for Tezos (XTZ) and a 20% rally from Origin Trail (TRAC).
The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $1.999 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 42%.
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