Bitcoin prices traded lower on Monday, falling more than 1% as the best-known cryptocurrency failed to breach short-term resistance at $4,000.
In early afternoon trade on Monday, a single bitcoin BTCUSD, -1.05% was changing hands at $3,839.00, down 1.5% since Sunday’s level at 5 p.m. Eastern time on the Kraken exchange. The cryptocurrency has slipped 2.7% from its Sunday high near $3,950.
What are analysts saying
“With bitcoin lagging behind while other cryptos surge, the feeling is that the crypto winter is coming to a close and it is now alt season,” wrote Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro.
Alt season, or altcoin season, is a term for the outperformance of smaller digital currencies. Some analysts see this is a sign the broader crypto market is basing, noting that during the crypto selloff beginning in late 2017, altcoins severely underperformed.
“Of course, there’s no telling how long this could last but the signs are all in place. Global volume across crypto exchanges is holding steady at around $30 billion per day, yet bitcoin’s volume is less than a third of that figure,” Greenspan continued.
Since bitcoin bottomed on Dec. 15, its share of the total value of all cryptocurrencies has fallen to 51.7% from 55.2%, according to data from CoinMarketCap.
Altcoins and futures
Altcoins drifted lower on Monday. Ether, ETHUSD, -1.77% fell 2.3% to $131.69, Litecoin LTCUSD, -2.47% dropped 3.2% to $54.46, Bitcoin Cash BCHUSD, -1.41%was off 2.9% to $126.80 and XRP XRPUSD, -1.31% was down 0.9% at 31 cents.
Bitcoin futures ended lower on Monday. The Cboe Global Markets March contract XBTJ9, -1.04% closed down 1.2% to $3,842.50, while the CME Group March contract BTCH9, -0.91% fell 1.3% to 3,840.