Daily market update: Bitcoin hits all-time high market cap

Will the bitcoin price ever stop going up? Not only did the bitcoin price hit $17,000 yesterday, last night it burst through $18,000 again for the first time since December 2017. The market cap is also now the highest it’s ever been. What’s driving the rise this time? The halving? The arrival of institutional investors? PayPal entering the market in the US? Answers on a postcard. Or Twitter, whatever’s easier.

Here’s your daily market update. If you’re new to the world of crypto, take a look through our beginner’s guide to crypto trading series to get a better idea of all these indicators, starring in-depth explorations of common strategies, market analysis techniques, and more.

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All information is correct as of 08:30am GMT.

Bitcoin price

We closed yesterday, 17 November, 2020, at a price of $17,645.41 – up from $16,716.11 the day before. That’s an increase of 5.56%. It’s the highest closing price since 19 December, 2017. At time of writing, the price of one bitcoin is $18,143.09.

The daily high was $17,782.92, while the daily low was $16,564.54.

This time last year, the price of bitcoin was $8,577.98 and in 2018 it was $5,554.33.

We’re 12.16% below bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (17 December 2017).

As of today, buying bitcoin has been profitable for…

99.6% of all days since 2013-04-28.

Bitcoin volume

The volume traded yesterday was $39,006,849,170, up from $31,526,766,675 the day before. High volume indicates that a significant price movement has stronger support and is more likely to be sustained.

Market capitalisation

Bitcoin’s market capitalisation as of yesterday was $327,257,094,857, up from $309,889,423,249 the day before. This is the highest that Bitcoin’s market cap has ever been. The previous record was when bitcoin hit an all-time high of $326,502,485,530 in December 2017. The reason the price was higher then but the market cap lower, was that there were less bitcoin in circulation at the time. Find out more about how they’re mined.

Fear and Greed Index

The sentiment is in Extreme Greed again, up to 91 today. While the sentiment right now is around the highest we have seen according to this index, we should keep in mind that it didn’t exist during the 2017 bull run, and it’s hard to tell how it would have looked then. But as we always highlight, the index doesn’t stay this high very often, and a pullback would not be surprising.

In/Out of the money

For any address with a balance of tokens, ITB identifies the average price (cost) at which those tokens were purchased and compares it with the current price. If the current price is higher than average cost, address is ‘In the Money’. If the current price is lower than the average cost, the address is ‘Out of the Money’.


Annualised price volatility using 365 days.

Twitter sentiment

Yesterday, there were 19,923 tweets sent with a positive connotation towards bitcoin, 53,179 with a neutral connotation, and 3,808 were negative.

Bitcoin’s market dominance

Bitcoin’s market dominance stands at 67.42. Its lowest recorded dominance was 37.09 on 8 January, 2018.

Relative Strength Index (RSI)

The daily RSI is currently 82.04. Values of 70 or above indicate that an asset is becoming overbought and may be primed for a trend reversal or experience a correction in price – an RSI reading of 30 or below indicates an oversold or undervalued condition.

Resistance and support

What they said yesterday…

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