Daily market update: Will bitcoin break $20k today?

***14:00 GMT UPDATE: Bitcoin breaks $20k, soaring to historical all-time high***

The start of last week saw the prices of both BTC and ETH tumble, but any bears hoping this was the beginning of a sustained downward trend look to have been left disappointed. Bitcoin is now back above the price it was at the start of the month and there’s a lot of excited chatter in crypto knitting circles. What will happen when we finally break through that pesky $19,600 resistance that’s been knocking us back lately? Onward to $20,000? Be warned: celebrations could get weird.

Zooming out, the correlation between bitcoin, the stock market and other asset classes appears to be decreasing. The correlation with the S&P 500 has been decreasing steadily since the beginning of October, with Bitcoin’s magnificent returns over the past months having seen it decouple from most assets. The correlation with the S&P is now the lowest since the March crash. Good news.

Here’s all the latest from the crypto and bitcoin markets. Fun stuff. Interpret it how you please. The content of this article is for information purposes only and is not investment advice or any form of recommendation or invitation. Luno always advises you to obtain your own independent financial advice before investing or trading in cryptocurrency.

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All information is correct as of 09.30am GMT.

Crypto at a glance

Total Crypto Market Cap: $506,940,041,161

Price Market cap Volume Circulating Supply
Bitcoin $19,471.39 $361.07b $24,958,985,490 18,572,456 BTC
Ethereum $586.60 $66.65b $8,464,043,633 113,853,065 ETH
XRP $0.45 $20.45b $10,217,654,839 45,404,028,640 XRP
Litecoin $80.40 $5.43b $3,429,890,734 66,098,948 LTC
Bitcoin Cash $285.32 $5.32b $2,858,552,469 18,600,863 BCH

What bitcoin did yesterday

We closed yesterday, 15 December, 2020, at a price of $19,417.08 – up from $19,246.64 the day before. The price has now closed over $18,000 for 17 consecutive days.

The daily high yesterday was $19,525.01 and the daily low was $19,079.84. That’s the highest daily high since Wednesday of last week and the highest daily low in Bitcoin’s history. This time last year, the price of bitcoin closed the day at $7,152.30 and in 2018 it was $3,236.76.

We’re 3.35% below bitcoin‘s all-time high on CoinMarketCap of $20,089 (17 December 2017).

As of today, buying bitcoin has been profitable for…

99.7% of all days since 2013-04-28.

MicroStrategy has now made…

MicroStrategy now holds 40,824 bitcoins worth $797 million. They have now made $322 million on the cumulative $475 million they invested in Bitcoin.

Market capitalisation

Bitcoin’s market capitalisation is currently $361.07 billion, up from $357,432,550,020 yesterday. To put that into context, JP Morgan’s market cap is $366.7 billion and Jeff Bezos is currently worth $182 billion. That means he could only afford to buy half of all bitcoin. Better luck next time, Jeff.

Bitcoin volume

The volume traded over the last 24 hours was $26,741,982,541, up from $22,473,997,681 yesterday. High volumes can indicate that a significant price movement has stronger support and is more likely to be sustained.


The price volatility of bitcoin over the last 30 days is 53.13%.

Charts provided by IntoTheBlock.com

Fear and Greed Index

The sentiment remains in Extreme Greed territory at 92, up from 91 yesterday. The last time the sentiment was lower than Extreme Greed was 6 November, 2020. It’s important to remember that the index doesn’t stay this high very often and a correction could be on the cards. It’s also important to remember that we’ve been saying that for a while so it’s really anyone’s guess at this point.

Bitcoin’s market dominance

Bitcoin’s market dominance stands at 64.89. Its lowest recorded dominance was 37.09 on 8 January, 2018.

Relative Strength Index (RSI)

The daily RSI is currently 60.76. 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.

Google trends

The trend in Google searches over the last 90 days. Google shows this chart on a relative basis with a max score of 100 on the day that had the most Google searches for that keyword. Today’s score is 54.

Charts provided by IntoTheBlock.com

Convince your Nan cutout of the day

Bitcoin moves nearly half a million dollars in value around the globe permissionlessly every second. It’s all about value transacted per second and a new financial paradigm Samson Mow, Twitter

Twitter sentiment

Yesterday, there were 10,887 tweets sent with a positive connotation towards bitcoin, 30,947 with a neutral connotation, and 2,297 were negative.

What they said yesterday…

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