Digital currencies were trading higher early Thursday in New York, with bitcoin, the worlds most prominent digital currency, on track to avoid a back-to-back skid—something it hasn’t done in two weeks.
A single bitcoin
was last valued at $8,287.42, up 1.3% since Wednesday at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the Krakan cryptocurrency exchange. Broad-based gains has pushed the total value of all cryptocurrencies to a fresh six-week high of $304 billion, according to data from Coinmarketcap.
Industry participants believe bitcoin’s resurgence has been a function of positive market factors, including a renewed focus around a potential bitcoin-related ETF, which could underpin fresh moves higher in the asset. An improved technical outlook around bitcoin, which has pierced several technical milestones in its 40% surge from the June 24 low, has underpinned recent optimism.
However, according to a recent survey, more than half (52%) of the respondents said they believe crowd psychology is the main driver of the price of the No. 1 digital currency.
“To our thinking, this was the single most surprising response of the whole survey,” wrote Nicholas Colas, co-founder of DataTrek Research. “Finance professionals make their livings by analyzing asset values through the lens of fundamental/quantifiable factors. That more than half of respondents believe valuation in the crypto space is “purely a function of crowd psychology” is refreshing in its honesty.”
Just 15% said the price of bitcoin was a function of growing usage.
Elsewhere, the DataTrek survey found crypto custody—the holding and storing of digital currencies—was the biggest issue for investors, with around 38% saying a cryptocurrency would never become a global reserve asset. DataTrek surveyed 216 people of which 42% were in the traditional money management industry and 24% were brokers.
Altoins and futures are off to a winning start Thursday
Major altcoins, or those that are alternatives to bitcoin, were off to a winning start. Ether
the second-largest digital currency, is up 1.7% at $483.57, Bitcoin Cash
added 2%, trading at $853.10, Litecoin
was trading unchanged at $87.44 and Ripple’s XRP coin
was last trading at 47 cents, up a slight 0.3%.
Bitcoin futures are showing solid gains in early morning action. The Cboe Global Markets contract for August
was up 1.9% at $8,275 and the CME July contract
is up 1.5% at $8,265.