Dogecoin Firm Even As Bitcoin, Ethereum Slip: Analyst Sees Meme Coin Rally Paving Way For Altcoin Season - Bitcoin (BTC/USD), Ethereum (ETH/USD), Dogecoin (DOGE/USD)

Bitcoin and Ethereum were seen trading in the red on Monday evening, even as the global cryptocurrency market cap inched up 0.07% to $1 trillion at 9:15 p.m. EDT.

Price Performance Of Major Coins
Coin 24-hour 7-day Price
Bitcoin BTC/USD -0.5% 5.9% $20,470.95
Ethereum ETH/USD -0.9% 16.9% $1,572.28
Dogecoin DOGE/USD 0.6% 111.3% $0.125

Top 24-Hour Gainers (Data via CoinMarketCap)
Cryptocurrency 24-Hour % Change (+/-) Price
Chain (XCN) +26.6% $0.06
OKB (OKB) 6.7% $17.22
The Sandbox (SAND) +4.5% ​​$0.90

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Why It Matters: Even as two of the largest coins declined on Monday, Dogecoin kept its head above the water. The meme coin was trading higher at around the $0.125 mark at the time of writing.

The apex coin followed stocks lower on Monday with the tech-heavy Nasdaq ending the day lower by nearly 1%. The S&P 500 declined 0.75%. At the time of writing U.S. Stock futures traded flat.

Investors will keep an eye on the Federal Open Market Committee meeting slated for Tuesday along with non-farm payrolls due Friday. U.S. Federal Reserve Jerome Powell is expected to hike rates by 75 bps.

“All the major global manufacturing readings show the economic slowdown is getting uglier,” said Edward Moya, a senior market analyst with OANDA. “Bitcoin continues to hover around the $20,000 level as Wall Street hopes for the Fed to provide clues that we are much closer to the end of tightening.”

“Some traders are growing confident that a bottom is in place, options market activity is showing the need for downside protection is easing.  This will be a pivotal last two months of the year that should trigger a move outside of the $17,500 and $25,000 trading range.”

Michaël van de Poppe sees a correction tomorrow or Wednesday before the actual FOMC takes place. 

The Amsterdam-based cryptocurrency trader advised his followers to avoid excessive leverage in the upcoming 48 hours along with “tight stops.”

“It will be a slight roller coaster as it always is, so staying calm is the best strategy.”

Delphi Digital said in a note that historically a strong rally in Dogecoin has been a harbinger of an “alt szn” — a period of aggressive risk-taking where capital flows into so-called altcoins.

DOGE Price On Bittrex and Bitcoin Dominance — Courtesy Delphi Digital

“Given that we’ve already seen price increases in ETH and DOGE, several market participants are also expecting a rally in other altcoins,” said the independent research firm.

“It remains to be seen if this rally has any legs or if this is merely generating exit liquidity before we hit new lows.”

Dogecoin’s trading volume declined 31.3% to $5.46 billion at the time of writing, according to CoinMarketCap. Over a 24-hour period, DOGE worth nearly $17.1 million were liquidated, according to Coinglass.

DOGE has been on the run-up since Tesla Inc TSLA CEO Elon Musk took over Twitter. Nearly $140 million of the meme coin has been liquidated since then. $80 million has been liquidated from traders holding short positions.

Santiment noted that “social dominance” has been a primary indicator for DOGE as “crowd hype spikes have created local tops, and crowd fear foreshadowed bottoms.” The market intelligence platform noted in a tweet that DOGE-related discussions peaked at Saturday’s local top and that the meme coin is still “decoupled from markets.”

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