Why did bitcoin and altcoins start to get cheaper? How has changed in the crypto market?



What should have alerted investors? The price growth of cryptocurrencies at the beginning of the year changed in the second half of January. The beginning of February confirmed the fear.












































On February 9th, Bitcoin hit its lowest level in 20 days, closing below $22,000.. In general, the whole week for the historically first cryptocurrency in the world passed in the red zone: only on Tuesday BTC was able to add a little more than 2%. In the week of Feb. 3, it fell by almost 7%, from $23,434 to $21,815 on the evening of Friday, Feb. 10.
































































































The relatively negative news background contributed to the current situation on the market. So, on February 9, it became known about the SEC proceedings with the Kraken exchange. One of the items that the Securities and Exchange Commission requires to be completed is the cessation of staking activities.. Even before that, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong argued that staking could be completely banned for retail clients in the United States.. And although BTC is based on the PoW consensus algorithm, not PoS (in other words, it is based on mining, not staking), the restrictions of the crypto industry have affected it.
































A certain role was played by statistics on the labor market in the United States. She turned out worse than expected.. Fed experts assumed that the number of applications for unemployment will be 190,000. In practice, it turned out 196,000. This indicator rose for the first time since December 19, 2022.
































































































In addition, the market was shocked by the news about the closure of the Finnish P2P platform Local Bitcoins, one of the oldest on the market. The main reason for the cessation of work was the decreased popularity of the crypto exchange, which has been falling since the end of December 2017.
































































































In terms of technical analysis, Bitcoin has broken through the $22,781 support level, which should now become resistance.. The nearest support level is at the low of January 18, 2023 at $20,358.
































































































The value of the index of fear and greed for the week decreased. The indicator is 48, which indicates the neutral sentiment of bitcoin holders.
































































Ethereum, like bitcoin, has lost about 7% over the past week. Of these, most of them fell on Thursday, February 9, when the coin fell immediately by 6.36%. Attempts to break through the resistance level at $1,676.8 and gain a foothold above led to the fact that several times a week the mark was indeed broken.
































































































The main impact on Ethereum was provided by new legislative initiatives. Otherwise, the signals for ETH were either neutral or positive.
































On February 7, the first cases of removal of tokens from staking in Ethereum occurred. True, so far on the basis of the Zhejiang test network – the first of three that will precede the Shaghai fork expected in March.
































Sberbank announced the launch of its own DeFi platform this week, which will be compatible with the Ethereum network. One of the reasons for such integration in Sberbank was the availability of using MetaMusk wallets.. Such cooperation may indicate that major players trust Vitalik Buterin’s platform.
































Joseph Lubin (Joseph Lubin) expressed the opinion that it is not possible to recognize the ethereum as a security, since it does not have a centralized apparatus. This point of view is rather ambiguous considering that more than 50% of all staking coins are held by four holders.
































Technically, Ether is approaching the support level around $1,501.16. The resistance level remains $1,676.8, which no one has been able to successfully storm. Investors may be encouraged by the fact that the 50-day moving average, marked in pink in the chart below, crossed the 200-day moving average, marked in blue, from below. Thus, a “golden cross” pattern has formed on the chart, which most often signals an uptrend.
































































































































Polygon is one of the few coins that continues its upward movement, and has not begun to correct. Over the week, the price of the MATIC token rose by 2.8%. True, on February 9, Polygon, like all other cryptocurrencies, did not escape the fall.. The entire growth, in fact, occurred on February 10, when the coin added 4.35%. Since the beginning of the year, the price of MATIC has increased by more than 69%.
































































































Due to the results of 2023, the coin is in the top 10 cryptocurrencies by capitalization. According to CoinMarketCap, Polygon ranks ninth, between Cardano and Dogecoin.
































The fact that there are quite a lot of players in the cryptocurrency gives confidence to MATIC holders. On February 9, the WhaleAlert portal recorded the transfer of 20 million MATIC (about $26.6 million) from one unknown address to another. This transaction is not an isolated example.. On the same day, 18 million MATIC was transferred between two other unknown wallets.
































































































In general, Polygon continues to gain momentum, which is reflected in new agreements between the creators of the platform. Many companies agree to cooperate with the NFT platform. Recently it became known that the site will cooperate with the Doritos chips manufacturer and the Indian media company Shemaroo.
































From a technical point of view, Polygon is still in an uptrend, but, of course, this will end someday.. Further growth can be expected if the coin overcomes the $1.3475 level. If the support at $1.20387 fails, then a correction is likely to begin.
































































































Thus, most cryptocurrencies began to correct during the week after the January rally.. One of the few who stay in the bullish trend is Polygon, which recently broke into the top ten in terms of capitalization.
































This material and the information in it does not constitute individual or other investment advice.. The opinion of the editors may not coincide with the opinions of the author, analytical portals and experts.