Three days separate Bitcoin price from its best-ever weekly close of 2019, as markets hover in mid $11,000s.
Bitcoin (BTC) price was battling resistance at $12,000 Aug. 9 despite bullish predictions continuing to focus on more growth.
Market visualization. Source: Coin360
Weekly record ahead for Bitcoin?
Data from Coin360 put BTC/USD at almost the same place it was 24 hours previously, the pair having swung between $11,500 and $12,030 in the meantime.
At press time, Bitcoin traded at $11,760, marking current daily losses of 0.8%, while weekly gains remain at a solid 12.3%.
Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: Coin360
The $12,000 mark has proven tough ground to crack during this week’s Bitcoin resurgence, with several attempts failing to produce support.
Nevertheless, analysts continue to look on the bright side, with regular trader Josh Rager eyeing the potential for a 2019 Bitcoin price record.
“Price has the chance to close its highest on the weekly chart in 2019,” he wrote on Friday, noting Bitcoin needed to maintain current levels for just three more days.
Bitcoin’s exit from bearish territory has also sparked reiterations of long-term price trajectory. As Cointelegraph reported, it was Tim Draper who on Friday still claimed $250,000 was a realistic target by Q1 2023.
Any delay, he said, was due to consolidation; like many suggest, Draper believes that Bitcoin is providing a genuine use case as a safe haven asset.
Altcoins stay under the radar
All altcoin traders were consolidating this week, however, are moderate losses. A look at the top twenty cryptocurrencies by market cap shows most major tokens dropped by between 1% and 4%, extending Bitcoin’s negligible losses.
Ether (ETH), the largest altcoin, shed more than average, trading 5.3% lower on the day at $214.
Ether 7-day price chart. Source: Coin360
After a hugely successful previous day, growth in Binance’s in-house token, Binance Coin (BNB), also fizzled out, BNB/USD remaining at $31.
The total cryptocurrency market cap remained above $300 billion, with Bitcoin’s share continuing to expand, currently at 69.3%.