Total crypto market cap exceeds $900B – marking 9 week high

The total crypto market cap surpassed $900 billion on Jan. 12 to record a nine-week high.

In conjunction with several tokens recording “monster gains” recently, some have taken this as an indication of the advent of a new bull run.

Crypto market cap shows signs of recovery

Nine weeks ago, the fallout from the FTX collapse spooked the market, leading to massive capital outflows. A bottom was reached when the total market cap found support at $783 billion on Nov. 21, 2022.

The peak-to-trough movement of the fallout equated to a loss of 26% over 16 days.

As participants processed the situation, a period of great uncertainty followed. However, with the start of the new year, it appears sentiment has flipped from uncertainty to tentative optimism.

Leading the charge are several tokens with a strong performance over the past week which has given cause for hope. This includes the gaming project Gala, up 120%, and Layer-1 blockchain Aptos, which grew 83% over the same period.

What’s more, with market leader Bitcoin seemingly breaking its slumber to knock on $19,000 — it seems the risk appetite for cryptocurrencies has returned.

YouTuber Brendan Jordan, aka That Martini Guy, took to Twitter, suggesting recent events could indicate the return of the bull market.

“#BITCOIN NEARLY $19,000

#ALTCOINS BLOWING UP

IS THIS THE START OF THE BULL MARKET!!!”

Similarly, @Crypto Bitlord emphatically declared, “the bear market is officially over.” Welcoming his viewers “to f*cking Narnia,” he confidently stated the entire space “is getting sent.”

Bearish sentiment is still present

Nonetheless, understandably, others in the crypto space are less animated. @SatoshiFlipper voiced caution over the latest market moves, recommending his followers do what they intend to do regardless of the “noise.”

“Is it a bull trap? Is is a bear trap? Don’t make it complicated. Set it + forget it until 30k, 40k, or another target far away & wait for it. Don’t sell yourself short, don’t get distracted by noise.”

@wizardofsoho was decisively more bearish, calling this “the…

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