Bitcoin dominance is rising as crypto investors attempt to decipher the impact of the recent SEC lawsuits against Coinbase and Binance. Investors appear to be converting tokens proposed as securities by the SEC into less disputable assets such as Bitcoin.
Since the lawsuits were filed on June 6, the total market cap of the crypto industry has fallen 6.4% to $1.04 trillion from $1.12 trillion. Meanwhile, Bitcoin’s dominance rose 1.92% to 47.74% from 45.82%, Ethereum dominance rose 0.27% to 20.08% from 19.83%, and Tether’s dominance grew 0.33% to 8.00% from 7.63%.
Over the past 24 hours, the total crypto market cap, excluding Bitcoin, fell 7.7% to $546 million from $592 million, while Bitcoin’s market cap fell just 2.92% to $498 million from $513 million.
The moves support the thesis that crypto investors are moving capital into assets outside the SEC’s direct line of fire, at least for now.
Amid reports of major institutional players moving capital around the market and U.S. platforms closing some crypto services, the fear and greed index still reports a ‘neutral’ position in the market. The index has mostly maintained a neutral rating since early May, dropping briefly on June 6 to its second-lowest score of the year. The score recovered within 24 hours to a neutral rating; thus, the weekly score is currently unaffected.
The market sell-off has not been uniform across all sectors, with some industries experiencing significant declines while others have managed to hold their ground or even grow. Among the top performers are the $180 million cybersecurity sector, with a 1.11% increase, and fan tokens ($255M mcap), which have seen a 4.40% growth. Other sectors experiencing positive changes include lower cap sectors such as debit cards, which rose by 0.71%, and meme tokens, with a 1.27% increase.
Conversely, several sectors have been hit hard by the sell-off. The $63 million cannabis sector saw a massive 28.35% decline, followed by the abandoned token sector, which dropped by 46.76%, indicating some investors are dumping tokens from dead projects still in their portfolios.
While the fallout from the SEC lawsuits and market sell-off is still unfolding, the shift in investor sentiment towards more established assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum may indicate a flight to relative safety in the face of regulatory uncertainty.
The current ‘neutral’ rating of the fear and greed index suggests that the market has yet to react to these recent events fully. However, the situation remains fluid, and further developments, such as additional regulatory actions or market shifts, could quickly change investor sentiment and market dynamics.
There is little doubt that the crypto market is experiencing significant turbulence due to the recent SEC lawsuits and subsequent sell-off.
However, the lack of clarity from the SEC continues to mar the ability of investors and web3 companies to safely navigate the current crypto landscape. With the U.S. influence in the global economy, it is hard to ignore the SEC’s stance, and the industry waits for further development.
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