30/03 Market Recap: Bitcoin Retains $70K as Q1 Ends, Dogwifhat Leads Meme Coin Frenzy


Bitcoin managed to reclaim the $70,000 level as the first quarter of 2024 came to a close, providing a resilient finish after a rollercoaster week of price swings. The largest cryptocurrency by market cap initially surged from around $64,000 to nearly $72,000 before facing a sharp pullback to $68,400. However, BTC showed its characteristic vigor, recovering most losses to stand firmly above $70,000 ahead of the weekend.

While Bitcoin held the spotlight, the altcoin market painted a mixed picture. Ethereum, Binance Coin, and popular meme coins Dogecoin and Shiba Inu experienced modest declines of 2-3%. In contrast, Solana emerged as a strong performer, appreciating close to $200 with a near 6% gain. Toncoin also shared the limelight, trading well above $5 after a similar uptick.

The overall cryptocurrency market capitalization lingered below $2.8 trillion, with Bitcoin’s dominance hovering around 49.7%. Despite these individual asset movements, the market appeared to be in a consolidating phase.

One notable development was the impressive surge in the meme coin sector, led by the Solana-based dogwifhat (WIF). Meme tokens outperformed other niches like DeFi and exchange tokens, with WIF even flipping pepecoin to become the third-largest meme coin by market cap after breaching $4.5 for over 20%.

The frenzy was fueled by speculations of Dogecoin’s potential integration into an upcoming payments service from social app X, although there has been no official confirmation. Bets on DOGE-tracked futures hit a record $2 billion, signaling expectations of future price volatility with a bias toward longs.

While the meme coin mania captured investors’ attention, some trading firms warned of a potential pullback in recent gains. They cited signs of exhaustion in Bitcoin and Ether’s price action, coupled with elevated funding and forward rates, suggesting that speculators were paying high prices to maintain leveraged long positions.

As the crypto market transitioned into the second quarter, all eyes remained on Bitcoin’s ability to sustain its upward momentum and reclaim its all-time highs. The meme coin frenzy added an intriguing dynamic, reminding market participants of the sector’s capacity for both exhilarating rallies and sudden drawdowns.