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Bitcoin ( BTC) price rebounded to around $18,000 over the weekend and is trading in this range on the last day of November. The bounce was relatively quick given the sharp retreat of more than $3,000 during the extremely volatile Thanksgiving, as per OKEx BTC Index price.
As it seems, Bitcoin is likely to reap its highest-ever monthly close tomorrow, surpassing its December 2017 high. There is also a good chance that Bitcoin will have its best monthly return since May of last year — at more than 34% — if it can close above $18,600.
On the other hand, Bitcoin’s annual return is now approaching 160%, leading all asset classes, while the total cryptocurrency market capitalization currently stands around $550 billion.
With the United States presidential election largely settled and major advances announced about COVID-19 vaccines, risk assets performed very well in November. The S&P 500 Index is up 11.27% for the month, marketing its second-best month ever. The Nasdaq Composite Index is also currently up 11.86% for the month.
Many major altcoins significantly outperformed Bitcoin in November. Ripple’s XRP and Stellar’s lumen ( XLM) both posted significant monthly gains of more than 160%, while Cardano’s Ada ( ADA) came in third, with an 83% surge. Ether ( ETH) and Litecoin ( LTC) also outperformed Bitcoin by 16% and 8%, respectively. In addition, the threshold of ETH deposits was met for Ethereum 2.0’s proof-of-stake chain to launch on Dec. 1.
On the other hand, “older” cryptocurrencies, including EOS and TRON ( TRX), were not favored by market participants for another month, both losing more than 20% against Bitcoin. However, Bitcoin Cash ( BCH) and Bitcoin SV ( BSV) were the worst performers in November among major altcoins.
In the DeFi sector, after a dark October, all tokens on the chart began a rapid rebound around Nov. 5. SushiSwap ( SUSHI) benefited from Uniswap’s ( UNI) pause of liquidity mining, up 145% in November, while Aave and yearn.finance ( YFI) were the best performers, with more than 150% monthly returns. Yearn.finance, one of the most innovative DeFi protocols, finished its first acquisition of a smaller yield aggregator project, Pickle Finance.
Underperformers in DeFi were also older names such as Compound ( COMP) and Chainlink ( LINK), neither of which had monthly returns above 30%. But overall, the DeFi sector has come out of its October correction and sprung back to life in November. The total value locked in DeFi surged from $11 billion to $14 billion over this month, as per data from DeFi Pulse.
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