Ethereum, the decentralized app network and cryptocurrency rival to bitcoin, has continued to climb after last week's sudden market pump , overtaking Ripple's XRP digital token to reclaim the number two spot in the list of the world's largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. The ethereum price has surged some 3% over the last 24 hour period to over $120 per ether token, according to the latest CoinMarketCap prices, as ripple (XRP) remains flat and the wider market holds onto its gains from late last week. Bitcoin , currently trading at around $3,600, is up some 5% over the last week after a relatively minor bull run sparked by news of a litecoin network upgrade .
Ethereum has battled against ripple (XRP) for the second spot on the list of world's biggest cryptocurrencies over the last year. Getty
Ethereum's price uptick amid a largely flat market appears to be down to some major moves from large ethereum holders, as shown by a cryptocurrency whale tracker .
Over the last 24 hours some $8.5 million worth of ethereum has been traded by so-called crypto whales, adding to ethereum daily volume of $3.2 billion. It is generally considered that cryptocurrency markets remain small enough to be moved by large trades at either above or below market rates.
Ethereum now has a market capitalization of over $12.6 billion, slightly above Ripple's XRP $12.5 billion market cap. Litecoin, which powered to fourth place in the list of largest cryptocurrencies last week, has a market cap of $2.6 billion.
"Crypto price movements over the last week have been encouraging, with litecoin experiencing an impressive price surge of around 40%, but it’s important to remember that we’re not out of the bear market just yet," said Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at cryptocurrency broker eToro. "While some might argue the bears are weakening, bitcoin needs a strong breakout above the psychological level of $5,000 before the bulls can sharpen their horns in earnest."
The ethereum price has continued to rise after last week's sudden market surge. CoinDesk
The ethereum price rise came shortly after a report revealed that many ethereum apps are unused. Of some 1,300 live dApps, 86% had zero users on Saturday, while just 7% of dApps running on Ethereum had any transaction volumes over the last 24 hours.
Many expect that the next real bitcoin and cryptocurrency bull run, taking the price back to the highs seen in late 2017 and early 2018, won't come until use of cryptocurrencies improves throughout the wider population.
A Twitter-based cryptocurrency whale tracker showed the recent big ethereum moves. Coindesk
Meanwhile, the ripple (XRP) price has stalled after a series of rises last year despite the good news continuing to roll in for ripple, a common name for the XRP tradable token.
Ripple, also the name of the company that holds some 60% of ripple tokens and maintains the ripple network, has added a number of new partners in recent months and has teased a potential tie-up with institutional rival Swift .
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