According to the CoinGecko report, the entire cryptocurrency market saw a slight increase of 0.14%, with the total market cap rising from $1.238 trillion on March 31, 2023, to $1.240 trillion on June 30, 2023. This period was characterized by a consolidation of gains, following the exuberance of Q1
Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), the two leading cryptocurrencies, experienced growth during this quarter. Bitcoin prices rose by 6.9%, increasing from $28,517 to $30,481, outperforming the total crypto market cap. This growth was despite a 58.7% decline in average daily trading volume from $33.4 billion in Q1 to $13.8 billion in Q2. Ethereum also saw an increase of 6.0% in Q2, with prices hovering around $1,900.
The report also highlighted a 3.5% shrinkage in the stablecoin market, with USD Coin (USDC) and Binance USD (BUSD) being the biggest losers. In contrast, Tether (USDT) strengthened its foothold, adding 4.4% ($3.48 billion) to its market cap and ending Q2 with a 66% market share of the stablecoin market.
A significant trend in the Ethereum ecosystem was the growth of ETH staking by 30.3% in Q2 2023, reaching 23.6 million ETH staked. This represented a gain of 5.6 million and was facilitated by the enabling of withdrawals.
Despite the growing popularity of Bitcoin Ordinals, the non-fungible token (NFT) trading volume saw a 35.0% drop, from $4.84 billion in Q1 to $3.15 billion in Q2. Ethereum remained the dominant platform for NFT trading in Q2, capturing 83.0% of the volume.
Trading volumes on both centralized and decentralized exchanges fell by 43.2% and 28.1% respectively. Binance, the leading centralized exchange, saw its market share drop to 52%. In the decentralized exchange market, Uniswap maintained its dominance.
The report provides valuable insights into the crypto market landscape, including deep dives into the decentralized finance (DeFi) and NFT ecosystems, and reviews of exchange performance. These insights are crucial for understanding the trends and dynamics shaping the cryptocurrency market as it continues to evolve
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