XRP, Stellar and Cardano are some of the cryptocurrencies spearheading the rally as traders herald "altseason."
Bitcoin (BTC) has topped $19,000 in a fresh bullish surge, but traders are all about altcoins on Nov. 24.
In what many are heralding as the beginning of “altseason,” large-cap cryptocurrencies are seeing their biggest gains in three years.
XRP, XLM lead new “altseason”
Cointelegraph takes a look at five of the biggest movers, all of which have returned to at least a $1 billion market cap.
Nevertheless, the token still remains far from its peak of over $3 or roughly 80% from its all time high.
By comparison, Bitcoin (BTC) is now just 3% from its all-time high in December 2017.
On the back of XRP’s resurgence, Stellar (XLM) beat its daily gains to pass $0.18 and deliver over 90% weekly returns.
A classic move for the sister-altcoin, which tends to follow XRP in bull markets, Stellar returned to its position from November 2018. Its all-time highs lie at just above $0.60.
Against a backdrop of all-time highs above $1, however, much ground remains for investors to see significant returns from previous years.
Currently at 26th on CoinMarketCap’s list of cryptocurrencies, IOTA hit $0.36 this week, but the path to new all-time highs remains decidedly uncertain — those lie at close to $5.50.
At press time, the pair traded at $115, still far from its record of near $1,500.
“Bitcoin dominance. In case you were wondering, this is what alt season looks like,” said popular trader Scott Melker, noting that the index failed to break upward this week.
“Quite reminiscent of 2017. Alts have a brief window to party, then you get back into Bitcoin, it rages. Rinse, repeat,’” he added.
“Our week of alt euphoria was amazing. Now we wait and see.”