Top 5 cryptocurrencies to watch this week: BTC, AAVE, ATOM, NEO, VET

The Purpose Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund debuted on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Feb. 18 and has quickly ramped up trading volumes of about $400 million worth of shares in two days. This is quite impressive, considering that the equity market in Canada is only a fraction of the size of the U.S. markets. This shows strong demand for Bitcoin and investor’s preference to take the ETF route to establish fresh positions.

Last week, Bitcoin reached another important milestone when it hit the critical $1 trillion market capitalization on Feb. 19, making it the sixth asset on the list of top market cap companies in the world. 

The involvement of institutional investors and a market cap of over $1 trillion could allay the concerns of manipulation and liquidity raised by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the previous years as it rejected Bitcoin ETF applications. 

Crypto market data daily view. Source: Coin360

In a recent interview with CNBC, Ark Invest CEO Cathie Wood said that “the probability of an ETF has gone up.” Wood said the new SEC chairman Gary Gensler, who taught a digital currency class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, could be more open to crypto, increasing the likelihood of an approved Bitcoin ETF.

Although Bitcoin’s fundamental factors continue to improve, the near term could experience some turbulence due to the steepening of the U.S. Treasury curve.

Let’s analyze the charts of the top-5 cryptocurrencies that indicate the possibility of the resumption of the uptrend in the short term.