Litecoin (LTC) costs surged by as much as 35% to hit a one-year excessive in opposition to Bitcoin (BTC) this week, prompting analysts to foretell an prolonged upside momentum for the rest of the continuing month-to-month session.

LTC/BTC 1-week candle chart (Binance). Supply: TradingView

The LTC/BTC trade fee touched 6,358 sats through the Asia-Pacific buying and selling hours. The pair later corrected to an intraday low of 5,776 sats forward of the London opening bell as profit-taking sentiment grew close to the sessional peaks.

However in accordance with knowledge collected from Glassnode, the draw back correction did little in offsetting Litecoin’s rising bullish energy. The blockchain analytics agency famous a dramatic spike within the variety of lively Litecoin addresses starting 2021, indicating a rising demand for the silver cryptocurrency simply because the Bitcoin uptrend shows signs of cooling off

Variety of lively Litecoin addresses rises. Supply: Glassnode

Altcoin season

The Litecoin value uptrend surfaced out of the womb of an ongoing altcoin market increase. Latest periods noticed Bitcoin shedding its market share to a big military of rival cryptocurrencies, with Ether (ETH), the second-largest digital asset by market capitalization, hitting a file excessive above $3,500.

Towards Bitcoin, Ether’s value reached almost 6,350 sats for the primary time since July 2018.

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Ether hits 3-year excessive in opposition to Bitcoin. Supply: TradingView

Litecoin equally did effectively in each the Bitcoin- and U.S. dollar-quoted markets. On Might 6, the LTC/USD trade fee reached inside the vary of its earlier historic excessive of $420, hitting $365.20 earlier than turning decrease into the London session.

Armchair analysts with huge followings on social media have began treating the Litecoin uptrend as a cue for an even bigger, higher rally forward. 

In the meantime, the Bitcoin market’s consolidation temper continued to push merchants to hunt worthwhile alternatives within the altcoin market. The benchmark cryptocurrency’s declining dominance within the crypto market got here out to be inversely correlated with the LTC/USD value efficiency, as proven within the chart beneath.

Litecoin vs. Bitcoin dominance index. Supply: TradingView

Litecoin increase

Bitcoin is buying and selling contained in the $51,000–$60,000 vary, with its long-term sentiment skewed to the upside. In its steady, consolidating avatar, the flagship cryptocurrency offers bullish cues to the altcoin market, together with Litecoin.

Bitcoin enters a bearish rising wedge vary. Supply: TradingView

“I believe it is sensible to say that Litecoin will attain above $1,000 finally,” a pseudonymous crypto dealer tweeted on Might 6. “Perhaps even near $1,500.”