Bitcoin overcame the trading shyness and roared past support levels on volumes of nearly $4 billion in the last 24 hours. The coin struggled for weeks to go back above $5,000, but then in just two days set several records, peaking above $5,800.

Bitcoin (BTC) scaled the $5,000 level on Thursday and continued to climb. The leading token now dominates 55.3% of the total cryptocurrency market capitalization, although at one point the dominance was above 56%. Bitcoin added 11.59% in the last 24 hours, and after some selling pushed it back to $5,500, gained again to stand at $5,748. The initial enthusiasm for Bitcoin was due to the fact that in the case of a hard fork, all owners would receive a matching amount of coins. But with the hard fork looking a bit shaky, the Bitcoin buying spree may be moving on its own logic, or just be a general rush of buyers on the Asian markets.

Ethereum (ETH) remained in the sidelines, still around $300. Even with news of the October hard fork coming soon, the coin has not broken any new records as all eyes are on Bitcoin. The enthusiasm for Ethereum seems to be tied to the confidence in tokens and altcoins, and for now, their dominance has fallen.

Ripple (XRP) received a boost from the news of a lockup of up to $14 billion's worth of the cryptocurrency. This, along with news of wider adoption and popularity, boosted the XRP price to $0.24, adding 3.63% for the week, though with a slide of 5% in the last 24 hours. 

Bitcoin Cash (BCH, BCC) continued its struggle with the miner community, which, according to some commentators, "strip-mined" the coin during periods of low difficulty and sold the block rewards. The price faces pressures and reached $311, sliding down more than 15% in the past week on thin trading volumes. The coin seems to lose market value even as the team and supporters are helping its mainstream adoption by businesses. 

Litecoin (LTC) stood stable and toward the weekend seemed to benefit from the Bitcoin rally. The coin proved that it had enough support even without Chinese trading volumes. LTC grew by 12.5% in the last 24 hours, growing to $58.24, with the possibility of revisiting record levels. Volumes picked up to $511 million in 24 hours. 

DASH (DASH) continued at the same pace, for now also obscured by the Bitcoin news. DASH reached $302.81, ading 2.3% in the past day, with a small weekly loss. 

NEM(XEM) slid back to $0.19, losing 7.69% in the past week and showing that it was somehow vulnerable to withdrawal of funds. The coin fell more than 6% in the past hours. The project, focusing on the Japanese market, may have seen funds reallocated to Bitcoin as well. 

NEO(NEO) fell back toward $26 after a stellar week. But it seems the project can't seem to make a lasting bid for a higher valuation. NEO slid back 14.9% for the week, to $28.66, regaining some ground from a bottom of $26. Lack of news and developments, along with less enthusiasm for altcoins on the Asian markets depressed "the Chinese Ethereum", but a comeback is always possible. 

Monero (XMR) hovered around $92, adding 5.28% in the past day to $92.51, with a thin loss for the past seven days. Monero has already went through a boom and bust, and seems rock-solid, propped up by real-world users and adoption in commerce. Like LTC, XMR has a loyal base of holders who would not shed it quickly to switch to Bitcoin.

IOTA (MIOTA) went through some publicity fatigue and lost its positions, backtracking to $0.42. The coin is down more than 24% for the week, losing 7.5 % in the past 24 hours. IOTA also lost its spot to Monero in the top 10 of CoinMarketCap. 

Ethereum Classic (ETC) slid to $11.88, losing around 2% on the week, down to position 12 on CoinMarketCap. The coin has enough support from a loyal community, but may slide further into obscurity. 

The Surprise Movers

Cardano (ADA), coming fresh off the ICO, got a boost from a listing on Bittrex. ADA grew by more than 17% in the last day to $0.27, up more than 32% for the week. It was one of the few altcoins with enough fuel to escape the selloffs, and it was bought up at low prices on Bittrex. But the project is still new and this price peak may be a glitch.

Waves (WAVES), the platform and ecosystem for proprietary tokens, went through another sharp drop after the peak. In the past seven days, WAVES slid down more than 26% to $3.72.

The week was a dramatic one for Bitcoin and altcoins too, with the major event the expected hard fork in November. If the fork materializes, there would be two assets fighting for the title of "the real Bitcoin".