Bitcoin prices moved higher on Friday, putting a fourth consecutive winning week in sight.

In early trade on Friday, one bitcoin

BTCUSD, +0.92%

 fetched $3,882.60, up 0.8% since Thursday’s level at 5 p.m. Eastern time on the Kraken exchange. The cryptocurrency needs to close out the week above $3,930 to book its fourth-successive winning week, which would be the first such streak in almost a year.

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What are analysts saying

“Bitcoin remains rather flat, still trying to break through the interim resistance at $4,000,” wrote Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro. “The crypto rally may have lost some of its momentum, as volumes across exchanges do seem to be tapering off from their recent highs but remain elevated just under $30 billion per day.”

Greenspan added, “at this point, it seems that the altseason has entered a new phase, where the super small-cap coins are the ones gaining the most interest and the more established industry incumbents are seeing only moderate advances,” noting the outperformance of smaller digital currencies, or altcoins.

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Altcoins and futures

The altcoin rally has continued into Friday with major altcoins showing solid gains in early trade. Ether,

ETHUSD, +1.88%

 added 1.9% to $133.75, Litecoin

LTCUSD, +3.66%

rose 3.4% to $57.33, Bitcoin Cash

BCHUSD, +4.19%

gained 4.2% to $136.70 and XRP

XRPUSD, +0.60%

was up 0.9% at 31 cents.

The market value of all cryptocurrencies hit a three-week high on Friday at $136.6 billion, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

Bitcoin futures jumped out of the blocks on Friday. The Cboe Global Markets April contract

XBTJ9, +0.97%

 rose 0.8% to $3,880, while the CME Group March contract

BTCH9, +0.91%

 was up 1% at $3,885.

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