Looking at http://coinmarketcap.com/#BTC
I'm beginning to wonder if BitShares; MaidSafe; CounterParty; +?others2.0, are now less dependant on the BTC price. Ye olde v1.0 coins seem to have taken a sharp hit and it seems Litecoin is failing.. down to the lowest I've seen in a long time ~0.0076BTC.
I'm surprised if that's already the case, as I thought BTC was still too strong. BTC price below $300!?.. is that too many merchants selling now perhaps. It's the second sudden slide on altcoins in the last few weeks and certain coins seem to weather that change better. Perhaps in future everything will be measured in BTS instead.
Or is there news that's pulling people out of altcoins and through BTC?