Markets Update: Crypto Prices Consolidate After Failing to Surpass Resistance

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Consolidate After Failing to Surpass Resistance

Cryptocurrency prices have seen some recovery after our last markets update four days ago when a large majority of digital assets lost quite a bit of value. Since then, and more so over the last 48 hours, the entire crypto-economy capitalization ($216B) has gained roughly $20B. The action yesterday was more bullish as most of the top digital assets were up between 6-20 percent but have since lost some of those gains during this weekend’s trading sessions.

Also read: Testing the Newly Transformed Non-Custodial Coinbase Wallet

Up Moves, Down Moves, and Eight Months of Corrections

Last week was pretty bad for most of the top digital asset markets, except we mentioned during our last markets update that bitcoin core (BTC) spot market prices took the least of the blows downward. Then a little less than 48 hours ago and mostly yesterday cryptocurrency markets picked up again with BTC touching a high of $6,615 on Bitstamp. But on Friday, August 17 most digital asset markets besides BTC reaped a lot more gains as a good portion of the top markets saw 10-20 percent spikes.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Consolidate After Failing to Surpass Resistance

The biggest gainers were ripple (XRP), monero (XMR), and stellar (XLM) as the values of each currency are up between 2-5 percent over the last seven days. Top digital currency trade volumes today are held by BTC, USDT, ETH, EOS, XRP, and BCH. There’s been about $14B USD worth of trade volume swapped among all 1600+ virtual currencies.  

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Market Action

Bitcoin cash (BCH) markets are down today 4.3 percent while the past seven days show BCH is also down 2.2 percent. At the time of writing, BCH/USD markets are valued at $560 per coin with an overall market valuation of around $9.68B today. The top five exchanges swapping the most BCH this weekend are Okex, Coinex, Binance, Hitbtc, and Bitfinex.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Consolidate After Failing to Surpass Resistance

Market volume is fairly decent, but weaker with $420M USD worth of BCH traded over the last 24 hours. Right now the top currency paired with bitcoin cash on exchanges is tether (USDT) which captures 49.2 percent of all trades. This is followed by BTC (27.5%), USD (10.5%), ZB (3.44%), QC (3.16%), and the KRW (2.15%).

Bitcoin Core (BTC) Market Action

Bitcoin core (BTC) prices are up about 1 percent over the last seven days worth of trading sessions but are down 1.9 percent today. At press time the average price for BTC is around $6,430 per coin and BTC’s market capitalization is $110B. The top exchanges today trading the most BTC include Bitflyer, Binance, Coinbene, Bitfinex, and Okex.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Consolidate After Failing to Surpass Resistance

As mentioned above, BTC captures the top volume position with around $4B in 24-hour trade volume which is much weaker than the $5.5B traded four days ago. The top pairs trading with BTC involve the following currencies tether (USDT 59.1%), USD (19.6%), JPY (11.5%), EUR (2.9%), KRW (2.3%) and bitcoin cash (BCH 1.7%).

The Verdict: Uncertain Predictions

At the moment, even with prices showing some upswing, and some traders believing cryptocurrencies will enter a bullish trend, most traders still seem pessimistic. It’s difficult to see digital assets rise with dwindling trade volumes. Furthermore, a lot of confidence has been shot over the last eight months of false bull flags and many psychological price levels degrading. Some believe there is a noticeable support zone and prices may still move sideways and test these zones again. Other, more optimistic traders think the path of least resistance is towards the upside and markets are entering a bearish-to-bullish trend. Much of these short-term theories will likely be confirmed within the next 48 hours.

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Markets Update: Bloody Crypto-Markets Suffer More Losses

Markets Update: Bloody Crypto-Markets Suffer More Losses

Leading up until this Tuesday a great majority of cryptocurrency markets have lost considerable value over the past few days. Since our last markets update this past Saturday, the overall cryptocurrency capitalization as a whole has dropped significantly by losing $20 billion USD. All eyes will surely be fixed on digital asset charts this week as there’s been a plague of bearish market sentiment cast over the entire crypto-economy.

Also read: Coingeek Speaks on Consensus Changes and Next-Gen ASIC Chip 

There’s Blood in the Crypto-Streets

When it comes to cryptocurrency markets today on August 14, there’s an awful lot of ‘blood in the streets.’ During yesterday’s trading sessions, the entire cryptocurrency economy dropped under the sub-$200B zone and today the valuation is hovering around $195-199B. This is due to the extreme losses many digital currencies have suffered through over the past three days. A great majority of coins are seeing losses between 3-25 percent today as many assets have touched their previous bottoms or lower. Overall trade volume this Tuesday has increased, likely because prices are so low right now, and over the last 24-hours around $15.9B cryptocurrencies have been traded.

Markets Update: Bloody Crypto-Markets Suffer More Losses
The top ten digital assets today on August 14, 2018, at 10 am EDT.

Bitcoin core (BTC) has been able to dodge a lot of the downward blows as the currency has lost a lot less percentage wise than most other coins. This has led to BTC dominance or its market capitalization measured in comparison with the entire crypto-economy valuation to spike upwards of over 54 percent. Out of the top ten digital assets, cardano (ADA) has taken the biggest blow and has sunk to the 8th highest position because it lost over 16.8 percent in value over the last 24-hours. The price of ADA has dipped to around $0.09 per coin at the time of publication.

Markets Update: Bloody Crypto-Markets Suffer More Losses
Out of the top ten digital assets, cardano (ADA) has lost the most over the last 48-hours.

This is followed by the second biggest top ten loss with ethereum (ETH) seeing its market value lose 16.1 percent today with one ETH trading for $268. The third largest top ten loss today belongs to EOS as its markets are down 13.7 percent with one EOS trading for $4.44 per coin.

Bitcoin Core Market Action

Bitcoin core markets are down 3.94 percent today, and the cryptocurrency has been fighting to hold above $6,050-$6,175 per coin over the last day. Last night the BTC/USD price dropped to $5,880 coming awfully close to the currency’s assumed bottom at $5,774. Today BTC trade volume over the last day has been fairly decent at $5.5B and the currency’s entire market valuation is about $106B at press time.

Markets Update: Bloody Crypto-Markets Suffer More Losses

The top five exchanges swapping the most BTC includes Bitflyer, Okex, Bitfinex, Binance, and Coinbene. The trading pairs seeing the most swaps today with BTC includes tether (USDT 50.2%), USD (26.5%), JPY (11.3%), EUR (4.7%), KRW (2.4%) and bitcoin cash (BCH 1.88%).

Markets Update: Bloody Crypto-Markets Suffer More Losses
BTC/USD 4-H, August 14, 2018, 10 am EDT Coinbase.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Market Action

Bitcoin cash markets have seen a 24-hour loss of around 15 percent today and the currency’s market capitalization is around $8.5B. At the moment bitcoin cash is trying to stay above $490-515 at the time of writing but bulls have been struggling. Last night BCH dipped to a low of $472 on Bitstamp, but trade volume had spiked over $400M+ pushing the price back up after the drop.

Markets Update: Bloody Crypto-Markets Suffer More Losses

The five leading bitcoin cash exchanges today include Coinex, Okex, Binance, Hitbtc, and Bitfinex. The currencies that are currently being traded with bitcoin cash the most includes tether (USDT 49.1%), BTC (27%), USD (13.1%), QC (2.83%), ETH (2.79%), and the KRW (1.88%).

Markets Update: Bloody Crypto-Markets Suffer More Losses
BCH/USD 4-H, August 14, 2018, 10 am EDT Bitfinex.

The Verdict: Volatile Markets and Heavy Losses Increase Uncertainty

Digital asset markets have been wild over the past few weeks and many traders seem uncertain about where the ‘good-ship-crypto’ will go from here. 2017 was an exceptional year and the past seven months of 2018 has been literally the exact opposite as far as cryptocurrency values are concerned. The cryptocurrency economy as a whole has lost considerable value which in turn is brewing deep skepticism towards the future of certain crypto-markets. For now, most traders remain uncertain of where things will go and many are praying they played their positions correctly in hopes they don’t get squeezed. At the moment digital asset prices are starting to see a slight recovery after the significant losses last night. 

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Markets Update: Crypto-Prices See Some Recovery After the Dip

Markets Update: Crypto-Prices See Some Recovery After the Dip

Digital assets, this weekend, have recovered a touch after a temporary price dip that started roughly 48 hours ago but crypto-values have rebounded once again on July 27. This Saturday, all 1600+ digital currencies are seeing slight gains as the entire cryptocurrency market capitalization at the start of the weekend is around $297.9Bn USD, with over $32.2Bn worth of cryptos swapped in the last 24 hours.

Also Read: Crowd Psychology Driving BTC Prices, Finance Experts Say 

Cryptos See Some Slight Recovery This Weekend

A great majority of digital assets today are in the green seeing gains between 2-10 percent during the last 24 hours of trading sessions. Prices first took a big drop after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had denied the Winklevoss twins exchange-traded fund (ETF) which may have put a black cloud over the community’s optimism concerning the upcoming Cboe ETF decision. After the ETF was denied, the price of bitcoin core (BTC) dropped from a rough average of $8,200 per BTC to a low of $7,798. However, not too long after that BTC prices jumped back up $400 to the $8,200 zone again. Most of the other digital currencies within the crypto-economy have been correlated with BTC and had followed the rebound back as most are nurturing losses today.

Bitcoin Core (BTC) Market Action

At the time of publication, the price of bitcoin core (BTC) is averaging around $8140- 8200 per coin. BTC has swapped over $6.2Bn today in global trade volume and the currency’s market valuation is around $140Bn this Saturday. The top BTC exchanges include Bitflyer ($2.02 Bn), Binance ($270.07 Mn), Bitfinex ($229.94 Mn), EXX ($212.66 Mn), and Coinbene ($169.53 Mn). The Japanese yen continues to be the dominant currency pair (49.5%) traded with BTC which is followed by tether (USDT 32.2%), USD (12.5%), EUR (1.64%), and the KRW (1.5%). BTC dominance is the highest it has been in months as the digital asset’s capitalization is 47.3 percent amongst all 1600+ market valuations. On the peer-to-peer platform, Shapeshift this Saturday shows the top swap is ethereum (ETH) for bitcoin core (BTC).   

Markets Update: Crypto-Prices See Some Recovery After the Dip

BTC/USD Technical Indicators

BTC/USD charts today on Coinbase and Bitstamp are showing some consolidated action taking place as bulls seem to be recharging. A few days ago, the BTC/USD charts’ relative strength index (RSI) signaled a bearish divergence which drowned out the bulls with buyers wanting cheaper prices. Today the RSI is lower (52) and BTC bulls could muster up some strength to surpass current resistance levels. The SMA 200 is above the short-term SMA 100 on the 4-hour chart which indicates the path to least resistance is towards the downside. MACd is meandering in the middle (27.89) and shows room for improvement in the next few hours. Order books looking northbound show deep resistance from now up until $8,660 and observations from the Average Directional Index (ADX) shows this move is possible. On the back side, there is plenty of foundational support between $8K through $7,400.

Markets Update: Crypto-Prices See Some Recovery After the Dip

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Market Action  

Bitcoin cash (BCH) is being sold between $780 to 830 per coin this Saturday and the currency’s market valuation is around $14Bn. 24-hour trade volume is a bit lackluster since our last markets update as trades are around $567.3Mn today. The top BCH exchanges swapping the most bitcoin cash today include Coinex ($132.40 Mn), Okex ($59.30 Mn), Binance ($54.47 Mn), Hitbtc ($36.31 Mn), and Huobi Pro ($32.71 M). The top currency pair with BCH is tether (USDT 57.6%) which is followed by BTC (28.2%), USD (5.6%), ETH (2.7%), and KRW (1.14%). Bitcoin cash is the fifth most traded cryptocurrency this Saturday, just below the currency EOS.

Markets Update: Crypto-Prices See Some Recovery After the Dip

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

BCH/USD charts are somewhat similar to the BTC technical indicators. RSI levels for BCH/USD on Bitstamp and Bitfinex are hovering around the 44.76 area which shows improvements could be made in the short term. MACd is similar to BTC but looks as though its heading southbound at the time of writing.

Markets Update: Crypto-Prices See Some Recovery After the Dip

Further, the SMA 200 is also above the SMA 100 trendline which shows downside action is more tempting right now. However, the Average Directional Index (ADX) trend shows that bulls could push forward after chewing through some heavy resistance. Order books looking northbound indicate some pit stops between the current vantage point and then again at $840-870.

Markets Update: Crypto-Prices See Some Recovery After the Dip

The Verdict: Market Sentiment is Still Upbeat

Overall optimism seems pretty good this weekend as quite a few enthusiasts and traders seem positive the bearish trend is seemingly reversing. Most cryptocurrencies are up between 40-60 percent since the lows that took place on June 24. Some notable market movers this Saturday include XLM, BTC, VEN, BNB, and OX. The verdict today is still positive and a good majority of people believe prices will continue to trend higher but there are definitely a few skeptics who think the bear market may not be over just yet — But overall the verdict is still upbeat.   

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BCH Roundup: Markets Spike While the Community Debates Token Protocols

BCH Roundup: Markets Spike While the Community Debates Token Protocols

There’s been a lot happening this week within the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) ecosystem, and much of the community’s discussion revolves around tokenization concepts on the BCH chain. Meanwhile, the network has been running smoothly, and BCH markets seem to be reversing their trend after cryptocurrencies values were experiencing bearish sentiment for the past six months.

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This Week’s BCH Network and Market Action   

In twelve days the Bitcoin Cash community will be celebrating the anniversary of the blockchain split that occurred last year on August 1. There’s been a lot going on within the BCH environment as far as infrastructure support and development. At the time of publication, the BCH chain is 7,031 blocks ahead of the Bitcoin Core (BTC) chain and BCH is operating at 12.47% of BTC’s difficulty. There are roughly 13 mining pools three of which are unknown and the BCH hashrate over the past seven days has been between 4.3 to 4.9 exahash per second. There have also been a few big blocks processed recently like one that measured 7.9 MB and was mined by Viabtc.

BCH Roundup: Markets Spike While the Community Debates Token Protocols

BCH markets this week have done well as the cryptocurrency’s value is up 19.5 percent over the last seven days. Today on Thursday, July 19 at 2 pm EDT the digital asset is worth $814 per BCH. Right now BCH has a $14Bn market valuation and it’s seeing $700Mn to $900Mn in daily trade volumes. The top BCH exchanges today include Coinex ($84.84 Mn), Huobi Pro ($83.15 Mn), Okex ($70.45 Mn), Binance ($59.14 Mn), and Hitbtc ($36.41 Mn). The top currency today paired with BCH is tether (USDT) commanding 47.7 percent of BCH trades. This is followed by BTC (29.9%), USD (11.2%), KRW (3.1%) and ETH (2.9%).

A Flurry of New Tokenization Projects and the Criticism Against OP_Return Token Systems

This week there were three tokenization projects announced that aim to add more depth to the Bitcoin Cash network. The first project revealed was called ‘Wormhole’ which is a fork of Omni Layer and is reportedly being developed by Bitmain developers. The next two projects announced is a Color Coin protocol implementation designed by the Cryptonize.it developers and also the Simple Ledger Protocol paper written by six well known BCH developers. However, the following day after these two ideas were made public a new discussion revolving around the flaws of OP_Return operations.

BCH Roundup: Markets Spike While the Community Debates Token Protocols

One blogpost on Yours.org, fully critiques the two papers that utilize OP_Return within their framework and further states that there is no friendly, simplified payment verification (SPV) support. The writer @lawn states that token systems that rely on BCH OP_Return operations must choose from reduced SPV wallet security, light wallet based validation, and trusted third-party validation or a combination.  

“I think token schemes based on OP_Return is a dead end and we should focus our energy on miner validated and fully SPV capable tokens,” explains the critique. “Thus far only GROUP fits the bill,” the writer adds.

Bitcoin Unlimited’s Andrew Stone Analyzes the Tokeda Project

BCH Roundup: Markets Spike While the Community Debates Token Protocols
BU’s lead developer Andrew Stone.

Then on Wednesday the lead developer for Bitcoin Unlimited (BU) Andrew Stone published a paper that reviews the Tokeda paper written by Joannes Vermorel. Stone’s ‘Tokeda Criticism’ says that the “Early Draft: Incomplete” paper written by Vermorel has been presented as a viable option against GROUP so it should be analyzed. The BU developer concludes that a lot of specifics within the Tokeda idea are general and unspecified and further would likely require some sort of “authority-based system.”    

“Although much of Tokeda is completely unspecified, it seems to propose a system where token holders control a UTXO that should only be spent to the issuer, who has the opportunity to apply arbitrary policy before forwarding the spend to its actual destination — It is, therefore, an authority-based, SPV capable system,” Stone’s criticism explains.   

However, it ineptly deploys the power of authority-based systems resulting in problems easily solved by other authority systems. By placing its UTXO on the blockchain, and requiring 2 transactions per transfer, it compares very unfavorably with respect to scalability with many other token proposals, including the permissionless Group tokenization. Authority-based tokens should be able to do much better in their ability to shard the UTXO.  

Stone continues, “For example, authority-based extension block systems such as FSHblocks can move all token transfers completely off-chain — out of history AND UTXO. The only on-chain transfers required are those that are actually moving BCH value between the BCH blockchain and the extension block.”

Given its lack of interactivity with BCH and authority-based architecture, there seems to be no reason whatsoever for Tokeda’s implementation on a blockchain.

With So Much Going On, BCH Proponents Hardly Notice the Market Uptrend

Overall the Bitcoin Cash community seems to enjoy evaluating these proposals, and the criticisms have also been welcomed to some degree. There are definitely developers who believe that their systems that utilize OP_Return operations are not dead ends and will continue in this permissionless environment — After all, no one can stop them from producing these tokenization systems.

BCH Roundup: Markets Spike While the Community Debates Token Protocols
Over the past year, BCH supporters have seen apps like Joystream, Memo.cash, Blockpress, Chainfeed, Cointext, Cashpay, Read.cash, Cash Shuffle and more.

Furthermore, BCH proponents seem pleased with the current development progress from programmers like Unwriter since the upgrade took place this past May. Markets have been better all around for most cryptocurrencies including bitcoin cash but the BCH community seems more focused than ever on the people building with the BCH chain. Most would agree that eventually, market uptrends will follow cryptocurrencies that show steady innovation.

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This New Trick Helps Exchanges Artificially Pump Up Their Trade Volume

This New Trick Helps Exchanges Artificially Pump Up Their Trade Volume

Some exchange operators have found a new trick to artificially pump up their trade volume. They are directly rewarding users with their own issued tokens for generating transactions, something critics call a backdoor ICO ripe for manipulation.

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Trading as Mining

This New Trick Helps Exchanges Artificially Pump Up Their Trade VolumeHigh trade volume has been a measure bitcoin exchanges competed on for a long while now. And some supposedly used various methods just to increase their numbers along the years, from zero-fee transactions to encouraging algos. Recently there were even accusations that some hired their own market makers just to constantly trade and even counting both sides of any trade, effectively doubling the real action. And now some have started to just pay traders for using their platforms instead of waiting for organic growth.

Apparently invented by Fcoin, a platform recently founded by former Huobi CTO Zhang Jian, the “transaction fee mining” model is meant to help clients offset trading costs by handing them exchange tokens. While this is a new development in crypto, it has precedents in other fields. FX and stock brokers sometimes offer cashbacks or other incentives (such as free iPads) dependent on volume to increase client trading. Here, however, the tokens are arguably a form of dividend-bearing securities, and offering control in the exchanges themselves … which is something that can not happen without crypto tokens.

Stealing Binance’s Thunder?

This New Trick Helps Exchanges Artificially Pump Up Their Trade VolumeA number of exchanges using the trans-fee model have popped up following Fcoin, including Singapore’s Coinbene and Hong Kong’s Bit-Z. The platforms have been able to rack up massive trade volume numbers in short time thanks to this method. Naturally, the company that is most upset about this is Binance which, of course, has its own token but distributed it in an ICO.

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao slammed the practice as a disguised ICO on Chinese social media and reportedly stated: “If an exchange’s survival depends largely on the price rise of its own token rather than on transaction fee earnings, it has to drive up the token price. In this regard, less experienced traders and retail investors can hardly have the upper hand in the trading competition with those crypto whales, especially the exchange whale.”

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Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

Cryptocurrency markets are slumping today as most digital asset markets are seeing losses between 8-20 percent over the past 24-hours. Lots of speculators are attributing the dump to the recent measures taken by Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA), asking cryptocurrency exchanges like Bitflyer to make improvements to the Japanese trading platforms’ anti-money laundering practices.

Also read: William Shatner Joins Bitcoin Mining Project, Admits He Doesn’t Quite Get It

The Crypto-Bears Are Back

Just a few days ago digital currency market prices were reversing northbound after the extremely bearish first two weeks of June. Now markets are once again being attacked by bears, and most of the top cryptocurrencies are seeing deep losses over the past day. Bitcoin Core (BTC) values have tumbled 8.5 percent over the last 24-hours and the currency is down 6.3 percent over the last week. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) markets are also down 12.5 percent during the past day, and over the last seven days BCH is down 11.7 percent. The decline in prices started after Japan’s FSA began telling exchanges they need to upgrade their systems and anti-money laundering procedures. We don’t really know whether or not this announcement is the true reason behind the dump, but traders and speculators have tethered the two together.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

Bitcoin Cash Market Action

Bitcoin Cash market prices are hovering around $759 USD per BCH at the time of publication. BCH is the fifth most traded cryptocurrency today as far as volume is concerned as the market has traded roughly $496Mn over the past day. At the moment the BCH market capitalization is 13.2Bn. The top exchanges swapping the most BCH today are Okex, Bitfinex, Huobi, Hitbtc, and EXX. The top currency traded with bitcoin cash today is BTC holding an average of around 42 percent of trades. This is followed by tether (USDT 22.8%), USD (21.2%), ETH (3.7%), and KRW (3.4%).

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the charts show things are uglier today than our last markets update. The two Simple Moving Averages (100 & 200 SMA) have a deep gap between each other looking at the 4-hour BCH/USD chart on Bitfinex. The short-term 100 SMA is well below the longer term 200 SMA which indicates the path of least resistance will likely be towards the downside. However, MACd is steadily heading southbound and could reverse and show improvement in the next few hours. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) levels are showing oversold conditions around -29 at the time of publication. This also reveals we could see a small trend reversal soon for a short period of time and volume indicates this as well. Looking at order books towards the upside bulls need to muster up strength and push past strong resistance at $800. There’s another upside pitstop at $875 if bulls really push it to the limit before getting exhausted. On the backside, bears will see some stops between the current vantage point and $680 as there are some strong foundations there for the time being.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

Bitcoin Core Market Action

Bitcoin Core (BTC) market prices are around $6,135 on Friday, June 22, 2018. The currency is the largest traded cryptocurrency as far as volume and BTC has traded $4.3Bn over the last day. The digital assets total market valuation today is 106Bn and BTC market dominance is 40.7 percent a slight increase since last week. The top exchanges trading the most BTC today include Binance, Bitfinex, Okex, Huobi, and Bitflyer. The Japanese yen accounts for over 60 percent of trades on June 22 as yen volume has decreased. This is followed by the USD (31%) USDT (7%), EUR (1.9%), and KRW (1.1%).

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

BTC/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the 4-hour BTC/USD chart on Coinbase and Bitstamp shows similar action taking place compared to the BCH/USD analysis. The 100 SMA is below the 200 moving average which shows again that bears may continue holding the reigns. MACd just saw a small push up but is now heading southbound once again. RSI levels are around -21 indicating oversold conditions as well. BTC bulls need to jump past the $6,400 range again and will see more resistance around $6,700 where the price hovered for a few days prior. On the backside, bears will need to crunch through buy orders between now and $5,400 which are mountainous walls, at least for now.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

The Top Crypto-Markets Tumble — EOS Suffers

Overall most of the top currencies are seeing losses, and the second highest capitalization belonging to ethereum (ETH) is down 10.7 percent today. One ETH is priced at $474 per coin, and the currency is down 5.2 percent over the last week. The second highest market, ripple (XRP), is down 7 percent today and one XRP is $0.49 cents per token. Lastly, the fifth largest valuation still belongs to EOS but the token is down 16.8 percent today. One EOS is priced at around $8.63, and markets have shaved 20.3 percent over the last week.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

The Verdict: Skepticism Remains Strong

The verdict today is far less positive then our last markets update as things are starting to look gloomy again as the weekend approaches. Traders are all calling newer and lower bottoms, and many are skeptical of brighter skies in the short term.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Tumble Before the Weekend

Of course most are optimistic about the long-term but for now, no one is sure how long this bear run will last. With the naysayers saying 2018 is nothing like 2014 (including myself), it just may be that we are going through similar circumstances that may last just as long.

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Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

Cryptocurrency markets are suffering from deep losses today, on June 10, 2018, as most digital assets are seeing 24-hour declines between 9 and 25 percent. The number one position, held by Bitcoin Core (BTC), dropped more than a $1,000 just a few hours ago, from $7,600 to $6,600, but prices have rebounded back to $6,787 per BTC. The fourth highest valued market, held by Bitcoin Cash (BCH), dropped around $225 in value after hovering around $1,150 for a while. The currency is now averaging $933 per BCH. It’s safe to say market participants are shaken and many are curious about why the market keeps sliding.

Also Read: CFTC Subpoenas Leading Exchanges for Trading Data

Crypto Markets Take a Jab to the Gut This Weekend

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend BeatingA dump took place today that hit markets below the belt, as most cryptocurrencies lost significant values. Last week, towards the beginning of the weekend, markets were pretty stable and consolidating tightly into a triangular formation. Then, on Saturday, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the U.S. Justice Department revealed they had subpoenaed four major exchanges while looking into their cryptocurrency price manipulation investigation. Just before that moment on June 9, just like last time when U.S. regulators initially announced the manipulation probe, markets slid about 1-hour before the announcement. Today’s drop was harder to put the blame on as it could have been an after effect from yesterday’s announcement, the fact that market volumes are extremely thin, or some blamed it on the small exchange from South Korea Coinrail being hacked this weekend for $40Mn worth of ICO tokens.

BTC Market Action

On Sunday, June 10, Bitcoin Core (BTC) markets are down 9.8 percent and over the past seven days, BTC markets are under by 11 percent. This means most of the losses have taken place this weekend as BTC volatility was fairly nonexistent at the beginning of the week. Right now BTC’s overall market capitalization is around $115Bn with a dominance level of around 38 percent. Trade volume is super weak and this is why a lot of traders are skeptical these days because 24-hour volumes today were around $4Bn, but since the last drop volumes jumped to $5.5Bn over the past hour. The top exchanges today swapping the most BTC are Bitfinex, Binance, Okex, Huobi, and GDAX. The Japanese yen is dominating BTC currency pairs big time commanding more than 60 percent of BTC trades at the time of publication. This is followed by the USD (19.2%) tether (USDT 13.5%), EUR (2.7%), and the KRW (2.2%). Of course, there was a significant drop in South Korean won-BTC pair action today.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

BTC/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the charts shows BTC bulls had mustered up some strength to push above the $6800 zone but the fight was a real struggle. 4-hour charts show the two Simple Moving Averages (SMA) have a good sized gap between them with the 200 SMA well above the 100 SMA trendline. This means bearish sentiment may continue during the short term and markets are very close to a triple bottom. After the last push the MACd is heading downwards and RSI levels are very low too (15.78) indicating oversold conditions. Daily Bollinger Bands (B-bands) are seeing a significant coil and buyers below the current vantage point are itching for lower prices. Looking at order books shows bears will see pit stops around $6,400 and the triple bottom $5,900 region. If bulls can heal right now, after that intense beating, then they need to overcome big walls around $7,300 and 7,800 to at least catch some fresh air from the onslaught.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

BCH Market Action

After a few solid weeks of BTC being the dominant pair with Bitcoin Cash (BCH), today tether USDT has taken the lead at 31.77 percent. This is followed by BTC (31.5%), USD (21.9%), KRW (9.1%), and the EUR (1.9%). Bitcoin Cash has lost around 16.4 percent over the last 24-hours and 19 percent over the last seven days. This Sunday, the total market capitalization for BCH is around $15.9Bn with about $693Mn in 24-hour trade volume. The top trading platforms exchanging the most Bitcoin Cash today include Okex, Binance, Huobi, Bitfinex, and Lbank. The losses in BCH values have been very much correlated with BTC market tumbles but prices have still remained around 0.14 BTC per BCH.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at BCH charts on Bitfinex shows similar indicators, as the two Simple Moving Averages have a decent gap like BTC with the 100 SMA below the long-term 200 SMA. Again, this indicates the path of least resistance will be towards the downside. RSI levels show oversold conditions (30) and the MACd is sliding southbound as well at the time of writing. Daily B-bands are also extremely tight, showing a massive consolidation period taking place. Looking at order books indicates that bears will have a hard fight until 910 and then another pit stop at $860. If things go lower than that, markets are going to look ugly all around. BCH bulls need to recharge and bust past $985 but buyers will also be deterred around $1,020, as sell orders are piling up around that region.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

The Top Cryptocurrency Markets

Overall, the top cryptocurrencies are down, except for ‘stablecoins’ like tether and the various others allegedly pegged to the USD. The second largest market valuation today belongs to Ethereum (ETH) but its markets are down 13.9 percent. One ETH is trading for $517 and the currency is the most swapped coin on Shapeshift today, but traded for BTC. The third largest market, Ripple (XRP), is down 13.8 percent and one XRP is trading for $0.57 cents per token. Lastly, the fifth highest valued market commanded by EOS is down significantly at 21 percent this Sunday. At the moment, EOS is trading around $11.25 per coin and holds the fourth largest trade volume over the last 24-hours.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Take a Weekend Beating

The Verdict: Skepticism and the Search for That Confounded Bottom

You can probably guess what our market verdict is today without reading the sub-title above, as things are looking bearish and everyone knows this fact. Because markets keep sliding, then recovering, then sliding downwards, even more, has caused enthusiasts and traders to be skeptical of any bullish signals. Most traders are looking curiously for ‘the bottom’ and when that time will be, so right now many are just playing musical chairs looking for the right positions.

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80% of the Top Cryptocurrency Exchanges From 2016 Have Been Replaced

80% of the Top Cryptocurrency Exchanges From 2016 Have Been Replaced

In the fast-paced world of cryptocurrency, 2016 feels like a lifetime ago. For many of the top cryptocurrency exchanges at the time it effectively was; several have fallen by the wayside and eight out of the top ten platforms by trading volume have lost their spot. It’s not just vintage altcoins that time has been unkind to: the same holds true for many of the exchanges that once listed them.

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8/10 of the Top Cryptocurrency Exchanges Have Lost Their Place

80% of the Top Cryptocurrency Exchanges From 2016 Have Been ReplacedOver the past two years, the makeup of the top cryptocurrency exchanges has changed dramatically – and so has the volumes traded. In August 2016, Coinmarketcap records the top exchange as being Okcoin.cn, with a 24-hour volume of $440 million. Today, it’s ranked 188th, with a trading volume of just $17,000. Then, as now, BTC  and LTC were the top traded pairs.

Second on the list for trade volume in 2016 was Btctrade, with 24-hour volume of $218 million. Today, it sits in 54th place with volume of just $23 million. BTC and Ybcoin were its top traded pairs back then, the latter a Chinese coin which died in 2017. Today, Btctrade’s top pairs are BCH and ETH. Of the entire top 10 from 2016, just two exchanges remain there – Huobi and Kraken. Huobi occupied third place then and it lies in fourth spot today, despite its 24-hour volume having grown from $165 million to $1.3 billion. This is naturally a reflection of the increase in value that digital assets such as bitcoin have enjoyed in this period.

80% of the Top Cryptocurrency Exchanges From 2016 Have Been Replaced
The top three exchanges in August 2016

A Lot Can Happen in Two Years

Here’s how the top ten cryptocurrency exchanges looked two years ago and today:

1. Okcoin.cn (188th now). Today: Bitmex

2. Btctrade (54th now). Today: Okex

3. Huobi (4th now). Today: Binance

4. CHBTC (dead now). Today: Huobi

5. BTCC (38th now). Today: Bitfinex

6. Poloniex (29th now). Today: Upbit

7. BTC100 (dead now). Today: Bithumb

8. Btcbox (25th now). Today: Hitbtc

9. Itbit (39th now). Today: GDAX

10. Kraken. Today: Kraken

Many people write altcoins off as having no permanency and predict that the majority of cryptos will die a slow death. They may well be right, but as a look at the dominant cryptocurrency exchanges from 2016 shows, few enterprises live long. The churn rate for exchanges exceeds even that of the coins themselves. Coinmarketcap listed 105 exchanges in 2016, versus 213 today, though only 60% of the listed exchanges back then had any sort of meaningful volume of over $10,000 a day. Even accounting for inflation, 90% of today’s exchanges have some semblance of a respectable volume.

80% of the Top Cryptocurrency Exchanges From 2016 Have Been ReplacedAmong the coins that accounted for the top trading volume in 2016 you’ll find Maidsafe, Nxt, Dogecoin, and even The DAO. Today, most people would agree that the top 10 exchanges have gotten better. Whether the top 10 cryptocurrencies, outside of bitcoin, have improved in quality is another matter. A final indicator of how much the landscape has changed in two years comes from the total trading volume. In August 2016, the top 10 exchanges saw just over $1 billion in cryptocurrencies traded in a day. Today, that figure stands at $10.6 billion. It will be interesting to see, two years from now, how many of 2018’s top exchanges are still standing.

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Caspian Partners With Bitmex to Offer All-In-One Portfolio Services

Caspian Partners With Bitmex to Offer All-In-One Portfolio Services

On May 23 the cryptocurrency portfolio and risk management platform Caspian Tech announced a partnership with the Seychelles based trading platform the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (Bitmex). The move aims to bring Caspian closer to being an all-in-one platform with access to multiple exchanges.

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Full Stack Portfolio Management Firm Caspian Partners With Bitmex

Caspian Partners With Bitmex to Offer All-In-One Portfolio Services The firm Caspian is making partnerships across the cryptocurrency ecosystem in order to become an all-in-one institutional, investor-focused portfolio management system. This week the firm partnered with Bitmex so now Caspian customers will have a unified trading module with more liquidity. Additionally, the firm provides Order and Execution Management System (OEMS), Risk Management System (RMS), and a Portfolio Management System (PMS).

Arthur Hayes, the co-founder of Bitmex, says the collaboration with Caspian makes sense because “Bitmex employs the latest in multi-factor security, inside and out.”

Bitmex offers quite a bit of liquidity as in the last 30 days the exchange has managed to swap $3Bn in trade volume. The firm offers leveraged trading and futures for multiple cryptocurrencies and claims to have “300 percent more Bitcoin/USD liquidity than any other platform.” Robert Dykes, CEO of Caspian, believes the company can leverage the firm’s multi-factor security – which is an issue of increasing interest to the company’s target market.               

“Our aim at Caspian is to drive exponential growth in crypto-trading participation amongst institutional and sophisticated investors,” Dykes explained during the announcement.

Caspian Partners With Bitmex to Offer All-In-One Portfolio Services
Bitmex states they have 300 percent more Bitcoin/USD liquidity than any other cryptocurrency trading platform.

Caspian Has Also Partnered With the OTC Fund Octagon and the Gemini Exchange

Essentially Caspian is a joint venture tethered to the firm Tora which provides an OEMS global trading platform alongside a blockchain firm called Kenetic. The company says its main mission is to offer sophisticated traders bank-grade security and trading technology. This month Caspian has been making partnerships with market makers like Bitmex as the firm recently partnered with Octagon, Asia’s largest OTC crypto-fund, and the Gemini exchange on May 4. The news follows many cryptocurrency exchanges looking to offer institutional grade financial services within their platforms while Caspian hopes to provide a Swiss army knife of exchanges.

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Markets Update: Stormy Weather Continues to Plague Cryptocurrency Traders

Markets Update: Stormy Weather Continues to Plague Cryptocurrency Traders

Over the past few days, cryptocurrency markets have been losing steam as many digital assets have lost a good amount of value. Most coins are down anywhere between 3-15 percent over the past 24-hours. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) values have dipped 10 percent over the last day and prices hover around $1,055 today. Bitcoin Core (BTC) prices are under the $8K zone losing 4.1 percent today as BTC values average around $7,909 at the time of publication.

Also Read: Bank in Argentina Launches BTC Settlement Services

Stormy Weather Continues to Dump on Crypto-Markets This Spring

Last spring and more specifically in May of 2017 digital currency markets were on fire but this year is a whole different story. Cryptocurrency markets are not doing so well today as every single coin among the top 50 largest valuations are in the red showing losses. The overall market capitalization of all 1,600+ digital assets is around $345Bn today and 24-hour trade volume hovers around 17.8Bn. Trade volume pales in comparison to two weeks ago when cryptocurrency daily trade volumes where much higher. For instance, BCH 24-hour volumes today are around $722Mn when two weeks ago it was about $2Bn+. The same goes for BTC as its daily volumes used to be around $8-9Bn and now the metric stands at $5Bn during today’s trading sessions.

Markets Update: Stormy Weather Continues to Plague Cryptocurrency Traders

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Market Action

Markets Update: Stormy Weather Continues to Plague Cryptocurrency TradersBitcoin Cash values have dipped a good eight percent today, and roughly sixteen percent during the past seven days. The top exchanges today swapping the most BCH include Okex, Hitbtc, Bitfinex, Lbank, and Huobi. The top three currencies on these specific trading platforms traded for BCH includes tether (USDT), BTC, and USD. Today the most traded pairs with BCH is BTC by 39.3 percent, Tether (USDT 24.7%), USD (20.5%), KRW (10.3%), and the EUR (2.3%). Ethereum, the Japanese yen, and Waves are also capturing decent percentages of BCH trade volume on May 23.

Markets Update: Stormy Weather Continues to Plague Cryptocurrency Traders

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the 4-hour BCH/USD chart on Bitfinex and Bitstamp shows bulls are attempting to regain some upper ground this morning after the dips. As we mentioned during our last markets update the two Simple Moving Averages (SMA) trend lines were about to cross hairs and this happened earlier today. The 100 SMA is now below the longer-term 200 SMA indicating the path to resistance will likely be on the downside. The Relative Strength Index is meandering in the middle showing some consolidation taking place and uncertainty towards the next big move.

Markets Update: Stormy Weather Continues to Plague Cryptocurrency Traders

MACd shows similar sentiment as the indicator is hovering around -23 but shows room for improvement. Order books on the upside show BCH bulls need to press past big sell walls between $1,090-1,160. On the backside if bears manage to bring BCH down there is decent support between $950-1,000 at press time but if that resistance breaks things could drop much lower. Presently it looks like bears won’t get prices that low in the short-term, but these ranges are not out of the question.

Bitcoin Core (BTC) Market Action

Markets Update: Stormy Weather Continues to Plague Cryptocurrency TradersBitcoin Core (BTC) prices are below the $8K region after holding above this zone for a couple weeks. Now prices are hovering around $7,927 per BTC and markets are down 4.6 percent during the last seven days. Daily trade volume is weaker than usual as traders are only swapping $5.6Bn worth of BTC during this morning’s trading sessions. The top exchange today trading the most BTC is Binance followed by Bitfinex, Okex, Huobi, and Bitflyer. The Japanese yen is the most dominating pair today with BTC at 55 percent and followed by the USD (19.8%), Tether (USDT 15%), KRW (3.7%), and the EUR (3.2%).

Markets Update: Stormy Weather Continues to Plague Cryptocurrency Traders

BTC/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the 4-hour BTC/USD chart on Coinbase/GDAX and Bitstamp shows buyers are stepping up their positions this morning. The two SMAs have also crossed paths during the earlier morning BTC trading sessions as well with the short term 100 SMA now below the 200 SMA. This also indicates bears currently have the reigns and they may take the dips further in the coming hours if resistance above $8K cannot be broken. However, RSI levels show oversold conditions and this shows a bounce back may be in the cards today as well.

Markets Update: Stormy Weather Continues to Plague Cryptocurrency Traders

Looking at order books shows much less resistance on the BTC/USD side in comparison to the BCH/USD side. Bulls only need to muster past the $8-8200 zone to get to higher regions but things become more difficult between $8,500-8,750. On the back side buy orders show solid foundations between $7,400 and $6,900 but after that things don’t look so hot. Overall chart patterns show it’s unlikely prices will get below the $7,400 region anytime soon, and bulls are fighting back with some success at the time of publication.

The Verdict: Stormy Weather and Uncertainty is Slowly Breaking Optimism Down  

Overall most coins are feeling the losses and trying to regain some of the upper hand. Litecoin (LTC) and Ripple (XRP) are two coins who have managed to take less of a beating. Another market oddity today is the BTC/ZEC cryptocurrency fork called Bitcoin Private (BTCP) which is up 13 percent over the past 24-hours.

Markets Update: Stormy Weather Continues to Plague Cryptocurrency Traders

Top 24-hour trade volume coins today are Tether (USDT), Ethereum (ETH), EOS, Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Tron (TRX). The losses today throw another black cloud on enthusiasts and traders hoping for long positions to pull through this spring. However, for cryptocurrency traders, it has been nothing but stormy weather with a few brief instances of sunshine here and there. Positivity is lessening and people are definitely more skeptical this week than the past three weeks prior.

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Markets Update: Mid-May Price Dips Plague Cryptocurrency Markets

Markets Update: Mid-May Price Dips Plague Cryptocurrency Markets

Cryptocurrency markets are losing some gains today, as most digital assets are down between 3-15 percent during this morning’s trading sessions on May 16, 2018. The overall cryptocurrency market cap has shaved a few billion in losses since our last markets update, leading to the valuation of all 1,600 cryptocurrencies hovering around $374Bn today. During the last 24-hours Bitcoin Cash (BCH) value has dropped 10.4 percent and prices are around $1,258 per BCH. Bitcoin Core (BTC) prices have also dipped, but by only 5.6 percent with one BTC priced at $8,234 at the time of publication.

Also read: Circle Raises $110Mn With Plans to Launch USD-Backed Coin

BCH Markets Down 20% This Week

At least three-quarters of the entire cryptocurrency ecosystem has lost value today as many coins are seeing losses this Wednesday. Total 24-hour trade volume for today’s trading session is around $22.6B worth of exchanges. Bitcoin Cash markets have lost a bit of value since yesterday as the network experienced an upgrade which increased its block size to 32MB. BCH trade volume is thinner than the week prior as only $1Bn has been traded during the last day. The top five exchanges swapping the most BCH during today’s trading sessions are Okex, Bitfinex, Huobi, Upbit, and Hitbtc. Both the South Korean won and tether (USDT) BCH trading pairs have seen exponential volumes but BTC still dominates pairs by 34 percent. The BCH/BTC pair is followed by tether (USDT 25.4%), USD (22%), KRW (14%), and the EUR (1.4%).

Markets Update: Mid-May Price Dips Plague Cryptocurrency Markets
BCH/USD market action on May 16, 2018, according to Satoshi Pulse.

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the four-hour BCH/USD chart on Bitfinex the price is seeing some deep triangular consolidation at the moment. The MACd is on the rise after the initial dip took place and show more improvement could be in the cards. RSI levels show the oscillator is around 38 right now, showing oversold conditions seem imminent. Looking at the two Simple Moving Averages indicates the path to resistance to the upside still looks obtainable as the short term 100 SMA rides above the longer term 200 SMA trend line. Looking at order books on the upside, BCH bulls need to muster up the strength to break past $1,330-1,355 in order to make headway northbound. On the flipside, if the dips continue there are some solid foundations between the current vantage point and $1,210.

Markets Update: Mid-May Price Dips Plague Cryptocurrency Markets
Bitfinex — BCH/USD May 16, 2018, at 10 am EDT.

A Brief Glimpse at Overall Cryptocurrency Market Action

The entire cryptocurrency ecosystem is seeing pretty decent losses today even though there’s been loads of good news coming from the industry this week. The number one cryptocurrency market cap held by Bitcoin Core (BTC) is wavering just below the $8,400 region with $7Bn in trade volume over the past 24-hours. Ethereum (ETH) markets has seen some dippage as well, as prices have lost 4 percent today. One ETH is hovering just above $700 USD at the time of publication. Ripple (XRP) markets are seeing heavier losses around 6.3 percent as one XRP is $0.69 cents today. Lastly, the fifth highest capitalization has been a contested position for a while now as many coins have been filling this area over the past year. EOS has held the number five spot for a few weeks now but its markets are down 11.7 percent today as one EOS is averaging $12 per coin.

Markets Update: Mid-May Price Dips Plague Cryptocurrency Markets
The top ten cryptocurrencies today according to Satoshi Pulse.

The Verdict: Mid-May Market Action is Lackluster but Positivity Remains

So far, the mid-May bull run lots of enthusiasts were hoping for has been nothing but a fizzle this week. Many believed cryptocurrencies would begin to see larger gains after the Consensus conference in New York started but that forecast never came to fruition, at least not yet. The only coins that are doing well today are a few miscellaneous tokens and stablecoins like tether (USD, and TrueUSD showing traders are likely using these ‘stable’ currencies as shelter from the current storm). Optimism and positivity among traders on social media and trader groups on Telegram still seems bright, even though markets have shaved some decent gains over the past 72-hours.

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“Honest Coinmarketcap” Claims to Provide Accurate Cryptocurrency Data

“Honest Coinmarketcap” Claims to Provide Accurate Cryptocurrency Data

In the last 24 hours, $7 billion worth of bitcoin (BTC) was traded globally. That’s according to data provided by Coinmarketcap, the industry’s go-to aggregator of cryptocurrency data. Not everyone agrees with that figure however. “Honest Coinmarketcap” is a new project that aims to set the record straight and do away with inflated trade volumes.

Also read: Study Finds $3B Worth of Faked Cryptocurrency Volumes and Wash Trades

“Honest CMC” Alleges Massive Fake Volume

“Honest Coinmarketcap” Claims to Provide Accurate Cryptocurrency DataAllegations of wash trading and fake volume have dogged the cryptocurrency markets for years. If true, this behavior is not the fault of Coinmarketcap (CMC). But it is the duty of sites such as CMC to report data accurately, for their own reputation and for the sake of everyone in the cryptocurrency space. Due to the way it pulls its data from exchanges, exacerbated by the way these platforms record trading activity, Coinmarketcap has come in for criticism.

In an attempt to obtain a true picture of global cryptocurrency volume, Andrew Rennhack has created an alternative to CMC that he’s dubbed “Honest Coinmarketcap”. The project is rudimentary, and does not account for the many variables that can affect a coin’s trading volume. If its data is to be believed, however, cryptocurrency trading volumes have been massively overstated.

Trading Volumes Could Be Overstated by 80% or More

“Honest Coinmarketcap” Claims to Provide Accurate Cryptocurrency DataClicking on the second tab in the Honest Coinmarketcap spreadsheet compares the listed and true volume for popular cryptocurrencies traded against various fiat currencies. It reports BTC and ETH’s volume as being 80% fake, with XRP and BCH faring slightly better at 43% and 70% respectively. Most other coins in the top 20 by market cap have fake volume of between 40% and 90%.

Although the data produced by Honest CMC should not be taken as gospel, its findings do tally with a previous report that claimed trading volume on some exchanges to be exaggerated by as much as 95%. Given Coinmarketcap’s dominance – the site now ranks among the world’s top 400 websites – it will continue to serve as the industry benchmark for trading data. Unless CMC changes the way it captures its raw data, trade volumes will remain unadjusted, no matter how inaccurate they may be.

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BCH Ecosystem Grows With May 4X Hard Fork Less Than Two Weeks Away

BCH Ecosystem Grows With May 4X Hard Fork Less Than Two Weeks Away

This week there’s a lot going on within the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) ecosystem as markets have been on fire and infrastructure continues to grow. Over the past six months, the price of BCH is up over 139 percent, and the price has jumped 13 percent higher over the last seven days. At the moment the value of BCH hovers just above the $1,500 USD price region, and traders have been swapping over $1.2Bn worth of bitcoin cash over the last 24-hours.

Also Read: Australia Cracks Down on Misleading and Deceptive Initial Coin Offerings

BCH Markets Up Over 139% Over the Past Six Months

Bitcoin cash markets have been on a roll for a few weeks now as the cryptocurrency continues to see gains. At the moment, it’s less than two weeks until the upcoming May 15 hard fork, which will up the block size to 32 MB, and re-enable some OP_Codes as well. This week lots of action has been taking place across both BCH markets and the increase of BCH infrastructure as well. Presently the BCH chain is over 7,500 blocks ahead of the Bitcoin Core (BTC) chain. Additionally, BCH is operating at 15.21 percent of BTC’s difficulty and it is 3 percent more profitable to mine BCH today. Market action shows the top five exchanges today swapping the most BCH are Okex, Bitfinex, Upbit, Houbi, and Bithumb.

BCH Ecosystem Grows With May 4X Hard Fork Less Than Two Weeks Away

BTC is the most traded currency swapped for BCH on May 3rd capturing 39 percent of all trades. This is followed by tether (USDT 22%), USD (18%), Korean won (16.2%) and the euro (1.5%). The Korean won has made a noticeable increase with BCH pairs over the past week, and volumes from Bithumb and Upbit reflect these metrics. Currently, there are 17,107,588 BCH in circulation which holds a market valuation of over $25Bn USD.

Growing BCH Infrastructure and Positive Community Sentiment

BCH infrastructure and support has increased significantly as multiple project and announcement were made this week. Blockchain Wallet announced that BCH balances are now visible in iOS mobile wallets. This week the platform Memo got some upgrades and has been seeing a bunch of traction. Following this, a new social media app that works similarly to Memo was launched yesterday called Blockpress. News.Bitcoin.com took Blockpress out for a test flight and talked with its developer yesterday.

BCH Ecosystem Grows With May 4X Hard Fork Less Than Two Weeks Away

A bunch of automobiles branding the bitcoin cash symbol were found across the globe this week, with a cool BCH Jeepney in the Philippines. Moreover, BCH is trending in mentions on the social media platform 4chan as well. BRD wallet released its ‘Augustus’ version which now fully supports bitcoin cash and in-wallet trades. Lastly, Bitpay developers upgraded the firm’s Bitcore-lib-cash protocol which adds support for the May 15 hard fork for new OP_Codes, updated carrier size, and bigger blocks.

BCH Ecosystem Grows With May 4X Hard Fork Less Than Two Weeks Away

Overall Bitcoin Cash proponents are excited about the future of the BCH economy and its growing development environment. The hard fork is getting close and supporters are also looking forward to the next upgrade which should add more robust features to the BCH network. Right now the 32 MB block size, the increased default datacarriersize, and re-enabled Satoshi OP_Codes are just three things pending activation. Alongside this, the construction of UTXO commitments, changing the Difficulty Adjustment Algorithm (DAA) so it improves BCH block times while also adding a PID control algorithm, enabling binary contracts, and the block propagation protocol Graphene is currently under development.

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Bitcoin Futures Markets See a Big Uptick in Trade Volume

Bitcoin Futures Markets See a Big Uptick in Trade Volume

Bitcoin prices and cryptocurrency spot markets, in general, have been recovering after the downturn that took place from mid-December 2017 up until three weeks ago. At the time, when BTC derivatives products were introduced to the public, futures contracts got off to a slow start. Now bitcoin-based futures markets from the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) have seen a significant uptick in product sales for the trading sessions during the month of April and May.

Also read: Bitcoin Markets Steady for Another Gox Dump, 16,000 Coins Moved by Trustee

Bitcoin Futures Products from CME and Cboe Start Seeing Significant Trade Volume

In March, news.Bitcoin.com reported on bitcoin-based derivatives products from CME and Cboe starting to pick up in volume. CME contracts at the time had around 1,000 contracts per day and zero sold for the month of May as it stood. However, that month Cboe saw a great influx of volume as March expiries closed above 10,000 contracts and May products were starting to sell steadily. Fast forward to this week as cryptocurrency spot markets start seeing some signs of recovery, bitcoin futures products are selling like hotcakes.

Bitcoin Futures Markets See a Big Uptick in Trade Volume

Last Wednesday’s Futures Volumes Were Nearly Three Times the Average Daily Volume

This past Wednesday Cboe’s bitcoin futures (XBT) spiked in volume as more than 18,000 contracts were traded for May. Furthermore, public data shows June and July Cboe XBT products have starting selling as well but there are zero sold for the month of August.

Bitcoin Futures Markets See a Big Uptick in Trade Volume

The next three months of predictions show price stability as contracts hover around the $8,900-9,100 region per XBT. Right now daily May volumes are around 3,700 contracts and 24-hour statistics have been between 3,000-6,000 products a day. Last week’s 18,000+ record beat Cboe’s first milestone of 15,000+ contracts when the futures markets first launched but slowed down considerably since then.

“[The] average daily volume (ADV) runs about 6,600 in XBT Bitcoin Futures. Yesterday’s volume was nearly three times ADV,” Kevin Davitt Cboe Options Institute senior instructor explained this Thursday.

Yesterday was the highest daily volume for bitcoin futures since their introduction here at CBOE nearly five months ago. The lead month May futures traded 18,210 contracts, and across the term structure, a total of 19,000 bitcoin futures traded here yesterday. The previous high-volume session was January 17 with just less than 15,500 contracts traded.     

Bitcoin Futures Markets See a Big Uptick in Trade Volume

Last Week’s Volumes Were Different to January’s Bitcoin Futures Volumes

The same day CME Group saw a similar uptick in bitcoin futures volumes for its April 2018 contracts. Wednesday saw 11,000+ contracts on CME’s bitcoin markets according to public data. Cboe’s Davitt says that January’s volume coincided with the first set of contracts but this past Wednesday’s volumes did not, the Cboe senior instructor explained. Nor did it have a 15-20 percent range in futures he would otherwise have expected, he added.    

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Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Erase Two-Day Losses

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Erase Two-Day Losses

Cryptocurrencies are seeing some relief during today’s trading sessions just before the weekend, as the top ten digital assets are currently up 3-11 percent. Most of the losses that took place two days ago have been erased as the total market capitalization of all digital currencies now tops $420Bn USD.

Also read: Court Orders Chilean Banks to Re-Open Crypto Exchange Accounts 

Cryptocurrencies Rebound Erasing Most of the Week’s Losses

Digital currencies are showing bullish momentum today as the losses 48-hours ago seemed to be a ‘bear trap.’ BTC/USD markets reached a low of $8,647 yesterday but then rebounded back to the $9,380 region earlier this morning EDT. At the moment the current weighted average for BTC/USD prices is hovering around $9,250 per coin and trade volume has been around $7.9Bn over the last 24-hours. Daily BTC/USD values are up 4.6 percent at the time of publication and 9.8 percent over the last week. The top five exchanges today swapping the most BTC include Okex, Binance, Bitfinex, Bitflyer, and Huobi. Out of all 1591 cryptocurrencies, BTC has an overall market valuation dominance today around 37 percent. The Japanese yen currently commands the most BTC trades today, capturing 53 percent of the market. This is followed by the USD (20%), tether (USDT 15%), KRW (4.9%), and the EUR (3.6%). The most popular trade today on the peer-to-peer platform Shapeshift is ETH for BTC swaps.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Erase Two-Day Losses

BTC/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the 4-hour BTC/USD chart shows that bulls are trying to muster up the strength to break resistance at $9,500 and above. The two Simple Moving Averages (SMA) show the short term 100 SMA is well above the long-term 200 trendline. This indicates the path towards resistance should head towards the upside after some deep sell walls. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) shows the oscillator is meandering around 56.3, indicating consolidation is taking place. MACd looks poised to move northbound in the short term after dropping very low 8 hours ago. Order Books show BTC bulls need to smash past the $9,400 range all the to the $9,900 territory in order to surpass the $10K mark. At the moment this play could be in the cards unless the weekend brings a bunch of bear action. On the backside if bears do grab the reins again foundations look decent at $9,150 through $8,600, and after that things begin to thin.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Erase Two-Day Losses
BTC markets are hovering around $9,250 USD at 11:30 am EDT.

Bitcoin Cash Markets See Recovery

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) markets are doing quite well today as BCH values are up 3.8 percent. One BCH is hovering around the $1,388 territory and markets are still up by 31.7 percent over the last seven days. Trade volume has dipped a good amount since our last markets update down to close to $1Bn over the past 24-hours. The top exchanges swapping the most bitcoin cash during the April 27 trading sessions include Okex, Huobi, Bitfinex, Hitbtc, and Lbank. The top currency traded for BCH today is BTC as bitcoin core trades account for 35 percent of the 24-hour market volume. This is followed by tether (USDT 26%), USD (21%), the Korean won (11%), and the euro (1.7%). Alongside this, both ETH and BNB represent 1 percent of the BCH trades per coin.

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

BCH/USD charts show some similar activities taking place looking at indicators. The SMAs have a gap in between them but the 100 SMA and 200 SMA trendlines are not quite as wide as BTC charts. Still, with the 100 SMA above the long-term 200 trendline, the path to resistance for bitcoin cash should also be on the upside. 4-hour RSI indicates the oscillator is hovering around 58.6 while the MACd is around 36. This means currently BCH bulls are facing stiff resistance but should be able to chew through orders. Bulls will face some big sell orders around $1,420 and $1,500 again. Further, there are much tougher walls around $1,550-1,600 and after that is smoother sailing. On the backside, there are strong buy walls between now and $1,300 flat before things get thinner.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Erase Two-Day Losses
BCH markets are hovering around $1,388 USD at 11:30 am EDT.

The Verdict: The Past Four Months Left Traders Skeptical But Most Proponents Are Optimistic

Of course, the spikes during today’s trading sessions have created some confidence among traders today, and many believe some more price highs are coming. Some other notable increases today came from ETH markets, EOS, and Stellar. The past four months of bearish prices have added some skepticism towards price hikes but it seems a good majority of traders believe the bearish sentiment is over.   

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Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Prices Up Over 60% This Week

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Prices Up Over 60% This Week

The price of Bitcoin (BCH) has spiked considerably over the past two weeks as the decentralized cryptocurrency’s market has just captured a $20Bn capitalization. The market value of BCH is currently hovering around $1,250 per coin and the digital asset commands close to $1Bn in trades over the past 24-hours.

Also read: ‘Coindaddy’ Another Crypto-Rapper Rhymes About Bitcoin Life

Bitcoin Cash Markets Surge

Bitcoin (BCH) is on a rampage, surpassing most of the 1,500 cryptocurrency performances this week recorded on Coinmarketcap. Today the market value of one BCH is 13.80 percent of the price of one Bitcoin Core (BTC) token. The reason for this is due to the significant demand for BCH this past week as the currency’s trade volume has doubled in less than three days. Over the past 48-hours, the top trade on the peer-to-peer exchange Shapeshift is BTC for BCH. Over the past seven days, data shows bitcoin cash markets have seen a 60 percent gain.  

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Prices Up Over 60% This Week
Over the past few days, the top trade on the peer-to-peer trading platform Shapeshift has been Bitcoin (BTC) Core for Bitcoin (BCH).

Although, Bitcoin Core swaps against BCH have dropped significantly over the past few days, as bitcoin cash is capturing a lot more direct fiat trades during today’s trading sessions. BTC trades represent 40 percent of the BCH trades today, when last week they were well over 50 percent. This is followed by tether (USDT 24%), the U.S. dollar (22%), the South Korean won (7.8%), and the euro (1.8%). The influx of USD, EUR, and KRW into BCH has increased significantly this week.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Prices Up Over 60% This Week
Today Bitcoin’s (BCH) price and market cap are close to 14% of the legacy BTC’s market valuations. 

  BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Technical indicators show on the daily, weekly, and 4-hour charts that BCH is positioned to continue its rally. The two Simple Moving Averages (100 SMA & 200 SMA) on the 4-hour chart are about to cross hairs with the short term 100 rising above the longer term trendline. This indicates the path to resistance will be on the upside which could lead to higher price ranges in the short term. At the moment prices are overbought according to the Relative Strength Index (RSI) which is meandering around 70.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Prices Up Over 60% This Week
At the time of writing on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 2:30 pm EDT one BCH is averaging around $1,253 per coin.

Meanwhile, the MACd is relentlessly headed northbound so a drop in price after bulls hit resistance may soon follow this run-up. Bulls have to muster up some more strength from the current vantage point all the way to $1,290 range to get some smoother seas and less sell walls. On the backside, there are solid foundations all the way back to $1,145 and more pit stops before the sub-$1,100 territories.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Prices Up Over 60% This Week

BCH Infrastructure and Support Grows This Week

Bitcoin cash infrastructure and support have increased again this week as the firm Bitpay has added more BCH features to its merchant services solution. The exchange Coinmama recently added BCH and LTC to the trading platform. Meanwhile, the firm Cheapair.com’s CEO detailed how it would likely be using Bitpay over Coinbase for merchant services and will be accepting BCH. Additionally, the bitcoin cash community has been very excited about a new BCH micro-transaction powered social media system called Memo. The platform allows users to follow other profiles feeds and makes content sharing immutable by utilizing the BCH chain. Lastly, the mining operation Antpool revealed this week it would be burning 12 percent of BCH fees in order to bolster digital scarcity.

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Markets Update: BTC Price Jumps Over $1000 in Less Than an Hour

Markets Update: BTC Price Jumps Over $1000 in Less Than an Hour

The price of bitcoin and a wide range of other digital assets have seen some significant gains today. Earlier during the morning trading sessions (EDT) BTC/USD markets spiked over $1,000 in less than 60 minutes gaining 10 percent and reaching a high of $8,060 per coin. Following the phenomenal jump in value, buyers met some resistance and BTC’s value has dipped back some and is currently averaging a touch above $7,600.

Also read: Huobi’s Sentiment Index Shows Cryptocurrency Investors Still Bullish

BTC Markets See Gains of 10 Percent

Cryptocurrency markets are on a tear today as most digital assets jumped in value from 10-20 percent during the morning trading sessions on April 12. BTC trade volumes have spiked considerably worldwide as our last Markets Update six days ago reports a daily volume of $4Bn USD. That metric has doubled today as BTC trade volumes worldwide now rests at $8.1Bn over the past 24 hours. The top five exchanges swapping the most BTC today are Bitfinex, Okex, Binance, Upbit, and Huobi. Bitfinex has over $664Mn in 24-hour volume and USD trades have spiked significantly today. Last week the Japanese yen accounted for well over 60 percent of the BTC global trade volume but that metric has dropped to 45.4 percent. The USD is now up to 28.7 percent as the fiat currency has gained some steam this week. This is followed by tether (USDT 13.7%), the euro (4.3%), and the South Korean won (4.1%).

Markets Update: BTC Prices Jump Over $1000 in Less Than an Hour

Technical Indicators

Looking at the 30-minute and 4-hour price charts on the exchange Bitstamp shows bulls are currently trying to push past resistance right now at the $7,600 range. After a few weeks of the long-term Simple Moving Average (200 SMA) being well above the short-term 100 SMA, the two have crossed hairs again. At the time of writing, the 100 SMA is above the 200 SMA indicating the path to resistance should be on the upside.  

Markets Update: BTC Price Jumps Over $1000 in Less Than an Hour
At 12:30 PM EDT on Bitstamp the price of BTC is hovering just above $7,600.

After dipping southbound over the last two hours the MACd is showing an upward trend as buyers eat through current sell orders. However, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) and Stochastic oscillators are well above the 80 range showing BTC/USD markets are overbought. Order books on the upside show some resistance at the current vantage point ($7,600) and another pitstop at $8,150. On the backside, if this run-up turns out to be another fake out bull trap then there are strong foundations between $7,500 through $7,100.  

Markets Update: BTC Price Jumps Over $1000 in Less Than an Hour
BTC trade volumes have doubled since last week.

The Top Digital Assets

Overall cryptocurrency markets, in general, are up well over 10-20 percent and the top 100 digital currencies are all in the green. The second highest market valuation commanded by ethereum (ETH) is up 10.1 percent as one ETH is averaging $463 per coin. Ripple (XRP) has seen gains today around 12.1 percent and each XRP is $0.55 cents. The fourth highest market capitalization is held by bitcoin cash and its markets are up 8 percent. One BCH today is trading just above $700 per coin during the afternoon trading sessions. A newcomer has joined the top five cryptocurrency market valuations as EOS has pushed litecoin (LTC) out of the fifth position. EOS was up over 40 percent yesterday and is still up 22 percent at the time of publication.

Markets Update: BTC Price Jumps Over $1000 in Less Than an Hour

The Verdict: Uncertainty Remains After the Last Few Bull Traps Faked Everyone Out

Its safe to say a lot of cryptocurrency holders are pleased with the spikes in value this morning. Some traders not so much, as short contracts on Bitfinex and Bitmex had stacked up like a mountain over the past week and this morning most of them were liquidated. The jump in value still doesn’t show concrete evidence we will see a bullish reversal, but the increase does give some people a little hope. There have been bull traps and ‘dead cat bounces’ over the past few weeks so a quick and sudden rally is not surprising, but the question remains — How long will it last?

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Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices See Some Slight Recovery

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices See Some Slight Recovery

The price of bitcoin and a slew of other cryptocurrencies have started to see some slight recovery on Tuesday, April 3rd’s morning (EDT) trading sessions. The entire economy of over 1,500 different cryptocurrencies has increased in value surpassing a $278 billion market capitalization with 5-20 percent gains.

Also read: Huobi’s Sentiment Index Shows Cryptocurrency Investors Still Bullish

Some Brief Market Recovery

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices See Some Slight RecoveryOver the last few days, cryptocurrency markets have been nurturing losses as digital asset values slid significantly. Currently, the entire crypto-economy is trading $13.1Bn USD in 24-hour volume, and most coins saw some gains over the past day. Right now daily statistics for BTC/USD markets are up 5.5 percent and BTC prices are hovering just below the $7,400 region. BTC trade volume is still flat as traders are swapping roughly $5.1Bn in trades over the past 24-hours. The top five exchanges facilitating these trades include Bitfinex, Okex, Binance, Huobi, and Upbit. These trading platforms are exchanging over $150Mn or more in global trade volume over the last day.

During the past few weeks, the Japanese yen has gradually captured over 50 percent of the global BTC trade volume. The case remains the same today as the yen currently commands 56.4 percent of the world’s trades. This is followed by the U.S. dollar (22.1%), tether (USDT 12.7%), the South Korean won (3.2%), and the euro (3%). Currently, on the peer-to-peer platform Shapeshift the most traded coin against BTC is BCH. Tether USDT is still the second most traded digital currency for the past couple of weeks. There is over $1.6Bn USD in tether swaps today likely because the bear market is still not over.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices See Some Slight Recovery
At the time of publication, BTC/USD is averaging around $7,375 at 12 pm EDT. 

Technical Indicators

Technical indicators show some slight differences between now and three days ago. For instance, the 100 Simple Moving Average has crossed paths above the long-term 200 SMA trendline. This indicates that bears are now exhausted, and bullish participants temporarily have the reigns. Moreover, the path to resistance should be on the upside going forward at least for the next 12-hours. The Relative Strength Index is steadily approaching the 70 zone indicating some bearish sentiment may be in the cards after this run-up. Macd is also converging upwards showing similar readings.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices See Some Slight Recovery
RSI/STCH BTC/USD Bitstamp 4/3/18

In order to maintain a reliable bullish reversal, traders must rally past the $7,800 zone and hold the momentum in order for things to look a bit more positive. At the present moment, BTC/USD order books show some tough resistance around the $7,500 zone and some stronger walls around $8,100. Bulls need to close the daily above the $8,100 territory for the current rise to be more than just a ‘dead cat bounce.’ On the back side order books also show foundations are relatively weak all the way back to the $6,500 price area. After that position, books show some tighter support and more extensive buy orders.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices See Some Slight Recovery
BTC/USD markets trend above the $7K zone.

The Top Digital Asset Markets

Overall the cryptocurrency market, in general, is seeing some gains and many digital assets are nursing wounds. The second highest market capitalization held by ethereum (ETH) is up 3.8 percent as one ETH is hovering around $404. Ripple (XRP) is also in the green as markets are up 8.3 percent today and XRP is trading at $0.53 cents. The fourth highest market valuation held by bitcoin cash (BCH) markets is up over 5.6 percent as one BCH is testing $705 per coin. Lastly, litecoin (LTC) prices are seeing gains around 5 percent as well with market averages around $125 per LTC.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices See Some Slight Recovery
A great majority of digital assets are in the green today seeing gains.

The Verdict: Sentiment Across Market Participants Remains Extremely Skeptical

Basically, cryptocurrency traders across the boards are still skeptical even after seeing the latest rebound in price. BTC/USD market prices have been following a consistent pattern of lower highs and deeper lows. Most alternative digital assets continue to be correlated with BTC market trends and BTC dominance among all 1,599 cryptocurrencies is currently 45 percent. Sentiment among the community is a bag of mixed emotions including denial, those who think they are the Nostradamus of crypto-markets, and those who believe cryptocurrencies are going to see much lower values than today.  

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Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Begin to Sink Once Again

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Begin to Sink Once Again

Cryptocurrency prices have dropped considerably over the past 48 hours since our last markets update. Currently, the entire digital asset ecosystem has lost more than $32 billion since that time, and BTC/USD values have once again dipped under the $8K range.  

Also Read: 80,000 New Merchants in Europe Gain Option to Accept Crypto

BTC Sees Another Drop Below $8,000 USD

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Begin to Sink Once AgainTraders are seeing quite a bit of bearish sentiment within cryptocurrency markets as more than 60 percent of the top digital assets are seeing losses. BTC/USD markets are hovering just above the $7,800 region after losing momentum just above the $8K zone during today’s early morning trading sessions. BTC global trade volume is only a few million lower than our last analysis, as the past 24-hours has seen about $5.2Bn in trades. The top five exchanges worldwide trading the most BTC today include Bitfinex, Okex, Binance, Bitflyer, and Huobi. The Japanese yen is once again dominating the fiat pack traded with BTC as the yen has commanded over 54 percent of global trade volume. The rest of the currencies traded behind the yen include the USD (22%), tether (13.9%), the euro (3.5%) and the Korean won (2.9%). There’s around $14.4Bn worth of global trade volume among all 1,500+ cryptocurrencies during the past 24-hour trading sessions.

BTC/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at BTC/USD charts show bulls have shown signs of exhaustion after the price was hovering around $8,500+ just a short time ago. The 4-hour chart shows the Macd is heading southbound around -207.29. RSI and Stochastic have been following the same downwards pattern, however, the oscillators have started kicking upwards a bit over the past 4-hours. This indicates BTC prices are struggling at the moment with failed attempts to keep the price above $8K.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Begin to Sink Once Again

Since our last markets update, the long and short term Simple Moving Averages (SMA) had crossed hairs and split, showing signs of bearish sentiment. The gap between the 100 SMA and the 200 SMA is now much more extensive, indicating the path to resistance looks to the downside. Order books show a pretty good temporary foundation until the $7,600 territory. After that, there’s a good amount of buyers all the way to the $6,900 zone. On the upside, bulls breaching the $8K region again, continuing to drive past $9K, could indicate some bullish momentum.

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Begin to Sink Once Again
At the time of publication, BTC/USD prices hover around $7,820.

Bitcoin Cash Markets Continue to Follow a Similar Correlated Pattern

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Begin to Sink Once AgainBitcoin cash (BCH) markets are also feeling today’s losses, as the currency is now around 890 per BCH. Over the past 24-hours, BCH trade volumes across popular exchanges is about $339Bn. The most traded currency swapped for BCH today is BTC (51%), and traders have seen many opportunities over the past 24-hours. This is followed by tether (USDT 25%), USD (14.4%), the South Korean won (3.2%), and Binance coin (1.6%). The leading trading platforms show a small kick upwards on the 4-hour chart. Although the jump northbound could be a bull trap in the making. Last week’s bearish divergence indicated the price of BCH could drop below $1K, as signs of the dip started showing just three days ago.

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

BCH/USD charts show a similar correlation to BTC/USD patterns across the 4-hour template. There’s not much difference between the two, as both cryptocurrencies are down in value compared to a few days ago. The 100 SMA and 200 SMA are similarly gapped with the short term 100 well above the 200 trendline. This indicates resistance is fierce at the moment, and, if the price of BCH doesn’t get past the current vantage point, the coin’s value could go lower. RSI and Stoch levels are seeing a temporary bounce up, but both have been heading southbound. Order books show the value should hold pretty decent between $825 and $780 per BCH. On the flip side, if bulls manage to push past resistance during the eastern side of the world’s trading sessions there will be some pit stops around $910 and $1K. 

Markets Update: Cryptocurrency Prices Begin to Sink Once Again
At the time of publication, BCH/USD prices are roughly $877 per coin.

The Verdict: Crypto-Traders Uncertainty and Doubt Remain

As mentioned in our last markets update, traders have been uncertain after the BTC/USD price dropped, trying to stay above $9K. Shorts (betting against the price) started stacking up on exchanges like Bitmex and other trading platforms, offering margin trading. Long (betting the value will be bullish) contracts have slimmed as well over the past weekend. Regulatory FUD has lessened a touch in the news but overall the past few months of doubt still plagues cryptocurrency markets today.

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Markets Update: Crypto Values Drop to Lower Vantage Points

Markets Update: Crypto Values Drop to Lower Vantage Points

The price of cryptocurrencies across all markets has been dropping in value quite a bit over the past 48 hours. BTC/USD markets started tumbling on March 5, after the price reached a high of $11,650 during the evening trading sessions. Following the peak, the value dropped to $10,600 on March 6 losing $1,000 in value. Further, the next day on March 7 after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) warned about unlawful trading platforms, BTC/USD values slid once again losing another 20 percent.

Also Read: Japan’s SBI Holdings Claims 40% Stake in Hardware Wallet Company

Cryptocurrency Markets Have Been in a Downward Slump

Cryptocurrencies have lost some fiat value over the past few days as the entire market of over 1,500 digital assets has shaved billions off the overall market capitalization. Currently, the aggregated valuation of all digital assets is roughly $400 billion at the time of publication. At the moment BTC/USD markets are averaging $9,200, after coasting along at above $9,800 a few hours ago. Volume is a touch higher than last week with $9.3Bn in 24-hour global trade volume. BTC dominance amongst all 1500 digital assets within the crypto-economy is roughly 41 percent today.

Markets Update: Crypto Values Drop to Lower Vantage Points Right now the Japanese yen is still dominating global trade volumes by 48 percent. The is followed by the U.S. dollar (27%), tether (USDT 12.4%), the euro (4.9%) and the Korean won (3.8%) The euro has made a jump from fifth position to fourth, knocking out the Korean won this week. The top five exchanges trading the most BTC this week are Bitfinex, Binance, Okex, GDAX, and Upbit. The Japanese exchange Bitflyer and the European platform Bitstamp are right behind Upbit with strong volumes as well. According to Shapeshift statistics, the pair swapped the most today is ETH for BTC.

Markets Update: Crypto Values Drop to Lower Vantage Points
Prices earlier this morning have managed to get closer to the $10K region. But a few hours later markets dumped to $9,079 per BTC after meeting resistance. 

Technical Indicators

Looking at BTC/USD charts show some consolidation is forming in this region and BTC price movements are strongly correlated with nearly every other digital asset. MACd is meandering downwards after bulls managed to bring the price closer to $10K during the March 8 morning trading sessions. However, markets have dropped to just above the $9K zone just a few hours later. RSI and Stochastic levels are below the 50.00 indicating some more consolidation and possibly some lower prices in the near future. Both Simple Moving Averages (SMA) have a large gap in between them with the longer term 200 SMA well above the 100 SMA. This means bears have a tight grip ride now and the path of resistance may continue to the downside.

Markets Update: Crypto Values Drop to Lower Vantage Points
Today BTC/USD market prices are averaging roughly $9,700-9,900 over the past 4-hours. At approximately 12 pm EDT BTC/USD market prices slid again to a low of $9,079.

Buying volume and order books suggest a different story and bulls could manage to move past the sudden 15 percent drop over the past three days. Resistance past the $10K mark isn’t too bad, but there is a monster-sized sell wall leading all the way up to $10,500. Past that point bulls have to still push past the resistance at $10,800, and from there it may be smoother to forge northbound. On the back side, order books show some pretty good support up until $9,300, and things start looking thinner. After the Displaced Moving Average (DMA) at $9,100 broke, a decline to the $8-8.5K range is now looking more viable.

The Top Cryptocurrency Markets In General

Twenty four hour volumes for the top 100 cryptocurrencies are all seeing percent losses minus four assets. Most coins are seeing losses between 2-20 percent today. Ethereum (ETH) markets are down 5 percent as one ETH is averaging $749 per token. Ripple (XRP) prices are also seeing losses, and at the moment its values are down 5.8 percent. An XRP is roughly $0.85 cents at press time and holds the fifth highest trade volumes today.

Markets Update: Crypto Values Drop to Lower Vantage Points

The fourth highest valued cryptocurrency market capitalization held by bitcoin cash (BCH) is seeing losses around 7.9 percent. One BCH is averaging $1,084 per coin, and its markets have the 7th highest trade volumes today. Lastly, the fifth position is occupied by litecoin, but its prices are also down 5.8 percent as one LTC is $182. Of course, the second highest trade volume during the past 48 hours of trading belongs to tether (USDT) the digital asset that holds stability with the price of USD. Tether has $3.2Bn in 24-hour volume today, and the currency is worth a penny more than a U.S. dollar due to demand.

The Verdict: Short-Term Bearish Sentiment and Uncertainty

Optimism has definitely declined considerably recently as multiple outside forces have affected the cryptocurrency ecosystem. The SEC warning about unlawful exchanges shook up markets quite a bit yesterday. Another factor shaking up market optimism is the Mt Gox trustee for the Tokyo courts who has been selling millions of dollars worth of both BTC and BCH. The community is concerned because the trustee has a lot more BTC and BCH to sell and no one knows when he is going to dump the coins on the open market. Further regulatory actions from governments all around the world have been stirring markets considerably, and crypto enthusiasts and traders are uncertain about what the nation states will do.

Where do you see the price of BTC and other digital assets heading from here? Do you think cryptocurrencies will see more gains? Let us know in the comments below.

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