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.

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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: Bears Claw Billions Off Digital Currency Valuations

Markets Update: Bears Claw Billions Off Digital Currency Valuations

Cryptocurrencies tumbled once again today in value as a great majority of digital assets are seeing losses this Saturday. Since our last markets update the entire digital currency economy shaved another $15 billion off the market capitalizations of all 1,600+ cryptocurrencies. Alongside the dreary prices, trade volumes have also been lackluster, leading many individuals to believe there may be more dips to come down the line.

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Cryptocurrencies Fall in Value Once Again This Weekend

A bunch of the top digital assets took a hit again today after a bit of consolidation and while other coins nurtured the wounds suffered from the last dip on August 1. During the past four days, the entire market valuation of all the digital currencies in existence has lost $15Bn USD. At the moment bitcoin core (BTC) markets are hovering just above the $7,000 mark after dropping earlier today from $7300 down to $6926 very quickly. During the first hour of August 4, bitcoin cash (BCH) values were around $731 per BCH, but at the same time all the other cryptocurrency markets dipped, BCH followed suit by dropping down to $692. At the moment BCH is hovering around $696 per coin. The other currencies in the top five market capitalizations ETH, XRP, and EOS have also seen losses over the last 24-hours between 2-4 percent.

Markets Update: Bears Claw Billions Off Digital Currency Valuations
Tether (USDT) takes the ninth position on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Bitcoin Core (BTC) Market Action

Today bitcoin core markets have lost around 5.4 percent and over the last seven days 14.9 percent in value. Right now the most traded pair with BTC this Saturday is tether (USDT), commanding 51 percent of trades. This is followed by USD (25.8%), JPY (13.2%), EUR (3.6%), and KRW (2.6%). The top five exchanges swapping the most BTC include Bitflyer FX, Binance, Bitfinex, Coinbene, and Okex. Bitcoin core’s entire market valuation at the time of publication is $121B, and over the last 24 hours, there’s been $4.2B worth of BTC traded. The top cryptocurrencies traded on the peer-to-peer platform Shapeshift is ethereum (ETH) for BTC and the coin’s dominance rating amongst all other market valuations is 47.7 percent.

Markets Update: Bears Claw Billions Off Digital Currency Valuations

BTC/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the hourly and 4-hour BTC/USD charts on Coinbase and Bitstamp shows bulls are trying to push ahead but are failing to surpass heavy resistance. 4-hour RSI levels are showing oversold conditions at press time (24.12) while the MACd looks like it may continue heading southbound. The MA 100 is well above the MA 200 trendline which gives traders another indication that the path towards the least resistance is the downside. Unfortunately for BTC and a large majority of other top performing digital assets, there are many signs the price could go lower if bears continue to break down support levels. Order books show BTC bulls would need to muster up the strength to surpass $7,100 through $7,300 but even then the upward battle continues. On the backside, there’s massive support holding all the way until $6,700 but support after that is still pretty hefty until right around $6,300.

Markets Update: Bears Claw Billions Off Digital Currency Valuations

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Market Action

At the moment bitcoin cash (BCH) markets are down 3.9 percent today and over the last seven days 15.8 percent in value. BCH volume has jumped a hair as the cryptocurrency today is capturing the fourth highest trade volume above EOS. The biggest pair swapped with BCH today is tether (USDT) which captures 53.5 percent of bitcoin cash trades. Other currencies that follow include BTC (33.3%), USD (5%), ETH (2.9%), and QC (2.3%). The top trading platforms exchanging the most BCH include Coinex, Okex, Binance, Huobi Pro, and Hitbtc.

Markets Update: Bears Claw Billions Off Digital Currency Valuations

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at BCH/USD charts on Bitstamp and Bitfinex show things have definitely been grim over the last 24-hours. Just like BTC/USD bears are pushing the BCH/USD market as well making certain their presence is here. Most traders have their eyes glued to that 200 moving average (MA) support level as bulls must reject any new lows in order to proceed upward. However much like BTC, the 100 MA is above the 200 MA showing another downside push could easily take place. RSI levels (4-H/ 32.24) are oversold at the moment which means prices could have a slight reversal and the 4-hour MACd is meandering very low at press time. Traders can see that order books show there is heavy resistance for BCH traders all the way until $740 which will give bulls a short break until they hit huge resistance just before $800. There’s plenty of support for BCH until $625 and there is good foundations beneath the sub-$600 zone.

Markets Update: Bears Claw Billions Off Digital Currency Valuations

The Verdict: Skepticism and Doubt Remains

As our previous markets update confirmed the stormy seas are not over within the world of cryptocurrency markets at the moment. Things have been volatile in crypto-land, to say the least, and there have been a few surprising dips over the last week. The verdict this weekend is even more skepticism and doubt unless there’s a sudden turn around soon. On the bright side, there have been a lot of long contracts stacking up on leverage exchanges, showing some are betting on a reversal alongside the fact there is strong buy support in these regions for most digital assets.

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Bitcoiners Hope to Have a Friend in Top US Regulator Jay Clayton

Bitcoiners Hope to Have a Friend in Top US Regulator Jay Clayton

Bitcoin might have a mole, a sympathetic insider at the highest levels of the US financial regulatory apparatus, if recent ecosystem press accounts are to be believed. According to a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) meeting transcript, SEC Chair Jay Clayton has privately expressed deep knowledge of cryptocurrencies, including during a heated exchange with staff. Looming spectres of exchange traded fund listings, deciding which digital assets constitute securities, and much more, mean crypto needs all the friends it can get.   

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Transcript: Jay Clayton Had Heated Exchange with SEC Staff Regarding Crypto

In early June, Eric Werner, Associate Director of Enforcement in the Ft. Worth Regional Office of the SEC, set about welcoming his boss to Houston during a roundtable meeting. Sunshine laws usually demand such events be recorded, and sometimes even transcribed word for word. That appears to be the case here, as Associate Director Werner was tasked with introducing SEC Chair Jay Clayton.

Bitcoiners Hope to Have a Friend in Top US Regulator Jay Clayton
SEC Chair Jay Clayton

It’s arguably the most interesting part of the 19 page document, if only for the suck-up quality of Mr. Werner’s remarks. He flowers Chair Clayton with effusive praise so saccharine readers’ teeth ache after only a few paragraphs. It was Mr. Werner’s “privilege,” for example, to make the introduction of a man so humble he insists “we call him Jay.” However, “don’t be fooled by his informality,” the Associate Director swoons, “because, underneath that, lies incredible aptitude, intellect and dedication” of his superior. It goes on in this manner.

Arriving to page 12, after a laundry list of the SEC Chair’s credentials and super-human like attributes protecting the country and commerce itself, “the Chairman has found time to delve into some cutting edge issues,” Mr. Werner begins on line 1. Finding time to accomplish all of that having assumed office a tender 14 months ago is nothing short of miraculous.

Bitcoiners Hope to Have a Friend in Top US Regulator Jay Clayton

With Friends Like Chair Clayton, Who Needs Enemies

Chair Clayton, according to the Associate Director turned personal cheerleader, also immerses himself into “things like distributed ledger technology, the dark web and initial coin offerings. In fact, the first time that I met the Chairman, I walked into a heated discussion he was having with an attorney in my office about the legitimacy and viability of cryptocurrencies. I was taken aback, honestly, about how much thought he had given to this space and the issues surrounding that.” Bitcoiners Hope to Have a Friend in Top US Regulator Jay Clayton

The cryptosphere has run a little wild with the insight, and assumed Chair Clayton was taking a positive position, outlook toward things crypto. And that does seem to be a fair reading of the passage’s import, seeing as how the SEC is presupposed to crack down on non-government financial innovation. But nowhere is the Chair quoted as affirming cryptocurrencies. It’s turns of phrase from the Associate Director such as “legitimacy and viability of cryptocurrencies” that might be causing most of the ruckus. Regulators at the highest levels of finance engaging in honest debate, much less about decentralized digital money, is indeed a revelation.

Still, Mr. Clayton is on record in several instances as insisting nearly all initial coin offerings (ICOs) constitute securities according to his understanding of the Howey Test, and are therefore automatically subject to SEC jurisdiction. SEC field offices have been aggressive in helping to prosecute peer-to-peer Bitcoiners across the US as unregistered money exchanges. That combination has all but dried up ICOs in the United States, and heavy market capitalized cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum’s ETH and Ripple’s XRP have recoursed to lawyering up just in case they’re tagged securities. Lastly, the bitcoin ETF drama has unsettled crypto markets to no end, rising and falling on the shabbiest of rumors and hints coming from the SEC. With friends like Mr. Clayton, who needs enemies?, might be the more appropriate stance by enthusiasts at this point.   

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Markets Report: July Posts Second Strongest Monthly BTC Performance of 2018

Markets Report: July Posts Second Strongest Monthly BTC Performance for 2018

Looking at the monthly charts, July saw BTC produce its second best performing month of price action during 2018 after gaining in value by more than 20%. By contrast, the majority of leading cryptocurrency markets by capitalization posted their third consecutive red monthly candle. Stellar was the highest performing top crypto market during July, gaining roughly 45% over USD.

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BTC Gains 20% During July

In July, the BTC markets posted their second strongest performing month for 2018 so far. BTC gained approximately 21%, rallying from an opening price of roughly $6,400 USD at the start of the month to close at $7,730.

July saw a price action range of approximately 40%, bouncing from a low of roughly $6,100 on the 12th before posting a local top at $8,500 on the 24th. Despite the bullish price action, July’s monthly trade volume was the second lowest of 2018 thus far.

As of this writing, BTC has a market capitalization of $130.5 billion and is trading for approximately $7,610.

BCH Posts Modest Gains

The Bitcoin Cash markets produced a modest green candle for the month of July, gaining approximately 3.5% from roughly $750 at the start of the month before closing at around $775.

Despite the modest gain, BCH traded within a 35% range, with Bitcoin Cash testing support at roughly $660 on the 12th of July before ramping up to test resistance at $890 on the 18th. When measuring against BTC, BCH lost approximately 17%, with BCH/BTC starting the month at roughly 0.117 BTC before closing at 0.1 BTC.

As of this writing, Bitcoin Cash has the fourth largest market capitalization with nearly $13.2 billion and is trading for roughly $760.

Many Leading Altcoins Post Third Consecutive Monthly Red Candle Against USD

Ethereum posted its third consecutive red monthly candle for July after dropping by 5% from an opening price of roughly $455 to close at around $430. ETH traded within an approximately 19% range, with ETH/USD posting a low of $420 on the 12th of July before ramping up to test resistance at $515 on the 18th. The trade volume for ETH/USD during July was the lowest monthly volume posted this year thus far.

Ethereum also lost 22% of its value when measured against BTC in July, falling from an opening price of 0.071 BTC to close at roughly 0.055 BTC. Ethereum currently boasts the second largest cryptocurrency market cap of almost $43 billion and is trading for roughly $420.

The USD price of XRP fell for the third month in a row, by 7% from July’s opening price of $0.468 to close at $0.435. XRP traded within a roughly 19% range for the month, bouncing off a low of $0.425 on the 12th of July before rallying to test resistance at $0.525 on the 18th.

When measuring against BTC, XRP fell by roughly 23% from the month’s opening price of 0.0000732 BTC to close at 0.0000562 BTC. Monthly trading volume for both BTC and USD XRP pairing was the lowest of 2018 so far. XRP is currently the third largest market cap with $17.7 billion and is trading for $0.45.

EOS also posted its 3rd consecutive red monthly candle after falling by roughly 10% during July from an opening price of $8.11 to close at roughly $7.3. EOS traded within a 30% range after testing a low of $6.6 on the 12th before rallying to test resistance at $9.35 on the 18th of July.

When measuring against BTC, EOS fell by 25.5% from the month’s opening price of 0.001275 before closing at roughly 0.0095. EOS is currently the fifth largest market by capitalization with $6.6 billion and is trading for $7.33.

Stellar Gains 45% During July

Of the top cryptocurrency markets by capitalization, Stellar produced the strongest performance during July.

The Stellar markets gained roughly 45% from the month’s opening price of roughly $0.1935 before closing at $0.28. The total range for the month’s price action was more than 95%, with Stellar bouncing off $0.18 on the 12th of July before testing $0.35 on the 25th of July.

Stellar was the only leading altcoin to gain over BTC during July, gaining nearly 20% from 0.00003 BTC before losing at roughly 0.000036.

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The month’s bullish action has propelled Stellar to the position of sixth largest market capitalization with $5.17 billion. Stellar is trading for approximately $0.27 as of this writing.

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Coinsquare Adds Ripple (XRP) to its Platform Ahead of US Expansion

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Coinsquare—the Canadian cryptocurrency exchange and brokerage platform—has begun listing XRP for trading. This comes as the exchange prepares to expand into the US (and possibly the UK) markets as it looks to take on global exchange giant Coinbase.

XRP is the native cryptocurrency of the Ripple blockchain and is currently the third largest cryptocurrency by market cap.

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Canadian Crypto Exchange Coinsquare Rolls Out XRP Markets Ahead of U.S. Expansion

Canadian cryptocurrency exchange and brokerage platform Coinsquare has listed XRP for trading, placing another arrow in its quiver as it prepares to challenge Coinbase — its dominant competitor to the south — to become the trading venue of choice for retail investors. The Toronto-based Coinsquare on Monday announced that it had added XRP — the … Continued

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Former President Bill Clinton Set to Keynote Ripple Conference

The annual Swell by Ripple conference invites global leaders from the policy, payments, and technology fields to come together and discuss how blockchain can be used to benefit society at large. According to a tweet from Ripple, former U.S. President Bill Clinton is set to keynote this year’s edition. Ripple noted in a news release

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Former US President Bill Clinton Set to Keynote Ripple Conference

The annual Swell by Ripple conference invites global leaders from the policy, payments, and technology fields to come together and discuss how blockchain can be used to benefit society at large. According to a tweet from Ripple, former U.S. President Bill Clinton is set to keynote this year’s edition. Ripple noted in a news release … Continued

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Exchanges Round-Up: Dcex Uses XRP as Base Currency, Blocktrade Enters Beta

Exchanges Round-Up: Dcex Uses XRP as Base Currency, Blocktrade Enters Beta

In recent news regarding bitcoin exchanges, Dcex has launched a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency exchange that will use XRP as its base currency, ESMA regulated exchange, Blocktrade, has opened for beta testing, and Coinfield has announced a partnership with fee-free trading app Moongo.

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Dcex to Launch P2P Exchange Using XRP as Base Currency

Exchanges Round-Up: Dcex Uses XRP as Base Currency, Blocktrade Enters BetaDcex, “a cryptocurrency marketplace for retail and institutional investors” powered by Alphapoint, has announced that registration is open for its digital currency exchange.

The P2P marketplace will use XRP as its exclusive base currency, and will allow clients to trade BCH, BTC, LTC, ETH, BTG, ETC, OMG, EOS, DASH, TRX, XMR, VEN, IOTA, ZEC, TUSD, NEO, and ADA.

The company states that it chose XRP as its base currency in order to facilitate “very rapid transaction volume” between traders, claiming that its network is “designed to facilitate up to one million transactions per second.”

ESMA Regulated Bitcoin Exchange Enters Beta Testing

Blocktrade.com, a cryptocurrency exchange claiming to be the first regulated by the Exchanges Round-Up: Dcex Uses XRP as Base Currency, Blocktrade Enters BetaEuropean Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), has opened for beta testing. The exchange is currently open for registration and anticipates a full launch in September.

Blocktrade will support BCH, BTC, ETH, LTC, and XRP pairings, with Forbes reporting that “Crypto Traded Indices, Security Tokens, and Tokenised Assets will be gradually added later in 2018.”

Luka Gubo, the chief executive officer of Blocktrade, has predicted that the company’s regulated status may open the door for further development of permissive legislation governing the cryptocurrency sector, stating: “This is an ideal way for regulators across Europe to recognize cryptocurrencies as a new asset class and put in a regulatory framework.”

Coinfield Exchange Announces Partnership with Fee-Free Trading App Moongo

Exchanges Round-Up: Dcex Uses XRP as Base Currency, Blocktrade Enters BetaCanadian cryptocurrency exchange Coinfield has announced that it will target the global trading market through a partnership with commission-free trading app, Moongo.

Moongo allows users to convert cryptocurrencies to EUR or USD, which can then be withdrawn onto the company’s cards. The company’s plan to make their services “available to every country in the world except the US and the nations on the US/UN sanction list.” The app currently supports “Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Dash, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold,” and “Select ERC20 coins & non-ERC20 [tokens].”

The chief executive of Coinfield, Babak Bob Ras, stated: “Our vision is to bring the cryptocurrency to people’s lives in the most convenient and simple way, and make it available to well-qualified traders in most countries worldwide.”

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July 2018 Volume Rankings Report: BTC Extends Dominance

July 2018 Volume Rankings Report: BTC Extends Dominance

During July, the majority of leading cryptocurrency markets have produced stagnant or declining volume month-over-month. BTC, USDT, and DASH were the sole top ten markets able to buck the trend, with BTC’s trade volume notably increasing by 4.6%.

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BTC Extends Lead Relative to Other Top Markets

July 2018 Volume Rankings Report: BTC Extends DominanceAs of this writing, more than $131 billion USD worth of trade has reportedly taken place on the BTC markets in the last 30 days. The trading activity has seen BTC extend its lead as the dominant cryptocurrency, with the combined trading volume of the other top ten most traded cryptocurrencies excluding USDT equating to roughly $121 billion.

The 30-day trade volume for the BTC markets has increased by 4.6% over June’s $125.5 billion. However, it is significantly lower than the $185 billion in trade recorded during May.

July also saw BTC extend its dominance by market capitalization – which grew from approximately 42.75% at the start of the month, to 47.5% as of this writing.

USDT Sees Highest Percentage Increase in Monthly Trade Volume for July

July 2018 Volume Rankings Report: BTC Extends DominanceOf the top traded cryptocurrencies for July, USDT showed the largest percentage increase in trade volume, gaining 11% over June’s $77 billion to post $85.5 worth of trades during the last 30 days.

ETH has held its position as the third most traded cryptocurrency token, producing roughly $53 in trade during July – which comprises a nearly one billion drop from June.

EOS has maintained its position as the fourth most traded cryptocurrency, however, also suffered the largest percentage drop in 30-day volume. EOS’ trade volume fell from $32 billion, posting a monthly volume of $20.4 billion – a 36% drop in total trading activity.

BCH Volume Grows Slightly

July 2018 Volume Rankings Report: BTC Extends DominanceBitcoin Cash trade volume increased slightly this month, gaining from $14.7 billion in June to $14.85 billion. BCH has continued to hold as the fifth most traded cryptocurrency markets.

Litecoin has held its position as the sixth most traded cryptocurrency for the second consecutive month, after having gained two positions during June. 30-day trade volume for LTC decreased by 7.8%, falling from $9.3 billion in June to $8.57 billion.

The seventh most traded cryptocurrency, XRP, also experienced a notable drop in volume – which fell by nearly 17% from $8.3 billion last month to $6.9 bn in the last 30 days.

Dash Breaks Into Top Ten Most Traded Cryptocurrencies

July 2018 Volume Rankings Report: BTC Extends DominanceFor the second consecutive month, 30-day volume for Ethereum Classic increased by $100 million month-over-month. ETC is the eighth most traded cryptocurrency with a monthly volume of $6.7 billion.

Tron has held onto the position of ninth most traded cryptocurrency after suffering a significant drop in volume between May and June. TRX posted $5.45 billion in trade for July, comprising a 9% drop from last month’s $6 billion.

DASH pushed into the top ten most traded cryptocurrencies during July, posting $5 billion in 30-day trade volume. DASH beat out QTUM – which despite gaining over 25% in volume month-over-month, sits at eleventh for July with $4.4 billion in trade volume.

12th to 20th Most Traded Cryptocurrencies Tightly Contested

July 2018 Volume Rankings Report: BTC Extends DominanceNEO ranked twelfth for July with nearly $3.4 billion in 30-day trade volume. ADA ranked thirteenth with almost $3.1 billion. CKUSD followed closely with $2.9 billion.

XLM ranked 15th with 2.3 billion in 30-day trade volume, followed by fellow Coinbase prospect ZEC with 2.15 billion. BTM ranked seventeenth with $2.1 billion, followed by MITH with roughly $2 billion, TRUE with $1.8 billion, and ONT with $1.66 billion.

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Largest Movie Theater Chain in Thailand Going Crypto

Largest Movie Theater Chain in Thailand Going Crypto

Thailand’s largest movie theater chain, Major Cineplex, is reportedly integrating crypto payments to allow customers to pay for its services and products with cryptocurrency, including movie tickets and popcorn. Thailand recently began regulating crypto businesses. This week, the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission started accepting license applications from crypto operators.

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Largest Cinema Chain in Thailand to Accept Crypto

Largest Movie Theater Chain in Thailand Going CryptoThe largest operator of movie theaters in Thailand is building a digital payment ecosystem in the country through a partnership with Swiss payment company Rapidzpay, the Nation Multimedia recently reported.

Founded in December 1995, Major Cineplex currently lists 143 theaters throughout Thailand on its website, 43 of which are in the greater Bangkok area. The group owns “678 screens, including 7 in Cambodia and 9 in Laos, and plans to expand to 1,000 screens by 2020,” Forbes reported in May last year.

Among the group’s properties is Thailand’s largest multiplex, the Paragon Cineplex, with 16 screens, 5,000 seats, and an Imax theater. It is located in one of Bangkok’s most prestigious shopping malls, the Siam Paragon, known for its luxury goods, floors of restaurants, an aquarium, an art gallery, a large bowling alley, a karaoke center, and a concert hall. It was also at the Paragon Cineplex that Major Group and Rapidzpay signed their partnership agreement.

Largest Movie Theater Chain in Thailand Going Crypto
Rapidzpay iOS app.

Merchants can use Rapidz point-of-sale system to accept cryptocurrencies as well as fiat currencies, the Nation detailed. “Major and Rapidzpay will integrate cryptocurrency payments into established payment gateways to make payment for Major products and services more seamless, secure and efficient.”

While Major Group has not announced which cryptocurrencies will be accepted, the coins supported in both the iOS and Android Rapidzpay apps currently include BTC, BCH, and LTC.

Chanya Tamrongweenichai, the director of marketing at Major Cineplex Group, was quoted by the Nation saying the group believes “Rapidzpay will expand to our other businesses and lead the change for Thailand’s financial ecosystem to be cashless,” noting:

You’ll be able to buy any services and products from us, such as movie tickets, popcorn and other different products with cryptocurrency.

Thailand’s Crypto Regulation in Effect

Largest Movie Theater Chain in Thailand Going Crypto
Rapee Sucharitakul.

Thailand’s cryptocurrency regulation recently went into effect with the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as the primary regulator of crypto businesses. The SEC announced last month that it will allow seven cryptocurrencies to be traded at exchanges in the country: BTC, ETH, BCH, ETC, LTC, XRP, and XLM.

The SEC’s Secretary-General, Rapee Sucharitakul, was quoted explaining this week that “the SEC is (now) open for application approval for operating a digital asset business, as the Finance Ministry’s announcement on digital asset licenses has come into force,” the Nation further detailed:

Rapidzpay is targeting a million active users in Thailand within its first year by attracting both existing and new crypto-enthusiasts who are looking for a simple and convenient platform to convert between fiat and cryptocurrency.

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Arrington XRP Capital Owns More Bitcoin Core Than Ripple

Arrington XRP Capital Owns More Bitcoin Core Than Ripple

During a recent interview with CNBC Crypto Trader’s Ran Neu-Ner, Michael Arrington of Arrington XRP Capital revealed that his fund owns more BTC than XRP, and discussed the company’s decision to denominate in XRP.

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Arrington XRP Capital’s Exposure to XRP is “3 – 4%”

Arrington XRP Capital Owns More Bitcoin Core Than RippleIn an interview with CNBC Crypto Trader during their coverage of Korea Blockchain Week, Mr. Arrington discussed some of the cryptocurrencies that his fund is invested in. Despite denominating the fund in XRP, Mr. Arrington indicated that the percentage of the fund currently invested in XRP is “3 – 4 percent,” adding “we hold a few million dollars worth of XRP.”

When asked of the company’s ‘cash position’, Mr. Arrington stated: “We hold a lot of [BTC] – we hold more [BTC] than anything else, we hold a lot of Ether, we hold a lot of U.S. dollars, occasionally we hold Tether overnight,” adding “I don’t know which one[s] are the ‘cash positions’ – they’re all either currencies or have different utilities, so I don’t know how to answer that question.”

Arrington Discusses Denomination in XRP

Arrington XRP Capital Owns More BTC Than RippleWhen asked of the motivations behind launching a fund denominated in XRP, Mr. Arrington stated: “XRP […] is a really, really good way to move money. So we denominate our fund in XRP because it’s a fantastic way to move money cross-border, very quickly, at almost zero cost.”

Addressing the stigma associated with Ripple by many in the cryptocurrency community, Mr. Arrington stated: “There is a lot of tribalism in cryptocurrency, and a lot of bitcoin maximalists, etc., and the one thing they all agree on, is they all hate XRP because its centralized, they think its corporate managed, etc.,” adding, “none of that is really true.”

Mr. Arrington concluded: “while the other more decentralized cryptocurrencies […] find their way toward becoming more efficient, in the meantime, XRP is fantastic – and so from a hedge fund point of view, it’s great to denominate ourselves in XRP.”

Arrington Predicts $25,000 BTC by 2019

Arrington XRP Capital Owns More BTC Than RippleRegarding whether denominating the fund in XRP makes the its vulnerable to fluctuations in the price of Ripple’s token, Mr. Arrington stated: “The key thing is the underlying asset, […] only a small percentage of our fund holds XRP, we’re vastly diversified. Those underlying assets, whatever their value is, that’s what really matters at the end of the day.”

When asked of his outlook for the bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets, Mr. Arrington stated: “My entire life has been cryptocurrency – we’re all bullish on it,” adding “I’m always an optimist, […] I think that we’re going to hit $25,000 USD this year easy.”

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The Daily: Twitter Blocks Bots Mimicking Musk, Coinvault Hackers Sentenced

The Daily: Twitter Blocks Bots Mimicking Musk, Coinvault Hackers Sentenced

In Friday’s edition of The Daily, Twitter has taken measures against crypto scammers imitating the profile of Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk and a Dutch court has sentenced the operators of the Coinvault ransomware. Also, crypto has been labeled as ‘junk’ by Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga, and Wirex has reported $2 million worth of XRP deposited to its crypto debit card after announcing support for ripple.

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Twitter Blocking Bots Imitating Musk

The Daily: Twitter Blocks Bots Mimicking Musk, Coinvault Hackers SentencedTwitter is trying a new strategy to address the issue with the numerous crypto scammers on the social network. The microblogging platform is now automatically locking any unverified account that changes its display name to Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and Spacex. Access to a blocked account can be restored only after passing a CAPTCHA test and providing a valid phone number, The Verge reported.

“As part of our continuing efforts to combat spam and malicious activity on our service, we’re testing new measures to challenge accounts that use terms commonly associated with spam campaigns. We are continually refining these detections based on changes in spammy activity,” a Twitter spokesperson commented. The company has declined to confirm if the policy is applied to other accounts.

The measure is meant to mainly combat the growing number of bots that are active on Twitter and imitate Musk’s profile to scam people by replying to his tweets. This means that once a user confirms the authenticity of their account according to the procedure, they can keep the display name as Elon Musk. Most scam bots operate by automatically replying to tweets from high profile figures, often promising giveaways or investment opportunities. Earlier this month, Elon Musk himself posted a comment showing that he is impressed with the skills of the scammers.

Coinvault Operators Sentenced to Community Service

The Daily: Twitter Blocks Bots Mimicking Musk, Coinvault Hackers SentencedA court in the Dutch city of Rotterdam has ordered 240 hours community service for two brothers responsible for spreading and operating the Coinvault ransomware. The pair have been accused of hacking into the personal computers of almost 1,300 victims in several countries including the Netherlands, the UK, France, and Germany.

The two men, who had clean criminal records prior to their arrest, were spared prison sentences after they agreed to cooperate with the police investigation. However, they will have to pay compensation to several victims in addition to the community service they must perform.

Coinvault is based on Microsoft’s .NET framework. It encrypts system files and then decrypts a single file before demanding ransomware payment in bitcoin (BTC). The malware was first discovered in 2014, when its operators demanded one bitcoin in return for a decryption key. At the time, 1 BTC was worth around €220. Investigators believe the two men have received about 20,000 euros from their victims.

Mastercard CEO Labels Crypto as ‘Junk’

The Daily: Twitter Blocks Bots Mimicking Musk, Coinvault Hackers SentencedAn “anonymized” currency that can fluctuate wildly does not deserve to be considered as a medium of exchange, according to Mastercard President and CEO Ajay Banga, who called cryptocurrency “junk.” The head of the global payment processor is also concerned that 95 percent of the illegal transactions conducted on the dark web, including credit card and social security fraud, are paid for in cryptocurrency.

“I think cryptocurrency is junk. The idea of an anonymized currency produced by people who have to mine it, the value of which can fluctuate wildly – that to me is not the way that any medium of exchange deserves to be considered as a medium of exchange,” the India-born executive said, quoted by the Business Standard. He was responding to a question he was asked during a lecture organized by the Indian Consulate in New York together with the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).

Despite Banga’s comments, the credit card giant is believed to be keeping its crypto options open. It was reported earlier this year that the company would consider facilitating digital coins but only fully-regulated, central bank-issued, and non-anonymous. Mastercard has also applied for several crypto-related patents. In June, it became known that its filings include a patent for anonymous distributed ledger transactions via a third party processor. This month, it was announced that the payments behemoth has patented a method to manage cryptocurrency “fractional reserves.”

$2 Million Worth of XRP Deposited to Wirex Accounts

The Daily: Twitter Blocks Bots Mimicking Musk, Coinvault Hackers SentencedWirex, the major provider of crypto debit cards in Europe which announced this month it is adding support for ripple (XRP), has already registered over $2 million worth of XRP deposited into the wallet which is connected to its Wirex Visa cards. The company has also reported having 1.5 million users and announced a transaction volume of approximately $1.7 billion USD.

Wirex cards, offered in both plastic and virtual variants, are available within the European Economic Area which is a huge potential market. The company was the first to reintroduce crypto debit cards in Europe after they were suspended by Visa last year. It started shipping its new plastic cards to customers in the UK and the EU in May this year.

The plastic cards offered by Wirex come with a chip and support also bitcoin (BTC), litecoin (LTC) and instant currency exchange with GBP, USD, and EUR. The virtual Visas provide for the opportunity to deposit and exchange over 50 digital coins through the Wirex wallet.

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Markets Update: BTC Gains 30% in Two Weeks, Alts Lose Correlation

Markets Update: BTC Gains 30% in 2 Weeks, Alts Lose Correlation

The BTC markets have gained approximately 30% in two weeks, with prices currently sitting at $8,300 USD after roughly 48 hours of consolidation above $8,000. After producing gains against the dollar, many other leading cryptocurrency markets have continued to produce inverse correlation when measured against BTC.

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BTC Consolidates Above $8,000

The price of Bitcoin Core (BTC) has gained roughly 30% in the last two weeks following the strongest fortnight of trading since April. Ten of the last thirteen days have produced red candles, with prices rising from approximately $6,200 to $8,200 as of this writing. The last two weeks of trading have also produced a notable spike in daily volume, with the 24th of July producing the highest trade volume for BTC/USD on Bitfinex since the 25th of April.

BTC/USD – Bitfinex – 1D

With the markets appearing to have established an immediate bull channel, many analysts are expecting that FOMO leading up to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s determinations regarding Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE)’s proposed bitcoin exchange-traded fund may drive the BTC markets to test resistance at approximately $10,000. Should the immediate trend fail, the markets will likely drop to retest the local support areas of either $7,500 or $6,800.

BTC currently has a market capitalization of $142 billion and a market dominance of nearly 47%.

BCH Gains Over 25% in Two Weeks

Bitcoin Cash has also enjoyed a bullish fortnight of price action, with the BCH markets gaining approximately 28% since testing support at roughly $660 on the 12th of July. Since then, the BCH/USD markets appear to have begun to form an ascending triangle formation – with current prices sitting at approximately $830 on Bitfinex.

BCH/USD – Bitfinex – 1W

Despite the gains against the dollar, BCH/BTC has continued to lose value against BTC, with the BCH/BTC markets continuing to follow the descending channel that has guided price action since May. Since the start of June, Bitcoin Cash has lost roughly 30% against BTC – falling from 0.15 BTC to the current levels just above 0.1 BTC.

BCH/BTC – Bitfinex – 1W

As of this writing, the BCH/BTC markets appear to be testing both the ascending and descending trendlines comprising a symmetrical triangle formation that has guided price action from the markets’ inception 12 months ago. BCH is the fourth largest cryptocurrency market with a total capitalization of roughly $14.6 billion and a market dominance of nearly 5%.

ETH Suffers Losses Against BTC

By contrast, the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, Ethereum, has gained just 10% over the last ten days, rising from approximately $435 to $475 as of this writing. So far, the long-term ascending trendline on the ETH/USD chart dating back to May last year has continued to hold up.

ETH/USD – Bitfinex – 1W

Between the 15th and 18th of July, Ethereum gained 15% in three days, rallying to test support above $500. The markets immediately gave back most of the gains, retracing by 10% over the next three days before consolidating. On the 24th of July, ETH rallied by 7% over the dollar.

ETH/USD – Bitfinex – 1D

When measuring against BTC, Ethereum has lost 18.5% in the last two weeks, falling from 0.708 BTC to roughly 0.058. The market capitalization of ETH is $48.6 billion. Ethereum has a market dominance of 16%.

ETH/BTC – Bitfinex – 1W

XRP and EOS Channel Sideways

The price of XRP, the third-ranked cryptocurrency by market cap, has consolidated within a roughly 20% range over the last 30 days, with fiat prices fluctuating between approximately $0.43 and $0.52 since the last week of June. As of this writing, XRP is trading for $0.46.

ETH/USD – Bitfinex – 1W

When measuring against BTC, the XRP markets have produced an eighth consecutive red candle after falling from approximately 0.00009 BTC in the last week of April to roughly 0.0000565 as of this writing. Over the course of the last two weeks, XRP/BTC lost approximately 20% to break into new lows for 2018. The market capitalization of XRP is $18.25 billion, and the market dominance is 6%.

ETH/BTC – Bitfinex – 1W

The fifth largest crypto market by capitalization, EOS, has produced comparable price action to XRP in recent weeks, consolidating within a nearly 30% range over the course of the last five weeks when measuring against the dollar. As of this writing, EOS is trading for $8.6 after gaining 15% in two weeks following a bounce from the third point of contact with a major ascending trendline dating back to November 2017.

EOS/USD – Bitfinex – 1W

When measuring against BTC, seven of the last eight weekly candles produced by the EOS/BTC markets have been red, with EOS having lost nearly 45% in two months, falling from over 0.00185 BTC at the start of June to roughly 0.00105 BTC as of this writing. EOS has a market cap of $7.865 billion and a market dominance of 2.6%.

EOS/BTC – Bitfinex – 1W

Stellar Bucks Trend, Gains Over BTC

Of the top ten cryptocurrency markets by market capitalization, Stellar has been the sole market that has posted consistent gains over BTC in recent weeks. Stellar has gained roughly 28% during the last two and a half weeks, rallying from approximately 0.000031 to nearly 0.0004 as of this writing.

STR/BTC – Poloniex – 1W

When measuring against USD, Stellar is up 45% in the last ten days rallying from $0.22 to $0.32. In the last 30 days, Stellar has gained nearly 70% from roughly $0.19 on the 25th of June.

STR/USD – Poloniex – 1W

Stellar is the sixth largest cryptocurrency by market cap with a capitalization of $6.3 billion and a market dominance of over 2%.

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