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BCH Price Resumes Downward Consolidation as BitPay Backs Bitcoin ABC in Upcoming Hard Fork

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After an explosive rally, bitcoin cash has entered a period of consolidation ahead of a highly anticipated hard fork in just four days. On Saturday, crypto payment processor BitPay announced it will back the primary upgrade of Bitcoin Cash, joining a growing list of entities that are sticking with the so-called “Satoshi Vision” chain.

BCH/USD Update

After a positive start to the weekend, bitcoin cash reversed course on Sunday, falling 5.1% to $530. With the decline, the digital currency is down nearly $120 from last week’s swing high.

Trade volumes have declined sharply since Wednesday, when daily turnover reached $1.2 billion on virtual exchanges. As of Sunday, BCH trade volumes had fallen to $678 million, according to CoinMarketCap. BitForex, OKEx and DigiFinex are the largest markets for BCH trades, based on daily turnover.

The 4-hour chart shows a large drop in momentum for the BCH/USD trade, with the relative strength index (RSI) approaching oversold territory. The MACD is equally bearish.

BCH also traded firmly lower against bitcoin. At last check, bitcoin cash was worth 0.08286396 BTC, down 4% compared with Saturday.

At current values, bitcoin cash has a total market capitalization of $9.2 billion, placing it fourth among active cryptocurrencies. At the height of the most recent value, bitcoin cash’ market capitalization rose above $11 billion.

BitPay Will Not Implement Bitcoin SV

BitPay, one of the world’s leading crypto processing companies, announced Saturday it will support the Bitcoin ABC implementation of the upcoming bitcoin cash hard fork. In doing so, the payment processor said it has no plans to implement Bitcoin SV, the hard fork protocol promoted by Craig Steven Wright, CoinGeek and Calvin Ayre, a well-known casino mogul.

“BitPay has not made any plans to migrate from the Bitcoin ABC implementation of Bitcoin Cash to a different implementation,” the company said in a blog post. “BitPay will closely monitor network conditions and the chains resulting from a chain split. We will send you another notification when we determine that payment risks have passed.”

The payment processor has recommended that users avoid sending transactions leading up to the hard fork, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 15.

As Hacked recently reported, the Bitcoin SV implementation promoted by Wright and others is being rejected by the BCH community. Bitmain founder Jihan Wu has also confirmed that BCH developers are “working together” to remove Wright from the community.

In addition to BitPay, market heavyweights Coinbase and Binance have also announced support for Bitcoin ABC. Individual miners are likely to follow suit should outright support for one version of the hard fork continue to build.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Why Investors Should Be Paying Attention to Aelf

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So far, each iteration in the evolution of cryptocurrencies and blockchain companies has come with its own issues and setbacks. This is because the scale of the companies is actually fairly limited, and not as comprehensive as the promises made by blockchain fanatics.

Part of this the lack of connectivity between blockchains, but there is also the issue of the blockchains not having the scalability necessary to accommodate huge companies. When you have a bunch of separate blockchains functioning out of sync, it is hard to build anything significant, as the “ecosystem” is coming to find.

A Natural Evolution

The evolution of the space started with Bitcoin – there were coins before, but nothing that caught on – which was the equivalent of a “simple app”. It could be traded and used the basic functionality of blockchain, but there was nothing complicated about its use case.

Then there was Ethereum, which allowed for smart contracts and other protocols to be built out upon it. This results in a lot of different apps functioning on the same platform, much like an app platform.

Finally, the hope is that Aelf will be able to create a blockchain operating system (much like Linux) that will add an infinite level of scalability to the platform. It would be developer and consumer friendly and function with high reliability.

Two Key Innovations

This blockchain operating system depends on two major innovations: side chains and a unique governance system. By using a multi-chain architecture rather than a “main” blockchain, they avoid many of the pitfalls of NEO or Ethereum. Ideally, this will allow Aelf to be highly available and have a high transaction-per-second capacity.

Additionally, companies will be able to rent out nodes (nodes as a service) to help process their side chains when they’re having scaling issues. This is one of the many benefits of operating on an operating system-esque model.

The governance system for Aelf must be unique, since regular consensus algorithms wouldn’t work when confirming information from side chains on tho the main chain. Therefore, a Delegated Proof-of-Stake algorithm is used, which helps you vote on which nodes will become mining nodes and have the ability to confirm transactions.

Current State of Aelf

Aelf is currently in a big growth period. The main net launch is scheduled for 2019, with the development team publishing consistent updates along the way.

The protocol uses their proprietary token, ELF, as a utility token that permits users to access, interact with, and directly participate in DAPPS and other services. No ICO occurred for ELF and it was instead financed using a private token sale.

Breakout Potential

Currently ranked 89th in terms of market capitalization and available on Binance, ELF had a rough December, with a recent recovery occurring during a consolidation period.

The current prices around 3,000 to 3,500 satoshis represent a good buying area while waiting for a breakout. ELF is a fairly volatile coin and with consolidation occurring rapidly, it isn’t unreasonable to think it could hit 4,500 satoshis.

Additionally, with the pending development and release of its mainnet, the fundamental could potentially change very quickly. This could assist the technicals and create a highly profitable breakout, which makes it a good short- or medium-term trade.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Stellar Price Analysis: XLM/USD Bulls Run into Resistance and Profit Taking Following IBM Boost

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  • Stellar’s XLM price was seen cooling in the session on Thursday, as the bulls ran into a barrier of resistance.
  • IBM detailed it has several letters of intent from banks to leverage IBM-Stellar technology.

Stellar’s XLM price has managed to pick itself up from the recent low area, where it was moving within the total abyss. The decent falling for XLM/USD was pushing it into totally unknown territory, where the price has not traded before. A low was produced down at $0.07330000 before the bulls kick-started the recovery. It has now gained a chunky 30% over the last two weeks, with upside momentum particularly gathering decent pace in the past four sessions.

The most recent jump north came following the price escaping a nine-session range-block formation. The low of the mentioned range was observed down at $0.07590000, with the high up at $0.08330000; the bulls forced a breach of this level on 18th February. Upon the move above, a fresh wave of buying pressure came into play, with XLM/USD moving to its highest level in almost four weeks. At the time of writing a pullback can be observed, which could be potential profit-taking after the decent run.

Several Banks to Join IBM’s Stellar-based Service

According to a representative from IBM, several confirmations have been received from banks on their intent to incorporate digital assets, including their own stablecoins via IBM World Wire and Stellar. The head of Blockchain at IBM Jesse Lund said:

“We’ve got a launch announcement coming out soon. We’re going to be supporting more than 50 countries out of the gate, 30-40 currencies, and enough market makers to drag along 30 or 40 banks. So we’ll have a significant portion of the world covered. Our goal is to continue to expand that network and to provide global coverage within 3-5 years where you can actually send remittances in a consistent way, immediately, at a very low cost, from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world.”

Several banks have confirmed their plans to release digital assets, including their own stablecoins, based on IBM World Wire and Stellar. According to the IBM representative, the company has already received several letters of intent from a number of banks around the world.

Technical Review – XLM/USD

XLM/USD daily chart.

Given the recent price cooling, eyes will be on a possible return down to the breached range-block area. A move as described would complete the technical breakout and retest of the mentioned zone. Should this fail to provide necessary comfort to the falling price, then eyes will be on another test of the low, $0.07330000. If a further breach is observed here, then this opens the door once again to a move within an unknown territory, moving within the abyss.

Looking to the upside, if XLM/USD completes the break retest scenario and the bulls capitalize on this, then a decent push back north may be seen. A near-term supply area tracks above from around $0.09350000 up to $0.0980000. Should the bulls force a break above the mentioned supply, then a retest of the 2019 high area would be eyed. In other words, a move back within the range of $0.13-0.1400000.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Crypto Markets See Modest Pullback on Profit-Taking; Elon Musk Calls Bitcoin “Brilliant”

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The top 20 cryptocurrencies booked modest to sizable losses on Thursday, as investors took profits following an impressive run up in prices at the start of the week. While trade volumes have levelled off from the yearly highs set on Tuesday, they remain well above what’s considered normal in a bear market, leading some to speculate that the current rally still has room to mobilize.

Market Update

All major coins reported losses through the early part of the session on Thursday. Looking at CoinMarketCap, bitcoin’s aggregate price declined 0.5% to $3,961.10. It still hovered north of $4,000 on Bitfinex. More on that story: Bitcoin Runs into Minor Resistance After Setting Fresh Six-Month High.

Ethereum reported a loss of 1% to trade at $146.07. The so-called developer’s cryptocurrency still enjoys strong upside and higher than normal volumes ahead of next week’s highly anticipated Constantinople upgrade.

XRP declined 2.5% to $0.3224, a price point that should keep the sellers at bay. XRP blew past the 30-cent threshold earlier in the week, a level that had provided stern resistance in the past.

EOS dropped 1.8% to trade at $3.77. Even with the decline, EOS is by far the best performing major this week, having gained a whopping 36%.

After an impressive two-week stretch, Litecoin’s price fell back below $50 on Thursday. It was last valued at $49.41, having dropped 3.6%. Litecoin got the crypto recovery started almost two weeks ago. Click here to read more.

Further down the market-cap index, Binance Coin declined 5.8% to $10.34. Bitcoin SV, Monero, Dash and IOTA each fell by at least 2%.

The cryptocurrency market is currently valued at $133.9 billion, down from a high of $136.2 billion earlier in the week. Trade volumes were a healthy $28 billion, far higher than the average seen in the latter half of the bear market.

Elon Musk Praises Bitcoin

Tesla CEO and serial entrepreneur Elon Musk doesn’t hold any cryptocurrencies, but is a firm believer that digital assets are the wave of the future.

Musk, who appeared on the latest episode of ARK Invest’s podcast, said the following: “Paper money is going away and cryptocurrency is a far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper.”

Responding to whether crypto may be useful for Tesla, Musk said:

“I think the Bitcoin structure is quite brilliant. There seems like there is some merit to Ethereum as well, and obviously others. But I’m not sure if it’s a good use of Tesla resources to get involved in cryptos.”

While Elon Musk is just one of many to opine on bitcoin and its potential future, his comments represent an important attitudinal shift on the subject. This shift extends from Wall Street’s upper echelons all the way down to main street. As Hacked reported earlier, millennials and other younger cohorts appear keen on investing in cryptocurrency and are more likely to trust virtual exchanges instead of banks. According to a recent survey by eToro, 43% of millennials have more trust in crypto exchanges than the U.S. stock market.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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