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Bitcoin Cash Corrects Lower After Record Surge as Coinbase Investigation Weighs

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Bitcoin cash (BCH) corrected lower on Thursday after Coinbase suspended the buying and selling of the digital currency due to allegations of insider trading.

BCH/USD Price Levels

The value of bitcoin cash declined sharply on Thursday. BCH/USD touched a session low of $3,411, and later recovered near $3,470 for a daily loss of more than 7%. Even with the decline, bitcoin cash has earned nearly 60% since the start of Tuesday.

At present values, bitcoin cash is capitalized at more than $62 billion. Trade volumes over the past 24 hours surpassed $8.3 billion, with the bulk of activity taking place on South Korean trading desks. Bitthumb saw nearly 16% of the daily volume, according to CryptoMarketCap. Bittrex accounted for more than 10% of the daily turnover.

Coinbase Halts BCH Trading

Coinbase quickly halted trading of bitcoin cash on Wednesday as allegations of insider trading quickly spread  The value of BCH spiked immediately after the exchange announced it was rolling out support for the recently forked cryptocurrency. A few hours after hitting GDAX, bitcoin cash spiked above $8,500. That was nearly three times higher than  BCH’s price on all other exchanges.

Rumors quickly spread that Coimbase employees used insider knowledge to load up on BCH tokens prior to its launch on GDAX. Although Coinbase strongly denied any wrongdoing, evidence of bitcoin cash’s inclusion on GDAX surfaced three days ago on Reddit in a post called, “ATTN: Bitcoin Cash added to Coinbase API (EXTREMELY BULLISH)”.

Prior to the surprise launch, users were preparing for the release of bitcoin cash on or by Jan. 1, 2018 – the self-imposed deadline Coinbase issued in August. The exchange had previously decided against supporting bitcoin cash before a flood of angry users threatened to sue the exchange in a class action lawsuit.

Coinbase issued the following statement in August pertaining to its involvement in bitcoin cash:

“Over the last several days, we’ve examined all of the relevant issues and have decided to work on adding support for bitcoin cash for Coinbase customers. We made this decision based on factors such as the security of the network, customer demand, trading volumes, and regulatory considerations.

We are planning to have support for bitcoin cash by January 1, 2018, assuming no additional risks emerge during that time.”

It is not entirely clear how this issue will be resolved, or what other forces may have contributed to bitcoin cash’s controversial surge. Investors should therefore plan for more volatility in the near future as Coinbase concludes its investigation.

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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Cryptocurrency Prices Have Recovered $26 Billion from Last Week’s Bear-Market Low

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Cryptocurrency prices were seeing green on Tuesday, as investors continued to rally behind news of a popular bitcoin trading app being granted regulatory approval to operate in New York. The push for regulated crypto custodial services has also not gone unnoticed, with the likes of Coinbase looking to overcome one of the final barriers to institutional adoption.

Crypto Prices Hit One-Week High

Digital currencies on Tuesday overcame tepid trading conditions and lower trade volumes to reach their highest level in seven days. The total market peaked at $294.2 billion at 17:00 UTC but has since consolidated at $290.5 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. As a reminder, the market bottomed near $264 billion last week, the lowest since early April.

Crypto prices have been surprisingly stable since last week’s brisk selloff. As Hacked reported earlier, bitcoin volatility is at its lowest level in a year even while factoring the latest price collapse.

Almost all of the top-ten coins had reported gains over the past 24 hours. Tron’s 8.3% gain was the biggest, with TRX trading at $0.048.

Ethereum rose 3.4% over the past 24 hours to trade at $536.86. Bitcoin cash reported slight gains, climbing 1.6% to $900.54.

Bitcoin was virtually unchanged compared with the same time Monday. The world’s largest cryptocurrency by market cap is up 2.5% over the past seven days.

Although trading volumes were a paltry $13.2 billion, turnover is up 39% from Sunday’s lows.

Prices received their initial boost Monday afternoon on news that Square, Inc.’s Cash app was granted a BitLicense to operate in New York. The app, which has a bitcoin trading platform, has more than seven million active users. The company, which is led by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, saw its share price and market cap rise significantly on the news.

Custodianship: The Final Frontier?

San Francisco-based Coinbase has joined forces with hedge funds and third-party custodians to unlock up to $10 billion in institutional capital. According to some industry insiders, custodianship is the last of the major barriers to widespread cryptocurrency adoption among hedge funds, banks and day traders.

As Goldman Sachs, Nomura Holdings and others have demonstrated, there is strong appetite for cryptocurrencies at the institutional level. But without a stable and robust custodian service, staking large positions on a highly volatile market is not considered feasible. This is especially the case for funds that are involved with handling university endowments and pension programs.

According to Ari Paul, co-founder of the Blocktower crypto-focused hedge fund, institutional money has been trickling into the digital currency market since mid-2017. And while adoption has been slower than expected, “that doesn’t mean it’s not coming,” Paul tweeted May 31. “There are a lot of pieces that need to come together, one big piece being third party custody,” he said.

Kyle Samani, a cryptocurrency hedge fund manager, recently told Bloomberg that custodianship is viewed as “the final barrier” to market entry. “Over the next year, the market will come to recognize that custodianship is a solved problem. This will unlock a big wave of capital,” he said.

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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TRON Spikes 21% in 24 Hours Ahead of Token Migration

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Only a few days away from its departure from Ethereum, TRON’s token price surged over the last day, racing to 21.4% gains in just under 22 hours.

That took the TRX token – which is due to go through the dreaded swap process on the 21st of June – from a starting price of $0.041 last night, to a price of $0.051 a few hours ago.

Since then its movement has corrected somewhat, but gains of around 14% have been holding steady since the sudden spike, and TRX is still close to the 5 cent mark as it tries to break out of the $0.04 range that it has been mired in since the sudden dip around early June.

TRX was trading at $0.10 on April 30th, and in the month and a half since then its value has sunk by an unbelievable 60%. In the same period, BTC lost just over 30% of its value, while Ethereum’s losses are closer to 40%.

In this context, TRON’s growth over the last 24 hours doesn’t seem all that out of place. Every day we see sudden gains recorded by altcoins which are correcting for sudden losses experienced earlier in the month.

TRON’s 60% loss over this period was itself a correction for the month of April, where TRX began the month trading at $0.030, only to find itself at a price of $0.10 just four weeks later. That 233% upwards movement was one of the best recorded by a Top 20 coin April, and the subsequent losses were almost equal in scale.

BitTorrent Acquisition

It was confirmed at the start of the week that TRON founder Justin Sun had followed through on his plans to buy the BitTorrent file-sharing platform.

A reported figure of $140 million is sure to make juicy headlines, and it marks one of the rare occasions when the crypto world has reached out and got involved with other industries. We can only speculate at this point whether Sun plans to simply oversee BitTorrent, or if he intends to integrate it somehow with his crypto platform.

Token Migration

On May 31st when the mainnet originally launched, TRON’s price didn’t see the kind of spike that everyone was expecting. By that time the long, bearish slide of May was already in full effect, and a price of $0.062 at that time would actually seem desirable now.

But now, in the ramp up to the token migration, TRX is starting to see some movement. It’s 24 hour volume is now three times as much as it was on Saturday – going from $114 million to its volume of $356 million at the time of writing.

Whether this is an omen of good things to come for the much hyped platform remains to be seen.

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New York Approval of Crypto Trading App Ignites Price Rally for Bitcoin, Altcoins

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The cryptocurrency market on Monday added $13 billion in the span of one hour after New York’s Department of Financial Services granted Square a digital currency license.

Square Cash App Approved for BitLicense

San Francisco-based startup Square, Inc. announced Monday it has been granted approval by New York regulators to launch its cryptocurrency trading platform in the state. The new crypto service will be offered through Square’s Cash app, which has seven million monthly active users, based on the company’s first-quarter earnings call.

The announcement was confirmed by Square in conjunction with an official press release issued by New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS).

“DFS is pleased to approve Square’s application and welcomes them to New York’s expanding and well-regulated virtual currency market.,” Superintendent Maria Vullo said in a statement. “DFS continues to work in support of a vibrant and competitive virtual currency market that connects and empowers New Yorkers in a global marketplace while ensuring strong state-regulatory oversight is in place.”

Bitcoin buying launched for Cash users last fall; by January, most users had access to the crypto trading platform. Square announced in March it would seek a BitLicense to bring bitcoin trading to the nation’s second-most populous state.

Cash App has reportedly generated $34 million in profit through its bitcoin trading service.

Bitcoin, Cryptos Pop

Cryptocurrencies added roughly $13 billion in value between 12:22 UTC and 13:27 UTC, bringing the total market cap to $289.5 billion. Total trading volumes spiked by more than $1.5 billion over the same period.

At press time, the total value of all cryptos in circulation was $287.1 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. That represents a gain of about $23 billion from last week’s bear market low.

Bitcoin reached a high of $6,781.14 following the Square Cash announcement. It was last seen trading around $6,716, according to BarCart data.

The largest cryptocurrency by capitalization showed signs of breaking down earlier in the day as prices approached $6,300 on the major exchanges. BTC/USD was little changed over the weekend as the bulls failed to extend last week’s modest relief rally.

Despite the latest gain, bitcoin remains about 10% lower for June and is down more than 50% year-to-date.

As an asset class, altcoins rose more than $8 billion Monday afternoon. At $172.2 billion, digital currencies outside of bitcoin represent 60% of the total market.

All coins within the top-ten reported gains. Percentage-wise, Tron was the best performer, rallying 5.4% to $0.045. Ethereum jumped 3.4% to $517.46. Bitcoin cash added nearly 4% to trade at $884.28.

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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