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The action in the crypto markets over the weekend has been simply phenomenal. After the Segwit2X hard fork was called off last Thursday the crypto markets have been bouncing around like a kangaroo on steroids.

Most of the action has been centered around the new version of bitcoin known as Bitcoin Cash or BCH. eToro is very proud to announce that we have now added BCH to our platform for your trading and investment pleasure.

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Market Overview

BCH is a rather new player on the Crypto-scene. It was created on August 1st as an alternative to BTC and has blocks that can hold up to 8 MB worth of transactions, whereas the original bitcoin is capped at 1 MB. Though Bitcoin Cash is very far from claiming bitcoin’s title as “digital gold” it has made some strong advances over the weekend.

Some cryptocurrency miners discovered that for a few brief hours it was actually more profitable to mine BCH than BTC, which caused many of them to switch over.

In this graph, we can see that the mining power, also known has the hashrate, for BCH has now overcome that of BTC…

Even though mining profitability has now returned to its former status, many have still not switched back and there remains a very large backlog of unconfirmed transactions on the Bitcoin Blockchain.

122,000 transactions could take a while to work through so anybody sending bitcoin right now will either need to pay a higher fee or wait a bit longer for their transactions to be confirmed. However, I did see this number as high 176,000 at the height of the chaos.

The price action on bitcoin cash since Thursday has been insane. There are many conspiracies floating around the web that this has all been one extremely elaborate pump and dump. Of course, you don’t need to dig deep to know that some of the biggest backers of this new coin are rather shady fellows indeed.

The price went from a steady $637 per coin all the way up to $2,500 in under 60 hours before giving most of it back.

Most of this value came directly from BTC, which is now showing a notable pullback from its all time highs just shy of $8,000. The first support of $5,500 (blue) has already been triggered. However, if this cash splash continues, we should see strong psychological support every $500, until we hit the yellow trend line.

The big winner on the side has been DASH coin. With all the drama on the main chain, Dash has been seeing some excitement as an already established internet payment method. After breaking out of its consolidation triangle a week ago, the price has seen its own explosion, stealing just a bit of the market cap from bitcoin itself.

What else?

The traditional stock markets seem to be on pause. After eight straight weeks with nothing but gains, we’re now seeing some of the indexes registering losses. European markets fell about 0.5% on Friday and the Asian session this morning is giving rather mixed signals.

In Friday’s update, we spoke about Oil. Prices have come off of their highs and West Texas Crude is now going for $56.75 a barrel. Coming into focus now is the OPEC meeting on November 30th. The price controlling cartel is doing their best to build up expectations for this meeting. At this point, they’ve done such a great job that it will prove difficult to deliver up to said expectations.

Also, tomorrow there will be a great gathering of global central bankers in Frankfurt. These type of meetings sometimes prove vital to understanding the long term trends, so of course, we’ll have more on that in tomorrow’s update.

Wishing you a very profitable week ahead!

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  1. tsneds

    November 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Looks like it was a massive pump and dump on Bitcoin Cash

  2. carding forum

    November 13, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I know cuz the statistics were also shown on https://carding.ws carding forum.
    But they haven’t yet updated the fork so carding.ws legit.

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Tron Price Gains 36% for the Week – Pushes Back Into Top Ten

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Today TRX coins have grown 13% over 24 hours, and continue to climb in value even as Bitcoin and Ethereum start to slow their rate of growth.

Tron began the day at $0.038 and then climbed to a peak of $0.0430 just a matter of minutes ago. That move pushed Tron’s market cap to just under $3 billion, and sent TRX back into the top ten in market cap rankings.

Going back to July 13th, just five days ago, TRX was priced at $0.0314, meaning today’s recent high of $0.0430 marks a 36% growth in less than a week.

Return to the Top Ten

Tron had been edged out of its prime market cap top ten location in recent weeks by Tether. Or rather, Tether moved up the market cap rankings owing to Tron’s fall. Today Tron has pushed back into the top ten for the first time in what feels like a long time, but is actually only a few weeks. Time slows down in the crypto world. The rollercoaster that a gold or silver investor went through over the last twenty years is experienced by the average crypto holder in the space of a week.

The surge into the top ten would have been helped in no small part by the 88% boost to Tron’s daily trading volumes over the past week – rising from $152 million, to $287 million at the time of writing.

Good Ol’ Hype

Tron’s market growth over the last week has been accompanied by a definite ramping up of the hype train. A quick Google search for ‘Tron trx’ opens up a first page with one Youtube video declaring Tron to be ‘better than Ripple’, and another proclaiming that Tron is the new Apple.

Such posts are viewed with suspicion by the community at large, but no corporate interference is necessarily required for crypto enthusiasts to engage in free shilling for their favourite altcoins.

Earlier today, Tron creator, Justin Sun, announced his intention to run as a candidate for one of the Tron network’s super-representative positions. Sun announced on Twitter:

“I am excited to run for #TRON Super Representative alongside excellent candidates, in the hands of our community. Voting is a crucial part of the #TRON ecosystem and embodies our mission of decentralization and democracy. Every vote counts!”

In a community that prioritizes decentralization, this move is certain to raise eyebrows. Sun already owns 10% of the total TRX token supply, and his presence within the day-to-day running of the Tron network might reek a little too much of ‘conflict of interest’.

But then, the alternative view is that if the network requires super representatives (essentially node operators) to service and govern the blockchain; who better than the guy who wants it to succeed the most?

Answers to these questions may only come when Tron either flies or fails, until then, enjoy the drama if you can.

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Stellar Price Up 77% for the Week as Protocol Gains Sharia Compliance

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The daily volume for the entire crypto market has jumped 144% in the last three days, up from $8.7 billion on July 15th to the current $21 billion at the time of writing. Every coin in the top ten is glowing green, with Stellar in particular showing tremendous growth for the day.

Earlier this morning XLM coins were trading for $0.23. Fast forward just over twenty hours and that price now sits at $0.318 – that’s a 38% increase for the day, and sets Stellar apart as the best performer in the top ten, run close only by Cardano’s 25%+ growth in the same time frame.

Just six days ago, on July 12th, one unit of XLM was valued at $0.179, meaning today’s price marks 77% growth for Stellar in less than a calendar week. Stellar has now smashed through the monthly high, recording its highest market value since May 22nd.

Stellar’s highest concentration of trade movement has come on Binance today, with BTC and USDT being popular trades. The Korean touch is also felt with around 18% of Stellar’s trades coming against KRW on the Upbit and GOPAX exchanges. The overall daily volume for XLM is currently 425% higher than it was this time last week.

Sharia Compliance

According to a Reuters press release which dropped just last night, Stellar has just received a certificate of Sharia compliance, one which will allow them to focus on bringing the 1.6 billion Muslim population onto the blockchain, so to speak.

Muslim adoption of cryptocurrency has always had to contend with religious money laws, but this recent development could be the watershed moment which changes everything – not just for Stellar, but the for the entire crypto market as it spreads across new lands.

Mansoor Ahmed, assistant general manager at Shariya Review Bureau, said that the technological aspects were never a sticking point:

““For the blockchain technology there was no issue, the main thing we needed to consider was the use of the underlying cryptocurrency”

The Islamic approach to finance is one that emphasizes real-world assets, and tangible value. The accumulation of interest, for example, is forbidden in Islamic society, and so it’s easy to see why there were concerns about cryptocurrency to begin with.

Coinbase and IBM

Stellar and Cardano were two of the coins mentioned in the Coinbase tweet earlier in the week, and the spikes they experienced at the time have compounded over the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Stellar’s close relationship with IBM continues to flourish this week as IBM launch their own stablecoin on the Stellar platform.

Stronghold USD is intended to be Stellar and IBM’s answer to Tether; although unlike Tether, one would expect much greater transparency from a company like IBM.

Jesse Lund, IBM’s vice president of Global Blockchain told Reuters:

“IBM will explore use cases with business networks that we have developed, as a user of the token. We see this as a way of bringing financial settlement into the transactional business network that we have been building.”

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Ether Price Has a Good Chance of Rising Further

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On Wed July 18, Ether is falling, although the previously formed local uptrend still looks quite sustainable. The crypto is trading around $498, says Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboForex.

Today’s morning, Ether rose above $500, which helped to determine the next important resistance levels. The bullish trendline at $480 that was formed yesterday is now confirmed on H1, and in case Ether is able to go above $500 shortly, its chances for going further up will increase.

Once Ether continues rising, it will quickly reach $525, and the current support levels will go above, too. As of now, Ether has some potential to rise till $550, according to D1.

For now, the key support for Ether is at $480, and once the crypto heads up, a new support at $500 will get active. $525 is still key resistance for now. The MACD is going up on D1, still in the negatives, and is issuing a buy signal, while the Stochastic confirms it, being in the positive territory.

ether

Among fundamentals and events that are important for Ether traders, one can mention the addition of Bitcoin and Ether to Purple Group. The company believes its customers will now have more freedom in selecting payment methods for running their transactions.

Another important news item is that the brokers using MT4 began offering cryptocurrency trading (at first, only Bitcoin, but then other cryptos were added). In most cases, the clients can trade CFD’s, although some brokers allow direct cryptocurrency transactions, too. This is a very interesting opportunity, as the investors trust MT4 and consider it a secure platform, so crypto trading added to it will be trusted, too.

With more products added to the platform, both direct crypto trading and CFD’s, more people will come to MT4 in order to try it. This is positive for both Ether and other altcoins.

 

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