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Bitcoin Plunges $2,000 on Eve of Futures Contract

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Bitcoin prices declined sharply over the weekend, as traders locked in profits before the highly anticipated XBT futures contract.

BTC/USD Price Levels

The value of bitcoin pulled back sharply on Sunday, with prices hitting a low of $13,474. BTC/USD would later consolidate at $13,662 for a loss of $1,931, or 12.4%. The decline shaved tens of billions of dollars off bitcoin’s market cap. The coin was last valued at roughly $227 billion.

Despite the loss, trade volumes were still extraordinarily high on Sunday. Daily turnover in the bitcoin market crossed $14.7 billion. Interestingly, the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX) saw the highest turnover Sunday at roughly 17% of the total transactions, which was equivalent to $2.5 billion South Korea’s Bithumb processed nearly 13% of all trades via BTC/KRW, which amounted to $1.9 billion. Bitfinex came in third at 9%, or $1.3 billion.

Bitcoin put up massive gains this week, leading U.S. exchange Coinbase to crash temporarily. The exchange would later issue issue a gentle warning reminding account holders to “please invest responsibly.”

At its absolute peak, bitcoin clocked in above $19,500.

Broader Crypto Market Collapse

Bitcoin certainly wasn’t the only cryptocurrency in hot water on Sunday. In fact, the top 18 cryptos by market cap were in the red, according to CoinMarketCap. Only three of the top 66 coins were trading in positive territory.

Heavy losses were reported across the board, with the leading altcoins affected. Below is a rundown of some of the losses early Sunday:

Cryptocurrency Performance
Ethereum (ETH): -9%
Bitcoin Cash: -13%
IOTA (MIOTA) -18%
Litecoin (LTC) -12%
DASH (DASH) -10%
Monero (XMR) -16%
Bitcoin Gold (BTG) -18%
NEM (XEM) -30%
Stellar Lumens (XLM) -18%
EOS (EOS) -16%

As a result of the collapse, the combined value of cryptocurrencies fell to $376 billion Sunday. That represents a drop of $65 billion in just 24 hours. The total crypto market cap peaked north of $452 billion on Friday.

The declines followed another streak of record-setting gains for global cryptos that was largely driven by bitcoin. The world’s most expensive cryptocurrency has been riding high on news that CBOE will launch its bitcoin futures contract (XBT) a full eight days before rival CME Group.

XBT is a cash-settled futures contract based on the Winklevoss brothers’ Gemini auctions price. The contract will begin trading 6:00 p.m. ET Sunday on the CBOE Futures Exchange.

There’s no way to know for sure how Wall Street will treat the new derivatives contract. On Friday, the Futures Industry Association (FIA) issued a stern statement to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that its members were concerned about the derivatives contract. In an open letter, the lobby group said XBT “did not allow for proper public transparency and input.”

Futures trading is said to be the domain of short-sellers, which could make bitcoin more volatile than before. That being said, the bitcoin community is excited about the prospect of a futures contract that enables them to bet on price swings without having to rely on cryptocurrency exchanges.

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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Long-Term Cryptocurrency Analysis: Bear Market Continues With Major Technical Breakdown

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After months of choppy consolidation, yesterday, we saw the largest move in the cryptocurrency segment since April, which took the majors below key technical levels. Bitcoin’s drop is the most important event, since the most valuable coin violated a structurally important base support for the first time since its historic bull run to $20,000 started.

As we warned repeatedly, the market didn’t show signs of healing during the sideways drift, since no leadership developed, and the coins failed to show follow-through following the, sometimes explosive rally attempts, so our trend model remained overwhelmingly bearish throughout the consolidation.

The top altcoins completed their structural breakdowns well ahead of BTC, and the stability of Bitcoin was the most encouraging sign for crypto-bulls, so now, the broad selloff confirmed the next lower in the bear market.

BTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

After violating the primary support at $6275, Bitcoin’s selloff accelerated below the weaker $6000 level and the key zone near $5850 wasn’t enough to support the coin. The structural breakdown will likely lead to a test of the $5000-$5100 zone, while an unlikely recovery would be a very positive development. Primary resistance is now ahead near $5850, while further major support zones are found near $4500 and $3600, and traders and investors still shouldn’t enter new positions here.

ETH/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

Ethereum fell to a marginal new bear market low, outperforming Bitcoin from a short-term technical perspective, but that’s not enough to warrant optimism with regards to the long-term setup. ETH is still in a clear long-term downtrend despite the lengthy consolidation phase, and a test of the $160 level is likely in the coming period.

The coin is still on sell signals on both time-frames in our trend model, and traders and investors should stay away from new positions, with further support found near $130 and with resistance levels ahead near $200 and $235.

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Bitcoin’s Double-Digit Loss Has Investors Searching for Answers

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After crashing to its lowest level in over 12 months, bitcoin is showing little signs of recovery Thursday. The 24-hour price ticker continues to show double-digit percentage losses as volumes on virtual exchanges surged.

BTC/USD Update

Bitcoin continues to vary markedly across exchanges, with Coinbase reporting a price-per-coin of $5,439. The San Francisco-based exchange quoted a BTC price of $5,391 earlier in the session.

On Bitfinex, the BTC/USD exchange rate is currently seen hovering just below $5,650. The exchange quoted a daily high of $5,940.

Bitcoin’s average price is reported to be $5,532 on CoinMarketCap, a decline of 12% over the past 24 hours.  Trade volumes across all exchanges surged to $8.3 billion as investors rushed to liquidate their positions.

At the time of writing, virtually all major cryptocurrencies were nursing significant losses with the overall market cap situated below $182 billion. Bitcoin and the broader market are showing little signs of recovery for the time being as investors continue to process Wednesday’s brutal drop.

No Clear Catalyst

There doesn’t appear to be a single known catalyst for the violent market-wide drop experienced on Wednesday. Although volatility in the market was observed prior to the decline, most notably for bitcoin cash and in the rival ABC/SV futures, there was no single event that caused the market to capitulate.

As Hacked previously reported, bitcoin usually exhibits weakness following prolonged periods of narrow trading ranges. A failure to break out of those ranges often invites a wave of selling pressure in subsequent weeks followed by a recovery later on. As a whole, this cycle has kept the bitcoin price elevated above $6,200 in the latter half of the year but upside remained firmly capped below $6,800-$7,000. It was only a few days ago that bitcoin’s 30-day volatility index fell to more than two-year lows.

Although manipulation cannot be ruled out, it’s possible that the latest drop reflects technical re-positioning in the market. It’s also possible that bitcoin cash’s “civil war” had an oversized impact on the broader market as investors await the outcome of the highly contentious software upgrade.

Despite these concerns, bitcoin’s fundamental picture has improved significantly this year as institutions continue to take aim at cryptocurrency. Intercontinental Exchange is set to launch its Bakkt trading platform next month, which offers institutional traders the opportunity to trade physically-backed bitcoin futures products. Meanwhile, VanEck has expressed confidence that its physically-backed bitcoin ETF will gain regulatory approval at some point in the future. The general consensus appears to be that an ETF is coming eventually but not likely in the near term. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is set to deliver a verdict by Dec. 29.

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 Market Flash-Dips 12%; Bitcoin Price Hits New Yearly Low as ETH, TRX Bleed Out

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The global cryptocurrency segment experienced a market-wide sell-off on Wednesday afternoon, losing $25 billion, or 12% of the overall market cap.

The bulk of the losses struck in a brief one-hour window, between 15:30 and 16:30 UTC. The sudden flash dip came as a surprise to say the least, and followed this morning’s $7.5 billion sell-off which, without the benefit of foresight, seemed significant at the time.

Just When We Thought We Were Out…

Now the altcoin setup looks radically different, with several coins threatening the yearly lows of August-September once again following an entire quarter of recovery.

All of Bitcoin Cash’s recent gains have disappeared, with BCH sinking 30% in the last week alone, and close to 20% in the last day. The same pattern persists among all the recent market growers, as yet another great correction unfolds.

BTC/USD Hits 13-Month Lows

Bitcoin did however strike new yearly lows, or thirteen-month lows to be precise, after BTC/USD fell to $5,765 – a level not witnessed since October 2017. That puts BTC on 9.8% losses over less than twelve hours, after falling from this morning’s $6,395.

Of Bitcoin’s $6 billion volume at time of writing, you have to look eleven places down the charts to find the first cryptocurrency that BTC has been significantly traded against. The top ten most concentrated trades are all against either fiat currency (USD and KRW), or dollar-pegged stablecoins – specifically Tether (USDT).

Ethereum Sinks Along With Mining Profits

As covered earlier on Hacked, Ethereum’s initial fall below the $200 mark resulted in Ether mining no longer being profitable. However, the $189 price quoted in the article continued to fall further, landing on $179.49 and resulting in a 14.4% crash for Ethereum from last night’s high of $209.78.

That’s still slightly above the $170 valuation recorded during the dip of September this year, and saves ETH from notching up a new yearly low along with BTC.

Tron (TRX) Threatens Yearly Lows

The value of TRX fell 16% from $0.022358 to $0.018757 for Wednesday, pushing the coin closer to the lows of August when TRX hit the eery number of $0.016666 before rebounding.

This time the price rebounded to the $0.019 level, which is a hopeful sign for the altcoin, although TRX losses now stand at 22.5% for the last seven days.

All of the coin growth surrounding BitTorrent, record transaction volumes, coin listings and everything else that came out of Tron HQ in recent months has now effectively been wiped out.

Few coins were spared the bloodletting, and even the stablecoins were shaken by the sudden sell-off as Tether dipped to the $0.97 range once again. Despite the numbers quoted above, the worst of the losses came from the lesser altcoins, with recent gainer Basic Attention Token (BAT) now down more than 40% for the week.

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