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Bitcoin’s Dominance of the Cryptocurrency Market Is Fading

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For much of its history, bitcoin had been synonymous with the cryptocurrency market. But 2017 signaled a profound shift in market dynamics, with bitcoin accounting for a smaller share of the pie. This trend could intensify in 2018 as investors discover new use cases for the many altcoins hitting the market.

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Bitcoin’s Declining Market Share

On Jan. 1, bitcoin accounted for nearly 88% of the cryptocurrency market’s total capitalization, according to CoinMarketCap. Twelve months later, that share has fallen to roughly 39%. At its lowest in June, bitcoin accounted for less than 38% of the market. Over that period, existing altcoins and those that emerged from bitcoin hard forks have seen their market capitalization rise.

This isn’t to say bitcoin’s influence is declining. It remains by far the largest, both in terms of market cap and daily turnover, and is capping off an incredible year of growth. However, as the recent upsurge in Ripple demonstrated, investors are noticing potential beyond bitcoin. An asset like Ripple further demonstrates that not all cryptocurrencies offer the same value proposition. Diversify in value and use case will only grow as more cryptos enter the market. At the time of writing, there are nearly 1,400 coins to choose from.

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For market participants, some of the more attractive altcoins have been those that try to overcome bitcoin’s scalability issues and transaction limitations. Ripple is one example, and Cardano is another. Cryptocurrency IOTA is emerging as an enabler for the internet of things, which represents a multi-trillion-dollar opportunity. Litecoin has also earned its keep for its promise of more confidential transactions. Ethereum also suffers from transaction limitations, but has quickly emerged as the platform of choice for businesses seeking to raise startup capital via initial coin offerings (ICOs).

Bitcoin’s declining market dominance is also observed when analyzing its impact on other cryptocurrencies. For much of the year, it wasn’t uncommon for the overall market to follow bitcoin’s lead. Although this is still the case, bitcoin’s impact on other cryptocurrencies is nowhere near as high as it was just one month ago.

As CCN notes, bitcoin’s November correction was met with a nearly identical percentage decline in the market’s overall capitalization. But since plunging 30% from its most recent peak near $20,000, the broader crypto market declined by only 6%.

It’s still too early to conclude that bitcoin’s market dominance will decline indefinitely, but it’s clear that investors are beginning to diversify into other cryptocurrencies. This suggests the market is distributing wealth more proportionately across the digital asset class, which is positive from the perspective of risk.

At the time of writing, the global cryptocurrency market was valued at roughly $615 billion, which represents a gain of nearly 3,400% since the start of the year. In volume terms, bitcoin accounts for less than 40% of daily transactions. Ripple, Ethereum, Tether and bitcoin cash round out the top five, based on the last 24 hours of activity.

 

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Stellar Lumens Leads Market Recovery After MobileCoin Crowdraise

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Stellar Lumens led the cryptocurrency price recovery on Thursday after a privacy-based ICO by the name of MobileCoin raised $30 million using the Stellar Consensus Protocol. The announcement drew greater foot traffic to XLM despite a broad pullback in the market mid-week.

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XLM/USD Price Levels

The value of Stellar Lumens (XLM/USD) is up nearly 17% at the time of writing to trade at $0.404. The cryptocurrency is trading just a fraction of a cent below its most recent two-month high set on Tuesday.

Lumens, which normally trades against other major cryptocurrencies, was last valued at 0.000044 BTC (+4.8%) and 0.000618 ETH (+4.8%).

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Daily trading volumes amounted to $187 million, according to data provided by CoinMarketCap. Binance is the largest market for XLM, with roughly one-quarter of total transactions processed through the exchange. Poloniex and Upbit each represent roughly one-fifth of the XLM market.

Stellar led a strong market recovery on Friday, with every coin in the top-25 recording gains. At the time of writing, the cryptocurrency market was valued at $415.5 billion with total transaction volumes worth $27.4 billion.

MobileCoin ICO

The conclusion of MobileCoin’s multi-million-dollar ICO was a large catalyst for the XLM rally on Thursday. The privacy-based mobile token employs the Stellar Consensus Protocol to streamline mobile payments more quickly.

Once the MobileCoin network is launched, users will be able to integrate mobile payment features with popular messaging programs, such as WhatsApp. The Canadian startup is backed by Binance Labs and other prominent players in the blockchain industry. It launched its token sale via Ethereum, where one MOBL token was valued at $0.10. The crowdraise easily topped the soft cap target of $20 million. The funding round was denominated largely in bitcoin and ether.

Stellar’s integration with MobileCoin is significant for several reasons. For starters, it gives Stellar a foothold in the mobile payment market at a time when more blockchain-based startups are looking to disrupt the space. This means Stellar could become the bridge for users looking to use blockchain solutions to send and receive money through instant messaging services.

Secondly, Stellar is already positioning itself as a possible launchpad for initial coin offerings. Although MOBL is not a Stellar-based project, integration with SCP suggests companies are attracted to the platform’s speed and scalability. While Ethereum is the undisputed king of the ICO market, Stellar has put forward favorable solutions for overcoming the so-called gas problem.

As a value proposition, Stellar has carved out a strong presence in the top-ten cryptocurrencies when measured in terms of market cap. The platform is currently No. 8 with a total value of $7.5 billion, which is roughly $120 million shy of Cardano.

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EOS, Tron Lead Cryptocurrency Market’s $36 Billion Rally on Tuesday

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Altcoins EOS and Tron led the cryptocurrency market higher on Tuesday, signaling the return of speculative interest in virtual currencies outside of bitcoin and Ethereum.

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EOS, Tron Surge More than 30%

Cryptocurrencies rose more than $36 billion on Tuesday, reaching a high of $435.7 billion in the early evening, according to latest available data. That’s the highest level since early March when the market peaked around $474 billion.

All major coins gained, but none more than EOS and Tron, which are currently ranked fifth and 11th by market cap, respectively.

EOS has nearly tripled in value over the past two weeks, with prices briefly approaching $16 a coin on Tuesday. At the time of writing, the cryptocurrency was trading at $15.40 for a 24-hour gain of 32%, according to CoinMarketCap. EOS is now valued at $12.6 billion with daily trading volumes approaching $3.2 billion.

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The hyped up Tron project rose by a similar amount, achieving a daily high near $0.08 a coin. TRX was last seen trading at $0.076 for a 24-hour gain of 31%. With a market cap of nearly $5 billion, Tron generated more than $1.5 billion in trading volumes on Tuesday.

 

EOS and Tron are benefiting from the influx of capital entering the cryptocurrency market as well as news of new exchange listings around the world.

On Monday, EOS confirmed that its currency was added to the eToro trading platform, which boasts more than 9 million users. Though traditionally a forex platform, eToro has expanded significantly to offering leading cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple XRP and Litecoin. Various news reports have also indicated that China’s Huobi also wants to start listing EOS.

Meanwhile, Tron founder Justin Sun recently confirmed that TRX will be available on Coinbene, a Malaysian exchange. Trading in TRX will go live on Wednesday.

Bitcoin Surges

The price of bitcoin surged on Tuesday as trading volumes topped $10 billion on the major exchanges. BTC/USD rose 7.4$ to $9,627 for a total market cap of $163.6 billion.

Since bottoming near $6,000 earlier this month, bitcoin has recovered more than 50% of its value. BTC trades were valued at $10.4 billion on Tuesday, easily tops among cryptocurrencies. However, the relative gain in altcoins has diminished bitcoin’s overall share of the market to 37%. That’s the lowest since mid-February.

Bitcoin hasn’t traded above $10,000 since early March. A return to those levels seems apparent given the recent shift in market sentiment.

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Multi-Week Rally Continues as Cryptocurrency Market Surpasses $400 Billion; Bitcoin Cash Up 16%

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The cryptocurrency market’s jaw-dropping rally continued on Monday, with the total value of all coins surpassing $400 billion for the first time since early March.

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Bitcoin Cash Leads Market Higher

Bitcoin cash has dominated the headlines recently amid a series of oversized gains. BCH was the undisputed leader on Monday, surging 16.3% to $1,433, its highest since mid-February. The cryptocurrency added a staggering 87% over a five-day stretch, bringing its total market capitalization to $24.3 billion.

While there was no immediate catalyst for the rally, an upcoming hard fork of the BCH protocol has been cited as the most compelling force driving prices higher. BCH, the world’s fourth-largest cryptocurrency, will undergo a split on May 15. The update, known as Bitcoin ABC, will quadruple the BCH block size from eight megabytes to 32 megabytes. Advocates say this will heighten adoption in retail settings.

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By comparison, bitcoin’s block size is a mere 1 megabyte, although efforts are underway to boost scalability. (Interestingly, Satoshi Nakamoto probably conceived of a maximum block size to keep the blockchain from splitting.)

However, others have accused BCH advocates of artificially inflating the cryptocurrency. Much of the criticism has been levied at Antpool, a large mining group that is burning bitcoin cash on a daily basis, potentially reducing its total supply.

The Antpool network announced last week that it confirms more than 8% of all bitcoin cash transactions. The announcement prompted a 25% surge in BCH prices heading into the weekend.

$400 Billion

Bitcoin cash has been at the center of a much larger cryptocurrency rally that shifted into higher gear on Monday. Cryptocurrencies added more than $8 billion in market cap, bringing their total value to $401.7 billion.

The altcoin surge has diminished bitcoin’s market share to less than 38%, the lowest since mid-February. The total value of all coins not named BTC rose $7 billion on Monday to $249.8 billion. The total crypto market, including bitcoin, bottomed at almost exactly that level earlier this month.

Outside of BCH, most of the large gainers on Monday were cryptocurrencies ranked outside the top-ten by market cap. IOTA rose nearly 5% to $2.13, Dash added 7.4% to $503 and bitcoin gold gained 16.8% to reach $77.36.

Total trade volumes amounted to $22.1 billion, which is considerably lower than the most recent peak. However, volumes are up substantially compared to last month, when daily turnover was roughly half of the current level.

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