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We are starting to see a rebound in BTC and ETH. We touched 1180 ETH as of this writing, and I am in a happy spot now after the news that Robinhood will allow trading of stocks and cryptocurrencies (ETH and BTC) in the same account. Please make sure you are exposed to ETH if you’re investing in these markets. Now more than ever is it important for coins to have working business relationships.

However, everyone must be weary of hearing big names, and not looking at what these names are actually buying. I have recently become fascinated with the cloud computing relationships that certain cryptocurrency companies have. What I find incredibly frustrating is how amazing these things are, and that I have absolutely no stake in it. I am going to use Microsoft and Stratis as my example, and if this is of interest to everyone I will do IBM and Stellar next.

Why is this Important?

Storage and analysis of information is one of the biggest costs to any company. The amount of data that a business compiles – financials, supply chain data, internal information sharing etc. – has become larger and larger each year. The cloud is a solution that allows access to remote data storage and applications via the internet, rather than having it stored locally (hard drives/local servers) that require large upfront investment and costly on-going maintenance. The clouds became flexible toward certain patterns (Black Friday, tax season, etc.), and will shift in size and cost based on the amount the company needs, rather than having excess capacity of local servers year round.

Companies did not have to take on the cost burden of local servers, and the scalability was more than enough to fit almost everyone’s needs. These clouds have evolved into the public sector as well. Individuals can now store their information (iCloud would be a familiar one) in a way that protects them from any hardware malfunction. Applications that we use have our activity information stored “in the clouds” as well.

How does your cryptocurrency get involved? They are the ones creating the file cabinets. One of the main problems associated with cloud computing is securing sensitive information. Many old school IT folks are still concerned that storing information on the cloud increases the risk of theft of sensitive information. Blockchain is a sophisticated way of providing extra armor within the cloud – in other words, encrypted information in blocks rather than just information itself.

The big players are Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft, each with their own different spin. Two of the companies, Microsoft and IBM, have become CaaS (cloud as a service) solutions, with a BaaS (blockchain as a service) added within.

Microsoft Azure is a cloud solution that was released in 2010. It provides a hybrid (public/private) cloud to corporations and individuals. Microsoft is able to store, automate and infer all of the information gathered by businesses in a much quicker way. Their applications are becoming stronger each day and are beginning to have real world use cases.

I am not from the tech background, but the consensus is that this Azure platform is one of the easiest to understand if you’re used to developing on Linux, which describes most developers. Azure is an easy transition. Their recently implemented BaaS is where Stratis enters the conversation.

Stratis prides itself on being the “status quo” blockchain maker. The software was designed to work with corporate America’s operating systems (OSX/Windows) through nStratis, which is a private “side chain” service for businesses and individuals. This means that when companies want to secure their information on the cloud, the early consensus is that blockchain is the best way to do so. The Stratis company was designed for Microsoft systems, and the people who are used to them. It was an excellent play on Stratis’ part to notice that cloud computing, and specifically Microsoft, would be the segment that would adopt their products and service first.

I would say Stratis is going to have a lot of work through these relationships. Side chains for private storage are what normal corporations are looking for, not cryptocurrency solutions. We raised money for Stratis through STRAT so that they could do this. However, I don’t see how their side chain business will reward coin holders.

Stratis probably has the best competitive advantages of all cryptocurrencies in that it plays well with Silicon Valley coding languages and has a knack for building a great private chain. But, where is the coin holder value? I would love to own some Stratis stock, in which I have ownership of the underlying company and receive profit. But that isn’t what this is.

Conclusion

This is the frustrating part about cryptocurrency. The lines have been greyed surrounding what is going to benefit the coin, and what isn’t. Rapid payment and processing has about 100 new coins coming on the market each month, usually with nothing more than the same coin properties as everyone else.

Microsoft has the largest technical reach of any company through its corporate monopoly. Windows and Microsoft Office are simply too imbedded in businesses’ lives for there to be a change in demand over the next 3-5 years. I believe that with the languages that Stratis can be adopted in, Microsoft will be calling them consistently as more people and businesses migrate their information to the cloud in the most private customizable manner possible.

I would exercise caution on STRAT. I have made a rule for myself that once a coin begins working with companies that will have no relationship to the coin, I will exit. It’s so tough for me to say, as I think this will be a revolutionary IPO in the future. Don’t be one dimensional in cryptocurrency. That is how so many people are being pinched. There are many ways to look at a company in blockchain, and one of them is getting the first look at a revolutionary company before it goes public. Stratis could certainly be an example of that.

 

This is not a recommendation to buy or sell cryptocurrencies. I do not own STRAT anymore. Best of luck to you. Please do follow me on Twitter @raijincrypto for thoughts throughout the week.

 

P.S. I read my last article. Raiden had taken it a little too far with the cloud computing Youtube videos the night before, and clearly wasn’t awake enough to write. Cryptocurrencies take a toll on us all, and I apologize. However! Now, I have some great cloud computing stuff that I am hoping is of interest, and will allow us to take a look at the first commercial uses of blockchain.

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EOS Price Forecast: EOS/USD Heading for Another 300% Move?

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  • EOS/USD price action via the 4-hour chart view has formed a bullish flag pattern.
  • The price is moving around levels seen back end of March to early April, before a bull run of over 300%.

The past six sessions for EOS/USD have been erratic to say the least. It has been subject to a high amount of volatility, swinging aggressively in both directions. There has been a lack of commitment from either the bear or bull camps of late. As the market continues to trade with such behavior, it appears to be trying to find its feet, ahead of a potential chunky firm trend.

EOS DApp Hacked Again

An EOS based gambling DApp, EOSBet has been hacked, with $338,000 being reported as stolen. This isn’t the first time; just back in September, hackers managed to get away with a reported 40,000 worth of EOS, which at the time had a value of $200,000. It has been said that they were able to exploit their smart contracts, having found security vulnerabilities.

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart View

EOS/USD 4-hour chart

EOS/USD price action has formed a bullish flag pattern, which began taking shape on 15th October, after the aggressive price behavior stabilized. The bulls at the time ran the price well up into $6 territory. Consequently, it then met the breached ascending trend line, failing to move back above this area. This followed the sharp breakthrough to the downside, which occurred on 11th October. As a result, a drop of over 15% was seen, forcing EOS/USD to retreat in a demand area, within the $5.0000 level proximity.

Looking to the upside, small near-term resistance is seen at around $5.6100, which is the upper trend line of the mentioned bull flag pattern. A breakout will likely open the doors to a retest of the broken ascending trend line, tracking around $6.1100. Support can be eyed at $5.4600, which marks the lower trend line of the flag. Furthermore, should this fail to hold, EOS/USD could likely fall back down to the serving demand area, within the lower $5.0000 territory.

April 2018 Bull Run

EOS/USD April bull run

In April of this year EOS/USD entered a chunky bull run, gaining over 300%. From the back end of March until 11th April, the price had been stuck within consolidation mode. Resulting in the price trading within a tight range, at levels of where the price is currently seen today.

Something quite astonishing started to unfold. Between the period of 11th April to the 29th April, a bull run of around 290% was seen. Over this time frame EOS/USD went from $5.9500 up to a high of around $23.0811. The price is currently demonstrating a similar behavior to that of what was seen during the mentioned period. It is interesting to note that the price did have historical levels to break through, as it had already run higher during the period of December 2017 and came back down. Finally, this is not to say EOS/USD will observe the same bull run. However, it is an interesting observation to be aware of.

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 Has the Potential for a Short-term Rally, Though Bearish Set-up Eyed

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  • Stellar’s XLM potentially has further room for upside, within the short-term view.
  • Danger still looms for XLM/USD, as the daily chart suggests of a bearish technical pattern set up.

Steller’s native token XLM, has failed to commit to any sustained trend. This has been the case since the start of July. Bull rallies that have been witnessed were quickly sold by the market bears. This led the market to trade within a generally long running form of consolidation. Price action is narrowing, given the unsustainable short-term trend runs that have been witnessed. It comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the Stellar foundation have certainly been busy.

Stellar Developments

It was reported recently, blockchain security company BitGo, announced their support of Stellar Lumens (XLM). Being added to the BitGo’s list, Stellar now receives custody solutions. Their users will be able to generate wallets for Stellar Lumens. This is said to be starting at some point within the next couple of weeks. Elsewhere, as previously reported, the Stellar foundation at the start of this month released their heavily anticipated decentralized exchange, StellarX.

4-hour Chart Technical Review

XLM/USD 4-hour chart

Looking via the 4-hour chart, price action has formed a bullish pennant pattern. This comes after the surge higher between September 20-23. XLM/USD has since entered consolidation mode, trading within a range-bound nature. The price is coming very much towards the end of this technical pattern seen, raising the case for an imminent breakout. Near-term support can be observed around $0.2350 area. This is the lower tracking trend line of the mentioned pennant. A failure of the support could very likely see a fast fall to $0.2050. XLM/USD was last trading in this territory between September 12 – 20. The mentioned period was during a time of consolidation, prior to the mentioned breakout higher.

Resistance is seen just ahead of the current price. The above descending trend line of the pennant pattern is tracking around $0.2460-70. Enough bullish momentum to see the breach would likely force the price running to $0.2650. This is seen as an area of resistance on the 4-hour chart view. Looking further to the north, eyes would be on the supply heading into the $0.3000 mark.

Daily Chart Technical Review

XLM/USD daily chart

Taking into consideration the 4-hour chart view, there is still room for another squeeze higher. Despite this, danger appears to still be looming for XLM/USD. Risks on the daily chart point to the downside. The view of this is that a longer-term bearish pennant pattern is containing the price. XLM/USD support on the daily chart can be seen just sub of $0.2000. A long-running supporting trend line can be seen. The price having required assistance on June 29 and several occasions from September 8 – 12. To the upside, resistance can be seen around $0.2900. XLM/USD was rejected already on a few prior occasions, by the above descending trend line. July 25-2 and then most recently September 23, all saw respective bull runs halted.

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IOTA Price Analysis: Current Behavior Raises Concerns of Another Drop in the Price

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  • Current technical indications still point to downside risks for IOTA’s MOITA price.
  • Near-term chart view sees a rising wedge pattern. The daily chart observes a bearish pennant formation.

The IOTA price remains at risk for now of a breakout to the downside. It appears more likely that downside pressure will be seen, in comparison to any upside surprises. Despite this, IOTA’s native token has made solid recovery in just over a week of trading. Since 25th September, it has gained 8%. Trending higher has been observed from a low of around $0.5200, up to current levels around $0.5600.

IOTA Developments

Most recently, Bitpanda announced they now offer deposit and withdrawal services for IOTA. Bitpanda is fintech company based in Vienna, Austria. They specialize in selling and buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Becoming Europe’s leading retail broker for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and more, boasting a user base of over 900,000 users. “We are very pleased to announce not only withdrawal and deposit functionalities for IOTA on Bitpanda, but also that Bitpanda now officially supports the latest IOTA tech — IOTA Hub,” as stated in their most recent blog post.

This move goes to show the growing presence IOTA is having across the market. The market acknowledgement of the foundation’s technology. IOTA’s MOITA is currently the 11th largest cryptocurrency by market cap, which is seen at $1.5 billion.

Elsewhere, as covered previously, the foundation is very close to revolutionizing the car insurance industry. They presented a new project in which they have been working on at bIOTAsphere. This was a proof of concept technology, known as Tangle. Full details mentioned in the previous article.

Near-term Technical Review 

IOT/USD 60-minute chart

Looking via the 60-minute chart, current price action has formed a rising wedge pattern. This price behavior makes it susceptible to a breakout to the downside. Should the bears manage to breach the lower support, sellers could pile in. To the downside, support in this view can be seen tracking around $0.5650. Further to the downside, 60-minute support should come into play around $0.5420.

Daily Chart Technical Review

IOT/USD daily chart

For over a month now, price action, as clearly seen on the daily chart view, has been firmly within consolidation mode. The range is getting tighter, building up the likelihood of an imminent breakout. Resistance is sitting just ahead around $0.5850, very close to current levels. Support eyed at $0.5430, a breakout could see the price tumbling. A potential downside target would likely be around the $0.4000 territory, testing 14th August low.

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