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Crypto Market Cap Plummets $42 Billion Over Six Days as Bitcoin Targets $5,000

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A staggering selloff in the cryptocurrency market over the past six days has investors searching for an elusive bottom on major assets like bitcoin, bitcoin cash and Ethereum. However, the breakdown of key technical levels, combined with the complete disregard for fundamentals, suggest the bottoming process has not yet concluded.

Crypto Selloff Deepens

The combined value all coins in circulation broke below $169 billion on Monday for the first time since October 2017. The selloff broke the floor wide open on last week’s bottom of $175 billion, setting the stage for a deeper correction in the short-term.

Trading volumes across major exchanges rose over the 24-hour cycle to reach a high of $17 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. In terms of adjusted volumes, Binance was the largest cryptocurrency exchange with daily turnover of $1 billion. OKEx processed $939 million worth of transactions, based on latest available data. Both exchanges saw their daily turnover jump more than 67%. Bitfinex experienced the most dramatic upsurge in volume, as turnover spiked 243% to $503.6 million.

OKEx was in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons Monday, as users lashed out against the exchange for prematurely closing open positions on bitcoin cash futures contracts. The closing of the contracts on Nov. 14 occurred without warning, leading to sizable losses across its userbase. The decision to force early settlement reflected ongoing confusion about how to handle the bitcoin cash hard fork.

Kraken has already credited bitcoin SV tokens to existing BCH holders but has warned of extreme risks of trading the new coin. In a Sunday blog post, the exchange described a number of “red flags” associated with SV, including a lack of wallets to support replay protection and “temporarily constrained” supply. It’s also likely that a large chunk of BCH SV holders will dump the currency with any notable price increase.

Bitmain founder and ardent ABC backer Jihan Wu has publicly expressed his desire to dump SV as quickly as possible.

“I am wondering when I can deposit my BSV token into exchange to sell,” the billionaire tweeted Saturday.

Battle Over Bitcoin Cash Intensifies

The battle over bitcoin cash has direct implications on bitcoin, the leading digital currency whose market cap has plunged by nearly $20 billion over the six-day selloff. Craig Steven Wright, one of the main backers of the bitcoin SV chain, has threatened to tank BTC if its miners switch over to bitcoin ABC, which is the main implementation of the BCH hard fork.

Bitcoin is also being influenced by Roger Ver’s decision to divert the entire bitcoin.com mining pool to ABC, a move that angered some users who say they never intended to mine bitcoin cash. The hash war exposes bitcoin cash to security risks as pools associated with bitcoin SV chain mine threaten to mine empty blocks or carry out 51% attacks. According to CCN, several pools and individual miners are likely to take an opportunistic approach via chain surfing, which automatically changes between chains based on block difficulty.

Price Outlook

In the meantime, market observers have set a new price target for bitcoin at $5,000. Based on latest price action, a drop below that level is likely in the short-run as the psychological $5,000 support comes under attack.

As for bitcoin cash, prices hemorrhaged another 8% on Monday to reach a new seven-month low of $352. The fourth-largest cryptocurrency is down a whopping 33% compared with last week – losses that outpaced all major cryptocurrencies in the top-20. BCH risks a further drop to the low $300s and possibly below that threshold should the hash war continue unabated.

Ethereum emerged as one of the biggest losers of the Monday selloff, with declines exceeding 11%. Ether is currently trading hands at $155, the lowest since May 2017.

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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EOS Price Analysis: EOS is Set Up for Bigger Gains, Following Recent Technical Development

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  • EOS has jumped around 45% between the sessions of 15th – 17th December. 
  • Bulls shrug off all negative related news flow that has surrounded EOS in recent weeks.

The EOS/USD bulls are on a serious mission to recovery. Unlike several of its peers, a slowdown in momentum has not been seen with the EOS price. More importantly, a breakout has been observed from a range-block, of which EOS/USD was confine within. This had been the case since the 7th December, managing to escape however on 17th and capitalize further on that.

EOS Shakes off Negative Commentary

Over the past few weeks, there have been several negative bits of news flow. Recently, as covered by Hacked in a prior article, the Cardano founder, Charles Hoskinson, had a fair few words to say about EOS. He had noted that action from regulators was potentially right around the corner for EOS. Hoskinson had specifically raised concerns about the EOS token sale.

Elsewhere, it was recently covered by Chinese press that EOS decentralized apps (DApps) have been victim to hacks totaling around $1 million since July. The report cited data which was collected by PeckShield, who are a blockchain security organization. This suggests that the DApps on EOS have been hit by at least 27 breaches from July up to late November. This is an amount of 400,000 EOS, equivalent to 8 million yuan, at the time of the published report.

Lastly, at the back-end of last month, there was some FUD surrounding the CTO of Block.one, Daniel Larimer. The community and social media space were concerned about Larimer working on new projects. This prompted worries that he may be leaving EOS, keeping in mind the EOS mainnet hadn’t even reached a year.

EOS has pretty much shrugged much of this FUD off, as seen with this latest rally. It has far outperformed its peers with the big gains collected over the past two sessions.

Technical Review EOS/USD

EOS/USD daily chart

EOS/USD had a decent extension to the upside after breaching the confinements of the detailed range-block.  The bulls initially jumped a chunky 45% over the period of 15th to the 17th December. However, into the session on Tuesday, the price has run into some minor resistance, seen at the 4th December high area. This can be noted within $2.60 territory.

The pullback being observed at the time of writing isn’t too much of a surprise, given the burst higher in such a short time frame. Profit-taking is only natural in this case. It is a minor retreat ahead of further potential moves north. Eyes will be on the breached range-block for support, the top of that seen at $2.18.

Should the bulls gather enough momentum for a push above the minor near-term resistance seen, then a fast 60% move could be seen. This would take EOS/USD back towards $4.40, where another minor supply zone is observed. Further north, a reclaim of the pre-November fall levels, i.e., $6 territory, is the next major target.

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Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH/USD Not Out of the Woods Yet

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  • ETH/USD odds are still stacked against the bulls for now, as price remains within range-block.
  • Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, says his creation is becoming more and more decentralized.

ETH/USD has enjoyed a chunky bull run over the past three sessions, with that slowing down Tuesday. Between the 15th – 17th December, the price had gained a chunky 23%. ETH/USD hit its highest level seen since 9th December. It appears the bulls, however, have run into a near-term barrier. ETH has been moving within a range-block from 7th December, which is still the case. The momentum so far not proving to be enough to take the price through for now.

Ethereum More Decentralized – Vitalik Buterin

The co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, discussed how the network is becoming more decentralized of late. He was recently speaking in an interview with Blockchain Insider.

Buterin believes that a change is starting to be seen in terms of the further decentralization of the Ethereum blockchain. He believed that it was much too centralized around himself. He further affirmed the observations over the last 12 months of governance actions, which were he suggested were responsible for this.

The Ethereum creator said, “Number one, like a lot of the features in the Constantinople hard fork, that are launching in January, basically happened without me. Number two, issuance reduction from 3 ether to 2 ether which is going into Constantinople, I was not involved at all.”

Only just some days ago, a team lead within the Ethereum development circle, Péter Szilágyi, confirmed the scheduled update. This was covered by Hacked in a prior article. He had noted the upgrade is to start around 16th January 2019.

Ethereum 1.X Update

Focus outside of the Constantinople hard fork is on Ethereum 1.X. This will be a new developed update, which is anticipated to take place during June 2019 provided there are no delays.

Buterin said, “Ethereum 1.x, short-term scalability improvements that are going on to the main chain, before we can switch over to sharding. That whole effort started without my involvement at all.” The update is supposedly a replacement of the EVM – Ethereum Virtual Machine.

Technical Review – ETH/USD

ETH/USD daily chart

As detailed earlier, ETH/USD has been moving within a range-block. The upper part of this recent range appears to have slowed down the bulls. The key levels to this block for now, seen at $101 to the upside, and $83.45 to the downside. It is as simple as depending on which area is broken that shall determine the fate of the trend.

Despite the enormous jump of around 16% for ETH/USD, the fact of the matter is the odds are still stacked against the bulls. This being the case so long as the price remains confined within the detailed formation above.

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Altcoins Share Spoils; Ontology, DigiByte, Revain, EOS Take Moonshots Amid Market Surge

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Most major altcoins helped themselves to +10% gains during Monday’s market recovery – a surge which saw the global market cap climb 12% overall, and sent Bitcoin back to the $3,600 range.

Several altcoins raced ahead of the pack, logging between 20% and 107% gains for the day, with DigiByte (DGB), Ontology (ONT), Revain (R), MOAC (MOAC), EOS (EOS) (covered earlier) and Arbitrage (ARB) most prominent among them.

DigiByte Price – DBG/USD

From the daily low of $0.008336, DGB’s dollar value climbed just over 22% up to $0.010210, with the peak landing at around 20:30 UTC.

DigiByte volumes doubled over the course of the day – ahead of the 50% volume increase experienced by the market in general. Still without a Binance listing, despite a long and messy mud-slinging process between Jared Tate and Binance’s CZ, the majority of DGB’s action came from Bittrex, Poloniex and Sistemkoin. Over 75% of all trades came against BTC.

Ontology Price – ONT/USD

Ontology climbed to 31% growth from trough to peak, moving from a coin price of $0.460371 up to $0.605721.

Ontology fell 95% since January’s peak, landing at an ATL (all-time low) in the $0.40 range on December 15th. As one of the NEO platform’s most successful token launches, ONT has literally never found itself at such low prices in its short nine-month existence.

Over 60% of ONT trades went through USDT on Monday, with Binance, Huobi, DigiFinex and OKEx making up close to 80% of overall movements.

Revain Price – R/USD

Revain shot to 61% growth in little over twelve hours, climbing from a coin price of $0.129126 up to $0.208672 by Monday afternoon. Since then the token price fell back to the $0.173 range – a more than 25% pullback.

Despite its relatively unknown status, Revain has averaged daily trade volumes of $2.5 million for the last two quarters of the year – an average volume higher than many coins and tokens in and around the top thirty.

MOAC Price – MOAC/USDT

Just over 99% of MOAC’s trade volume came from one exchange and one trading pair today, namely the MOAC/USDT market on CoinBene.

From the daily low of $0.431884, MOAC climbed 55% against the dollar, landing at a peak of $0.669675. Trade volumes more than quintupled throughout the day, rising from $25,000 to close to $130,000.

MOAC fell 98% from its all-time high back in February, just a month after launch. December 14th marked an all-time low for the coin when it fell to the $0.32 range, from an all-time high of $18.46.

Arbitrage Price – ARB/USD

ARB volumes rose 1,633% in the last two days as the token price climbed 107% from $4.13 to $8.56.

All 100% of ARB’s trades came from just one exchange – CoinExchange, where ARB/ETH made up 93% of the action. ARB/BTC made up the rest.

Arbitrage launched in Q3 of 2018, and went relatively under the radar until a near 1,000% surge in October put it on the map, and in the market cap top hundred.

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