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Crypto Market Corrects Lower After Recent Show of Strength

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Cryptocurrencies fell sharply on Tuesday, as bitcoin’s reversal from its 50-day moving average and shunned rumors involving Ripple and Coinbase weighed on the market.

Downtrend Resumes

The value of all publicly-traded cryptocurrencies fell by as much as $32 billion on Tuesday, according to data provider CoinMarketCap. By the early evening, the market cap was down about $28 billion to $438.5 billion. At the start of the week, the market peaked around $474 billion.

Bitcoin was among the biggest decliners, falling 7% to $10,729. The digital asset bottomed around $10,601 earlier in the day.

Hacked speculated on Tuesday that cryptocurrencies could be poised for a breakout in the not-too-distant future.Price action involving bitcoin certainly confirmed that trend, as the world’s most active cryptocurrency rebounded 20% from the Feb. 26 swing low to test the 50-day moving average. Even with the latest pullback, bitcoin is still in the midst of a broad upward correction.

Ripple’s XRP token was down double-digits earlier, reaching a low of $0.91. Ethereum fell to a low of $810; it would later recover to $818 for a daily loss of around 4%.

Meanwhile, Litecoin declined 7% to $195.64, while bitcoin cash shed 5% to $1,201.61.

At the time of writing, the top-15 cryptocurrencies by market cap were trading lower. Other sizable losses were reported among Monero, EOS, IOTA and Ethereum Classic. Outside the top-15, Nano fell 10% and Lisk dropped 9%.

Trading volumes on the global exchanges averaged $17.1 billion on Tuesday. Bitcoin’s share of the daily turnover averaged 39.5%, easily tops among crypto assets. Tether was the quote currency on more than 14% of transactions.

Coinbase Squashes Ripple Rumors

XRP was a major catalyst behind the recent rally in the market. On Tuesday, it was among the biggest laggards after Coinbase quelled rumors that it had placed XRP on its short-list of of supported assets.

As Coinbase reminded investors on Monday, the exchange has “made no decision to add additional assets to either GDAX or Coinbase.Any statement to eh contrary is untrue and not authorized by the company.”

The only digital currencies supported on Coinbase are bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and bitcoin cash. Rumors have circulated in recent months that the San Francisco-based exchange will add add multiple currencies to the list, chief among them being Ripple’s XRP.

Crypto assets that land on Coinbase become instantly more attractive for investors because it means they can be bought instantly using fiat currency. This could lead to higher trade volumes and higher prices.

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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Selling Pressure Hits Bitcoin, Altcoins Following Large Rally

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Cryptocurrencies declined across the board on Monday, as the market returned to a defensive posture following a $38 billion inflow over the past six days. Losses affected all major assets but were largely concentrated in altcoins and tokens.

Market Update

From a peak of around $230 billion on Friday, the cryptocurrency market cap has fallen back to $218.4 billion. The brisk selloff began around 00:00 UTC on Monday; the market would go on to lose roughly $8 billion over the span of six hours.

Trading volumes have held steady over the last 24 hours with $13.7 billion transacted on virtual currency exchanges.

All major assets were down on Monday, with XRP and Stellar XLM each declining more than 11%. Both currencies were the top performers last week. XRP is currently trading at $0.517 and XLM is sitting at $0.2556.

Ethereum slipped 5.1% to $232. Bitcoin cash was down 7.3% at 464. EOS, which was briefly overtaken by Stellar in the market cap rankings, declined 6.6% to $5.67.

Losses in bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market cap, were more contained. BTC is down 2.1% over 24 hours to $6,607. Bitcoin’s price crossed the 50-day moving average on Friday and is currently testing that key level.

Pullback Expected

A pullback was expected for the leading altcoins after demonstrating spectacular growth over a short period. XRP posted a three-fold increase in price last week while Stellar XLM added a third to its value in roughly the same period. Cardano was also among the top performers a ADA began its long recovery from a 96% retracement.

Fundamentals were a major catalyst behind last week’s rally but appear to be absent from the recent reversal, reinforcing the view that technical re-positioning was largely responsible. Sharp corrections are common for cryptocurrencies after a large run-up in prices.

With the pullback, bitcoin’s share of the overall market has returned above 52%. Bitcoin’s dominance rate approached six-week lows on Sunday as altcoins and tokens outpaced the leading digital currency.

BTC trade volumes are holding above $4 billion, a figure that is generally consistent with rising prices. Bitcoin’s price action this week could be influenced by expiring CME futures contracts. The September futures contract is set to expire on Friday.

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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Cardano Price Surges Following 96% Retracement

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After a long and brutal correction, Cardano is finally showing signs of recovery. The platform’s native token emerged as one of the biggest winners on Sunday, joining Stellar’s XLM at the top of the leader board.

ADA Price Update

Cardano’s ADA rose by as much as 12% on Sunday to reach a high of $0.093, its best in six days. At the time of writing, ADA was up 7.7% at $0.089, according to CoinMarketCap.

ADA’s daily trade volume has spiked 370% over the past seven days. On Sunday, daily turnover on digital currency exchanges reached $145.9 million. Binance was the biggest spot market for ADA trades, with roughly 40% of transactions taking place on the exchange. Upbit processed nearly a third of the daily turnover.

At current values, ADA has a market capitalization of $2.3 billion, up more than 27% from last week.

Extremely Oversold

While no asset has been spared from the yearlong market downturn, Cardano’s ADA was among the hardest hit. As Weiss Ratings highlighted last week, ADA is among four top-25 coins to have experienced a 90% retracement from its peak. ADA was down a staggering 96% from peak-to-trough, worse than XRP, NEO and IOTA.

Despite experiencing oversized losses relative to the majors, Cardano has been labeled one of the most promising blockchain projects since bitcoin. Founded by Charles Hoskinson, the influential co-founder of Ethereum, Cardano plans to use proof of stake to solve scalability and interoperability challenges. Ouroboros, the proof of stake algorithm employed by Cardano, achieved a significant security breakthrough earlier this year and is now considered “scientifically secure” by the blockchain community.

XRP Factor?

XRP’s three-fold increase since Thursday appears to have paved the way for other cryptocurrencies to follow suit. The market’s total capitalization reached a high near $229 billion on Sunday after XRP briefly overtook Ethereum as the world’s second-largest blockchain.

The market experienced another “flippening” on Sunday after Stellar’s XLM leapfrogged EOS for fifth spot in the value rankings. XLM is back in the no. 6 slot with a market cap of nearly $5.3 billion, but has gained more than 17% over the past 24 hours.

XRP’s price is sometimes considered a bellwether of institutional adoption in blockchain technology. The coin’s sharp and sudden upswing is in direct response to growing institutional adoption of Ripple’s underlying technology as well as the company’s plans to commercialize its cross-border payment platform.

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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UNICEF and Goldman-Sachs Backed Investors Adopt Stellar; XLM Overtakes EOS

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Stellar (XLM) was the beneficiary of two promising pieces of news over the weekend; first that Goldman-Sachs backed financial platform, Circle, has added XLM to its array of investable assets. And secondly that world aid organization UNICEF has expanded its breadth of donatable currencies to include Stellar (XLM).

Just like with XRP a couple of days ago, two big pieces of news was enough to trigger a flurry of buys for the coin in question. While XRP’s flurry cascaded into 115% growth and an influx of $5 billion to daily trade volumes, XLM’s performance has been a little more understated, but still significant.

Stellar (XLM) Displaces EOS

As sentiment began to turn for XLM last night it’s coin price went on a run that eventually resulted in 28% growth by 10:30 UTC Sunday morning. Stellar’s market cap jumped from $4.3 billion to $5.6 billion in that time, displacing EOS as the fifth most capitalized cryptocurrency in the process.

The overnight surge saw XLM trade at a near two-month high of $0.299126 during this morning’s peak – that’s up from Saturday’s low of $0.233491. And just like we saw with the majority of altcoins during the market surge of the last few days, a significant chunk of the action is coming from the eastern markets.

Over 25% of the day’s trades have come in the form of the XLM/KRW (Korean won) pair, based on the Upbit exchange. Likewise today, Cardano (ADA) can also attribute the majority of its 13% to Upbit’s ADA/KRW pair.

Upbit and Bithumb were the source of the majority of the recent market surge, and even today as the XRP hype dies down, Upbit’s XRP/KRW trades still represent the highest concentration of daily action.

XLM Making Moves

The Circle team announced the addition of XLM to their investment platform via this blog post, in which they detail the addition of EOS (EOS), Qtum (QTUM) and Ox (ZRX) as well as Stellar. The post states:

“These 4 assets were selected specifically based on their potential to contribute powerful infrastructure to the broader crypto ecosystem.”

Details on how Circle decide which assets are beneficial to the broader ecosystem can be read here. XLM, along with the other cryptos mentioned, will be available for individual investment or as part of a pre-packaged array of assets.

Over the weekend the Stellar team also took to Twitter to announce that the French division of UNICEF will now be accepting donations in XLM. The announcement by UNICEF  (French language) details the addition of Stellar as well as XRP in the last few days, taking the organization’s list of acceptable cryptocurrencies to nine.

The current batch of cryptocurrencies is now made up of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Monero, EOS, Litecoin and Stellar.

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