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Crypto Markets Get a Boost Heading Into the Weekend as Debate Over Bitcoin ETF Intensifies

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Cryptocurrency prices rose on Saturday, alleviating the risk of an imminent pullback following days of mostly lateral moves. As history has shown, longer periods of sideways trading are often followed by brisk selloffs in bitcoin and altcoins.

Flush of Green

The biggest cryptocurrencies all reported gains at the start of the weekend. Bitcoin, the largest by market cap, climbed back above $3,700 in a show of momentum for the bulls. At last check, the bitcoin price was valued at $3,744.11, having gained 2.5% from Friday.

Bitcoin’s price broke out on Monday but failed to generate sustained bids throughout the week. As a result, it spent most of that period hovering between $3,600-$3,700. Bitcoin faces a major long-term support at $3,550; a break below this key level could be a momentum killer for the bulls.

The leading digital currency continues to be a good barometer for the overall market. With a market dominance rate of 52.5%, bitcoin has a direct impact on how altcoins and tokens perform. It comes as no surprise that coins other than bitcoin rose by more than $2 billion on Saturday, according to CoinMarketCap.

The total market cap of all cryptocurrencies improved to $124.7 billion, up markedly from a 24-hour low of $120.9 billion.

Litecoin was the top gainer among major cryptos, rising 4.4% to $32.65. XRP added 1.7% to $0.3313, Ethereum climbed 2.5% to $125.01 and bitcoin cash rose 1.4$% to $130.70.

Outside the top-ten, IOTA rose 4.1% to $0.3246. NEO advanced 5% to trade at $8.09.

Bitcoin ETF Debate Continues

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has a big decision to make in roughly five weeks: approve or reject the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust. Unlike previous crypto ETF applications, the VanEck-SolidX application proposes a physically-settled bitcoin fund that addresses many of the SEC’s ongoing concerns around investor protection and market manipulation.

Some investors are clinging to the hope that SEC approval of the VanEck-SolidX product will give the market a much needed boost by the end of the first quarter. But the impact of the approval/rejection could depend largely on how the market performs heading into the decision, now slated for Feb. 27. As Hacked reported last month: “The rejection of an ETF approval could affect the market if the price of Bitcoin has been increasing in anticipation of the announcement.” More here.

The consensus among analysts and market observers is that the SEC is unlikely to approve any bitcoin ETF this year. This view was recently echoed by bitcoin bull and CNBC contributor Brian Kelly, who says the bitcoin futures market isn’t mature enough to allow for an ETF to be approved. He didn’t comment specifically on the VanEck application, which has been designed as an alternative to futures-linked products by holding a repository of physical BTC as opposed to derivatives.

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) named crypto as one of six regulatory focal points for 2019. In a recently released report, OCIE said: “Given the significant growth and risks presented in this market, OCIE will continue to monitor the offer and sale, trading, and management of digital assets, and where the products are securities, examine for regulatory compliance.”

For more on this story, read: As Race for Bitcoin ETF Heats Up, SEC Identifies Cryptocurrency as a Top Priority in 2019.

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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XRP Price Analysis: XRP/USD Could be in Serious Trouble as Test of Major Support Back in Play

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  • Ripple’s XRP price is seen trading marginally in negative territory towards the latter part of Friday, with XRP/USD heading for a weekly closure in the red.
  • Ripple has announced a newly improved XRP Ledger 1.2.0 for improved censorship resistance.

XRP/USD: Recent Price Behaviour

Ripple’s XRP price continues to cool, running towards is a third consecutive session in the red as the bulls fail to sustain any upside. XRP/USD has dropped more than 5% over the mentioned period, with the bears set to the test the big psychological $0.3000 mark once again. The price had not traded below this area since 8th February, when it received a chunky amount of buying pressure.

Ripple Announces Newly Improved XRP Ledger 1.2.0

Ripple, the San-Francisco-based blockchain startup, released an updated version of its XRP ledger 1.2.0. The update is expected to significantly improve user experience, in addition to expanding upon the range of services within its offering.

Details provided by the Ripple team suggest that this update has seen its resistance to censorship improve. In other words, a single entity will not be able to decide success or fail. No one will have the ability to alter any transaction once added to the ledger.

Moreover, the upgrade has introduced the MultiSignReserve amendment. Ripple has further streamlined the process, reducing the number of barriers for those involved in signing the transactions. The amendment will now allow just a reverse of 5 XRP, in comparison to the prior of between 15-50 XRP.

The blockchain startup has also announced a bounty program, inviting developers to review their updates in the new version. Should any vulnerabilities or errors be detected, Ripple will reward those who communicate such to them.

Users of the ledger should update to the latest version before 27th February 2019. It is critical that users complete the upgrade, as the server will not be able to determine the authenticity of the ledger. Without the upgrade, transactions will not process and cannot be submitted.

Technical Review – XRP/USD

XRP/USD daily chart.

Last week, the XRP/USD bulls managed significant double-digit gains of around 11%, breaking out of a descending wedge pattern formation. The bearish structure had contained price action since the back-end of December 2018. It was forced to drop around 30% while moving within this wedge after such a promising initial recovery started from the middle of December.

In terms of support to the downside, eyes will be on a retest of the upper part of the wedge pattern. It can be seen tracking around the high-mid $0.28000 region. A significant buying area is also in proximity, ranging from $0.3000 to $0.2500; an area that has on several occasions proven to attract decent sized buyers. Any failure of this providing necessary comfort will expose $0.2000 as the next target.

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 Bulls are Back as Coinsquare Acquires StellarX

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  • XLM/USD is trading up around 4% on Friday, with the bulls looking to break out of a narrowing daily range.
  • Canadian cryptocurrency exchange has acquired StellarX, a decentralised platform.

XLM: Recent Price Behaviour

Stellar’s XLM has seen a pick-up in bullish momentum in the session on Friday, having jumped around 4% at the time of writing. The price has managed to stabilize somewhat after producing all-time lows down at $0.07318000. XLM/USD had remained within an extremely stubborn trend to the south, following the bears smashing out of a pennant structure. The price had been confined since from early December 2018 up to 20th January, when the breach occurred. As a result, a fresh wave of selling pressure hit XLM, forcing the mentioned new bottom.

Coinsquare Acquire StellarX

Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare has acquired the StellarX decentralized exchange. StellarX is a trading platform built by the developers of the Stellar blockchain. The platform was initially launched in July 2018, offering fast transitions, zero costs, and a wide range of asset classes that include crypto, fiat and commodities. XLM is used as the base currency for trading across the decentralized exchange.

The camp at StellarX detailed the announcement via Medium, specifying that they will still be pressing forward with the outlined roadmap noted back in September of last year. StellarX detailed that the reason for the acquisition is to make way for the exchange to maximize its full potential. The platform will be able to leverage the sizeable regulatory experience that Coinsquare has, with their visions to build around the platform. It is worth noting that the Canadian exchange has a network with regulators in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Additionally, Coinsquare also previously managed to secure a relationship with one of Canada’s big five banks, the Bank of Montreal.

Moreover, Coinsquare already has experience with the Stellar network; it previously acquired BlockEQ in the back-end of last year for $12 million. Moving forward, StellarX is going to be led by BlockEQ’s co-founder Megha Bambra, with the sights to continue growing and enhancing the Stellar ecosystem. BlockEQ is a private Stellar wallet which allows users to have total control of their funds via a private key. The wallet is accessible on both mobile and desktop.

Technical Review – XLM/USD

XLM/USD daily chart.

XLM/USD has managed to find its feet after resuming the downside pressure seen throughout 2018 and carried into 2019. This year the price has dropped as much as 45%, due to the crypto market-wide cooling. Should the mentioned bottom area $0.07318000 remain intact, eyes will be on a retest of the breached pennant pattern structure. The bulls must breakdown a small resistance barrier, which is the upper part of the past fifteen trading days range.

Furthermore, the lower part of the pennant is tracking at $0.11150000; a move back here would complete the breakout and retest. Lastly, if this resistance holds firm and rejection occurs, then it could very well make way for another wave of selling pressure.

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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Binance Coin Price Analysis: BNB Profit-Taking Kicks In as Binance’s Business Continues to Defy Cryto Winter

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  • BNB/BTC produces a double-top pattern formation, leaving the door open to further downside pressure.
  • Binance CFO confirms that the organization is still profitable, despite the ‘crypto winter’.

Binance Coin Price Behavior

The BNB token has been outperforming many of its peers over the past few weeks. Since the week commencing 3rd December, BNB/USDT has rallied a chunky 115%. The price recently pushed to its highest levels seen since June 2018, peaking around $0.0027000. Given the prolonged consecutive run north, it isn’t too surprising to see a cooling.

Observing where the price peaked earlier in the week on 12th February, BNB/USDT produced somewhat of a double-top formation. The high was very much in proximity to the top on 17th June 2018. Playing out to the textbook, the market bears piled in after reaching these heights again, as investors took profits following the strong run north from December 2018. As a result, the price is running at its third consecutive session in the red.

Binance Remains Profitable Despite Crypto Winter

The CFO of Binance Wei Zhou was recently speaking in an interview with CBNC, where he commented on the company’s position within the current market downturn. Zhou said, “To date, even in this bear market, we still run a profitable business”. Binance is known to not publicly disclose its financial performance; however, in the past, it has provided several hints that would suggest the business is financially secure.

Back in the summer of 2018, Binance CEO and Founder Changpeng Zhao (“CZ”) disclosed that the exchange’s revenue for the first half of 2018 was roughly $300 million. He did additionally project at the time that net profit would hit between $500 million to $1 billion by the year’s end.

It has been estimated that Binance achieved $446 million in profit last year. It has also been estimated that the Binance ICO offering back in 2017 saw the company raise $15 million for 100 million Binance Coin (BNB) out of 200 million in total supply. Additionally, as part of maintaining its coin, Binance uses 20% of its net profits to buy back BNB and eventually destroy 100 million BNB tokens, according to the whitepaper.

Technical Review – BNB

BNB/BTC daily chart.

Given the recent price developments, there are a couple of bearish confluences to back the bias south. A bull run occurred in such a short space of time, resulting in the price entering overbought territory. Elsewhere, as earlier detailed, the BNB/BTC is playing to the textbook after the double-top formation. The downside pressure could soon drastically pick up the pace, with eyes looking down towards the possible neckline of the technical pattern.

In terms of support, the range of $0.0014000-$0.0012000, which is the potential neckline of comfort, is part of the double-top textbook pattern. A failure of this area holding could see a fall down to 0.0008410, the low of March 2018.

BNB/USDT daily chart.

Looking at BNB/USDT, the bulls ran into massive supply heading into the big psychological $10.00 mark. The price has not comfortably traded above this level since October 2018. This time last week, BNB/USDT managed to break out to the upside from an ascending wedge pattern. There is room for a potential retest of this level, completing the breakout and retest. Support will be sought just on top of the breached pattern, tracking around $7.4000.

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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