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Crypto Selloff Deepens as Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork Proves More Costly Than Ever Predicted

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Cryptocurrencies plunged anew on Saturday, as the majors struggled to establish a firm price floor following consecutive price declines over the past two weeks. Despite a whopping 41% drop over that stretch, a lack of adoption means prices are still searching for a bottom. As it turns out, the bitcoin cash hard fork instigated on Nov. 15 is proving more costly than ever imagined.

Market Update

The crypto-market selloff intensified late Saturday, as asset values plunged $15 billion over the span of just four hours. At the time of writing, the combined value of all cryptocurrencies at $123.4 billion, the lowest in over 14 months. Losses have reached a staggering $84 billion since Nov. 14.

Bitcoin’s price not only fell below the $4,000 floor, it touched new lows of around $3,755. Aggregate data courtesy of CoinMarketCap show an average price of $3,875 at press time, a decline of 11.2% on the day.

With the exception of a few dollar-backed stablecoins, no major cryptocurrency was spared from the carnage that ensued late Saturday. Among top-ten coins, losses ranged from 7% to 15%, with Stellar XLM shouldering the heaviest declines. The XLM price is currently hanging right around the $0.15 mark.

XRP fell 8.5% to $0.374, bitcoin cash lost 13.9% to $180 and Ethereum shed 8.8% to trade at $114.

Hard Fork’s Devastating Impact

The bitcoin cash hard fork instigated on Nov. 15 is proving more costly than ever imagined. Although the recent skid cannot be attributed solely to the fork, the resulting hash war between the ABC and SV chains has done significant damage. It not only diverted mining power away from bitcoin, but also undermined investor sentiment, created permanent fissures in the BCH community and demonstrated yet again that decentralization makes forking relatively easy.

The market-wide selloff began on the eve of the hard fork and has continued in multiple waves of selling that intensified earlier this week before going another leg lower on Saturday.

As Hacked reported on Thursday, billionaire entrepreneur and casino mogul Calvin Ayre acknowledged that the bitcoin cash ABC chain won the hash war, but did so only by cheating. In an article posted on CoinGeek, Ayre called for a “permanent split” between the two chains, which would allow for a “win-win” resolution to the hash war.

Most major exchanges have already recognized the ABC chain as the primary implementation for bitcoin cash and have rewarded it the BCH symbol accordingly. Ayre added that “Bitcoin SV is the original Bitcoin and not the original Bitcoin Cash.”

Craig Steven Wright, one of the more controversial backers of bitcoin SV, tweeted Ayre’s article on Friday and issued the following statement:

“In discussions with Calvin and his team, they want to focus on the Business applications we have coming in the new year and I respect his advice. As the following message from Calvin says, if they add replay protection, we will let the market decide.”

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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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Cryptocurrencies Still Recovering Strong After Monday Rally; BitMEX Sees 24/7 Trading as the Future

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Cryptocurrency prices maintained their firm uptrend on Tuesday, a sign that the latest rally attempt has further room to grow. Rising volumes and steady gains in the last hour of trading point to further momentum up ahead.

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The cryptocurrency market capitalization is currently valued at $115.4 billion, according to latest available data. In doing so, it surpassed Monday’s peak and put crypto values on track for a bigger short-term recovery. Asset values bottomed near $100 billion on Saturday, the lowest in 16 months.

Trading volumes have skyrocketed in the last 24 hours, as waves of buying flooded the market. Turnover is up 47% since Monday, with the top-ten exchanges reporting a volume increase of 43% to 102%. The top-four exchanges – Binance, OKEx, Huobi and DigiFinex – each processed more than $500 million in trades.

In terms of individual currency, bitcoin was up 1.4% in the last hour to trade at $3,567. The leading digital currency rose double-digits on Monday, the anniversary of its last record high, which served as a catalyst for the broader market.

XRP gained 1.7% to $0.3346. In doing so, it extended its 24-hour advance to 10.4%.

Ethereum is up 1.5% on the hour to trade at $95.45. EOS rose another 2.9% to $2.52 and has now gained 17.4% over the past 24 hours.

With the exception of Tether (USDT), a dollar-backed stablecoin, all cryptocurrencies in the top-25 by market cap had reported gains Tuesday. USDT was stable around $1.01.

The latest recovery attempt looks convincing relative to price action in recent weeks. However, the bulls aren’t out of the woods yet. Depressed market sentiment could trigger fresh waves of profit-taking before the week is over.

BitMEX and the Future of Trading

Crypto derivatives platform BitMEX believes cryptocurrencies have set a precedent for how other markets will behave in the future. In a recent episode of the Unchained podcast with Laura Shin, BitMEX CEO and co-founder Arthur Hayes said he expects 24/7 markets will become the new norm in the future.

At the same time, Hayes indicated that the “jury is still out” on whether cryptocurrencies are a new asset class or just a “blend” of financial instruments. At the very least, bitcoin and cryptocurrencies could become a “new way of raising capital and sending value around the world.”

BitMEX has been at the center of the bitcoin selling spree of the last six weeks. As bitcoin printed successive lows, volumes on the exchange skyrocketed. At its highest point, BitMEX was processing more than a third of bitcoin’s daily trade volumes on virtual currency exchanges. Clearly traders were shorting BTC.

According to CCN, BitMEX processed nearly $1 trillion in volume over the past year.

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Crypto Update: Ripple and Litecoin Lead Another Rally Attempt

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The last 48 hours saw a nice bounce in the cryptocurrency segment, which led to improvements in the short-term technical setup of some of the most oversold coins. While the rally, which is being spearheaded by Litecoin and Ripple, hasn’t changed the still overwhelmingly bearish long-term picture, it could be the start of a larger scale counter-trend move. We will take a closer look at the broader picture in our long-term cryptocurrency analysis, which will be released tomorrow.

The deeply oversold long-term momentum readings and the horrible sentiment in the segment could fuel a more sustained move, but until we have confirmation that the short-term trend change in the key coins, traders and investors should remain defensive even towards the relatively stronger coins.

The strongest coins should form a pattern of higher highs and higher lows before entering new positions, and for now, our trend model only shows neutral short-term readings even in the case of the leaders, and most of the coins are still on sell signals on both time-frames.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin hit marginal new bear market lows before bouncing higher yesterday, and although the coin got close to the $3600 level, it remains in a bearish technical setup, and our trend model is still on sell signals on both time-frames.

That said, a move above primary resistance could set up a failed breakdown pattern, which could trigger a larger scale correction, but for now, traders and investors shouldn’t enter positions here. Further strong resistance is ahead between $4000 and $4050, while support is found near $3250 and $3000.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum also remains on sell signals on both time-frames despite the rally attempt, as it continues to be stuck below the key $95-$100 resistance zone. The coin is still deeply oversold from a long-term standpoint, but until a confirmed short-term trend change, odds still favor new lows in the coming weeks, and traders should stay away from Ethereum here. Further strong resistance is ahead near $120 and $120, while the next major support zone is found between $73 and $75.

Bullish Leadership Finally Forming Among Altcoins?

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin spiked as high as the $30-$30.50 support/resistance zone on Monday after breaking out above the $26 resistance level and it also broke the steep short-term downtrend line. Should the coin form a higher swing while remaining above $26, a short-term trend change would be confirmed, but for now, given the clearly bearish long-term picture, traders should wait before entering the coin’s market. Below $26, key support is found between $23 and $23.50 while the next major resistance level is ahead at $34.50.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple is on a similar technical position to Litecoin, as although the sharp bounce took the coin above both the $0.30 and $0.32 resistance levels after hitting marginal new lows, a short-term trend change is not yet confirmed.

The coin needs to form a higher swing low and stay durably above $0.32 for an upgrade to buy in our trend model, and for now the long-term sell signal remains clearly in place, with the next major resistance zone is found near $0.3550.

XMR/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On a negative note, only a few coins show clear technical improvements thanks to the rally attempt, and the likes of Monero, DASH, Stellar, NEO, and ETC only registered weak bounces and even in the case of the surging EOS and IOTA, the gains were only enough to regain a fraction of the recent losses.

So, while a short-term trend change could be ahead after the rout, traders should remain cautious until a clear bullish leadership is established in the segment.

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