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Ethereum Classic underwent a successful fork Tuesday, as developers diffused a “difficulty bomb” that would have eventually made the cryptocurrency unprofitable to mine. Less than 24 hours later, ETC was trading in the general direction of the market with prices down slightly compared with the previous close.

ETC/USD Price Levels

The value of Ethereum Classic (ETC/USD) peaked at $15.49 in the wake of the fork, according to data from CoinMarketCap. It has since tumbled to $14.93, having declined 2.5% over the previous day.

More than $134 million worth of ETC exchanged hands on Wednesday, down from as much as $196 million last week. OKEx was by far the biggest market, accounting for more than half of all ETC trades. Huobi processed roughly 6% of total transactions in terms of volume.

Ranked 17th by total market cap, Ethereum Classic is valued at $1.5 billion. Its market cap peaked near $4.6 billion during the height of the bull market back in January. The coin’s value has since declined by more than 67%.

The broader cryptocurrency market experienced a similar downtrend on Wednesday, with most major coins falling 2% or more.

Ethereum Classic Gets an Upgrade

The ETC blockchain underwent a successful upgrade at block 5,900,000, according to the latest network data. According to Gas Tracker, the upgrade was timestamped at 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday.

The now diffused code feature was part of the original Ethereum codebase, which later gave rise to both ETC and Ethereum.  Ethereum Classic was itself a fork of Ethereum as developers clashed over loss of funds following the hack of a high-profile smart contract project.

Had the “difficulty bomb” not been dealt with, mining Ethereum Classic would have been rendered unprofitable. Developers had previously identified block 6,100,000 as the absolute latest for implementing the upgrade.

Despite their similar names and common ancestry, Ethereum and Ethereum Classic differ in their technical specifications. Backers of Ethereum are committed to transitioning to a proof-of-stake consensus, something the ETC community is resisting. Electing to stick with proof-of-work, Ethereum Classic advocates say their system better promotes decentralization.  This is tied to the idea that proof-of-work systems require continuous buy-in from validators, who must continuously invest in hardware and thus the project itself.

Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum’s founder, first released the implementation guide for proof-of-stake back in May 2017.

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GBP/USD Price Prediction: Bulls Reclaim 1.2900, Eyes Locked on Another Retest of 1.3000

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  • GBP/USD bulls pick up momentum to the upside, following generally positive tone to Theresa May’s Plan B statement.
  • Next upside targets for the bulls should they firmly breakdown 1.2900 again, will be the psychological 1.3000 mark.

GBP/USD throughout the session on Monday remained very much elevated. This came as market participants were somewhat maintaining an optimistic view. All of which heading into the British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech to the House of Commons, on her Brexit plan b. Of course, this had to be drafted again, given her humiliating defeat at the vote last week, on the initial EU withdrawal plan.

Theresa May Plan B

In terms of her details this time round, she will be going back to Brussels, to seek some amendments to her initial agreement. This needs to be done in order to get a plan through another vote in the commons. Looking at some of the GBP bullish takeaways from this statement; she guaranteed rights for EU citizens at several angles, scraping the application fee EU nationals registering in Britain, discussing the backstop with the DUP this week.

To conclude, PM May appears keen in her language to ensure of a soft-Brexit, rather than one that is hard. All of which supported GBP in its push to session highs, at the time, briefly moving back above 1.2900. The price had given up this area on 18th January, when the bears were reversing the run observed on 17th, where GBP/USD touched to big psychological 1.3000 mark again.

Technical Review – GBP/USD

GBP/USD 60-minute chart. Near-term resistance eyed at 1.2900, with bulls locked in on a retest of 1.3000.

GBP/USD at the time of writing continues to trade around the 1.2900 territory. This price did see a brief period cooling, on touted profit-taking post the statement. Near-term resistance can be seen within this price region, but if convincingly broken down again, then there is decent upside potential. Aside from the supply observed here, there isn’t much in the way of the 1.3000 price region.

Given the renewed optimism around Brexit now, this has assisted in maintaining momentum to the upside for GBP. In terms of support to the downside, a strong area of demand should be noted at 1.2850-25 price region. As can be seen via the 60-minute chart view, this has supported the price since 15th January.

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD Rejected Again by Long-running Descending Trend Line

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  • BCH/USD bulls attempted moving above vital descending trend line capping upside; however , they were dealt another rejection.
  • A recent study suggest Bitcoin Cash is not using anywhere near its full block capacity.

 Bitcoin Cash Bulls Fails to Break Big Resistance

Bitcoin Cash price on Monday is trading in minor negative territory, nursing losses of just some 0.5%, at the time of writing. Over the past three sessions, BCH/USD has traded very closely to a descending trend line. The price continues to face rejection when attempting to break above the aforementioned line; however, the bulls do not have enough momentum. This trend line has been in play since 6th November, right at the start of the pick up in downside, at the back end of 2018.

While BCH/USD was confined below the above-mentioned resistance, it fell a chunky 88%. It had dropped from around $650, down to a low of $73.50 on 15th December. Given the current failure to press ahead and break above, the price once again could be knocked back south.

Bitcoin Cash Block Capacity Failure of Use

There is now 500 days’ worth of data to analyze the capacity of Bitcoin Cash when looking at its block size. A recent study conducted by LongHash suggests that the Bitcoin (BTC) blocks on average have been 30x larger than Bitcoin Cash.

Looking at the figures, in terms of Bitcoin Cash, the block size on average has reported to have been just 171 KB since the fork back in August 2017. In real terms, this represents just 2.1% of the total block capacity for BCH. On just one day there the BCH blocks have been more than half full. Back on 15th January 2018, the blocks were able to average 59% of their total capacity, as covered by the recent study.

The study from LongHash further goes on to say, that some will believe that the BCH blocks not nearing their full capacity is a potential positive sign. However, this can also be seen as a lack of interest in Bitcoin Cash, which is somewhat concerning. Most recently, over the past 30 days, the blocks of BCH have averaged just a small 34 KB, which is just around 3.7% of the roughly 923 KB blocks of Bitcoin over that same period.

Technical Review – BCH/USD

BCH/USD daily chart.

Keeping in mind the earlier described rejections for the price, eyes should now note the coming key areas support. Firstly, just ahead of the big psychological $100 mark, at $105, which is an important daily support. The price had last traded around this level between 6-10th December, as it sought comfort at the time, before resuming its move south. If this fails to hold, then a retest of the December low and 2018 low at $73.50 would likely be on the cards.

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Cardano Price Analysis: ADA Must Hold This Key Support or Be Forced to Give Up $0.04 & $0.03

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  • ADA/USDT price action has formed a head and shoulders pattern, subject to a possible neckline break.
  • Chunky supply is heavily capping upside for ADA/BTC, tracking from 0.00001400-0.00001200.

ADA/USDT in the very latter stages of trading on Sunday was seen nursing chunky losses of over 5%. The price has continued to trade within a choppy nature, a failure to see commitment from either bear or bull camp for ten sessions now. Market participants have been treading extremely cautiously since the steep fall on 10th January. ADA/USDT had plummeted a whopping 22% within the mentioned session. It was the biggest drop in a single session observed since 16th January 2018, where the price tanked around 44%.

Head and Shoulders Formation

ADA/USDT daily chart.

Looking via the daily chart view, price action has been constructing a head and shoulders pattern formation. The left shoulder and head are seen with the right shoulder close to completion. Currently the price on the latest candlestick heading south is edging closer to the neckline, which will determine whether the textbook pattern will materialize. In terms of the vital support (neckline), this is tracking at $0.047000. Should the bears sustain the downside momentum observed in this session, then a breakout could be seen in the next day or two.

Key Support Areas

A breach of the above-detailed neckline will likely open another wave of hard selling pressure. On this potential note, key areas of comfort should be known at $0.039000 (daily support), $0.035500 (27-28th December 2018 low area). Going by the distance between the head and neckline of the pattern, a drop down to the December 2018 lows may be seen. As a result, this would see a retest of the low area from 7th-15th December, $0.027600. Strong buyers came into play here in mid-December to send ADA/USDT back into a decent upside trend.

ADA/BTC Technical Review

ADA/BTC daily chart.

Upside is capped as the price trades within a very stubborn area of supply. There is a chunky amount of resistance that tracks from 0.00001400 down to 0.00001200. The price has not traded comfortably above this region since the start of September 2018. Furthermore, given the continued rejection and lack of upside momentum, ADA/BTC could be seen back down to the demand area below, 0.00001000. Further south, eyes would be on December low area, 0.00000800.

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