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Ethereum Leads Broad Recovery as Crypto Market Adds $10 Billion

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Major cryptocurrencies were in recovery mode on Thursday, led by Ethereum’s double-digit gain, as investors swept in to buy the market at yearly lows. However, the latest recovery has all the signs of a dead cat bounce, which means the bulls aren’t out of the woods yet.

Market Update

Digital currency values rebounded sharply on Thursday, with the overall market recovering $10 billion in lost market cap. The combined value of all cryptos in circulation reached $186 billion on Wednesday, a new low for the year, but has since recovered to around $196.4 billion.

In terms of percentage gains, Ethereum, Litecoin and Monero were the stand-out performers. Ether surged 12.2% to $193 after hitting 16-month lows on Wednesday. Litecoin jumped 11.7% to trade just below $54. Monero added 15% to $113.

Altcoins and tokens saw their share of the overall cryptocurrency market rise slightly to 43.4%, according to CoinMarketCap. Bitcoin, meanwhile, rose 3% to $6,463.

The market rose even as trade volumes leveled off somewhat. Total market turnover on exchanges edged down to $11.9 billion from an earlier high of around $13 billion.

The rally was largely driven by oversold conditions across most major assets. As such, the market remains in a firm downtrend.

Ethereum Co-Founders Clash

While there are many factors behind ether’s rapid depreciation – ICO cash-out, scalability concerns and a bearish market outlook – bearish comments from one of its co-founders has also aided in the drop. On Sunday, Vitalik Buterin told Bloomberg News that “the blockchain space is getting to the point where there’s a ceiling in sight,” adding that the days of 1,000% price growth are over.

As one might expect, Buterin’s comments prompted a tidal wave of response (and speculation) from the cryptocurrency community. And it didn’t take long for Joseph Lubin, one of Ethereum’s co-founders, to issue a retort. In an interview with CNN, he said the following:

“Vitalik is brilliant, but I would have to disagree with him on that. This is a technology that’s going to impact how economic, social and political systems are built over the next few decades. So we’re really just at the start of this.”

Buterin later clarified via Twitter that he “never said there is “no room for growth” in the crypto ecosystem,” only that “there is no room for 100x price increases.”

As the debate continues, short bets on Ethereum continue to grow. As Hacked reported five days ago, bearish bets on Ethereum have reached an all-time high on Bitfinex, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges. This has since been corroborated by data provider CoinFi, which showed bets against ether have reached record levels.

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Stellar Price Analysis: Grayscale Announces XLM Based Trust; XLM/USD Stuck Within Bearish Structure

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  • Global digital asset management firm, Grayscale, has announced an investment vehicle based around XLM.
  • XLM/USD is moving within the confinements of a bearish pattern structure, subject to a breakout south.

XLM/USD has been subject to very narrow and choppy trading, which has been going on for the past eight sessions now. Price action is moving within a range-block formation, which is seen across the board with several of its peers. This type of behavior does indicate of some potential vulnerabilities to the downside.

The current consolidation mode taken up came into play after a prior period of range-trading, which saw a deep breakout on 10th January. XLM/USD had plummeted by a hefty 20% to its lowest levels seen since 17th December. Despite the mid-December bull run, which was seen to the end of the month, it has not escaped the bear market. Therefore, bull rallies continue to be sold with some force by the bears.

Grayscale Stellar Lumens Trust

Grayscale Investments, a global digital asset management organization, has announced the launch of an investment vehicle based on Stellar Lumens (XLM). This is aimed at giving investors exposure to the cryptocurrency XLM. It is the sixth largest by market cap, just over the $2 billion mark, at the time of writing.

The asset management company tweeted via their official account, “We are excited to announce two big developments! First, today marks the launch of Grayscale Stellar Lumens Trust! Investors can now gain exposure to the price movement of XLM through a traditional investment vehicle.”

Grayscale’s Managing Director, Michael Sonnenshein, noted that this Stellar product that they have introduced was brought in on the back of investor demand. Furthermore, he details that Grayscale’s push to offer investors exposure to “established blockchain projects with substantial traction and resources.” Sonnenshein lastly concluded by noting he is bullish on Stellar and the real use cases that it brings.

Technical Review – XLM/USD

XLM/USD daily chart. Price action is moving within triangular structure.

Price action is currently moving within a triangular pattern structure. XLM/USD has been trading within this since the start of December. The lower support was tested to the downside on 14th December at around $0.094000-$0.093500 prior to the big bounce. Life kicked back into the bulls, forcing the rally up to the tracking resistance, around $0.131500. Furthermore, the pattern has further been confirmed, with several tests to the lower and upper acting trend lines.

Lastly, in terms of the described structure, it can also be perceived as a bearish pennant formation, which again point to downside. Support is currently tracking around the $0.107000 area, and a failure to hold will see the December low retested to the downside, $0.093500. Immediate resistance can be observed at $0.120000-$0.1215000.

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Cash Flow Token, PayPie (PPP) Hits 1,000% Growth on $296 Volume

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Just thirty days away from the longest bear market in cryptocurrency history, one could be forgiven for looking at the altcoin market and assuming we were still in January of 2018.

Every day small cap altcoins are doubling, tripling or quadrupling in value, and several have already gained more than 1,000% this month alone.

The trouble is that most of them are tokens no one has heard of, on exchanges that you’d never sign up to. And even if you did sign up to them, you’d only get there to find the absolute minimum in liquidity, provided by whichever friendly neighbourhood pumper was on duty that day.

PayPie (PPP)

A good example of this phenomena was on display on Thursday night with PayPie (PPP), which hit 904% growth in five minutes, and 1,016% for the week. Irony is never lacking in the crypto space, and PayPie’s proposed role as a cash flow platform seems comical in light of its $296 daily trade volume.

It took just five minutes for PPP to hit 904% growth on Thursday, climbing from the daily low of $0.073341 up to $0.736635 not long after midnight. The weekly low of $0.065958 puts seven-day gains on 1,016% – although it’s difficult to say who exactly is collecting these gains, if anyone at all.

What Is PayPie?

Despite a Bitcointalk forum page which stretches back to 2017 and has 247 pages to its name, no one has posted there since June of last year, over six months ago. In fact, the last post on the page is directly related to PPP’s lack of volume, and the creators’ failure to land the ERC20 token on any new exchanges.

From the project’s website we can gather that PayPie is set up to offer help with cash-flow projections for small and medium-sized businesses. They offer a web app, some monitoring and calculation tools, and email and telephone support for their customers.

Remarkably, not one mention of cryptocurrency, blockchain or the PPP token is made on the company website. No link is posted to a whitepaper, and there is zero mention of team members nor anything tech related. If it wasn’t for the website link on CoinMarketCap there would be no reason to think this was a crypto project, and I still don’t know what PPP is supposed to be used for.

PPP…Past Success

After launching in late 2017, PPP came around just in time to catch the altcoin mega-pump of January 2018, when its trade volume surged to over $1 million, and the coin price reached $3.72.

That’s when ‘development’ was still somewhat active, with occasional communications on Bitcointalk. Since then it has been complete radio silence, although the cash flow company behind PPP continue to post finance tips to their blog, but none of it is crypto related.

Maybe the PPP token is the perfect symbol of 2017’s bubble, when ICO madness caused thousands to attempt to cash in on the crypto gold rush. Despite growing by close to 1,000% in the last twenty-four hours, one gets the feeling this might be one of the last times we hear about PayPie.

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XRP Price Analysis: XRP/USD Behavior is Demonstrating Strong Downside Vulnerabilities

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  • Ripple’s XRP was trading up with modest gains in the latter part of Wednesday, just some 0.60%.
  • XRP/USD continues to move within a narrowing range-block formation. The price is subject to a breakout, with risks pointing to the downside.

Recent Price Behavior

Ripple’s XRP is seen holding very modest gains of 0.6% in the latter part of Thursday’s session. Price action remains limited, given the narrow trading range, in which it is moving in. There is a lack of commitment from both sellers and buyers, and as a result a range-block formation can be eyed. XRP/USD has been within the confinements of this for the past seven sessions now. Currently, there aren’t any technical suggestions of the bulls recovering and picking up the mid-December momentum again.

Given the above-detailed price behaviour, risks point to the downside. One of the key reasons for this is XRP/USD moved into consolidation mode after a recent hard fall on 10th January. Prior to the drop, the price was trading sideways, which was seen from 19th December, apart from the freak spike to $0.46 on 24th December. A technical breakout was then observed, as mentioned on 10th January, where XRP/USD dropped a huge 20%. Keeping in mind the described recent journey for the price, similar movements are currently playing out.

Range-block

XRP/USD 4-hour chart.

A breakout is imminent, given that price action is getting tighter. It is worth noting the key levels around this range-block. In terms of the lower support, this should be noted at the $0.3200 mark, the recent low area of 13-14th January. The upper part of this technical formation is eyed at $0.3450, the high from 11th and 14th January.

If the bears manage to force a breach of the above-described, then XRP/USD will quickly be forced to give up the psychological $0.3000 mark. A large area of demand is seen tracking from $0.3000-$0.2500. This has proven to find strong buyers on several occasions – December 2017, August and September 2018.

Furthermore, to see XRP/USD fly the way it has in the past will require a serious amount of upside momentum. Given all of this sideways trading and consolidating, the price is building new areas for itself to have to break down. In terms of upside resistance, this should be noted running from $0.3500 up to $0.4000. Lastly, the price as mentioned earlier, was ranging here between 19th December to 10th January.

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