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Ethereum Prices Stabilize After Bullish Breakout

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Ethereum stabilized against the dollar Friday, after a bullish advance took the world’s No. 2 digital currency back toward the $300 price range.

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Bulls Stop Short at Psychological Level

A bullish breakout on Thursday sent ether prices surging toward the all-important $300 level. The ETH/USD maxed out around $287 on Thursday before falling $30 in subsequent hours. In the process, ether fell through the 50% Fibonacci retracement level of the Sept. 18 breakout.

The ETH/USD is up more than 2% during Asian trade, with prices hovering around $264. The latest pullback pushed ether into oversold territory, according to the Relative Strength Index. In the process, prices have moved below the 100-day simple moving average (SMA).

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Ethereum briefly fell below $200 last week after China moved forward with its ban on ICOs. Chinese authorities are now ordering bitcoin exchanges in the capital to close as its attack on cryptocurrency widened. All bitcoin exchanges in Beijing and Shanghai have submitted plans to wind down their operations.

China is taking a knife to cryptocurrency as part of a plan to reduce the country’s exposure to financial risk. Savvy mainland investors have used digital currency to reduce their exposure to the yuan, a volatile currency that has been systemically devalued since mid-2015.

As it turns out, bitcoin traders are moving to Japan for more favorable regulations. The Japanese government has decided to recognize the blockchain, setting the stage for large uptake in the world’s third-largest economy.

Coindash Hacker Returns $3 Million Worth of Ether

In a surprise twist, a Coindash hacker has reportedly returned $3 million USD worth of stolen ether funds to his victim. The attack was carried out two months ago when hackers hijacked Coindash and redirected more than $7 million worth of ether into their private coffers.

Ether rose sharply through the latter half of summer, making the pot of stolen funds about $3 million more valuable at today’s prices.

The $3 million return transaction is listed on the blockchain and has been publicly announced by Coindash.

The Coindash platform combines cryptocurrency trading with social network capability for investors. This puts it in the same realm as eToro, a leading online financial broker that has pioneered social trading. It too has moved into the cryptocurrency sphere after starting off as a forex broker.

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BitConnect Cryptocurrency Tanks After Company Shuts Exchange

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The value of BitConnect’s BCC token plunged on Wednesday, just one day after it abruptly announced it was closing down its controversial lending and exchange operation.

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BCC Fire Sale

BitConnect’s native token plunged to a session low of $5.69 as investors rushed for the exit. At last check, the cryptocurrency was down 90% to trade at $18.97, according to data provider CoinMarketCap. That was the lowest level since June, bringing BCC’s total market cap to $149 million.

Total daily trade volume for BCC amounted to $23.4 million, with HitBTC accounting for roughly 37% of the transactions.

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More pain is coming for BCC as investors rush to erase any exposure they once had to the controversial parent company. Various reports have indicated that holders of BCC have struggled to sell their tokens despite the platform appearing operational. This suggests that another fire sale may be on the horizon.

BitConnnect announced Wednesday that the rapid decline of its token’s price was a direct result of releasing all of its members’ coins at once.

The decline also happened to coincide with a broad selloff in the broader cryptocurrency market. The total market cap of all cryptocurrencies in circulation has declined by roughly $250 billion since Saturday, with all the major coins suffering heavy losses.

Halting Operations

BitConnect closed down shop after receiving two cease-and-desist letters from the Texas State Securities Board and the North Carolina Secretary of State Securities Division.

The company was honest about the reasons for exiting the market in a blog post that appeared on Jan. 16. According to the post, continuous bad press and multiple DDoS attacks also factored into its decision to close the operation. According to the blog post, all active loans will be transferred to users’ BitConnect wallet in a deposit worth $363.62, a rate that was calculated based on the coin’s average closing price for the past 15 days.

“In short, we are closing lending service and exchange service while BitConnect.co website will operate for wallet service, news and educational purposes,” the post said.

Prior to the announcement, BitConnect was accused by many in the blockchain community of being a Ponzi scheme. The criticisms have been levied by voices as diverse as day traders to Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ethereum. The company operated a four-tier business model that promised users higher returns for bigger initial deposits. Through proprietary “volatility software” and other tools, BitConnect guaranteed users 1% ROI on a daily basis and up to 40% per month. Value investors rarely take such promises seriously.

If we take the blog post at face value, the team has no plans to abandon the project entirely. The post added: “This is not the end of this community, but we are closing some of the services on the website platform and we will continue offering other cyptocurrency services in the future.”

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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Technical Analysis: Bitcoin Hits First Correction Target as Volatility Reigns Supreme

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The violent correction that created a full-on panic in the cryptocurrency segment continues to unfold in a rather orderly way from a technical standpoint, reflecting the extreme nature of the preceding rally. That said, the percentage losses in some of the coins are huge, and the collapse of Bitconnect accelerated the process, spreading uncertainty among investors, and sentiment quickly got bleak.

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Bitcoin remains in the center of attention, and the most valuable coin finally breached the $10,000 level today, causing another strong wave of liquidation in the majors, that could be the base of a more durable bottom, and a consolidation in the coming days after the crazy last couple of days.

The coin is now oversold from a short-term perspective, and although further losses are likely before the end of the cycle, given the still only neutral long-term momentum readings, a counter-trend move is possible in the coming days. Below, $9000, strong support levels are still found at $8200 and near $7650.

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BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Altcoins got slaughtered in the two-day crash with Ripple leading the way lower, while Ethereum also lost its relative strength amid the broad sell-off and its recent trendline break. ETH got close to the next major support level at $740 during today’s move, and as the short-term momentum is now oversold, a bounce to the zone around $1000 could be ahead. We still expect the correction to continue in the token, as the long-term momentum remains overbought, with key support at $625 and near $575.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple fell as low as the $0.85 support level during the crash, and although the coin rebounded above $1 afterward, it remains 70% off its recent all-time highs. Long-term investors could already accumulate small positions on the short-term sell-offs, although the correction will likely continue, and a prolonged consolidation phase might also be ahead. Key support levels are now found at $0.85 and $0.68, while resistance is ahead at $1.25.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Market Update: Bitcoin at $10,000, Ripple at $1, Ethereum below $1000 as Carnage Continues

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Yesterday’s China induced technical breakdown led to an unmitigated disaster in the crypto segment, as all of the majors crashed, erasing hundreds of billions of market cap in the process. The collapse of the alleged Ponzi scheme of Bitconnect added insult to injury and caused another wave of selling in late trading, driving the price of Bitcoin to $10,000, a bit earlier than expected.

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BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The most valuable digital currency rebounded as much as 15% after the late-session crash, but the selling pressure remained strong and today BTC briefly traded below yesterday’s low, with most of the majors holding up above the crash low.

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That said, the sell-off is unlikely to be over and volatility is probably here to stay for the week, with violent swings in both directions. The coin is still likely to push lower, with a possibly lengthy bottoming phase, so a quick recovery to the record highs is unlikely, but strong support is found below $10,000 at $9200, $8200, and $7650.

Traders should be aware of the elevated risk in short-term positions here, while long-term investors could slowly accumulate positions on the sell-offs, as the coins are headed to oversold territory.

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