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Ethereum Prices Stable Ahead of 06:00 UTC Hard Fork

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The world’s second-largest blockchain community is taking things steady ahead of Monday’s highly anticipated upgrade. At present, there is no indication that any market participant will reject the Byzantium upgrade once Ethereum hits block 4,370,000, which is scheduled to occur around 6:00 UTC.

ETH/USD Price Levels

Ether prices rose by as much as 4% on Monday morning before paring gains later in the session. At press time, the ETH/USD is trading around $342.00, according to Bitfinex, for a market cap of $32.5 billion.

Ethereum’s value has risen by a third since Sept. 15, reflecting a broad rally in the cryptocurrency market. The ETH/USD is expected to continue rising this week as the bulls eye $380.00 and beyond.

On the other hand, ether remains under heavy selling pressure versus bitcoin following the latter’s record-breaking rally. The ETH/BTC exchange rate is currently trading at 0.063.

Hard Fork Countdown

Developers are counting down blocks to signal the upgrade, which means that it can occur at any time. Hard forks are based solely on block number instead of a specific time. Although this is a logical way to orchestrate an upgrade, coordination isn’t always so easy.

Investors can keep track of how many ether blocks have been mined using the Singapore-based CodeTract.

The Byzantium upgrade is part of the much larger Metropolis protocol designed to make the blockchain lighter and more efficient. This will not only boost network privacy, but make it easier for decentralized applications (dapps) to proliferate on the platform.

Hacked.com has kept a close eye on the hard fork all week long. Last week, we reported that developers are mostly optimistic about the upcoming fork. This weekend, we covered a DoS bug that was found on the Geth software and provided an update on the Ethereum Foundation.

Geth, which is Ethereum’s most popular client, issued the following reminder on Saturday:

“Please upgrade before block 4_370_000!”

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Crypto Update: Altcoins Reverse Gains as Bitcoin’s Surge Fizzles Out

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The cryptocurrency market had one of the wildest days in months following yesterday’s epic short-squeeze in Bitcoin that triggered a strong segment-wide rally. While Bitcoin managed to break through several key resistance levels, the major altcoins failed to join the break-out, even as temporarily, some of them managed to move above primary resistance.

Ethereum topped $500 briefly, while Ripple cleared the $0.51 level, as BTC neared the $7650 resistance, but altcoins failed to trigger short-term buy signals, as they promptly reversed gains. As correlations remained very high despite the rally, and a bullish leadership is still missing, the market as a whole still shows bearish characteristics, even as the buy signal is intact in Bitcoin, for now.

Yesterday we also pointed out the relative weakness of altcoins and traders should still remain cautious with new positions, as, despite the recent moves, the technical setup is still unchanged in the segment.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Although Bitcoin reached the next major resistance level at $7650, the weak altcoins now dragged the largest coin back below the $7350 support, and the odds of failed break-out are growing in BTC as well. While the buy signal is intact, the coin needs to stay above $7000 to avoid a bearish reversal, with further support below that found at $6750 and $6500.

Ethereum’s Reversal Warns of a Fake-Out

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While ETH was close to triggering a buy signal, we warned traders that without follow-through the short-term trading range and the declining trend would remain unchanged. The relative weakness of Ethereum persisted today as well, and the coin failed to stay above $500, and now it’s back on a short-term sell signal, and it gave back all off yesterday’s late-day surge.  Primary support is still found at $450, with other levels at $420, $400, $380, and $360 while resistance is ahead at $500 and between $555 and $575.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The bearish leaders, like LTC, Monero, NEO, and Dash couldn’t get durably back above the key breakdown levels, and the major altcoins all followed a similar path to ETH thanks to the elevated correlations. As no buy signals popped up, a trend change wasn’t completed even in the relatively stronger coins. The failed break-outs could point to another move towards the June lows, and traders should still remain cautious with new positions here.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple couldn’t durably move above key $0.51 level despite yesterday’s move, and the coin is now back below the primary $0.49 support following the bearish reversal. The relatively weak coin is still well above the June low, but another test is now likely, and the long-term setups remain dangerous. Further resistance is ahead at $0.54 and at $0.575, while primary support is now found at $0.45.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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Tron Price Gains 36% for the Week – Pushes Back Into Top Ten

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Today TRX coins have grown 13% over 24 hours, and continue to climb in value even as Bitcoin and Ethereum start to slow their rate of growth.

Tron began the day at $0.038 and then climbed to a peak of $0.0430 just a matter of minutes ago. That move pushed Tron’s market cap to just under $3 billion, and sent TRX back into the top ten in market cap rankings.

Going back to July 13th, just five days ago, TRX was priced at $0.0314, meaning today’s recent high of $0.0430 marks a 36% growth in less than a week.

Return to the Top Ten

Tron had been edged out of its prime market cap top ten location in recent weeks by Tether. Or rather, Tether moved up the market cap rankings owing to Tron’s fall. Today Tron has pushed back into the top ten for the first time in what feels like a long time, but is actually only a few weeks. Time slows down in the crypto world. The rollercoaster that a gold or silver investor went through over the last twenty years is experienced by the average crypto holder in the space of a week.

The surge into the top ten would have been helped in no small part by the 88% boost to Tron’s daily trading volumes over the past week – rising from $152 million, to $287 million at the time of writing.

Good Ol’ Hype

Tron’s market growth over the last week has been accompanied by a definite ramping up of the hype train. A quick Google search for ‘Tron trx’ opens up a first page with one Youtube video declaring Tron to be ‘better than Ripple’, and another proclaiming that Tron is the new Apple.

Such posts are viewed with suspicion by the community at large, but no corporate interference is necessarily required for crypto enthusiasts to engage in free shilling for their favourite altcoins.

Earlier today, Tron creator, Justin Sun, announced his intention to run as a candidate for one of the Tron network’s super-representative positions. Sun announced on Twitter:

“I am excited to run for #TRON Super Representative alongside excellent candidates, in the hands of our community. Voting is a crucial part of the #TRON ecosystem and embodies our mission of decentralization and democracy. Every vote counts!”

In a community that prioritizes decentralization, this move is certain to raise eyebrows. Sun already owns 10% of the total TRX token supply, and his presence within the day-to-day running of the Tron network might reek a little too much of ‘conflict of interest’.

But then, the alternative view is that if the network requires super representatives (essentially node operators) to service and govern the blockchain; who better than the guy who wants it to succeed the most?

Answers to these questions may only come when Tron either flies or fails, until then, enjoy the drama if you can.

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Stellar Price Up 77% for the Week as Protocol Gains Sharia Compliance

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The daily volume for the entire crypto market has jumped 144% in the last three days, up from $8.7 billion on July 15th to the current $21 billion at the time of writing. Every coin in the top ten is glowing green, with Stellar in particular showing tremendous growth for the day.

Earlier this morning XLM coins were trading for $0.23. Fast forward just over twenty hours and that price now sits at $0.318 – that’s a 38% increase for the day, and sets Stellar apart as the best performer in the top ten, run close only by Cardano’s 25%+ growth in the same time frame.

Just six days ago, on July 12th, one unit of XLM was valued at $0.179, meaning today’s price marks 77% growth for Stellar in less than a calendar week. Stellar has now smashed through the monthly high, recording its highest market value since May 22nd.

Stellar’s highest concentration of trade movement has come on Binance today, with BTC and USDT being popular trades. The Korean touch is also felt with around 18% of Stellar’s trades coming against KRW on the Upbit and GOPAX exchanges. The overall daily volume for XLM is currently 425% higher than it was this time last week.

Sharia Compliance

According to a Reuters press release which dropped just last night, Stellar has just received a certificate of Sharia compliance, one which will allow them to focus on bringing the 1.6 billion Muslim population onto the blockchain, so to speak.

Muslim adoption of cryptocurrency has always had to contend with religious money laws, but this recent development could be the watershed moment which changes everything – not just for Stellar, but the for the entire crypto market as it spreads across new lands.

Mansoor Ahmed, assistant general manager at Shariya Review Bureau, said that the technological aspects were never a sticking point:

““For the blockchain technology there was no issue, the main thing we needed to consider was the use of the underlying cryptocurrency”

The Islamic approach to finance is one that emphasizes real-world assets, and tangible value. The accumulation of interest, for example, is forbidden in Islamic society, and so it’s easy to see why there were concerns about cryptocurrency to begin with.

Coinbase and IBM

Stellar and Cardano were two of the coins mentioned in the Coinbase tweet earlier in the week, and the spikes they experienced at the time have compounded over the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Stellar’s close relationship with IBM continues to flourish this week as IBM launch their own stablecoin on the Stellar platform.

Stronghold USD is intended to be Stellar and IBM’s answer to Tether; although unlike Tether, one would expect much greater transparency from a company like IBM.

Jesse Lund, IBM’s vice president of Global Blockchain told Reuters:

“IBM will explore use cases with business networks that we have developed, as a user of the token. We see this as a way of bringing financial settlement into the transactional business network that we have been building.”

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