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Ethereum’s Hard Fork Is Coming

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It won’t be long before Ethereum’s long-awaited Metropolis upgrade is underway. The hard fork for Byzantium – the first leg in the update – will occur at block 4,370,000, or roughly Oct. 16.

Developers Optimistic

Ethereum’s core development team is optimistic that clients will upgrade their software uniformly, ensuring there is no unintended splits. Clients are required to make all the necessary changes accompanying Byzantium to ensure the upgrade is completed in unison.

The blockchain’s most popular client, Go Ethereum (Geth), has already undergone the upgrade.

Hacked reported last month that, under protocol EIP 649, ether blocks will be mined ten seconds faster than they are currently. To safeguard the integrity of the token, the new protocol will also lower the reward miners receive per block to 3 ETH from 5 ETH.

Hard fork testing began last month on Ropsten, Ethereum’s simulation environment. The test included a trial of several Ethereum Improvement Protocols (EIPs) that will be introduced in the upcoming hard fork.

The development team met over the weekend to discuss the upcoming hard fork, and generally agreed that everything is on track. No other meetings are scheduled before Oct. 16.

A high-profile fork involving bitcoin occurred over the summer, giving rise to Bitcoin Cash (BCH). More than two months later, Bitcoin Cash remains highly volatile.

Ether Prices Gaining Traction

Ether has gained momentum over the weekend, with prices hovering near one-month highs. Prices are currently trending north of $311 for a total market capitalization for $29.6 billion. Ethereum is the world’s No. 2 cryptocurrency by market cap.

Ether has gained nearly 3,600% since the start of January, when one token was valued in the single digits. The asset peaked above $400 in June before approaching that level again in September. Crypto assets are in a broad consolidation phase following China’s regulatory attack on initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency exchanges.

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    October 10, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Is there going to be a new derivative of the fork from ethereum like bitcoin cash?

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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Blows Through $7000 but Altcoins Still Lag Behind

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The relief rally in the cryptocurrency segment continued in earnest today, as Bitcoin still lead the way higher posting its best daily performance since April. The most valuable coin stole the show, although the whole market blasted higher, with the total value of the coins getting close to $300 billion, up by around 20% in a matter of days.

While the segment is still not out of the woods, BTC triggered a short-term buy signal in our trend model, as it overcame major resistance levels for the first time since May, finally showing some technical progress. That said, most of the majors are still stuck in, or right at the top of their trading ranges, and besides Bitcoin, buy signals are few and far between even considering the smaller coins, as correlations are still very high.

Trading volumes were also the highest in months, as especially Bitcoin triggered automatic orders while surging through several strong resistance levels. Bulls would still need further coins to join the break-out and fro now the long-term setup is still just little changed.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC cleared the $6750, $7000, and $7350 levels in a bit more than an hour, and the epic short squeeze settled down near the latter resistance, for now. The coin is now on a short-term buy signal, and should a higher low form in the coming days, a new short-term uptrend could be established.

The coin needs to stay above the $7000 level to keep the signal intact, and given the relative weakness in Altcoins, the long-term outlook is still mixed. Resistance is now ahead between $7650 and $7800, while further support is at $6500.

Ethereum at $500 as Ripple Tests $0.51

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Bitcoin is already above primary resistance, Ethereum is trading right at the $500 level, leaving the short-term trading range intact. The coin is close to triggering a buy signal, but it remains relatively weak and traders should wait for follow-through before playing a possible trend change. Primary support is still found at $450, with other levels at $420, $400, $380, and $360, while further resistance is ahead between $555 and $575.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With all of the majors registering large gains, and even some the recently weak coins like LTC, XRP, and Dash are trading near key resistance levels, further short-term buy signals could pop up in the segment, but until a confirmed new uptrend, traders should remain cautious with new positions.

As an example, Ripple is trading slightly above the $0.51 resistance currently, but a break-out is not yet confirmed, and the trading range remains dominant. Further resistance levels are ahead at 0.54 and $0.575, while support is now found at $0.49 and $0.45.

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Crypto Update: Technical Setup Unchanged Despite Encouraging Rally

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Cryptocurrency bulls could breathe a sigh of relief on Monday as the secular uptrend in the most valuable coin got saved yet again, as BTC rallied above $6500 for the first time in a week after a low-volume consolidation period just above the $6000 level. All of the majors joined the rally as correlations remain very high in the segment, and the market recovered 10% on average with the total market cap of the coins getting back to $275 billion.

Despite the rally, the top coins are still stuck under key resistance levels, as the recent swing highs are still above the current prices and from a short-term standpoint, the downtrend is still intact. Until a move above the crucial levels, traders should still stay away from opening new positions, as odds continue to favor another test of the June lows.

That said, given the still intact long-term bullish setups in the most important digital currencies and the very negative sentiment that developed thanks to the long declining trend, a short-term trend change could be ahead. A bullish leadership is still yet to form, although Bitcoin’s short-term relative strength is a positive sign.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

In BTC’s market, all eyes are once again on the $6750-$7000 zone that has capped the really attempts for a month now, and below that zone, the largest coin remains on a short-term sell signal. As the coin didn’t hit a lower low, a bullish pattern could form in the coming weeks, but until it remains in the current trading range, traders shouldn’t enter the market. Support above the long-term $5850 level is found at $6500, $6275, and $6000 while further resistance is ahead at $7350.

Altcoins Slightly Lagging Behind Amid Broad Rally

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The major altcoins are in very similar short-term technical setups, thanks to the strong correlation between the coins, and the most bearish coins, like Litecoin, NEO, Monero, and Dash are still below the key support levels that they violated in June. While the previous lows held up this weekend, investors should still remain defensive with regards to the relatively weak currencies.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

That still points to a dangerous long-term setup in the segment, and further technical progress is needed to switch the segment-wide trend. Ethereum remains below the key $500 level, although the coin managed to rally above the $475 level yet again, despite being relatively weak from a short-term perspective compared to BTC.

A rally above $500 would be a very positive short-term sign for ETH, and it could trigger a move to the $555-$575 zone. Primary support is at $450, with further levels at $420, $400, $380, and $360, and below $500 the short-term sell signal is intact.

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Ethereum Price Returns to Weekly High; EOS Behind ‘Fish’ Attack?

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Ethereum has regained lost ground over the week, returning to the seven day high of $475, even breaking the $476 mark just under an hour ago. For the last few days pundits and analysts marked the $450 barrier as the breakout point, but the growth really accelerated after breaching the $455 level.

In the last twelve hours or so Ethereum went from a price of $446.86 up to $476.13 – a 6.5% growth. If we look at the the strongest surge, which occurred six hours ago at 10am (UTC), we see that ETH prices experienced a 5% spike within just a few hours.

Looking at the weekly trend we see that ETH was falling in value against the dollar for six out of the seven days. Yesterday the coin tried to push upwards, but flattened out in the middle of the day. Last night into today marks Ethereum’s (and most of the market’s) first extended growth pattern for the week.

On June 16th Ethereum’s price was around $489 – not all that far off today’s level. Yet by June 21st the price had hit $543.72, meaning ETH’s value still stands at 12.5% less than during the monthly peak.

Exchange Activity

Bitcoin started the day with faster growth than Ethereum, but eventually fell away to 3.88% growth, compared to Ethereum’s 6.5%. The vast majority of Ethereum’s trades are coming against BTC right now, with ETH/BTC making up around 27.5% of the daily total.

The next most popular trade is against USDT, making up nearly 20% of the 24 hour volume.

The busiest exchange for Ethereum today has been CoinEx – the China-based exchange where the biggest trade volumes come in the form of BTC/USDT trades.

Interesting to note is Ethereum’s second most concentrated source of activity today, namely on Bitfinex where 5% of ETH’s daily total has been directly against U.S Dollars. That amounts to $80 million of the daily volume of $1.7 billion, and marks a sharp influx of new money into the markets.

iFishYunYu Attack

Spam attacks are nothing new to the Ethereum network, and are ultimately helpful in the long run due to their tendencies to highlight potential weaknesses in the platform.

The spam attacks commenced again this week as a smart contract began to overload the Ethereum network with pointless, meaningless transactions. At one point the flurry of activity raised gas prices to over 200 gwei, while some users have reported fees of several ETH at the absolute peak of the spam.

The attack was configured using Ethereum’s own token launching features. Around 5 billion ‘Fish’ tokens were created and distributed to multiple wallets, which then distributed them around to more. What followed was a senseless series of transactions between the wallets which eventually succeeded in congesting the network.

The issue has since been resolved, but already some Ethereum developers are pointing the finger at representatives, either official or unofficial, of EOS. Let the crypto wars commence…?

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