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Litecoin Prices Surge as Major South Korean Exchange Enables Trade

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Digital currency Litecoin is about to get more exposure after one of South Korea’s biggest exchanges added the coin to its product listing. Broader market exposure was apparently reflected in Litecoin’s price on Tuesday.

Coinone Adds LTC

Earlier this month, South Korea’s Coinone added Litecoin to its platform, where it reportedly processed more than $3.2 billion in its first 24 hours. That quickly made South Korea one of Litecoin’s top exchanges.

Coinone is the Asian country’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange. The only exchange processing more transactions is Bithumb, which also happens to be the biggest trading platform in the world. South Korea is highly active in LTC trades, with Bithumb accounting for more than a quarter of Litecoin trade flows worldwide. South Koreans have also shown a propensity to back lesser popular or more volatile coins, such as Bitcoin Cash, which forked from the original blockchain in August.

As one of the world’s premier coins, Litecoin is offered on many of the leading exchanges. For example, it is one of three cryptos available on Coinbase, which reached a total valuation of $1 billion this past summer.

LTC/USD Price Levels

Litecoin climbed above $63 on Tuesday, reaching its highest level in over three weeks. LTC/USD consolidated around $61.20, which amounts to double-digit gains. The digital asset is up nearly 14% over the past five days, but is trading at only a fraction of its all-time high closer to $90.

Measures of momentum and relative strength suggest LTC/USD has further room to grow. Price action has been slowly gaining traction since the market crash in September that was triggered by China’s blanket ban on cryptocurrency trading. With the recent pop, Litecoin appears to have overcome a bearish bias that formed immediately after the mid-October rally, which stalled just above current price levels.

At a market cap of $3.34 billion, Litecoin is the world’s fifth largest cryptocurrency.

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Binance Coin Price Analysis: BNB Bulls Maintain Elevation Following Testnet Launch for Binance DEX

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  • Binance Coin on Friday is holding healthy gains of around 3% in the early part of the session.
  • The decentralized exchange Binance DEX testnet was launched earlier this week. Binance will be looking to gather user feedback before an official roll-out of the platform.

Binance’s BNB price continues to somewhat outperform several of its peers. BNB/USDT is trading up over 3% in the early part of the session on Friday. Since the start of February, the BNB bulls have enjoyed a strong move north, having gained around 80%. The price is currently trading in proximity to its highest levels since October 2018, entering a zone that is known for sellers. The next significant technical barrier for the bulls is within reach; for greater upside it must be broken down.

Binance DEX Testnet Running

Earlier this week, Binance, the world largest cryptocurrency exchange by traded volume, launched the testnet for its decentralized trading platform. Binance DEX has been made available for public testing; users can create crypto wallets and start familiarizing themselves with the platform’s interface. The platform is running on the Binance Chain, which is their proprietary blockchain.

Furthermore, the company released a blockchain explorer for the testnet; this allows users to search by an individual block, transaction, asset, address and order ID via the blockchain. The community will be able to participate as individual nodes, in addition to holding their private keys.

Binance has noted it will need to start gathering much feedback from its community on this current testnet. The company can then look at the timeline for a major final step of rolling out the decentralized exchange.

The CEO and co-founder Changpeng Zhao commented following the announcement:

“With Binance DEX, we provide a different balance of security, freedom, and ease-of-use, where you take more responsibility and are in more control of personal assets.”

Technical Review – BNB/USDT

BNB/USDT daily chart.

Given current upside momentum, the areas of resistance must be noted as potential barriers to disrupt this bull run. Firstly, a supply area can be observed just ahead tracking from $10.90 up to $11.63. The BNB/USDT bulls faltered here on several occasions in August, September and October 2018. The damage occurred after the rejection in October, which gradually went on to lead to a steep bearish trend that commenced in November. The price went on to drop around 50%, throughout November up to early December.

Another chunky wave of buying pressure would likely come into play, should the bulls break the mentioned supply. Furthermore, eyes will then be on a return back towards the $14-$15 price range. BNB/USDT last traded up at these heights back in August 2018, just before the bear market kicked in again with intense selling pressure.

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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Monero Price Analysis: The Choice of Cyber Criminals, XMR/USD is Vulnerable to Full Reversal

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  • Monero price on Thursday was hit with steep losses, dropping as much as 5% in the session.
  • Trend Micro, a security intelligence firm, finds a Monero hacking tool for installing mining malware.

XMR/USD: Recent Price Behavior

Monero’s XMR price has been cooling over the last day, having dropped around 5% at the time of writing on Thursday. The move south comes after a decent run higher over the past couple of weeks. XMR/USD jumped almost 30% from 7th February up to 19th February, before easing away from the high print. The price did manage to hit its highest level seen since 10th January.

Security Intelligence Identifies Monero Hacking Tool

Researchers at Trend Micro, a security intelligence firm, have detailed that there is a notable surge in a Monero hack-tool installation. It reportedly attempts to exploit a vulnerability seen on Windows SMB, which has been patched up since 2017. Organizations in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Italy are said to be the ones targeted, according to the researchers.

The blog published via Trend Micro details that the tool seems to be a merger of existing threats. In particular, it has targeted Microsoft Windows users – MIMIKATZ and RADMIN. As per Trend Micro:

“Between the last week of January to February, we noticed an increase in hack tool installation attempts. That dropped seemingly random files into the Windows directory. Initially appearing unrelated, the analysis showed the final payload to be a Monero cryptocurrency-mining malware variant. It scans for open port 445 and exploits a Windows SMB Server Vulnerability MS17-010 (patched in 2017) for its infection and propagation routines.”

The research does not come as much of a surprise, given the raft of Monero mining malware threats seen over the past year. Cyber criminals have strong favor for the altcoin given its privacy and anonymity, in addition to the ease of mining it on devices as simple as laptops and smartphones.

Technical Review – XMR/USD

XMR/USD daily chart.

Given the current edging south, eyes are now on the next area of support, which can be seen below at the prior acting range-block formation. XMR/USD between 11th Jan to 8th February was moving within a narrowing daily range. The area above this is now acting as support, as seen between 10-17th February. This came into play after a breakout and retest of the breached block. In terms of the comfort area, it is seen tracking from $47.50 down to $42.00. The bear pressure may prove to be too much for the support and force a breach. Another potential retest of the low down at $38.80 could be called into action.

Lastly, resistance to the upside is observed from the $53-$60 price range, which is the near-term supply and high area from 24th December to early January 2019. Further north, there can also be a chunky barrier seen ahead of the psychological $100 mark, tracking from $75-$95 range.

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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Why Investors Should Be Paying Attention to Aelf

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So far, each iteration in the evolution of cryptocurrencies and blockchain companies has come with its own issues and setbacks. This is because the scale of the companies is actually fairly limited, and not as comprehensive as the promises made by blockchain fanatics.

Part of this the lack of connectivity between blockchains, but there is also the issue of the blockchains not having the scalability necessary to accommodate huge companies. When you have a bunch of separate blockchains functioning out of sync, it is hard to build anything significant, as the “ecosystem” is coming to find.

A Natural Evolution

The evolution of the space started with Bitcoin – there were coins before, but nothing that caught on – which was the equivalent of a “simple app”. It could be traded and used the basic functionality of blockchain, but there was nothing complicated about its use case.

Then there was Ethereum, which allowed for smart contracts and other protocols to be built out upon it. This results in a lot of different apps functioning on the same platform, much like an app platform.

Finally, the hope is that Aelf will be able to create a blockchain operating system (much like Linux) that will add an infinite level of scalability to the platform. It would be developer and consumer friendly and function with high reliability.

Two Key Innovations

This blockchain operating system depends on two major innovations: side chains and a unique governance system. By using a multi-chain architecture rather than a “main” blockchain, they avoid many of the pitfalls of NEO or Ethereum. Ideally, this will allow Aelf to be highly available and have a high transaction-per-second capacity.

Additionally, companies will be able to rent out nodes (nodes as a service) to help process their side chains when they’re having scaling issues. This is one of the many benefits of operating on an operating system-esque model.

The governance system for Aelf must be unique, since regular consensus algorithms wouldn’t work when confirming information from side chains on tho the main chain. Therefore, a Delegated Proof-of-Stake algorithm is used, which helps you vote on which nodes will become mining nodes and have the ability to confirm transactions.

Current State of Aelf

Aelf is currently in a big growth period. The main net launch is scheduled for 2019, with the development team publishing consistent updates along the way.

The protocol uses their proprietary token, ELF, as a utility token that permits users to access, interact with, and directly participate in DAPPS and other services. No ICO occurred for ELF and it was instead financed using a private token sale.

Breakout Potential

Currently ranked 89th in terms of market capitalization and available on Binance, ELF had a rough December, with a recent recovery occurring during a consolidation period.

The current prices around 3,000 to 3,500 satoshis represent a good buying area while waiting for a breakout. ELF is a fairly volatile coin and with consolidation occurring rapidly, it isn’t unreasonable to think it could hit 4,500 satoshis.

Additionally, with the pending development and release of its mainnet, the fundamental could potentially change very quickly. This could assist the technicals and create a highly profitable breakout, which makes it a good short- or medium-term trade.

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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