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Misplaced Fear: Cryptocurrency Market Hits One-Year Low as Bitcoin Dominance Grows

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The SEC’s decision to postpone a ruling on a keenly awaited bitcoin ETF has ignited a massive selloff in crypto assets, a sign that bad news continues to run at a premium for a market still searching for acceptance in mainstream circles.

Crypto Market Plummets

Cryptocurrencies shed $30 billion overnight to reach their lowest level in a year, according to the latest data provided by CoinMarketCap. Total coin values reached a low of $227.8 billion, surpassing the June low of around $234 billion. Trade volumes spiked 20% over the past 24 hours as traders liquidated their holdings of bitcoin and altcoins.

A bird’s eye view of the selloff shows that roughly 57% of the decline in market cap was concentrated in altcoins and tokens. Excluding bitcoin, total coin values are worth just over $117 billion.

After a nearly 9% collapse, bitcoin’s total market capitalization was worth $112 billion. Twenty-four hours ago, the BTC market was valued at $122 billion.

Bitcoin’s dominance index climbed to 49% on Wednesday, the highest since Dec. 19. This basically means that 49% of the entire cryptocurrency market capitalization is held in bitcoin.

Bitcoin’s share of the total market has increased substantially over the past three months as investors cut ties to riskier, and less proven, altcoins. Since May 8, bitcoin’s share of the overall market has increased by 13 percentage points. By comparison, Ethereum’s market share has remained steady while bitcoin cash, Ripple and Litecoin have declined.

Tokens and altcoins outside the top-ten have seen their market share fall from 26% to 19.6% over the last three months

Misplaced Fear

Crypto’s precipitous drop appears directly linked to the SEC’s decision to postpone its ruling on the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin ETF. Investors are reminded that the agency has not rejected the application but simply postponed its decision until at least Sept. 30 to go through 1,300 comments that were submitted during the public consultation. With that in mind, the selloff is clearly an overreaction by investors who have placed too much emphasis on the prospect of a bitcoin ETF. It also suggests that much of the July rally was indeed driven by ETF optimism, something Hacked acknowledged on multiple occasions.

Former Goldman Sachs executive Ali Hassan told CNBC last week that a bitcoin ETF is coming but could take up to 18 months to materialize. Although this reflects only one opinion, Hassan’s timeline is realistic in light of the SEC’s gradual shift on cryptocurrency.

Although the agency recently deemed bitcoin and Ethereum to be non-securities, regulators aren’t convinced that crypto-backed funds are “uniquely resistant to manipulation.” It’ll take time and new innovations in securitization to quell those fears.

In the meantime, market participants are vastly discounting last week’s announcement by New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) operator Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which is starting a new crypto venture with Microsoft, Starbucks, Boston Consulting Group and others. Dubbed Bakkt, the new company will hold and manage investors’ cryptocurrency as well as integrate bitcoin payments through mobile apps.

In the author’s view, Bakkt is a far more bullish development than the acceptance of a bitcoin ETF. This watershed moment has yet to be reflected in the bitcoin price, partly because Bakkt is pending regulatory approval. Bakkt’s scheduled launch in November could signify a major turning point for investors looking for more tangible developments around crypto custody and mainstream acceptance of bitcoin payments.

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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Tron Price Analysis: TRX/USD Looks Set to Give Up $0.02000 Territory Again

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  • TRX/USD under heavy selling pressure late on Tuesday, dropping over 7%.
  • Bears are gunning for another retest of vital support, seen above a breached pennant patterns structure.

TRX/USD has been under heavy selling pressure on Tuesday, nursing chunky losses at the time of writing of 7%. Bears remain well in the driver’s seat in the latter stages of the day, with momentum picking up pace to the downside. The bulls lost much wind behind their sails on 10th January, this coming after enjoying a strong period in a run to the north. TRX/USD from 4th January – 10th January had gained a massive 75%, breaking out of a bullish pennant pattern structure. It also managed to briefly extend above a known area of supply, which exacerbated the upside pressure.

TRX/USD daily chart.

The above-described move saw the price print its highest level seen since 31st July 2018. Shortly after this high print, a big wave of selling kicked in. As a result, a very bearish daily candlestick was produced on 10th January. Daily sessions since this have closed in the red, apart from 14th January. TRX/USD managed to receive strong support on top of the breached pennant, providing some brief relief after the reversal was well underway. Despite the current trend south, news flow around the Tron foundation continues to be plentiful and upbeat.

OKCoin Supports TRX

As reported by the CCN team, OKCoin announced it has listed TRX on its trading platform. This coming via the exchange’s Medium blog today. OKCoin detailed that “starting today, authorized OKCoin customers can deposit TRX, and starting on January 17th they’ll be able to trade TRX against USD, BTC, and ETH.” Of note, the OKCoin platform was founded by the same people behind OKEx; however, OKCoin primarily focuses on traditional swaps and allows for bank deposits. In addition, OKCoin accommodates U.S clients, whereas OKEx do not.

Justin Sun Welcomes New Partner ABCC Exchange

ABCC Exchange, a cryptocurrency exchange platform, announced it is partnering with the Tron Foundation. The company tweeted, “ABCC is the 1st exchange that will list TRX 10 tokens. We are one of the top exchanges with great security and user interface. Stay tuned!” On the back of this, Tron founder Justin Sun replied, “ABCC is truly an awesome platform that has witnessed great development. We are glad to partner with ABCC as it’s the first exchange listing TRX10 tokens”.

Technical Review – TRX/USD

Given the current downside momentum, eyes are on another retest the breached pennant pattern structure. Where the two trend lines cross, support will be sought here, which could see the $0.02000 territory come under threat. Should the bears manage to force a breach, then a prior action demand zone will be called into play, within the $0.01700 price region.

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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EOS Price Analysis: EOS/USD Back in Unsettled Territory, as Price Runs into Sellers Again

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  • The EOS/USD bulls are unable to sustain any upside momentum following a breach of critical support.
  • Near-term supply is eyed in the early $2.5000 region. A break above would likely open the door for another retest of the big $3.0000.

The EOS price was seen creeping lower again in the early part of trading on Tuesday. This comes after a big jump to the upside seen in the second part of the session on Monday. EOS/USD had gained a chunky double-digits, around 12%, at the close of the daily. Buyers came in after the low print on Sunday 13th at around $2.25. This was within a market demand zone, tracking from $2.25-$2.35, having supported the price on occasions in December and January.

Recap: Big Breach of Critical Support

EOS/USD daily chart.

As a reminder, EOS/USD throughout its most recent bull run, which was seen from 6th December right up to 9th January, was well-supported. An ascending trend line could be observed, providing necessary comfort to the bulls. However, all runs must come to an eventual end, and the bears smashed through this support on 10th January. Given the break through this vital area, it exacerbated the move to the downside. The price had dropped a heavy 22%, taking a big blow after a strong run.

Barriers Blocking Bulls

The bulls have been cut short for now, not being able to have sustained that momentum from the session on Monday. Trading has been extremely choppy since 19th December, via the daily chart view, highlighting a real lack of consistency in either direction. A consecutive streak longer than two days from either bear or bull camp hasn’t happened since the run higher in mid-December. This demonstrates just how mundane and non-committed market participant are for now.

In addition to the last statement above, further technical levels and areas continue to plague direction. To elaborate, there are more areas that the price must deal with now in comparison to the smooth bull run higher seen in 2017. Separately, if looking at 2018, the bears generally had an easy ride south. This is thanks to the cryptocurrency instruments being so young still in age.

Key Near-term Levels

For the bulls to see greater upside, a break of near-term supply within the early $2.5000 region will need to push prices forward. This should open the door to a fast move to see a retest of the breached ascending trend line. In proximity to this is the psychological $3.0000 mark, which has proven to be a huge barrier for the bulls. To the downside, the mentioned demand area of $2.35-$2.25 is critical, and a failure to hold will be very punishing. Lastly, EOS/USD would be subject to a move sub-$2.0000, where support can be eyed. As a further worth case, then $1.5500 to be retested, the December low.

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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GBP Price Prediction: British Pound Jumps on Growing Backing for PM May’s Brexit Deal Ahead of Vote

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  • GBP catches a bid across the board as Prime Minister Theresa May gains ERG support.
  • Despite session gains, GBP/USD technically has vulnerabilities to downside risks, given rising channel formation.

GBP Bulls Awaken

The British pound (GBP) saw a decent jump to the upside on Monday, after an initially very choppy directionless start to the session. The buying swooping into GBP/USD came on the back of a growing number of ministers set to back Prime Minister Theresa May. Specifically, attention was grabbed after closely followed political watcher Robert Peston tweeted that “influential Tory Brexiter MP tells me he and his ERG Brexiter colleagues will be voting with Theresa May and the government all day tomorrow”. This is significant as the ERG is a very influential Brexit research group, which was previously plotting ways to oust PM May.

GBP/USD jumped to its highest level seen since 22nd November. The pair had seen an initial spike of 85 pips to the upside. Gains were capped however by a known strong area of supply; this can be seen tracking from 1.2870 up to 1.2930. The price has not been above here since 15th November 2018, and the bulls having faltered here on several occasions attempting to move above. Should GBP/USD manage to move above this zone, it would be a very strong signal that it is out of the bear market. Technically, this would be largely attractive for inviting further buyers to come in.

A detailed analysis of the upcoming Brexit vote can be viewed here: This Tuesday Will Be Zero Hour For the British Pound

Price Remains Confined Within Channel

GBP/USD daily chart. Price action remains within the confinements of a rising channel.

Another key technical observation is an ascending channel formation, which can be viewed via the daily chart. The GBP/USD pair has been moving within this since 12th December 2018, having gained over 400 pips since it took shape. The daily candle today briefly spiked above the upper tracking trend line of the pattern. However, the price was squeezed back within the confinements of this. Touted profit-taking kicked in towards the close of the European markets. This is not too surprising, as participants maintain an element of caution heading into the high-profile vote.

Given the nature of the above-described formation, should it play out to the textbook, vulnerabilities still point to a breakout south. This move would be heavily assisted should the British Prime Minister lose the meaningful vote on Tuesday. In terms of key levels to note, to the upside, a break above the 1.2930 supply zone will invite large buying pressure. To the downside, a breach of 1.2650, the lower support of the channel, will open flood gates to selling.

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