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Monero Forges Ahead as Prices Cross $290

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Monero shot up again on Tuesday, as the privacy-focused altcoin approached new highs on the promise of lower transaction fees.

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XMR/USD Price Levels

Monero has been on a tear for the past five weeks with prices more than tripling since Nov. 5. At press time, XMR/USD was up 7.5% at $289, where it was not far from session highs. The cryptocurrency recently established new lifetime highs north of $307. A re-test of those highs could be imminent as XMR continues to push north of $290.

With the latest gain, Monero has added 20% over the past five days, and is ranked no. 7 in terms of dollar-denominated market cap. The total value of XMR in circulation is now $4.6 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. That puts it above NEM (XEM), bitcoin gold (BTG) and Stellar Lumens (XLM).

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Monero’s trade volumes remain well below altcoin leaders Ethereum, Litecoin and IOTA. As of Tuesday, XMR turned over $188 million over the previous 24 hours, with South Korea’s Bithumb responsible for about a quarter of total transactions. The XMR/BTC exchange on HitBTC saw nearly 17% of the daily turnover. XMR/USD traded on Bitfinex also saw more than 16% of total transactions.

Although significant, Monero’s gains have occurred in lockstep with the broader cryptocurrency universe, with altcoins benefiting significantly from bitcoin’s record highs.

Bulletproofs Present Cost-Saving Potential

Monero Research Labs is working hard to reduce the network’s transaction fees by up to 80%, a signs of a bright future for the leading altcoin. The implementation of Bulletproofs also appears to be working in favor of lowering transaction sizes on the network.

For the uninitiated, bulletproofs are essentially an improvement in the bandwidth efficiency of Monero’s confidential transactions. Bulletproofs are also capable of lowering both the transaction size and transaction fee of the Monero platform. The implementation of this protocol is expected to benefit Monero in other important ways, such as faster verification times.

Monero developers are implementing bulletproofs in two stages, the first being the single-output proofs. This will be followed by multiple-output proofs at a later stage. As of last week, Monero said bulletproofs are moving into testnet shortly.

“Overall, bulletproofs represent a huge advancement in Monero transactions,” Sarang Noether wrote in a Dec. 7 blog on the Monero website. “We get massive space savings, better verification times, and lower fees.”

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EOS, Tron Lead Cryptocurrency Market’s $36 Billion Rally on Tuesday

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Altcoins EOS and Tron led the cryptocurrency market higher on Tuesday, signaling the return of speculative interest in virtual currencies outside of bitcoin and Ethereum.

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EOS, Tron Surge More than 30%

Cryptocurrencies rose more than $36 billion on Tuesday, reaching a high of $435.7 billion in the early evening, according to latest available data. That’s the highest level since early March when the market peaked around $474 billion.

All major coins gained, but none more than EOS and Tron, which are currently ranked fifth and 11th by market cap, respectively.

EOS has nearly tripled in value over the past two weeks, with prices briefly approaching $16 a coin on Tuesday. At the time of writing, the cryptocurrency was trading at $15.40 for a 24-hour gain of 32%, according to CoinMarketCap. EOS is now valued at $12.6 billion with daily trading volumes approaching $3.2 billion.

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The hyped up Tron project rose by a similar amount, achieving a daily high near $0.08 a coin. TRX was last seen trading at $0.076 for a 24-hour gain of 31%. With a market cap of nearly $5 billion, Tron generated more than $1.5 billion in trading volumes on Tuesday.

 

EOS and Tron are benefiting from the influx of capital entering the cryptocurrency market as well as news of new exchange listings around the world.

On Monday, EOS confirmed that its currency was added to the eToro trading platform, which boasts more than 9 million users. Though traditionally a forex platform, eToro has expanded significantly to offering leading cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple XRP and Litecoin. Various news reports have also indicated that China’s Huobi also wants to start listing EOS.

Meanwhile, Tron founder Justin Sun recently confirmed that TRX will be available on Coinbene, a Malaysian exchange. Trading in TRX will go live on Wednesday.

Bitcoin Surges

The price of bitcoin surged on Tuesday as trading volumes topped $10 billion on the major exchanges. BTC/USD rose 7.4$ to $9,627 for a total market cap of $163.6 billion.

Since bottoming near $6,000 earlier this month, bitcoin has recovered more than 50% of its value. BTC trades were valued at $10.4 billion on Tuesday, easily tops among cryptocurrencies. However, the relative gain in altcoins has diminished bitcoin’s overall share of the market to 37%. That’s the lowest since mid-February.

Bitcoin hasn’t traded above $10,000 since early March. A return to those levels seems apparent given the recent shift in market sentiment.

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Multi-Week Rally Continues as Cryptocurrency Market Surpasses $400 Billion; Bitcoin Cash Up 16%

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The cryptocurrency market’s jaw-dropping rally continued on Monday, with the total value of all coins surpassing $400 billion for the first time since early March.

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Bitcoin Cash Leads Market Higher

Bitcoin cash has dominated the headlines recently amid a series of oversized gains. BCH was the undisputed leader on Monday, surging 16.3% to $1,433, its highest since mid-February. The cryptocurrency added a staggering 87% over a five-day stretch, bringing its total market capitalization to $24.3 billion.

While there was no immediate catalyst for the rally, an upcoming hard fork of the BCH protocol has been cited as the most compelling force driving prices higher. BCH, the world’s fourth-largest cryptocurrency, will undergo a split on May 15. The update, known as Bitcoin ABC, will quadruple the BCH block size from eight megabytes to 32 megabytes. Advocates say this will heighten adoption in retail settings.

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By comparison, bitcoin’s block size is a mere 1 megabyte, although efforts are underway to boost scalability. (Interestingly, Satoshi Nakamoto probably conceived of a maximum block size to keep the blockchain from splitting.)

However, others have accused BCH advocates of artificially inflating the cryptocurrency. Much of the criticism has been levied at Antpool, a large mining group that is burning bitcoin cash on a daily basis, potentially reducing its total supply.

The Antpool network announced last week that it confirms more than 8% of all bitcoin cash transactions. The announcement prompted a 25% surge in BCH prices heading into the weekend.

$400 Billion

Bitcoin cash has been at the center of a much larger cryptocurrency rally that shifted into higher gear on Monday. Cryptocurrencies added more than $8 billion in market cap, bringing their total value to $401.7 billion.

The altcoin surge has diminished bitcoin’s market share to less than 38%, the lowest since mid-February. The total value of all coins not named BTC rose $7 billion on Monday to $249.8 billion. The total crypto market, including bitcoin, bottomed at almost exactly that level earlier this month.

Outside of BCH, most of the large gainers on Monday were cryptocurrencies ranked outside the top-ten by market cap. IOTA rose nearly 5% to $2.13, Dash added 7.4% to $503 and bitcoin gold gained 16.8% to reach $77.36.

Total trade volumes amounted to $22.1 billion, which is considerably lower than the most recent peak. However, volumes are up substantially compared to last month, when daily turnover was roughly half of the current level.

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EOS Remains Fifth-Largest Cryptocurrency Following Airdrop

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EOS continues to hold the fifth spot on the cryptocurrency world rankings, as the coin overcame post-airdrop fatigue en route to steady gains. The cryptocurrency has even gone as far as outshining many of its peers over the last two weeks, giving rise to further optimism about the upcoming eos.ios platform.

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EOS Price Levels

The value of EOS rose 5% on Sunday to $11.39, where it remained the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market cap. The total EOS market is valued at $9.3 billion, which is roughly $900 million higher than Litecoin, the No. 6 coin.

Trading at nearly three-month highs, EOS has rebounded 177% from its bear market low Mar. 18. Unlike other major cryptocurrencies, EOS overcame the recent swing low culminating on Apr. 6. Nevertheless, the coin has gained more than 95% since that date.

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Nearly $1 billion in EOS tokens exchanged hands on Sunday, according to data provider CoinMarketCap. That made EOS the fourth most actively traded currency worldwide, with Asian exchanges Huobi, OKEx and Bithumb processing the largest share of transactions.

Interestingly, EOS was on one side of roughly 13% of USDT trades. USDT is the native token of Tether, the so-called stablecoin that claims to be backed by U.S. dollars.

EOS, which also trades against other major cryptocurrencies, was last valued at 0.001297 BTC (-0.2%) and 0.018146 ETH (-2.8%).

Democratizing Blockchain

As an operating system, EOS is being designed to give developers the tools to build decentralized applications (DAPPs) through the delegated proof-of-stake mechanism. This system seeks to democratize the development process using a voting system that is equivalent to the number of coins each party retains. Only voted block producers can participate in the production of blocks and be rewarded by the network.

Given its proof-of-stake mechanism, EOS generated significant buzz earlier this month when it announced a lucrative airdrop event for Apr. 15. The terms of the airdrop stipulated that each EOS holder with 100 or more units would receive an equivalent number of eosDAC tokens.

eosDAC is an ERC-20 token that will migrate to the EOS platform once it is launched in early June. In time, it is probably that eosDAC tokens will also provide DAPP- and utility-based services that can be used by network members. A full ICO review of the eosDAC project can be found here.

Anticipation for the Apr. 15 event triggered a huge spike in the value of EOS, which is not uncommon when airdrops are deployed. The sustainability of the rally post-airdrop suggests EOS is generating significant interest ahead of the platform’s launch.

Brought to life by Dan Larrimer, EOS is widely considered to be Ethereum’s next big challenger. Both platforms will compete in DAPPs and infrastructure development, potentially bringing blockchain further into mainstream discourse.

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