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The Rally Continues: Bitcoin Market Cap Bounces Back to $200 Billion

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The past week has seen an incredible rebound for bitcoin, as the world’s largest cryptocurrency has regained 30% of its value to lead the market higher.

Bitcoin Price Levels

The cryptocurrency advanced sharply Tuesday, hitting a rally high of $11,770.87. It closed the day at $11,698.86, having gained more than 36% over the past five days. The coin was last seen trading around $11,357 for a market cap of $194 billion. The total capitalization briefly crossed $200 billion on Tuesday.

With the latest rally, bitcoin has taken the global cryptocurrency market past $500 billion. In doing so, it has claimed roughly 39.5% of the total market share, up from a low near 32% in January.

Trade volumes have also risen sharply, and as of Tuesday, nearly $10 billion in bitcoin was transacted on global exchanges. Bitfinex, OKEx and Binance saw the largest percentage of the daily transactions.

The Return of the Bull Market

Bitcoin is benefiting from a myriad of forces that, when combined, point to higher prices for the cryptocurrency. Sentiment has improved markedly after government regulators in the United States and South Korea adopted a friendlier attitudes toward digital assets.

South Korea’s financial regulator recently said the country has no problem with “normal” cryptocurrency trading. The comments mirror earlier statements made by Hong Nam-ki, who heads the Office for Government Policy and Coordination.

“I can assure you that the government has consistently maintained a close and careful approach to market conditions and international trends, keeping all possible means open,” he said in a statement last week.

In the United States, Wyoming recently approved two blockchain bills that could make the state one of the more accepting jurisdictions for cryptocurrency. The first bill, HB 70, defines utility tokens as neither traditional fiat money nor securities, which may give startups more leeway in ICO fundraising. The second bill, HB 19, exempts bitcoin from the 2003 Wyoming Money Transmitter Act.

The Senate has also proposed Bill 111 that would exempt cryptocurrency from taxes. This regulation is intended to boost Wyoming’s digital currency market, which may impact everything from economic growth to job creation. Some analysts have also speculated that the passing of such a bill would set a precedent for other jurisdictions still jostling with formulating cryptocurrency regulation of their own.

As bitcoin climbs above $12,000, investors may feel a greater sense of urgency to enter the market. This so-called “fear of missing out” has been a major driver of cryptocurrencies over the past 12 months.

CNBC “Fast Money” trader Brian Kelly recently recommended to his audience that they purchase March bitcoin futures at $12,000 with a target of $18,000. Based on this recommendation, Kelly anticipates a 50% gain for the cryptocurrency. Futures operated by CBOE and CME Group recently reached their highest levels in three weeks.

Of course, a bull market in bitcoin does not exclude volatility. Bitcoin is expected to remain highly volatile even as capital flows back into the market.

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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Crypto Update: Majors Confirm Short-Term Trend Change

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The encouraging rally in the cryptocurrency segment continued in earnest in the past 24 hours, and several top coins topped key resistance levels after forming higher swing lows, confirming a short-term trend change. While the broad rally lifted all of the majors, and the deeply oversold long-term momentum readings together with the horrible sentiment will likely lead to a tradable larger scale bounce, the long-term bearish picture is unchanged in the segment.

For that to change, we would need to see at least a higher low on the long-term charts, but for now, bear market rules remain in place for the top coins. We will take a closer look at the long-term outlook later on today in our long-term cryptocurrency analysis. For now, traders could enter long positions on the relatively stronger coins, but from a broader perspective, at least a retest of the lows remains likely.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin pushed above the key $3600 yesterday in late trading, triggering a short-term buy signal in our trend model. While the long-term sell signal remains clearly in place, the most valuable coin could rally as high as the $4450 swing high in the coming weeks, boosted by the negative sentiment and the oversold momentum readings.

That said, November’s key technical breakdown is clearly intact, and the bearish long-term trend is in no danger for now. Primary resistance is ahead between $4000 and $4050, while above $4450 the next zone of interest is found between $5000 and $5050 and further support is at $3250 and $3000.                          

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum also managed to get back above the crucial $95-$100 resistance zone together with the broader market, triggering a short-term buy signal in our trend model. The rally could extend to the resistance zones near $120 and $130 in the coming weeks, and traders could now enter short-term trades on pullbacks, despite the still intact long-term downtrend. Further strong resistance is ahead near $160, while support is found near $80 and between $73 and $75.

Broad Rally in Altcoins as Coins Gain 30% on Average

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The strong oversold rally carried all of the major altcoins higher as well, and on a positive note, the early leaders of the counter-trend move continue to be strong, raising the odds of a more sustained move on the upside. Litecoin has been one of the strongest coins so far during the current move, and together with Ripple, they triggered buy signals before the rest of the market.

LTC is trading near the key $30-$30.50 support/resistance zone, and although even a pullback to $26 is in the cards, traders could enter long positions, with targets ahead at $34.50 and $38 level.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple also formed a short-term swing low and confirmed the breakout yesterday, and today, recaptured the $0.3750 level, while becoming overbought from a short-term perspective. That said, a test of the $0.42-$0.46 zone could be ahead, even as the long-term sell single remains in place and odds still favor a retest of the lows following the counter-trend move. Support is now found near $0.3550 and $0.32, while further resistance is ahead near $0.51.

IOTA/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the broad-based move lifted all of the majors and most of the smaller coins as well, the currencies in the strongest downtrends, such as IOTA, DASH, NEO , Monero, ETC, and Stellar are still vulnerable despite the lofty short-term gains.

With that in mind, even as speculative long positions could be opened in the battered coins, strict risk management rules should be used, with sharp selloff likely being ahead in the coming weeks.

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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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Bitcoin Price Extends Recovery Toward $4,000; Rally into the New Year?

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Bitcoin’s return to $4,000 could be imminent following a multi-day rally that has seen price action swing firmly to the upside. The leading digital currency is enjoying a strong bounce from weekend lows, possibly signalling the end of the downtrend.

BTC/USD Update

The bitcoin price did $4,000 on at least one exchange Wednesday. On Bitfinex, BTC/USD printed a daily high of $4,043.00 before consolidating below that psychological level. At the time of writing, bitcoin was trading hands at $3,925.90.

Traders on Bitfinex pay a larger premium for bitcoin when compared with other leading exchanges. For example, bitcoin is currently quoted at around $3,790 on Coinbase, Bitstamp and Gemini, among others.

Aggregate data courtesy of CoinMarketCap show an average price of $3,844. That represents a gain of 7.7% compared with Tuesday. At current values, bitcoin has a total market capitalization of $67.1 billion, some $10 billion higher from the weekend low.

Trading volumes skyrocketed midweek, as nearly $7 billion worth of BTC traded hands on virtual currency exchanges. BTC trading on BitMEX, a popular derivatives platform, reached $3.7 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. Its share of the total volume reached 33.2%, which basically means that a third of bitcoin’s daily volume came by way of futures trading.

A surging bitcoin helped springboard other cryptocurrencies to recovery on Wednesday. At the time of writing, the collective market cap was worth $125.5 billion. The market reached a new yearly low of $100.4 billion on Saturday.

Rally into the New Year?

After weeks of carnage, bitcoin and the broader cryptocurrency market are rallying again. For some in the crypto community, this means bitcoin is finding fresh buyers in the wake of multiple yearly lows that culminated on Saturday when prices bottomed near $3,100. Interestingly enough, the apparent breakout began on Dec. 17, the anniversary of bitcoin’s infamous climb to $20,000. The cryptocurrency has failed to establish new highs ever since.

The reversal of fortunes doesn’t mean the bulls are out of the woods yet. A sustained recovery north of $4,500 and, eventually, $5,000 is needed to confirm a prolonged bullish breakout. Even then, bitcoin faces several technical hurdles en route to higher highs.

One level traders should carefully monitor is $6,000, as this represents the break-even rate for several miners. Millions of mining devices have been switched off in the wake of the November price collapse.

The chaos that engulfed cryptos last month may have been triggered by the hard fork of bitcoin cash on Nov. 15. However, it quickly turned into a technical selloff followed by full-blown capitulation.

2019 is expected to be a pivotal year for bitcoin. Within the first six months, two major futures markets are set to open, setting the stage for wider adoption among institutional investors. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is also set to rule on the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust, a highly touted ETF product, by the end of February.

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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EncrypGen (DNA) Surges Ahead After Two Major Announcements

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Although nobody enjoys a bear market, the downturn has afforded me more time to research promising technology instead of worrying about trading patterns.  Not all projects will survive this downturn.  In fact, most probably won’t.  Instead, companies that have delivered upon their goals and promises will be the ones that soar like eagles.  EncrypGen (DNA) is an extremely promising company I have been following since their Initial Coin Offering in 2017.

Background

EncrypGen made global headlines in November when it launched the world’s first blockchain based genetic data marketplace.  The marketplace, called the Gene-Chain, brings together buyers and sellers to facilitate the exchange of genomic data.  Consumers will be able to both safely store their genetic data and, if they choose, generate passive income by selling that same data to researchers.  The good news for data sellers is that EncrypGen just made a major announcement which will make cashing out much easier.

Consumers Can Now Withdraw Via Bitcoin

As of Monday, consumers can now withdraw the proceeds from their data sales via Bitcoin.  This will allow consumers a quick, convenient, and safe method to withdraw their earnings and use it for whatever they choose.  With the holidays coming up, this is a perfect opportunity for consumers to generate some extra cash that can be used toward making the holidays extra special for everyone.  The next part of this process will include the ERC20/ETH integration.  The integration is expected to be completed in January.

Partnership With Murrieta Genomics

In addition to the new withdrawal method, EncrypGen also made headlines by announcing a major new partnership with Murrieta Genomics.  Murrieta Genomics is a genomic sequencing incubator based out of California.  Murrieta has agreed to offer EncrypGen’s Gene-Chain to the Genomic Data Industry.  This will greatly benefit both individual data users and researchers.  The hope is that this blockchain based solution will lead to more efficient and effective healthcare through the advancement of new medical treatments.

EncrypGen’s Chief Strategist, Joe Cawley, had this to stay about the partnership:

“Today’s Partnership moves Gene-Chain up the value chain toward those generating Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) genomic data, assays and testing techniques.  NGS genomic data unlocks the multi-trillion dollar personalized medicine market.”

Indeed, the opportunity currently available in genomics and personalized medicine is enormous.  Although there are a few competitors in this space, they have yet to even release an alpha platform.  Additionally, given the regulatory hurdles that new entrants will face, EncrypGen’s closest competitors are likely years behind.  As those competitors work on getting a platform built, EncrypGen will be focused on developing strategic partnerships that will enable the Gene-Chain to become the world’s go-to marketplace for genetic data transactions.

Conclusion

With the Gene-Chain now live, EncrypGen is focusing its attention on developing more strategic initiatives such as the partnership with Murrieta Genomics.  DNA token holders can expect more announcements like this over the next 6 months.

Although the crypto market is extremely depressing for all involved, traders must not lose sight of the end goal.  I recently wrote an article that the crypto market is still in the earliest phase of the technology adoption lifecycle.  EncrypGen is a pioneer in both crypto and genomics.  And I fully expect EncrypGen to not only survive the bear market but to prevail in the end.

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