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As Ripple’s Market Cap Crosses $120 Billion, Investors Seek Exchanges That Support XRP

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The value of Ripple briefly crossed $3 a token Wednesday, triggering a renewed sense of urgency among traders to tap into one of the fastest-growing altcoins on the market.

XRP/USD Price Levels

Ripple’s XRP token reached an all-time high of $3.20 early Wednesday, giving it a total market cap of nearly $123 billion. It remains second only to bitcoin among active cryptocurrencies, having recently overtaken Ethereum.

At the time of writing, XRP/USD was up 4% at $2.86. The pair has gained more than 128% over the last five days, and is up over 9,400% compared to a year ago.

Ripple’s trade volumes continue to soar, with total transactions exceeding $7.2 billion on Wednesday. That’s equivalent to 477,260 units of bitcoin. Activity remains heavily concentrated on the Korean peninsula, with the won on one side of nearly half of total trade volumes. Bitfinex processed the second-most Ripple deals, with the XRP/USD pair accounting for roughly 8.5% of the market’s daily turnover.

Other exchanges on the forefront of the XRP market include Binance, Coinone and Poloniex, according to CoinMarketCap.

XRP in Hot Demand

The fear of missing out, or FOMO, has unleashed the masses on global cryptocurrency exchanges, with traders rushing to buy XRP and other digital tokens amid the frenzy. Exchanges have demonstrated an inability to cope with such large volumes, with the likes of Bittrex, Bitfinex and CEX.io putting a temporary halt on new user accounts. Bitstamp is still accepting users, but is taking weeks to process identity verification.

It is unclear when new account signups will become available again, although Bittrex has announced that registration would resume by Jan. 15. Meanwhile, the U.K.-based CEX.io says it is still trying to deal with the “enormous” backlog of new users registered on its platform.

Coinbase continues to onboard new clientele, but does not currently offer XRP tokens. If industry sources are correct, that may soon change, as the San Francisco-based platform looks to support new cryptos. Coinbase is highly selective about which coins get included on its GDAX exchange. Currently, the platform supports only bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and bitcoin cash.

Ripple’s official website lists Bistamp, Kraken, Gatehub, Coinone, Bitso, Coincheck, Korbit, Qryptos, Bitbank, Bitsane, BTC Markets, LiteBit, Bitcoin Co Ltd. and BItcoin.co.id as exchanges that support the digital currency.

XRP has gone through the stratosphere over the past month on broad institutional support for the XRP protocol. Ripple is sometimes referred to as the bankers’ cryptocurrency for its ability to streamline cross-border payments.

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    January 4, 2018 at 3:53 am

    Prediction: Stellar will get bought out by a mainstream wall street titan. In 2018. Jed McCaleb, founder and former XRP co-founder, is a serial entrepreneur whose consecutive financial successes can propel him to initiate another go-round with the Crypto 2.0 if he relinquishes his hold on Stellar.
    Why not Ripple? Vision of utility. The Brad Garlinghouse crew’s concepts differ from McCaleb’s to the point that they’ve already accepted VC capital early in order to build for the long haul.

    Exchanges will do well to either offer, utilize or incorporate both into their business models. Both companies can accomplish that which most exchanges need: streamlined, low-cost management of cross-payment, cross-border systems.

    Disclosure: I own both assets.

    • douglash

      January 4, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Interesting prediction mvppvm. Lots to think about there. If I were to make one it would be that Stellar will soon follow Ripple’s meteoric rise as crypto neophytes come to understand how very similar they are and that XLM may actually be the better of the two. People will chase XRP’s moonshot with Stellar. The fact that it’s on fewer exchanges is holding it back a bit, but not for long.

      Disclaimer – I own both too.

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EOS Price Analysis: EOS is Set Up for Bigger Gains, Following Recent Technical Development

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  • EOS has jumped around 45% between the sessions of 15th – 17th December. 
  • Bulls shrug off all negative related news flow that has surrounded EOS in recent weeks.

The EOS/USD bulls are on a serious mission to recovery. Unlike several of its peers, a slowdown in momentum has not been seen with the EOS price. More importantly, a breakout has been observed from a range-block, of which EOS/USD was confine within. This had been the case since the 7th December, managing to escape however on 17th and capitalize further on that.

EOS Shakes off Negative Commentary

Over the past few weeks, there have been several negative bits of news flow. Recently, as covered by Hacked in a prior article, the Cardano founder, Charles Hoskinson, had a fair few words to say about EOS. He had noted that action from regulators was potentially right around the corner for EOS. Hoskinson had specifically raised concerns about the EOS token sale.

Elsewhere, it was recently covered by Chinese press that EOS decentralized apps (DApps) have been victim to hacks totaling around $1 million since July. The report cited data which was collected by PeckShield, who are a blockchain security organization. This suggests that the DApps on EOS have been hit by at least 27 breaches from July up to late November. This is an amount of 400,000 EOS, equivalent to 8 million yuan, at the time of the published report.

Lastly, at the back-end of last month, there was some FUD surrounding the CTO of Block.one, Daniel Larimer. The community and social media space were concerned about Larimer working on new projects. This prompted worries that he may be leaving EOS, keeping in mind the EOS mainnet hadn’t even reached a year.

EOS has pretty much shrugged much of this FUD off, as seen with this latest rally. It has far outperformed its peers with the big gains collected over the past two sessions.

Technical Review EOS/USD

EOS/USD daily chart

EOS/USD had a decent extension to the upside after breaching the confinements of the detailed range-block.  The bulls initially jumped a chunky 45% over the period of 15th to the 17th December. However, into the session on Tuesday, the price has run into some minor resistance, seen at the 4th December high area. This can be noted within $2.60 territory.

The pullback being observed at the time of writing isn’t too much of a surprise, given the burst higher in such a short time frame. Profit-taking is only natural in this case. It is a minor retreat ahead of further potential moves north. Eyes will be on the breached range-block for support, the top of that seen at $2.18.

Should the bulls gather enough momentum for a push above the minor near-term resistance seen, then a fast 60% move could be seen. This would take EOS/USD back towards $4.40, where another minor supply zone is observed. Further north, a reclaim of the pre-November fall levels, i.e., $6 territory, is the next major target.

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Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH/USD Not Out of the Woods Yet

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  • ETH/USD odds are still stacked against the bulls for now, as price remains within range-block.
  • Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, says his creation is becoming more and more decentralized.

ETH/USD has enjoyed a chunky bull run over the past three sessions, with that slowing down Tuesday. Between the 15th – 17th December, the price had gained a chunky 23%. ETH/USD hit its highest level seen since 9th December. It appears the bulls, however, have run into a near-term barrier. ETH has been moving within a range-block from 7th December, which is still the case. The momentum so far not proving to be enough to take the price through for now.

Ethereum More Decentralized – Vitalik Buterin

The co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, discussed how the network is becoming more decentralized of late. He was recently speaking in an interview with Blockchain Insider.

Buterin believes that a change is starting to be seen in terms of the further decentralization of the Ethereum blockchain. He believed that it was much too centralized around himself. He further affirmed the observations over the last 12 months of governance actions, which were he suggested were responsible for this.

The Ethereum creator said, “Number one, like a lot of the features in the Constantinople hard fork, that are launching in January, basically happened without me. Number two, issuance reduction from 3 ether to 2 ether which is going into Constantinople, I was not involved at all.”

Only just some days ago, a team lead within the Ethereum development circle, Péter Szilágyi, confirmed the scheduled update. This was covered by Hacked in a prior article. He had noted the upgrade is to start around 16th January 2019.

Ethereum 1.X Update

Focus outside of the Constantinople hard fork is on Ethereum 1.X. This will be a new developed update, which is anticipated to take place during June 2019 provided there are no delays.

Buterin said, “Ethereum 1.x, short-term scalability improvements that are going on to the main chain, before we can switch over to sharding. That whole effort started without my involvement at all.” The update is supposedly a replacement of the EVM – Ethereum Virtual Machine.

Technical Review – ETH/USD

ETH/USD daily chart

As detailed earlier, ETH/USD has been moving within a range-block. The upper part of this recent range appears to have slowed down the bulls. The key levels to this block for now, seen at $101 to the upside, and $83.45 to the downside. It is as simple as depending on which area is broken that shall determine the fate of the trend.

Despite the enormous jump of around 16% for ETH/USD, the fact of the matter is the odds are still stacked against the bulls. This being the case so long as the price remains confined within the detailed formation above.

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Altcoins Share Spoils; Ontology, DigiByte, Revain, EOS Take Moonshots Amid Market Surge

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Most major altcoins helped themselves to +10% gains during Monday’s market recovery – a surge which saw the global market cap climb 12% overall, and sent Bitcoin back to the $3,600 range.

Several altcoins raced ahead of the pack, logging between 20% and 107% gains for the day, with DigiByte (DGB), Ontology (ONT), Revain (R), MOAC (MOAC), EOS (EOS) (covered earlier) and Arbitrage (ARB) most prominent among them.

DigiByte Price – DBG/USD

From the daily low of $0.008336, DGB’s dollar value climbed just over 22% up to $0.010210, with the peak landing at around 20:30 UTC.

DigiByte volumes doubled over the course of the day – ahead of the 50% volume increase experienced by the market in general. Still without a Binance listing, despite a long and messy mud-slinging process between Jared Tate and Binance’s CZ, the majority of DGB’s action came from Bittrex, Poloniex and Sistemkoin. Over 75% of all trades came against BTC.

Ontology Price – ONT/USD

Ontology climbed to 31% growth from trough to peak, moving from a coin price of $0.460371 up to $0.605721.

Ontology fell 95% since January’s peak, landing at an ATL (all-time low) in the $0.40 range on December 15th. As one of the NEO platform’s most successful token launches, ONT has literally never found itself at such low prices in its short nine-month existence.

Over 60% of ONT trades went through USDT on Monday, with Binance, Huobi, DigiFinex and OKEx making up close to 80% of overall movements.

Revain Price – R/USD

Revain shot to 61% growth in little over twelve hours, climbing from a coin price of $0.129126 up to $0.208672 by Monday afternoon. Since then the token price fell back to the $0.173 range – a more than 25% pullback.

Despite its relatively unknown status, Revain has averaged daily trade volumes of $2.5 million for the last two quarters of the year – an average volume higher than many coins and tokens in and around the top thirty.

MOAC Price – MOAC/USDT

Just over 99% of MOAC’s trade volume came from one exchange and one trading pair today, namely the MOAC/USDT market on CoinBene.

From the daily low of $0.431884, MOAC climbed 55% against the dollar, landing at a peak of $0.669675. Trade volumes more than quintupled throughout the day, rising from $25,000 to close to $130,000.

MOAC fell 98% from its all-time high back in February, just a month after launch. December 14th marked an all-time low for the coin when it fell to the $0.32 range, from an all-time high of $18.46.

Arbitrage Price – ARB/USD

ARB volumes rose 1,633% in the last two days as the token price climbed 107% from $4.13 to $8.56.

All 100% of ARB’s trades came from just one exchange – CoinExchange, where ARB/ETH made up 93% of the action. ARB/BTC made up the rest.

Arbitrage launched in Q3 of 2018, and went relatively under the radar until a near 1,000% surge in October put it on the map, and in the market cap top hundred.

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