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Ripple’s XRP Gaining Traction as Western Union Confirms Partnership

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Ripple XRP rallied on Thursday, with prices testing two-week highs after Western Union confirmed a pilot partnership with the San Francisco-based company.

Western Union to Pilot xRapid System

After much speculation, Western Union’s Chief Technology Officer Sheri Rhodes indicated that the global money transfer system will in fact integrate Ripple’s xRapid.

“We continue to explore possible blockchain applications for our business, and we are piloting some settlement tests with Ripple for certain corridors,” Rhodes said, as quoted by Yahoo Finance and CCN.

She added: “For blockchain in general, we’re looking at areas such as transaction processing and settlement, working capital optimization, regulatory technology, and digital identity. We have a strong platform and system that work well today, but we continue to explore and test whether these technologies could potentially reduce costs and improve the customer experience.”

Ripple also issued the following statement: “We’ve been testing different products with Western Union for a while. We’re excited about our work towards a pilot implementation of xRapid, which uses XRP in payment flows.”

The partnership with xRapid (and not RippleNet) is significant because it means Western Union will be using XRP tokens to boost real-time liquidity. One of the main arguments against investing in XRP is that financial institutions don’t have to adopt the currency when partnering with Ripple. Rather, banks pay Ripple (the company) to use its protocol without actually holding or implementing XRP tokens. In the case of Western Union, the money transfer service will use XRP to streamline payment flows.

Although Western Union is only the fifth company to test xRapid, it is the second major money transfer service to do so. Last month, MoneyGram signed on to xRapid for currency transfers.

XRP Price Levels

Ripple’s XRP reached a session high of $1.17 on Thursday for a market cap of $45 billion, according to data provider CoinMarketCap. The coin was last seen trading around $1.10.

Nearly $1.6 billion worth of XRP was transacted on global exchanges Thursday, placing it fifth in terms of overall trade volume behind bitcoin, Tether, Ethereum and Litecoin. The South Korean won facilitated more than half the daily transaction amount, with Bithumb, Upbit, Coinone and Korbit handling the volumes.

To be frank, Ripple’s acceleration Thursday wasn’t unique. Cryptocurrencies as a whole jumped to two-week highs, as calm returned to the market following a prolonged period of instability. The market’s total value peaked peaked at $481.5 billion, the highest since Jan. 31.

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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Altcoins ADA, BAT, XLM, ZEC and ZRX Enjoy a Coinbase Pop

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The Ethereum price wasn’t able to hold onto its gains today despite seemingly marching toward the $500 level on Monday, as market technicians have predicted that the downward trend remains intact despite yesterday’s rally. Meanwhile, daily trading volume in the cryptocurrency market is hovering at about $13.8 billion compared to its 2017 peak of more than $50 billion, as per CoinMarketCap data cited in reports.

The more trading in digital currencies, the higher the revenue of bitcoin exchanges like U.S.-based Coinbase, which incidentally is in the process of adding a handful of altcoins. While it may seem that Coinbase’s answer to the weaker average trading volume these days is to bolster its platform with more coins, a leading exchange executive said that’s not the case. Coinbase Vice President and General Manager Adam White told CNBC that customer demand fueled the decision.

“Certainly volumes today are lower than they were at the end of Q4 and January. The idea behind adding new assets is very simple: our customers want it,” White said, adding that more than 20 million individuals are signed up on the exchange in addition to institutional investors, the latter of whom are demonstrating “unprecedented” interest in the space.

The assets that Coinbase is moving toward adding include Cardano (ADA), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Stellar Lumens (XLM), Zcash (ZEC) and 0x (ZRX). And while these coins are likely to be directed to the exchanges indexes, their presence does not reflect a bullish position on the part of Coinbase, White noted. Nonetheless, let’s take a look at each of them.

Cardano (ADA)

eToro exchange just published a report focused on Cardano, referring to the smart-contract-fueled platform as “Blockchain 3.0.” Cardano remains in the nascent stages but it’s designed to pick up where the Bitcoin and Ethereum networks fall short on scalability. ADA has advanced about 13% since Coinbase’s Friday announcement. But Cardano has shed more than three-quarters of its value since the beginning of the year.

Basic Attention Token (BAT)

Basic Attention Token describes itself as a “blockchain-based digital asset” startup. BAT is advancing more than 4% today and has been among the top performers since Coinbase announced plans to add the coin. BAT has added 33% to its value since the Coinbase announcement.

Stellar Lumens (XLM)

Stellar is advancing about 1% today and has tacked on about 28% since the Coinbase announcement. The coin also got a boost when the SEC Thailand said that Stellar would be an acceptable form of payment by iPO issuers. A Stellar follower on Twitter joked that soon XLM would be accepted at every McDonald’s.

Zcash (ZEC)

Privacy coin Zcash is up almost 2% today and its value has ballooned by 22% since the Coinbase announcement. ZEC was also added by fellow U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Gemini in recent weeks, so it has the tailwind of both listings.

0x (ZRX)

The thing about 0x is that it already had a relationship with Coinbase ahead of the listing announcement. So much of the enthusiasm for a listing may have already been baked into the price. ZRX is shedding some ground today, down about 1%, but it’s up about 48% since last week.

Disgruntled XRP Investors

Coinbase was accused by some XRP investors, a community that has been waiting for their Coinbase day in the sun, of price manipulation in the altcoin the exchange announced it’s exploring now.

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Dogecoin Price Surges 20% After Robinhood Listing

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Dogecoin has been one of the day’s biggest movers, climbing 20.8% and trebling its daily volume in the process.

Given that we’re dealing with DOGE, we’re going to have to make full use of our decimal places. This time last night one DOGE coin was trading at a price of $0.0024. Fast forward 24 hours and its value now stands at $0.0029 – that’s a 20.8% growth which has come fairly steadily over the last day, except for the brief spike which sent it to $0.0027 at 6pm (UTC) last night.

Today’s movement puts Dogecoin at 31.8% gains for the week, based on the $0.0022 starting point seven days ago.

Looking at DOGE’s monthly numbers, we see that it has now returned to the monthly high with its breach of the $0.0029 mark today. But as is always the case at this stage of a market downturn, such numbers require to be placed in the larger context. Three months ago, during the mild peak of April, one DOGE was worth $0.0058, meaning that even with today’s growth factored in, Dogecoin is still down 50% over the last 90 days.

Robinhood and DOGE

Recently launched crypto exchange, Robinhood, added Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin just last week, and now a press release has dropped which signals Dogecoin’s integration onto the Robinhood platform. As stated in the release:

“Starting today, you can invest in Dogecoin on Robinhood Crypto, commission-free. With last week’s announcement of Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash, you can now invest in five different cryptocurrencies on Robinhood.”

Robinhood is a U.S based exchange which offers compatibility with stocks and ETF trading, as well as cryptocurrencies. The service is only available in the U.S at the moment, but has not yet been rolled out across all states. According to Robinhood they are currently working on extending their reach beyond the current 17 states they have already.

“We’re working hard to make Robinhood Crypto available to everyone, and it’s currently available in 17 states: AZ, CA, CO, FL, IN, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NJ, NM, PA, TX, UT, VA, and WI.”

Beyond the Meme

Everyone will be somewhat familiar with DOGE’s humble beginnings in the crypto space, and many initially derided it for its seeming silliness and triviality.

Yet the community at large thought differently, and eventually DOGE grew in stature to become a regular fixture in the top-100 coins, and has taken its position just in front of the fire in the cryptocurrency living room.

During January’s peak DOGE reached a market cap of over $2 billion and a price of $0.0178. DOGE’s 11 billion circulating supply contributes to keeping its relative value down, but Dogecoin has often popped up as the most transacted cryptocurrency in existence at certain times, although not necessarily the most valuable.

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TenX Price Up 47%; Anomaly Detected on Bithumb Crypto Exchange

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TenX (PAY) was at the nice round number of one dollar last night before triggering a run which saw it spike to $1.47 by 2am (UTC). Since then the price has dropped back down to the $1.30 mark, but that still represents 30% gains for the day.

Just last week, TenX was priced at a value of $0.58 per token, with a market cap of $60 million. But in the last few days the PAY token has soared into the market cap top-100 and has hit 153% growth for the week. A daily volume of around $4 million at the start of the week has been replaced by peak volumes of $70 million over the last 24 hours.

The price may have dipped in the last few hours, but a glance at the daily volumes actually shows an increase, suggesting that TenX’s movements for the day aren’t over yet.

Bithumb Anomaly

PAY tokens were temporarily unable to be withdrawn on the Korean exchange Bithumb in the early hours of this morning. The lack of influx of new funds created a supply shortage on the platform, thus pushing the value of PAY tokens to a value of $7.32 – that’s a 632% growth in value, purely because of a temporarily disabled withdrawal system.

The volumes being traded on Bithumb amount to $200 million, and predictably all come in the form of direct trades between PAY and KRW (South Korean Won). That volume alone in 11 times the total recorded by CoinMarketCap at this given time.

Besides Bithumb, the most active exchange for TenX has been Upbit, followed closely by Bittrex, where BTC trades make up the vast majority. In fact, if we exclude the KRW trades from Bithumb (which we officially should) then we see that PAY/BTC trades make up over 75% of the total daily volume.

A History of Volatility

TenX’s overall charts make interesting reading. The ATH for PAY tokens was not in December-January as one might expect, but in August 2017 when one token was worth $5.33 and TenX had a market capitalization of half a billion. December’s peak, by comparison, only took PAY to a value of $5.00, but with the same market cap.

Barring a surge in April, TenX has been falling since January. Although the movements of the last two days may suggest a sudden change of sentiment. On July 16th, less than 48 hours ago, TenX was sitting at a price of $0.72. That means that it has grown by 104% since Monday.

Such movements usually trigger calls of the dreaded pump and dump, but TenX’s history shows a tendency for such dramatic movements, and this might just be par for the course. You can read more about TenX’s features here in this comparison against ICON.

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