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SEC Warning Rattles Crypto Market as Bitcoin Plunges Below $10,000

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Bitcoin was back on the defensive Thursday, as prices dropped below $10,000 after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said digital asset exchanges must register with the agency to trade so-called security tokens.

SEC Issues Stern Warning

The SEC issued the decree in a statement that was published on its website on Wednesday:

“If a platform offers trading of digital assets that are securities and operates as an ‘exchange,’ as defined by the federal securities laws, then the platform must register with the SEC as a national securities exchange or be exempt from registration.”

Regulators have drawn a clear line in the sand in how they deal with security tokens, warning startups that they will scrutinize any token offering that is deemed to fall in line with federal security laws. In other words, classifying a digital asset as a “utility” token instead of a “security” token isn’t enough to circumvent the scrutiny of regulators.

Regulators also said they were concerned that many online exchanges appear to investors as regulated when they are not:

“The SEC staff has concerns that many online trading platforms appear to investors as SEC-registered and regulated marketplaces when they are not. Many platforms refer to themselves as “exchanges,” which can give the misimpression to investors that they are regulated or meet the regulatory standards of a national securities exchange.”

It remains to be seen how the major exchanges will react to the SEC’s warning. Currently, cryptocurrency exchanges must obtain state licenses to operate legally.

Crypto Market Falters

Regulatory unrest triggered a broad retreat in the market on Thursday, with the combined value of cryptocurrencies falling by as much as 8.5% from their session high. At the time of writing, the combined market cap for all coins was $382 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.

Bitcoin fell back below $10,000 for the second time in as many days, hitting a session low of $9,121. It would later recover at $9,395 for a loss of around 5.5%.

Every coin in the top ten traded lower on Thursday, with bitcoin cash, Monero and Cardano experiencing the biggest percentage drops.

In terms of overall dominance, bitcoin continued to make up around 42% the total market share. The cryptocurrency has taken a bigger piece of the pie in recent weeks as investors cut speculative bets on altcoins.

The SEC notice wasn’t the only bearish signal for markets this week. On Wednesday, crypto assets plunged double digits on speculation that Binance may have been subject to an orchestrated cyberattack targeting altcoins. After a thorough investigation, Binance assured users it had not been hacked.

Negative headlines concerning regulation and cyber security have deflated a market that was slowly regaining its poise. Prior to the recent reversal, bitcoin had tested highs near $11,700.

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: Coins Settle Down After Weekend Pump & Dump

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While crypto bulls had something to cheer about early on during the weekend following a rally attempt in the majors, the move once again failed to improve the technical setup in the segment, and the top coins quickly gave back their gains. Now, most of the coins are trading near the bottom of their short-term ranges and technicals continue to point to the continuation of the bear market.

Correlations are still very high, there is no sign of a developing bullish leadership, and with none of the key coins showing bullish momentum, bulls are facing strong headwinds. While trading volumes and volatility remain relatively low thanks to the range-trading environment a move below primary support could trigger larger moves in the majors soon.

The negative long-term trends are still in no danger, and although there is still a slight chance of a failed break-down pattern to develop in the market, odds favor a bearish short-term outcome as well. With that in mind, traders and investors still shouldn’t enter positions here, with our trend model being on sell signals on both time-frames in the case of the majority of the coins.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Although Bitcoin is still relatively stable compared to its most important peers, it gave back all of its weekend gains and fell back below the key $3600 support/resistance level yesterday. Now, BTC is threatening with a break-down below the prior sing low, and given the recent weakness, our trned model is now on a short-term sell signal.

While bulls could still be saved by a move above $3850, the failed rally attempts warn of selling pressure, and a bearish continuation is more likely here. Further strong resistance is ahead between $4000 and $4050, with support zones still found near $3250 and $3000, and traders should still not enter positions.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum shoed relative weakness during the rally attempt this weekend, and it is now very close to a break below the key swing low, which would likely lead to a move towards the key support zone between $95 and $100. The coin remains on sell single son both time-frames, and with a test of the bear market low near the $80 price level seems likely in the coming weeks.

Strong resistance is ahead just above the current price level and near $130, with further zones at $145, $160, and near $180 while a weak short-term support is found near $112, and the coin’s weakness is a negative sign for the whole segment.

Altcoins Still Weak Despite Rally Attempt

STR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While none of the major altcoins broke the key short-term support levels, the overall picture remains bearish and we haven’t seen signs of resilience that would indicate a short-term bottom and the resumption of the counter-trend move.

Stellar, which has been among the bearish leaders towards the end of 2018, is once again showing relative weakness while following the trends in the broader market, should the coin violate the $0.10 level, a quick to new bear market lows would be likely, with the $0.09 level being the only lone of defense for bulls.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple still seems very fragile from a technical standpoint, and a move below $0.30 looks inevitable in the coming weeks, with a likely test of the bear market low near $0.28. The $32 support/resistance level remains in focus, but given the weak rally attempts and the bearish long-term setup, we don’t expect the coin to get back to the $0.3550 level in the coming period.

Our trend model is still on sell signals on both time-frames, with further strong support found near the $0.26 level, with resistance ahead near $0.3750, and in the key long-term zone between $0.42 and $0.46.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin is back near the key $30-$30.50 support zone after the volatile weekend, and it also looks ready to dip below that zone, even as the short-term trading range is still intact. The steep long-term downtrend is intact despite the recent counter-trend move, and traders and investors shouldn’t enter positions here, with the short-term setup also being bearish. Strong resistance is ahead near $34.50, $38, and $44 with further support found near $26 and $23.

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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 Turns Defensive Following Sunday Slide; Binance Euro Platform Sees “Huge” Demand Amid Brexit

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Bitcoin traded within a narrow range on Monday, after a sharp and sudden reversal during the previous session dragged prices back toward $3,500. The largest digital currency by market capitalization faces renewed headwinds in the wake of yet another failed attempt to break through the $3,700-$3,800 range.

BTC/USD Update

The bitcoin price slipped 0.4% on Monday to $3,581.16, according to aggregate data provided by CoinMarketCap. Bitcoin fell 4% on Sunday in the span of an hour, where it briefly pierced below $3,550. During the previous session, BTC had gained 2.5% as part of a broad market rally that included altcoins and tokens.

The following chart highlights bitcoin’s present value via Bitstamp. Weak momentum via the MACD can be clearly observed.

A sustained drop below $3,550 would spell trouble for bitcoin, as it would mean the loss of a long-term vital support. This would likely lead to an imminent drop to the $3,400 region and, possibly, a re-test of the December low near $3,100. Another possible scenario is a bounce off $3,400, which would keep prices very much rangebound.

Trading in BTC has picked up sharply since the beginning of the year, with daily volumes climbing above $5 billion. Over the last 24 hours, more than $5 billion worth of BTC traded hands on virtual currency exchanges. BitMEX continues to be the largest by overall volume, though its share has declined after it announced the closure of U.S.-based accounts.

Bitcoin’s Price Recovery Stalls as BitMEX Shuts Down U.S. Accounts.

Bitcoin’s market cap is currently valued at $62.6 billion, which represents 52.4% of the overall crypto universe. Its share has steadily increased during the bear market as interest in altcoins and tokens continued to diminish.

Europe and the Future of Crypto

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has shined the spotlight on the European region after the company announced it would expand its fiat-to-crypto offerings to the region. The leading exchange will service the region through the Island of Jersey, a self-governing entity of the United Kingdom. The Binance Jersey platform will allow traders to buy bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies through traditional fiat channels like the euro and British pound.

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, also known as CZ, said the new exchange is “overwhelmed with registrations.” As Forbes recently noted, the strong demand for crypto trading comes at a time of heightened uncertainty regarding Brexit. That uncertainty has not only roiled traditional financial markets, it has cast a dark shadow over London’s role as a traditional banking hub.

Although bitcoin and Brexit aren’t directly linked, cryptocurrency regulation in Europe is likely to crystalize this year. It remains to be seen whether this will serve as an added draw for investors to diversify into digital assets as a store of value should Brexit implode.

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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Bitcoin Reverses Gains as Bears Eye Breakdown of Major Support Level

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Bitcoin swung lower on Sunday, giving back all of Saturday’s gain and setting the stage for a possible re-test of a long-term support level.

BTC/USD Update

Bitcoin’s price fell 4% to $3,596.96, where it was approaching an important long-term support. That level is located at $3,550. A successful penetration south by the bears could set the stage for a bigger drop toward new yearly lows. As a refresher, bitcoin bottomed near $3,100 last month before rebounding more than 30%.

Read: Bitcoin Approaches “GTFO” Level.

The bulk of the selloff on Sunday occurred over the span of one hour beginning around 06:30 UTC. Trading volumes have remained elevated throughout the session, with roughly $5.4 billion worth of BTC trading hands on virtual currency exchanges.

More on this story: Return to $100 Billion Awaits as Crypto Market Loses $5B in One Hour.

The leading digital currency received a boost heading into the weekend, as buyers re-emerged following a period of hesitation. Bitcoin climbed back above $3,700 on Saturday before the latest reversal took root.

Broad Market Reversal

Even with the recent decline, bitcoin’s share of the overall cryptocurrency market was little changed at 52.5%. That’s because altcoins and tokens registered bigger percentage losses, with Ethereum, bitcoin cash and EOS each falling 4.5% or more.

Alternative cryptocurrencies tend to gravitate around bitcoin, especially during bearish trends. Justified or not, bitcoin continues to be a major influence on how other assets perform. At the time of writing, the total cryptocurrency market cap was worth $119.8 billion.

Trading across all virtual assets has remained elevated over the last 24 hours, with total volumes exceeding $16.7 billion. Cryptocurrencies have seen a substantial rise in circulation over the past three months as long-dormant accounts became active once again.

In less than one month, cryptoassets will enter its longest bear market in history, according to CNBC’s Ran NeuNer. As of Sunday, the bear market has stretched on for 394 days. The longest on record was seen back in 2014-15 when the bear trend lasted for 420 days.

2019 could be a year of accumulation for bitcoin, as long-term holders and institutional investors look to capitalize on low prices. As we recently speculated, bitcoin will likely prove to be an attractive investment in the $2,000-$4,000 range. The current hesitation reflects uncertainty about whether the market has reached a definitive bottom.

Read: Bitcoin’s Year of Accumulation.

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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