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Siacoin Takes 8.8% Hit as Devs Fight Over Bitmain-Less Hard Fork

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Siacoin (SIA) sunk 8.8% over the course of August 21st as growing conflict escalated between the blockchain’s core developers concerning a possible upcoming hard fork. The Siacoin founder David Vorick represents one half of the Siacoin community which wants to hardfork the blockchain to exclude Bitmain miners.

If you value decentralization then you might consider that a noble goal, but the issue becomes muddied by the fact that Siacoin have still left the door open for their coin to be mined by one particular piece of mining kit – the one that Vorick’s company manufactures and sells.

The situation becomes even more fraught when you factor in the sum of $22 million raised by the company, Obelisk, which hasn’t produced the mining rigs it was supposed to.

Siacoin Price Plunges 8.8%

Amid this chaos Siacoin fluctuated throughout the day, losing 8.8% of its value at one point as the SIA coin price fell from the daily high of $0.005860 to the four-day low of $0.005341. That price hadn’t been since since August 17th, and between that date and now SIA has fluctuated by double-digit percentage figures. An eventual recovery was initiated which saw the price rise back up to the $0.0055 range at the time of writing (18:45 UTC).

Volumes are down 85% over the course of the month, although haven’t quite bottomed today at $2.3 million. Interestingly, the highest concentration of SIA’s trades have come against Chinese Yuan (CNY) today on the QBTC exchange. Interesting because Chinese investors could be the ones to take the worst hit if the proposed hardfork goes through.

Fork Bitmain

The hardfork would see Bitmain mining rigs rendered useless by an alteration of the Siacoin code. The only remaining equipment capable of mining Siacoin would be dedicated machines sold by Obelisk, Siacoin creator David Vorick’s own company.

When Obelisk missed the July deadline for the delivery of the mining rigs, chaos ensued. Claims made by Vorick that buyers would be refunded turned out to be somewhat less than true. Shortly afterwards the main developer for all of Siacoin’s online presence quit the firm, stating in a lengthy Reddit post that the company knew very well that they wouldn’t reach the proposed deadline.

As the pseudonymous RBZL stated in the Reddit post:

“Sorry, guys. I can’t do this anymore. I can’t support this project. The mismanagement and hypocrisy is overwhelming.”

What’s Next?

Vorick has already conceded that relevant legal action relating to the missing Siacoin miners would be enough to sink his Obelisk firm, with knock-on effects for Siacoin. As RBZL told Coindesk:

“I have no interest in seeing the sia project go under, but they’ve done a good job of setting themselves up for that possibility.”

Siacoin is ranked around the market cap top-forty, and sets itself up as a decentralized, distributed storage platform. But another of RBZL’s assertions may be more damning than the hardfork furore, stating one of his prime reasons for leaving as:

“The typical community member is largely not interested in the storage product, only the eventual price and some form of ROI.”

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BCH Price Resumes Downward Consolidation as BitPay Backs Bitcoin ABC in Upcoming Hard Fork

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After an explosive rally, bitcoin cash has entered a period of consolidation ahead of a highly anticipated hard fork in just four days. On Saturday, crypto payment processor BitPay announced it will back the primary upgrade of Bitcoin Cash, joining a growing list of entities that are sticking with the so-called “Satoshi Vision” chain.

BCH/USD Update

After a positive start to the weekend, bitcoin cash reversed course on Sunday, falling 5.1% to $530. With the decline, the digital currency is down nearly $120 from last week’s swing high.

Trade volumes have declined sharply since Wednesday, when daily turnover reached $1.2 billion on virtual exchanges. As of Sunday, BCH trade volumes had fallen to $678 million, according to CoinMarketCap. BitForex, OKEx and DigiFinex are the largest markets for BCH trades, based on daily turnover.

The 4-hour chart shows a large drop in momentum for the BCH/USD trade, with the relative strength index (RSI) approaching oversold territory. The MACD is equally bearish.

BCH also traded firmly lower against bitcoin. At last check, bitcoin cash was worth 0.08286396 BTC, down 4% compared with Saturday.

At current values, bitcoin cash has a total market capitalization of $9.2 billion, placing it fourth among active cryptocurrencies. At the height of the most recent value, bitcoin cash’ market capitalization rose above $11 billion.

BitPay Will Not Implement Bitcoin SV

BitPay, one of the world’s leading crypto processing companies, announced Saturday it will support the Bitcoin ABC implementation of the upcoming bitcoin cash hard fork. In doing so, the payment processor said it has no plans to implement Bitcoin SV, the hard fork protocol promoted by Craig Steven Wright, CoinGeek and Calvin Ayre, a well-known casino mogul.

“BitPay has not made any plans to migrate from the Bitcoin ABC implementation of Bitcoin Cash to a different implementation,” the company said in a blog post. “BitPay will closely monitor network conditions and the chains resulting from a chain split. We will send you another notification when we determine that payment risks have passed.”

The payment processor has recommended that users avoid sending transactions leading up to the hard fork, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 15.

As Hacked recently reported, the Bitcoin SV implementation promoted by Wright and others is being rejected by the BCH community. Bitmain founder Jihan Wu has also confirmed that BCH developers are “working together” to remove Wright from the community.

In addition to BitPay, market heavyweights Coinbase and Binance have also announced support for Bitcoin ABC. Individual miners are likely to follow suit should outright support for one version of the hard fork continue to build.

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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Coinbase Anticipation Keeps Stellar (XLM) and Cardano (ADA) Afloat Amid Market Dip

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On a quiet Sunday for the cryptocurrency market the only two major altcoins to record clear growth also happen to be two of the coins up for consideration by Coinbase. Both Cardano (ADA) and Stellar (XLM) recorded between 3-5% gains moving into the afternoon.

The other coin up for a possible Coinbase listing, Zcash (ZEC), was down close to 5% over the same period, as the community speculates that a privacy-coin would be the least likely to be next, owing to technical complexities.

Stellar Price Update

Stellar seems to be the popular favourite to be next on Coinbase, judging by social media chatter. And if we take market performance as a sign of intent, then it appears as though traders are singing from the same hymn sheet.

Stellar (XLM) climbed 5.4% in value over the previous twenty-four hour period, climbing from a coin price of $0.256443 up to $0.270373. The ascent was fairly steady across the day, with trade volumes rising 60% in the process.

Anyone looking for short-medium term gains already knows about the Coinbase announcement from back in July, when five cryptocurrencies were singled out for Coinbase’s attention. Following the listings of Ox (ZRX) and Basic Attention Token (BAT), it appeared to be a toss-up regarding which coin would be next.

While this may look like a clear investment signal, especially given the effect Coinbase had on Ox and BAT, it’s probably wise to keep a clear head. Social media searches for ‘coinbase’ are throwing up a lot of Stellar chatter, but such chatter isn’t always authentic.

Technical signals, and the buzz created around a $125 million airdrop compound the growing sense of anticipation around Stellar, although some see the airdrop as a cynical marketing attempt to float a coin that won’t move by itself.

Cardano Price Update

Cardano’s gains were less pronounced on Sunday, climbing 3.5% before levelling off later in the afternoon. The value of ADA jumped from $0.074438 up to $0.077107, then pulled back to the $0.75 range.

Trade volumes remained relatively low for ADA, rising from $13-18 million, with Binance’s ADA/BTC pair accounting for over 20% of the action alone.

The Coinbase Saga

As of November 11th, Stellar is up 10% for the week, while Cardano is up around 1.5% for the same period. Zcash actually appears more likely as an outside bet when looking at its weekly gains of 10% – marking it out as one of the best weekly performers in the market cap top one-hundred.

Anyone looking to ride the Coinbase wave on one of these three coins should take Basic Attention Token’s recent fall as an example, after it lost over a quarter of its value after finally making it onto the exchange.

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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Stellar Price Analysis: XLM/USD Continues to Head for the Stars

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  • XLM/USD bulls resume upward trend, having gained another 8% over the past two sessions.
  • Cryptocurrency wallet provider Blockchain is to host Stellar Lumens (XLM) airdrop worth $125 million.

Stellar’s native token Lumens is notablly outperforming several of its peers. XLM/USD has seen its firm move north has continued, with the price gunning towards the $0.3000 mark. As a recap, the bulls exerted pressure to the upside, which forced a firm breakout from a triangular pattern formation. This resulted XLM/USD moving into an explosive short-term bullish trend.

The price ran higher between 4-6 November, gaining over 16%. For the next three sessions after this, the price cooled, between 7-9 November. This was a move which was very much in line with the rest of the market. It appeared profit-taking kicked in, given the fast and explosive gains. The bulls are back on the move within the past two sessions.

Recent Stellar News Flow

Cryptocurrency wallet provider, Blockchain, will be hosting what they say is the “largest crypto giveaway in history.” They will be dispersing $125 million worth of the Stellar Lumens, to Blockchain wallet holders, that choose to sign up for the airdrop. It is offering $25 of Stellar Lumens (XLM) for free to its 30 million users, a move to encourage new users and ever so slightly assist towards the greater goal of mass adoption.

The Blockchain CEO had reported that the company is working with the Stellar foundation partly because he believes it represents a superior blockchain capable of massive transaction volumes. He added that the airdrop is designed to “put users first” and allow them “to test, try, trade and transact with new, trusted crypto-assets in a safe and easy way.”

Technical Review – XLM/USD

XLM/USD daily chart

XLM/USD over the past two sessions now is running at consecutive daily gains. Bulls having gained over 8% at the time of writing, between 10-11 November. This demonstrates the strength of the current bullish trend, which had commenced on 31st October. Technically, the market accommodated a small pullback, as mentioned in the prior article before resuming its move north.

Upside Targets

There was some sticky resistance seen around the 50% Fibonacci, but the bulls having made a firm clearance of that now in latest move. The next near-term challenge is seen at the 61.8% Fibonacci, around $0.2830. This was the high area for 21st, 23rd and 24th October, where the price faltered on each of those occasions. A breakdown will likely open the door for the $0.3000 return.

Should XLM/USD bulls manage to firmly conquer the $0.3000 price region, there doesn’t appear to be too much in the way of $0.5000. During the chunky market sell-off seen in April, XLM/USD ran straight through from $0.5000 down to the $0.3000 territory, leaving little in the way of technical observation within the $0.4000 region.

Overbought Dangers

Despite all noted above, it is worth considering the RSI’s behavior. On the daily time frame, the RSI is again approaching the 70 territory. At the back end of July and September XLM/USD saw a steep sell-off. Given the recent surge in price action higher within a short time period, it still leaves XLM/USD vulnerable.

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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