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Stellar XLM Surpasses Litecoin for Sixth Spot in Crypto Market Rankings

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Stellar’s massive gains over the past 48 hours have catapulted XLM to sixth spot in the crypto market ranking, surpassing Litecoin for the first time.

XLM Price Levels and Comparisons

The market capitalization for Stellar has ballooned $1.4 billion since Tuesday, with the price of a single Lumen reaching a high near $0.32, according to CoinMarketCap. At press time, the cryptocurrency was trading at $0.308, having gained nearly 2% over the past 24 hours and more than a third since Tuesday.

By comparison, the broader cryptocurrency market has gained 7% since 13:00 UTC on Tuesday, when the uptrend first began.

At current price levels, Stellar has a total market capitalization of $5.7 billion – some $700 million higher than the next cryptocurrency, Litecoin. Charlie Lee’s Litecoin project has now been upended by two cryptocurrencies this year: EOS and Stellar.

Stellar and EOS were ranked 12th and 13th, respectively, last December as Litecoin held on to the fifth spot. EOS is currently the highest of the three in terms of trade volumes.

The IBM Catalyst

Although Stellar’s bullish reversal cannot be divorced from the broader market’s sudden rally, the coin is also benefiting from enterprise adoption of the XLM protocol. As Hacked reported on Tuesday, IBM has joined forces with a fin-tech startup to launch a stablecoin on the Stellar network. Since the announcement was made, XLM’s trade volumes have grown four-fold.

Just two months ago, IBM also announced it was using Stellar to launch a new cryptocurrency that will tokenize carbon credits. The new token is intended to help companies account for carbon credits, which have been difficult to quantify.

Stellar and IBM have emerged as natural allies in the quest for a more reliable global payment network. Long before these new projects were announced, IBM had been working with Stellar to launch a network of 12 currency corridors spanning Australia, New Zealand and the smaller island states of the South Pacific. IBM’s banking network is using the Stellar network to move money across vast distances in near real-time.

The list of initial coin offerings (ICOs) launching on the Stellar network is also growing. CoinLauncher currently lists 16 past and future projects that are relying on the platform to launch their own cryptocurrency. Back in November, Smartlands became the first ICO to launch on the Stellar network.

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 Market Falls in Installments; Bitcoin and XRP In Lockstep; Small Alts Pump

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The cryptocurrency market continued to fall on Tuesday as $2 billion left the global cap in just fifteen minutes. Major altcoins and recent gainers took the brunt of the hit, while Bitcoin and XRP avoided the worst and continued to trade in lockstep fashion.

A handful of small-cap alts avoided gravity with double-digit pumps, but for how long? After the global market surged 45% in December, the current correction threatens to return the market to the $100 million valuation which was struck as recently as last month.

BTC & XRP Align

The top two coins at the top of the crypto market cap continue to trade together on Tuesday, similar to how BTC and ETH used to for so long.

While BTC and XRP only lost value in the 2-3% range, Ethereum’s losses were more pronounced, sinking 7.6% over the day. Such was the case across many major alts, including Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin SV (BSV) and Neo (NEO).

Despite the $2 billion fall across the market in just fifteen minutes, Bitcoin remained within the $3,600 range after falling to $3,620. Earlier in the day BTC traded as high as $3,720, marking a 2.7% reduction.

Overall market sentiment may have cooled today after news that BitMEX was closing U.S user accounts. Many believe the firm was pressured by the SEC directly, although no comment has made as of yet. Some estimates suggest United States users account for around 15% of BitMEX’s entire user base.

XRP meanwhile lost just over 3% on Tuesday – dropping to the $0.32 range. However XRP’s stubbornness to drop in price is matched by its lack of upward momentum. Whereas TRX has gained over 100% since December lows, and ETH currently sits at 50% above this time last month, XRP has gained just 14% in the same time period.

Small Caps Pump

A handful of small to mid cap tokens continued to climb during Tuesday’s dip. Wax (WAX), Stratis (STRAT) and Aeternity (AE) defied gravity double-digit surges between 10% and 20% in strength.

Wax (WAX) was the best performer from the top hundred over twenty-four hours, climbing 22% from the daily low of $0.034038 up to $0.041834. A major drop off shortly afterwards down to the $0.038 range capped a tumultuous day for the gaming token.

Daily trades rose 580% throughout the day, from $275,000 up to $1.7 million, thanks in part to the 55% of trades coming from KRW markets.

Wax is EOS-based and focuses on blockchain gaming collectibles, and frequently scores abnormally high on independent blockchain activity rankings. Read this introductory article to find out more about the Wax project.

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Tron Price Analysis: TRX/USD Looks Set to Give Up $0.02000 Territory Again

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  • TRX/USD under heavy selling pressure late on Tuesday, dropping over 7%.
  • Bears are gunning for another retest of vital support, seen above a breached pennant patterns structure.

TRX/USD has been under heavy selling pressure on Tuesday, nursing chunky losses at the time of writing of 7%. Bears remain well in the driver’s seat in the latter stages of the day, with momentum picking up pace to the downside. The bulls lost much wind behind their sails on 10th January, this coming after enjoying a strong period in a run to the north. TRX/USD from 4th January – 10th January had gained a massive 75%, breaking out of a bullish pennant pattern structure. It also managed to briefly extend above a known area of supply, which exacerbated the upside pressure.

TRX/USD daily chart.

The above-described move saw the price print its highest level seen since 31st July 2018. Shortly after this high print, a big wave of selling kicked in. As a result, a very bearish daily candlestick was produced on 10th January. Daily sessions since this have closed in the red, apart from 14th January. TRX/USD managed to receive strong support on top of the breached pennant, providing some brief relief after the reversal was well underway. Despite the current trend south, news flow around the Tron foundation continues to be plentiful and upbeat.

OKCoin Supports TRX

As reported by the CCN team, OKCoin announced it has listed TRX on its trading platform. This coming via the exchange’s Medium blog today. OKCoin detailed that “starting today, authorized OKCoin customers can deposit TRX, and starting on January 17th they’ll be able to trade TRX against USD, BTC, and ETH.” Of note, the OKCoin platform was founded by the same people behind OKEx; however, OKCoin primarily focuses on traditional swaps and allows for bank deposits. In addition, OKCoin accommodates U.S clients, whereas OKEx do not.

Justin Sun Welcomes New Partner ABCC Exchange

ABCC Exchange, a cryptocurrency exchange platform, announced it is partnering with the Tron Foundation. The company tweeted, “ABCC is the 1st exchange that will list TRX 10 tokens. We are one of the top exchanges with great security and user interface. Stay tuned!” On the back of this, Tron founder Justin Sun replied, “ABCC is truly an awesome platform that has witnessed great development. We are glad to partner with ABCC as it’s the first exchange listing TRX10 tokens”.

Technical Review – TRX/USD

Given the current downside momentum, eyes are on another retest the breached pennant pattern structure. Where the two trend lines cross, support will be sought here, which could see the $0.02000 territory come under threat. Should the bears manage to force a breach, then a prior action demand zone will be called into play, within the $0.01700 price region.

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EOS Price Analysis: EOS/USD Back in Unsettled Territory, as Price Runs into Sellers Again

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  • The EOS/USD bulls are unable to sustain any upside momentum following a breach of critical support.
  • Near-term supply is eyed in the early $2.5000 region. A break above would likely open the door for another retest of the big $3.0000.

The EOS price was seen creeping lower again in the early part of trading on Tuesday. This comes after a big jump to the upside seen in the second part of the session on Monday. EOS/USD had gained a chunky double-digits, around 12%, at the close of the daily. Buyers came in after the low print on Sunday 13th at around $2.25. This was within a market demand zone, tracking from $2.25-$2.35, having supported the price on occasions in December and January.

Recap: Big Breach of Critical Support

EOS/USD daily chart.

As a reminder, EOS/USD throughout its most recent bull run, which was seen from 6th December right up to 9th January, was well-supported. An ascending trend line could be observed, providing necessary comfort to the bulls. However, all runs must come to an eventual end, and the bears smashed through this support on 10th January. Given the break through this vital area, it exacerbated the move to the downside. The price had dropped a heavy 22%, taking a big blow after a strong run.

Barriers Blocking Bulls

The bulls have been cut short for now, not being able to have sustained that momentum from the session on Monday. Trading has been extremely choppy since 19th December, via the daily chart view, highlighting a real lack of consistency in either direction. A consecutive streak longer than two days from either bear or bull camp hasn’t happened since the run higher in mid-December. This demonstrates just how mundane and non-committed market participant are for now.

In addition to the last statement above, further technical levels and areas continue to plague direction. To elaborate, there are more areas that the price must deal with now in comparison to the smooth bull run higher seen in 2017. Separately, if looking at 2018, the bears generally had an easy ride south. This is thanks to the cryptocurrency instruments being so young still in age.

Key Near-term Levels

For the bulls to see greater upside, a break of near-term supply within the early $2.5000 region will need to push prices forward. This should open the door to a fast move to see a retest of the breached ascending trend line. In proximity to this is the psychological $3.0000 mark, which has proven to be a huge barrier for the bulls. To the downside, the mentioned demand area of $2.35-$2.25 is critical, and a failure to hold will be very punishing. Lastly, EOS/USD would be subject to a move sub-$2.0000, where support can be eyed. As a further worth case, then $1.5500 to be retested, the December low.

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