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Yet another massive ICO hit the Internet last night. Status, who is building a browser portal to other decentralized apps, has seemingly just raised about $100 Million in just 3 hours.

You can see their 3.5 minute video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je7yErjEVt4

As you can see, this is an entirely new world we’re entering with a new kind of web currently being developed. It’s quite incredible that the Internet has provided a way to fund it’s new development and as we can see in this graph, the level of funding is also getting exponentially larger.

However, clarity on this ICO is very difficult to obtain. An initial report said that they had raised $270 Million, and a later report said only $64 Million.

By checking their funding wallet, we can see that they have about $100 Million in there at the moment… and the kicker, it looks like the ICO site is still open.

Crazy times!!

Mati Greenspan
eToro, Senior Market Analyst

 

Please Note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of June 21st. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Market Overview

Stock markets are retreating from their highs. Over the past 24 hours just about all major indices are in the red. Not a big deal though. Mostly between 0.5% to 1% tops.

Some things that get too hot need to cool down a bit. Here we’re going to explore a few such assets.

For example, the DAX in Germany broke an all time record high yesterday morning so is coming down a bit since then.

Gold has been coming down for two weeks straight and we could see a nice low point pretty soon, possibly today.

Since January, it has been building itself a nice support line. At the moment we’re still a bit off the line but at this point, we could see some of the more anxious buyers stepping in.

Oil, on the other hand, is giving its support line a really good test at the moment. $42.50 a barrel (dotted yellow line) has been very significant over the past year. If it does drop below that, it will certainly make headlines.

The Crude Oil Inventories will be out at 2:30 PM GMT. So watch out for that.

One more pattern that we’ll see here and something that has also been very hot lately is Ethereum. This classic triangle pattern was noticed by a cryptotrader named @LiamDavies who has made a massive 235% over the last year. A breakout could be imminent.

The Tipping Point

As we’ve been discussing in the past few months, the massive surge in Bitcoin has mainly been coming from Japan’s decision in April to introduce BTC as a legal method of payment. As more and more stores in Japan begin to accept the digital currency the price is rising.

The next big country that is currently on the ropes about Bitcoin is India. A few weeks ago Prime Minister Narendra Modi set up a task force to understand if this could work with the Indian economy.

Just yesterday, they announced that a decision will come by the end of July. The good news is, that some of the government offices are speaking as if to indicate that this is a serious option.

In India, as with many places, bitcoin still has a negative stigma. Many still associate it with black market activities and online gambling. However, now that they have heard from experts, it seems they are more open to the idea of a public ledger that can easily trace transactions.

The price of Bitcoin broke above $2700 yesterday but ran into resistance at $2800. Since the pullback last week (blue rectangle), the price has been rising at a more gradual, more sustainable pace.

Many thanks to everyone who is sending me their questions, comments, and excellent feedback. It’s always highly appreciated.

Have an amazing day!

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  1. alejandro.uribe

    June 21, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you for your articles! Proud to be a member. What is your view on ethereum network crash because of This massive ICOs? I wanted to participate in Status, but was rejected even when I participated as early as possible. I have pending ether transactions that have more than 12 hours. Is this something that will affect current perspective of ethereum and the price?

  2. maksend

    June 21, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Hi!

    What do you mean about Etherium “A breakout could be imminent” ? It can be break down ?

  3. alejandro.uribe

    June 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Exactly that… Down. Go check for yourself .

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TenX: Look Out The Brits Are Coming

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We have written about TenX in the past with admiration for its business model. We weren’t the only admirers.  Last year TenX raised $80 million, ranking it as the ninth largest ICO of 2017. But now, there is a new threat, UK based Wirex.  These Brits are less well financed but much further along with a real product ready to launch in the US. Could this could put the kibosh on tiny TenX? Let’s take a look.  

You Gotta Love The Concept: Mass Acceptance

Both TenX and Wirex share a similar business model. They make cryptocurrencies spendable anytime, anywhere in the world. Start with their wallet and add a supported cryptocurrency. Then when the need to fill the gas tank or pay for dinner arises, pull out your TenX or Wirex card bearing the VISA or MasterCard logo and complete the transaction.

During the transaction, your crypto is instantly converted to fiat in one seamless step.  The cost of this service to the cardholder is unclear but we presume it will have to compete with exchange fees from entities like Coinbase or Binance.

True, there are certain limitations. So far the Wirex wallet accepts only Bitcoin.  TenX boasts of accepting Bitcoin, Ether and Litecoin. That covers about 90% of crypto assets but still leaves out a long list of altcoins and the bazillion of recently minted stablecoins.

Other marketing highlights at the TenX website include the opportunity to “Spend at over 42 million points of acceptance online and offline, in almost 200 countries – perfect for the world traveller.”  Unfortunately the website also notes, “We’re working hard to bring the TenX Card to you as soon as possible. Join the waitlist in the app to be notified when it’s out.”

Neither approach is perfect.  For crypto purists the only solution is for Bitcoin and other altcoins to be accepted directly as a medium of exchange. Maybe that dream will take place by 2028 or sooner but be careful about holding your breath.

Another flaw is that both systems appear dependent on either the VISA or MasterCard payment rail (and this has been a big problem). Even under ideal circumstances these transactions fail to reach the dream of being both frictionless and free.  However from the standpoint of mass acceptance, the merchant is already absorbing these costs so it should not impede acceptance of either TenX or Wirex.

Wirex Comes To America

Now Bitcoin.com reports that Wirex, which just registered in Canada, has its sights on a US launch. There are two aspects about this that are worth noting.  First, Wirex is using transfer technology from i2c. Not being a technology mavin, it is unclear what this exactly means to things like speed and costs but it can’t hurt Wirex’s invasion of America.

So why should investors in TenX be concerned?  After all, things haven’t exactly been all that shining.  At one point this year, TenX ranked in the 50 most highly valued cryptos.  It pretty much carved out a giant sized niche.

And then back in January a great many of Visa’s cryptocurrency debit cards ceased working as the company ended its relationship with a debit card provider called WaveCrest. Affected cards were those issued by WaveCrest, including products from CryptoPay, Bitwala, TenX, Wirex and others. Since then, the price of TenX has dropped from $5 to about $0.55.

This is where the connection between Wirex and i2c could be the answer to the problem. According to Bitcoin.com “The relationship with i2c will enable Wirex to be the first crypto-friendly payment platform to offer this innovative service in the US.”

A Few Metrics on Wirex

If any published data can be believed, it would appear the Wirex already is a small force in crypto to fiat payments.  According to its website, Wirex has over 900,000 customers in 130 countries having participated in over $1 billion in transactions.  That maybe be peanuts compared to the total value of all transactions but it ain’t exactly chump change either.

So while loyal fans of TenX patiently wait for their plastic and investors sit on their $0.55 crypto investment, Wirex appears ready to steal the thunder.

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TRON Price Slides 7.2% Despite Release of TRON’s Version of MetaMask

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TRON just received its own version of Ethereum’s MetaMask in the form of TRONLink – an app which allows web browsers to interact with the TRON blockchain.

While the new feature may open up the TRON blockchain to the technically curious, it is unlikely to register a blip on the radar of the average altcoin buyer.

As such, TRX has seen a continuous slide for the last five days, during which time it lost 7.2% of its value.

This reverses the trend of recent months which had seen TRX break away from the pack thanks to various fundamental developments, and an always active Twitter presence.

TRON Blockchain Gets TRONLink

Created by a TRX wallet developer, TronWatch, the new TRONLink browser extension is available for Chrome, Firefox, and Brave Browser users.

The extension functions in the same way as Ethereum’s MetaMask, allowing for direct, secure access to blockchain applications and services.

According to the Medium blog post released earlier in the week:

“By integrating TronLink, developers are able to interact with the smart contracts they create for their DApps right inside their browser. Interactions that were previously impossible are now easily accomplished. This enables games, applications, sites, and more , all fueled by the TRON blockchain through TronLink.”

The extension comes at an apt time in the development of Tron, and can now be used to access TRONBet – the blockchain gambling app which recently pushed TRX transactions to higher numbers than that of Ethereum.

TRON founder and CEO, Justin Sun, took to Twitter to announce the news himself, stating:

“With TronLink Beta, developers will now be able to access #TRON‘s blockchain, create and interact with decentralized applications from their Chrome and Firefox browser. More #Dapps on TRON very soon!”

TRX/USD

In the five days leading up to October 23rd, the value of TRX dropped by 7.2%, as the coin price slowly dipped from $0.024933 down to $0.023114.

That’s the biggest dip TRX has taken since the flash dip on October 10-11th, when TRX lost close to 25% of its value. Yet despite this, TRX is now at break even for the month, having opened at the $0.023 mark thirty days ago.

The quarterly high of $0.04 reminds just how much potential for growth there still is the altcoin market. Back in spring of 2018, $0.04 was the support level from which TRX sprung to 100% growth in the month of April.

TRX/BTC and TRX/USDT trades are the most concentrated across various exchanges in the last twenty-four hours. TRX volumes dipped to $75 million on Wednesday, down from the $400 million recorded on October 8th.

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 Extend Weekly Losses as Altcoins Still Glued to Support Levels

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We are having another broadly negative session so far in the cryptocurrency segment, with most of the majors sporting limited losses, and with only a few coins showing relative strength. While the picture is far from being disastrous, we have seen some technical deterioration in the top coins, as Ripple is still bleeding lower, and as Ethereum fell below the $200 price level again.

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The likes of Litecoin, Dash, EOS, IOTA, NEO, and ETC are still weak from a technical perspective, and although some of the minor coins are still faring somewhat better, at least short-term, the overall picture remains overwhelmingly bearish.

Bitcoin’s stability is still a plus for bulls here, but with no sign of meaningful bullish momentum among the top digital currencies, traders should remain defensive even with regards to the relatively stronger coins.


BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The most valuable coin is trading slightly lower amid the segment-wide drift lower, but the $6275 support is still well below the current level, and the volatility in BTC’s market continues to be very low. A move below would warn of a test of the $6000 and $5850 levels, and for now, the short-term sell signal is still in place in our trend model despite Bitcoin’s stability.

The next major support zone below $5850 is found between $5000 and $5100, while resistance is ahead at $6500, $6750, and $7000.

Ripple’s Weakness Casts a Shadow on the Market

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple hasn’t been able to hold last week’s gains, and the coin moved below $0.46 this week, warning of a coming test of the $0.42 level, and a possible resumption of its broader downtrend after its surge in September.

Below $0.42 support levels are found near $0.375 and $0.355, and further weakness could soon lead to a downgrade in our trend model with regards to the long-term outlook, with strong resistance levels still ahead near $0.51, $0.54, and $0.57.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin has been one of the stronger coins so far today, but from a broader perspective, it remains relatively weak and the $51 support level looks more and more vulnerable. A break below primary support would likely lead to a test of the bear market low near $47, with the next major support zone below that found at $44.

The broad declining trend is clearly intact, in the coin and traders and investors shouldn’t enter new positions here, with our trend model being negative on all time-frames, and with strong resistance levels ahead near $56, $59, and $64.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum continues to show relative weakness, and although remained stable in recent days, the broader setup hints on a likely test of the bear-market low. The coin drifted below the $200 level today, but volatility remains low, and trading activity is still very light.

The currency remains on sell signals on all time-frames, even as the immediate outlook is rather neutral, with key support found near $180, $170, and $160, and with strong resistance zones ahead near $235 and $260.

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