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It hasn’t been a day since our last bitcoin article, but the world’s leading cryptocurrency has soared to fresh all-time highs yet again. This time, prices approached $6,200 for the first time ever.

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Bitcoin’s Bull Market

BTC/USD touched a session high of $6,180.00, bringing its total market cap to $103 billion. Prices were last seen hovering around $6,100, according to Bitstamp.

The rally on Saturday came less than 24 hours after the bulls tested the waters near $6,000. Analysts are almost certain that prices can still go higher, making a compelling case for investors who are still on the sidelines of the crypto rally. FundStrat Global Advisor’s Tom Lee believes prices could top $25,000 over the next five years. In fact, he says this is a conservative estimate.

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Bitcoin’s epic run has dwarfed Wall Street’s post-election rally, and has defied repeated warnings from big banks and policymakers.

Bitcoin Gold’s Private Fork

Coinbase made a startling revelation Friday in its FAQ section, where it claimed that Bitcoin Gold (BTG) has already privately forked. The private fork occurred “at a point known only to the Bitcoin Gold development team.” The newly minted digital currency will be made publicly available when the Bitcoin blockchain reaches block no. 491,407. That’s estimated to occur Wednesday.

Bitcoin Gold isn’t your typical fork in the traditional sense of the term. The Wednesday fork date is when the first Genesis block will be mined. The Bitcoin network will have no part in this process whatsoever.

Market participants are still skeptical whether BTG is legitimate. The code has not been made available, and its developers have already mined tens of thousands of blocks.

BTG’s reluctance to release its code publicly is a “major security risk,” according to Coinbase. As such, the U.S.-based exchange will not support the new coin. The broker remains committed to adding support for the Segwit2x hard fork in November.

“After the fork, we will enable access when we have determined each blockchain is secure and stable,” Coinbase Dan Romero said in a blog post earlier this month. “We expect this to happen within a few days after the fork, but it may take longer if additional risks emerge.”

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John McAfee Just Made Some Bold Predictions for Bitcoin, Bitcoin Private

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Technologist and crypto bull John McAfee has made a series of eyebrow-raising predictions concerning bitcoin and bitcoin private. While McAfee is no stranger to gutsy calls, his new forecast sees bitcoin prices doubling in a matter of weeks. And yes, the forecast came after the Wednesday price collapse.

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McAfee Raises the Stakes on Bullish Bets

In a Thursday tweet, McAfee predicted the market will “turn” before June 12, which was the original date of the planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea. McAfee’s algorithm expects a Korea deal to get signed on that day even as Trump signaled on Thursday for the cancellation of the meeting.

According to the post, McAfee expects bitcoin to surpass $15,000 in June before dipping again in July. Bitcoin bottomed below $7,300 on Thursday. It was last seen trading at $7,563.

Bitcoin private, the so-called meta currency that ‘merge-forked’ from bitcoin and Zclassic, is expected to hit $200  by the end of July. At the time of writing, BTCP was trading at $25.61, having gained more than 33% over the past 24 hours.

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BTCP entered circulation in early March as a fork from Zclassic, which itself forked from bitcoin. Bitcoin private is therefore seen as a ‘fork of a fork of a fork.’

McAfee also expects EOS to jump to $32 by the end of July from its current level of $12.48. EOS has skyrocketed to the No. 5 spot on the market cap rankings with a total value of $11 billion.

Institutional Demand

Earlier this week, McAfee heralded the arrival of institutional money to the cryptocurrency market, arguing that it will spark the next leg of the rally.

“Institutional investors are preparing to enter the cryptocurrency market with a vengeance” he tweeted Monday. “They are generally long term investors and will be pumping billions into the market. Expect the top ten coins to go through the roof fairly quickly. The bulk of alt coins will soon follow.”

Digital currency exchange Coinbase has expressed the same opinion and has launched a suite of products to ease institutional money’s transition to crypto.

Crypto analyst Tom Lee has also appealed to institutional demand to justify his bullish outlook on bitcoin in the face of multiple declines. In a recent interview with CNBC, Lee said institutional interest in crypto has only just begun and that demand will continue to grow once regulatory uncertainties are ironed out.

Lee maintains a price target of $25,000 for bitcoin.

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’s Plunge Has Not Shaken Tom Lee

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Bitcoin’s latest technical breakdown hasn’t affected Tom Lee’s bullish outlook on the digital currency. The head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisors is standing by his target of $25,000 by year’s end.

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Typical Volatility

In an email conversation with CNBC, Lee said the latest drop in market prices can be attributed to “typical market volatility” rather than any new underlying risks facing digital assets. He also identified three factors that will lead bitcoin to $25,000.

The first factor is cost of production, which Lee identified as anywhere between $6,000 and $8,000 during the most recent slide. This means bitcoin is still worth more than its cost of production.

In Lee’s view, growing institutional interest will also keep the market trekking higher in the intermediate term.

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Growing interest from institutional traders will also keep the market rallying for the foreseeable future. Banks and other financial institutions are still feeling their way into the crypto market and are looking for regulatory guidance on how to move forward.

In a Tuesday interview with CNBC’s “Futures Now,” Lee issued the following statement:

“I think institutional investors have gained a lot of interest, and they haven’t really come into crypto yet because there is still some regulatory uncertainty. But that sort of ultimate allocation into crypto as an asset class is going to be a powerful reason why bitcoin rallies.”

Lee also reminded investors just how quickly the crypto market can change. A historical analysis reveals that the entirety of bitcoin’s gains in any given year can be attributed to ten days. Without those days, bitcoin values are down 25% annually.

“So as miserable as it feels holding bitcoin at $8,000, the move from $8,000 to $25,000 will happen in a handful of days,” he said.

BTC/USD Price Levels

Bitcoin prices bottomed at $7,289.35 on Thursday, their lowest in about six weeks. The cryptocurrency has declined nearly 10% over the past week.

At last check, BTC/USD had recovered around $7,508 for a total market cap of $128.3 billion. Selling pressure brought more volume to the market, with total turnover in bitcoin approaching $7 billion.

With the latest skid, bitcoin is down more than 40% this year.

The market cap for all cryptocurrencies bottomed at $318.8 billion on Thursday but has since recovered to around $333 billion. The market is down nearly $60 billion from its Sunday high.

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 Spike Lower amid Regulatory Woes, Technical Breakdown

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Following a period of directionless range trading in the segment, cryptocurrencies got hit hard yesterday, on a very busy day in financial markets. The largest coins and small caps are down by 20% in two days on average, with the total value of the market declining by around $70 billion. The Indian tax plan, and the continued rise of the Dollar were among the triggers of the losses, and the move accelerated when key initial support levels were broken in the majors. The current selloff could be the last phase of the correction of the April run-up, as sentiment volume patterns and sentiment point to an approaching durable bottom.

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While the market managed to bounce in late trading, which extended to the Asian session today, now the coins are generally trading on new short-term lows after another wave of selling hit them. Correlations are very high, with only a few coins, Ethereum, Ripple, EOS, Tron, and Stellar showing some signs of resilience amid the rout.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Bitcoin plunged lower together with the broader market despite showing some relative strength in the beginning of the week, and it violated the key support zone between $7650 and $7800 in the process, Now, BTC is trading just above the $7300 support, with the short-term momentum indicators in oversold territory.

The coin is still not a buy from a short-term perspective, and traders shouldn’t enter new positions yet. Further resistance is ahead in the key $8400-$8600 zone and between $9000 and $9200, while support is found at $7000 and $6750.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum continues to be in a better technical position than BTC and the coin is trading in the strong support zone between $555 and $575 after falling below the $625-$645 zone. We still expect the uptrend to resume, and as the daily momentum indicators are also headed towards oversold territory, a long-term buy signal is close. Further support is found near $500 while above $625 the next main zone is between $735 and $780.

Ripple Holds $0.575, as Altcoins Trying to Find Footing

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

XRP is showing the most short-term promise among the top coins, holding up above yesterday’s low, while showing a positive divergence with regards to the 4-Hour MACD indicator. The recently rallying Tron is also relatively strong today, although it fell back into its previous trading range, while the other leaders of the April surge, IOTA and EOS are also stuck in declining patterns.

There are still no cons on a short-term buy signal and Bitcoin Cash, Monero, Litecoin, NEO, and Dash are among the laggards, but for now, the long-term picture remains promising for the whole segment.

Stay tuned for our long-term technical analysis coming out later on today.

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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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