Bitcoin Holds Above $4,000 Amid Checkered Market Outlook

Bitcoin Holds Above $4,000 Amid Checkered Market Outlook

Markets are continuing to show mixed signals, with most of the top market cap cryptos seeing mild changes red and green, and Bitcoin holding just above the $4,000 mark

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Wednesday, Jan. 9 — crypto markets are continuing to show mixed signals, with most of the top market cap coins seeing mild changes both red and green. Bitcoin (BTC) is holding justabove the $4,000 mark, as Coin360 data shows.

Market visualization from Coin360

Top cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) has been jaggedly trading sideways over the past three days, and is currently down a mild 1.4 percent on the day, trading at $4,048. Having broken the $4,000 resistance on Jan. 6, Bitcoin spiked to around $4,100, subsequently continuing to fluctuate range bound between $4,000 and $4,100.

As compared with its lower price point on the first half of its 7-day chart, Bitcoin is now up around 7.9 percent on the week. On the month, the coin is up over 12.6 percent to press time.

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Bitcoin Price Index

Ethereum (ETH) — which continues to be ranked largest altcoin by market cap — is seeing similarly mild price change on the day at press time, down 0.22 percent to trade at $151. Having hit an intraweek high of $162 on Jan. 5, Ethereum has held above $150 on its 7-day chart — excluding a brief dip to $147 on Jan. 3.

With a market cap of $15.7 billion, the asset is maintaining a slim margin ahead of second-largest altcoin by market cap Ripple (XRP), which has a market cap of nearly $15 billion at press time, according to CoinMarketCap data.

Ethereum is a strong 13.3 percent in the green on its weekly chart — and has seen an impressively bullish 59 percent in growth on the month.

Ethereum 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Ethereum Price Index

Ripple (XRP) has seen virtually no price change on the day, and is trading close to $0.36 at press time, according to CoinMarketCap data.

Having seen an intraweek high of around $0.38 on Jan. 7, and a low of $0.35 on Jan. 4, the asset has nonetheless come virtually full circle on the week, and is seeing no percentage change on its 7-day chart. On the month, Ripple is up a strong 17.6 percent.

Among the remaining top twenty coins on CoinMarketCap, more than half are in the red, with losses capped at three percent.

The only exception is Tron (TRX), which has surged 7.3 percent on the day to trade at around $0.028 at press time.

As reported Jan. 3, stalwart peer-to-peer torrent client BitTorrent recently announced the launch of its native token based on the Tron protocol, dubbed BitTorrent (BTT). Today, news broke that Tron has hired former United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) supervisory attorney David Labhart as its first chief compliance officer.

Apparently buoyed by the news, TRX has seen a consistent uptick on the week, bringing its 7-day growth to an impressive 47.3 percent.

TRX 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Still among the top ten, Litecoin (LTC) has seen some of the heaviest 24-hour losses, shedding over 2 percent in value to trade around $39.2. Stellar (XLM) is seeing a 2 percent loss, whereas Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and recently forked Bitcoin SV (BSV) are each down around 1.26 percent on the day.

In the context of the top twenty, losses are capped at a milder 2 percent — all coins are nonetheless in the red to press time. Native crypto exchange token Binance Coin (BNB) is down 1.2 percent to trade at $6.66; privacy-focused alt Zcash (ZEC) is down around 1.22 percent at $60.76.

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is at around $136.79 billion as of press time — up from an intraweek low of around $129 billion Jan. 4.

7-day chart of total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies. Source: CoinMarketCap

As reported today, the European Banking Authority (EBA) has recommended further research into cryptocurrencies in 2019, in a document focusing on the statutory applicability of European Union laws and regulations to crypto assets.

At the Israel Bitcoin Summit this week, veteran cryptographer and industry pioneer Nick Szabo made the case that in a context of mounting global geopolitical uncertainty, central banks could soon turn to cryptocurrencies to shore up their reserves. Szabo leveled his arguments against those of the head of Israel’s National Economic Council, who had opened the summit with a scathing critique of the viability of the cryptocurrency project.


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Markets are continuing to show mixed signals, with most of the top market cap cryptos seeing mild changes red and green, and Bitcoin holding just above the $4,000 mark

Markets Remain Checkered After Christmas With Red and Green Across the Board

Markets Remain Checkered After Christmas With Red and Green Across the Board

Markets are tentatively recovering after hefty losses hit all major cryptocurrencies yesterday on Xmas day, with BTC stemming further losses and some alts seeing strong growth

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Friday, Dec. 26 — crypto markets are tentatively recovering after hefty losses hit all major cryptocurrencies yesterday on Christmas Day. All of the top 10 coins by market cap are seeing mild losses or gains of within a three percent range both red and green, as data from Coin360 shows.

Market visualization by Coin360

Market visualization by Coin360

Bitcoin (BTC) has seen negligible price change over the 24 hours before press time, and is currently trading around $3,804. After a steep price dip yesterday, the coin is stemming further losses and is holding at a price change close to the start of its weekly chart. Overall on the week, Bitcoin has veered between as high as over $4,236 on Dec. 23, to today’s lower price point.

Bitcoin’s swings have resulted in an around 7 percent gain on the week; on the month, the coin is a mild 1.3 percent in the red.
Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Bitcoin Price Index.

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Bitcoin Price Index.

Second-largest crypto by market cap Ripple (XRP) has continued to shed some value, after having shouldered double-digit losses yesterday. The asset is trading at $0.37, down just over 2 percent on the day, according to Cointelegraph’s Ripple Price Index. Notwithstanding an intraweek spike to $0.45 on Dec. 23, Ripple has mostly been trading range bound between $0.35 – $0.39. On the week, the alt has come full circle to the same price point; monthly losses are about 2.4 percent.
Ripple 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Ripple Price Index.

Ripple 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Ripple Price Index.

Ethereum (ETH) — ranked third by market cap — has inched up a sliver of a percentage point over the past 24 hours, and is currently trading at $127. Despite a bearish performance yesterday as the wider market crash, Ethereum remains a bullish 35 percent in the green on its weekly chart, and is comfortably in green on the month, up by around 14 percent.

Ethereum’s 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Ethereum Price Index

Ethereum’s 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph’s Ethereum Price Index

The CEO of major Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX Arthur Hayes told Cointelegraph Japan today he believes initial coin offerings (ICO) will return within 18 months and Ethereum will see an aggressive rebound to soon test $200.

Fourth-largest cryptocurrency Bitcoin Cash (BCH) has sealed stronger 24-hour gains, and is currently close to 4 percent up on the day at $170. Having seen large growth this week, the coin is up by around 93 percent up on its weekly chart — and down by around 12.3 percent on the month.

Among the top ten coins on CoinMarketCap, EOS (EOS) is another strong performer, seeing 3.8 percent growth at $2.56. Tron (TRX) is also up a solid 3.5 percent at $0.02, while Litecoin (LTC) is down by around 2 percent at $29.98.

Among the top twenty, Ethereum Classic (ETC) has outstripped all other assets in terms of 24-hour growth, up about 12 percent at $5.14. Milder gains have been seen by NEO (NEO), up 2.5 percent at $7.49 and Cardano (ADA), up 2.48 percent at $0.04. Privacy-focused altcoins Monero (XMR) and ZCash (ZEC) are down 0.5 and 1.1 percent, at $48.41 and $59.96 at press time.

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is at $128.1 billion as of press time — down from an intraweek high of over $146.5 billion on Dec. 24. It nonetheless remains significantly higher than a low of $114.9 billion at the start of the 7-day chart on Dec. 18.
7-day chart of total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies from CoinMarketCap

7-day chart of total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies from CoinMarketCap

In news for the Asian crypto markets today, Japan’s Mizuho Financial Group has revealed plans to introduce a digital currency to be used for remittances and payments this coming March.

Meanwhile, the Asia fintech and crypto leader of audit firm PwC Hong Kong has predicted that many institutional players will enter the crypto industry in 2019, citing increasing regulatory clarity as a key factor.


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Markets are tentatively recovering after hefty losses hit all major cryptocurrencies yesterday on Xmas day, with BTC stemming further losses and some alts seeing strong growth