Bitmain, Roger Ver, Kraken Sued for Alleged Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork Manipulation

Florida-based UnitedCorp has launched a suit against Roger Ver and some other major industry players for allegedly planning a scheme to take control of the BCH network.

Florida-based United American Corp. (UnitedCorp) has purportedly filed a lawsuit against Bitmain, Bitcoin.com, Roger Ver, and the Kraken Bitcoin Exchange, according to a press release published Dec. 6. UnitedCorp alleges that the defendants planned a scheme to take control of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network.

Founded in 1992, UnitedCorp is a development and management firm with a focus on telecommunications and information technologies. The company manages a portfolio of patents and proprietary technology in telecoms, social media and blockchain. UnitedCorp also owns and operates BlockchainDomes stations, that provide heat for agricultural applications.

The suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleges that the defendants jointly used unfair methods and practices to manipulate the BCH network for their benefit and detriment of UnitedCorp and other BCH stakeholders. The release further specifies:

“UnitedCorp believes that the defendants colluded to effectively hijack the Bitcoin Cash network after the November 15, 2018 scheduled software update with the intent of centralizing the network — all in violation of the accepted standards and protocols associated with Bitcoin since its inception.”

On Nov. 15, the BCH network underwent an update, which divided the community into two main camps, those who support Bitcoin Cash ABC and those who support Bitcoin Cash SV. UnitedCorp states that the defendants took control of the coin’s network right after the upgrade using “rented hashing.” This allegedly led to the adoption of Bitcoin ABC rule sets, precluding other implantations from maintaining a democratic rule sets.

UnitedCorp also alleges that on Nov. 20 the Bitcoin ABC development team put a “poison pill” into the blockchain by way of a “Deep Reorg Prevention” in order to strengthen control over the blockchain ledger. That allegedly enables maintenance of control on implementations for future network updates.

The suit seeks injunctive relief against the defendants, asking to prevent them from ongoing actions against the BCH network and doing so in the future. Additionally, UnitedCorp seeks compensation, the value of which it claims will be determined at trial.

Bitcoin Cash has registered the major losses on the day. The altcoin is down by over 20 percent over the last 24 hours and is trading at around $103 at press time, according to CoinMarketCap.

Bitcoin SV (BSV), in turn, has seen noteable daily gains of over 27 percent, and is trading at around $112 at press time. BSV’s maximum supply is 21 million, while its market capitalization is around $1.9 billion at press time.

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Major Coins Show Poor Performance, With Ethereum Dipping Below $100

Crypto markets have continued yesterday’s downtrend, with Bitcoin Cash, EOS, and Binance Coin seeing major losses.

Thursday, Dec. 6: Cryptocurrency markets have continued yesterday’s losses, with just two of the top twenty coins seeing any gains, according to Coin360.

Market visualization from Coin360

Market visualization from Coin360

Bitcoin (BTC) is down 3.13 percent the day, seeing a high of $3,887 and low of $3,587. At press time, the major cryptocurrency is trading around $3,656.

On its weekly chart, BTC is at its lowest price point over the past seven days, down 14.4 percent, while the coin’s monthly statistics show grim 43 percent losses.

Bitcoin monthly price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Bitcoin monthly price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

The second largest virtual currency by market capitalization Ripple (XRP) is trading at $0.320 at press time, down 5.36 percent on the day. The altcoin’s market cap is around $12.7 billion, while its weekly high point was $15.3 on Nov. 30, according to CoinMarkerCap.

XRP 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

XRP 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Ethereum (ETH) have lost 7.85 percent in the last 24 hours, dipping below the $100 mark for the first time during the past month. The coin is trading around $95 as of press time. ETH’s market cap is $9.7 billion at press time.

Ethereum 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Ethereum 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Top 10 coin Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is one of the top 20 coins, has registered major losses on the day. The altcoin is down by over 14 percent during the last 24 hours and is trading at around $112 at press time.

The Bitcoin Cash hard fork has been followed by a lawsuit filed by Florida-based United American Corp. against crypto exchanges Bitmain, Kraken, Bitcoin.com, and BCH evangelist Roger Ver, claiming that they engaged in “unfair methods of competition” that were detrimental to UnitedCorp and other stakeholders.

United American Corp. claims that during the hard fork, a number of entities took control of the network using “rented hashing” to facilitate the adoption of Bitcoin ABC, while “no person or entity can be allowed to control them.”

Bitcoin SV (BSV), in turn, has seen noteable daily gains of 22.55 percent, and is trading at around $107.31 at press time. BSV’s maximum supply is 21 million, while its market capitalization is around $1.8 billion at press time.

Today’s major losers also include EOS and Binance Coin (BNB), which are down 14.19 percent and 17 percent respectively. As of press time, EOS is trading at $1.90 and BNB is around $5.

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is around $114.4 billion at press time. On its monthly chart, total market cap has been showing a steady downtrend.

Total market capitalization 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Total market capitalization 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Meanwhile, digital asset manager Bitwise launched two new beta funds for BTC and ETH, aiming to provide a “low-cost” and “liquid” means of capturing returns on both high-profile assets. Matt Hougan, global head of research for Bitwise, has contextualized the launch of the new funds as being driven by “significant inbound demand” spurred by part “positive developments on the horizon.”

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Bitcoin Cash SV Blockchain Reorganization Draws Further Centralization Criticism

Bitcoin Cash SV’s recent blockchain reorganization has led to well-known industry figures labelling it as centralized.

Controversy over Bitcoin Cash’s (BCH) hard fork continued Nov. 19 after Bitcoin Cash SV (BCHSV), one of the two new forks of the altcoin, suffered what is known as a blockchain reorganization.

The latest setback to affect the nascent fork, the reorganization (often referred to simply as “reorg”) lasted for two blocks and was initially feared to be a malicious attack.

Reorgs occur when two miners solving a block at the same time cause a temporary fork in the network. The miner that solves the next block then dictates how the blockchain continues as their fork now has now performed more work as per the Proof-of-Work (PoW) algorithm rules.

When the network agrees on which fork to use, the redundant block which will not see a continuation of the blockchain built on top of it, as it is “orphaned.”

When blockchains experience congestion, however, information about blocks may reach miners slower than usual, resulting in blocks being made redundant.

In this aforementioned event, the BCHSV reorg came about due to the mining arm of cryptocurrency news publication Coingeek, a party in favor of competing fork Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCHABC), orphaning its own blocks.

The events were relayed to social media by Peter Rizun, chief scientist of Bitcoin Unlimited.

Emin Gün Sirer, creator of the world’s first cryptocurrency to deploy a PoW concept and vocal critic of BCH, continued the debate, noting that the possibility for miners to make their own blocks redundant raised questions about the BCHSV’s level of decentralization.

“This should not be possible in a decentralized system,” he wrote, adding:

“You can only invalidate your own block and create a new tail if you’re the majority miner. BCHSV is a centralized coin.”

BCHSV has seen limited uptake on major cryptocurrency exchanges, among which was U.S. platform Kraken, which issued a strongly-worded warning to users when it allocated tokens and opened trading.

Prices have also declined, Kraken’s BCHSV/USD (written at BSV/USD) pair hitting lows of $32.40 Nov. 21. At press time, BCHSV is trading at around $49.77 on CoinMarketCap, down about 6.66 percent over a 24 hour period.

Bitcoin Cash has drawn accusations over centralization before, veteran cryptographer Nick Szabo openly labeling the coin as “centralized sock puppetry” last year.

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Bitcoin Price Bounces as Cryptocurrency Market Sees Relief Rally

Cryptocurrency markets staged a modest relief rally November 21 as the impact of news trading platform Bakkt had pushed back its launch subsided. Markets Shrug Off Bakkt And Bitcoin Cash Led by Bitcoin Cash , the fourth largest cryptocurrency by market cap which lost 50 percent of its value Monday, the twenty major cryptoassets all made gains on the day, the only exception being Tezos, which lost 4.3 percent. Bitcoin price had already corrected from weekly

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Cardano, Monero, TRON: Price Analysis, October 12

While many predicted Bitcoin to be an alternative to gold, during the recent drop in stock markets, cryptocurrencies also sold aggressively.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange.

In 2017, Bitcoin (BTC) was being projected as an alternative to gold. Many believed that with its unique properties, the leading digital currency would replace the precious metal as a preferred choice of investment when the markets enter a risky environment.

However, during the recent drop in the stock markets, cryptocurrencies were also sold aggressively. Does this mean that digital currencies will not be considered as a safe haven investment in the future?

Not likely. There have been many instances in the past when gold has faced aggressive selling along with the more risky assets. In 2008, even though gold was in an uptrend, it was initially sold off along with the other asset classes, only managing to find its footing in the last quarter of the year.

It’s too early to say that virtual currencies are not a safe haven investment and are doomed. Those who don’t understand the significance of the new technology are mostly the ones who continue to criticize it.

Others, including governments and a number of large corporations, are exploring options to use blockchain technology in various fields. Several prominent Universities’ endowments are investing millions of dollars into cryptocurrency funds.

After the recent steep fall on crypto markets, do the chart patterns predict an even deeper fall, or a sharp rebound? Let’s find out.

BTC/USD

Bitcoin nosedived Oct. 11, breaking below the support at $6,341. Though we would have expected a retest of the critical support zone at $5,900–$6,075.04, the bulls are currently attempting a pullback.

BTC/USD

If the bulls close (UTC time frame) above $6,341, the BTC/USD pair will again try to break out of the downtrend line of the descending triangle. The bulls will have to scale a slew of overhead resistances before the trend changes. A rally above $6,831.99 will indicate the start of a new uptrend.

A break of the $5,900 mark will trigger a number of stops, resulting in a sharp fall. Currently, the moving averages are flat, with the 20-day EMA showing signs of turning down and the RSI in the negative territory. This shows that the bears have an upper hand.

Therefore, we suggest traders keep their stops at $5,900. The next few days are critical and can shed some light on the future direction.

ETH/USD

The tight range bound trading in Ethereum has resolved on the downside and broke below the support at $200. The bulls are currently trying to bounce from $188.

ETH/USD

Both moving averages are turning down and the RSI is in the negative zone, which shows that the bears have an advantage. A break of the Oct. 11 intraday low of $188.35 can result in a drop to the Sept. 12 low of $167.32.

The ETH/USD pair will gain strength and show signs of a trend change if it sustains above $249.93. Until then, we suggest traders stay on the sidelines.

XRP/USD

Ripple broke below the support at $0.4255 on Oct. 11, triggering our stop loss. The price nosedived below the 50-day SMA and found support close to the 78.6 percent retracement level.

XRP/USD

On the upside, the zone between $0.4255 and the 20-day EMA will act as a strong resistance. The 20-day EMA has started to turn down and the RSI is in the negative zone, which shows strong selling pressure in the short-term.

If the bears break below Oct. 11 intraday lows, the XRP/USD pair might plunge to $0.26913, completing a 100 percent retracement of the recent rally. The first sign of strength will be a move above the downtrend line.

BCH/USD

The bulls are trying to keep Bitcoin Cash inside the symmetrical triangle. A break down of the triangle and the Sept. 11 intraday low of $408.0182 will resume the downtrend. The next support on the downside is $300.

BCH/USD

If the bulls succeed in defending the support line of the triangle, the BCH/USD pair will again attempt to rise to $530.

The 20-day EMA is starting to slope down and the RSI is below 50 levels, suggesting bears have the upper hand. We recommend traders keep a stop of $400 on their long positions.

EOS/USD

After clinging to the resistance line of the symmetrical triangle for three days, EOS tumbled on Oct. 11, breaking below both moving averages and the trendline of the triangle.

EOS/USD

The bulls are currently attempting to hold the $5 line, below which, a drop to $4.49 is possible. The traders can protect their long positions with a stop of $4.9. The EOS/USD pair will attract buyers if it breaks out of the overhead resistance zone at $6.044–$6.3117.

XLM/USD

The fall in Stellar hit our stop loss suggested at $0.21. The current pullback attempt might face resistance at the 50-day SMA and the 20-day EMA.

XLM/USD

The XLM/USD pair will invalidate the descending triangle pattern if it can sustain above the downtrend line. The failure of a bearish pattern is a bullish sign; hence, we might suggest long positions on a successive close above $0.26.

On the downside, any break below the Oct. 10 intraday lows can push the price towards the critical support of $0.184.

LTC/USD

From the midpoint of the range, Litecoin has declined to the bottom of the range of $49.466–$69.279. A break of the support can resume the downtrend and push the price towards the next support at $40.

LTC/USD

The bulls are currently trying to bounce from close to the $50 mark. $60 will continue to act as a resistance on the upside.

The LTC/USD pair will show strength if it can sustain above $69.279. Until then, volatile trading inside the range is likely.

The aggressive investors can wait for today’s close and buy a small quantity with the stops below $47. A conservative investor should wait for the break out of the range before attempting a buy.

ADA/USD

On Oct. 11, Cardano broke below the first support at $0.073531, but the bears have not been able to capitalize on the fall.

ADA/USD

Currently, the bulls are attempting to push the price back above $0.073531. If successful, the  ADA/USD pair will continue to trade inside the range of $0.073531–$0.094256.

If the bears thwart the attempt, the cryptocurrency can decline to the recent low of $0.060105. We can’t find any buy setups and are not recommending a trade on the pair.

XMR/USD

After days of tight range bound trading action, Monero broke down of the range on Oct. 11, triggering our suggested stop loss at $106. It is currently trying to bounce off the psychological support at $100.

XMR/USD

The previous support of $107.8–$112 will now act as a strong resistance. The XMR/USD pair will show signs of strength if the bulls scale above the moving averages.

If the bears defend the overhead resistance, a drop to the lower level of $90 is likely. Traders should wait for a new buy setup to form before attempting to get in again.

TRX/USD

TRON has broken down of both moving averages, which extends its stay inside the range of $0.0183–$0.02815521.

TRX/USD

Both moving averages are flat and the RSI has dipped into the negative territory, which shows that the sellers have an advantage in the near-term. If the bulls fail to scale the 20-day EMA, the probability of a fall to the bottom of the range will increase.

The TRX/USD pair will resume its downtrend if the bears succeed in sustaining below $0.0183. Traders should wait for a breakout and close (UTC time frame) above the range to establish new positions.

The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. The charts for the analysis are provided by TradingView.

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Crypto Markets Shed Almost $20 Billion as Major Coins See Double-Digit Losses

Markets have taken a steep downturn, with several top-market altcoins seeing double-digit losses.

Thursday, Oct. 11: markets have taken a steep downturn, even as onlookers had lately been pointing to a period of stable price action in the crypto sphere. Virtually all of the top 100 cryptocurrencies are in the red, with several top-market altcoins losing double-digits in percentage value.

Market visualization by Coin360

Bitcoin (BTC) has shed 4 percent in value on the day, and is trading at $6,309 as of press time. Ater a strong week trading sideways to consolidate a higher price point – trading as high as almost $6,670 Oct. 8 – the top coin took a plummet earlier today, dropping over $300 in a few hours.

On its weekly chart, Bitcoin is now just over three and a half percent in the red, although it is practically breaking even on the month, remaining 0.3 percent in the green.

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

Ethereum (ETH) has fared even worse, and is down around 10 percent on the day to trade at $202 at press time. Its weekly chart shows a similarly strong consistent performance, with the altcoin circling $230 levels in recent days, ahead of today’s sudden plunge.

On the week, Ethereum is now a stark 8.3 percent in the red; monthly growth remains close to 9.5 percent.

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

Ripple (XRP) is down over 12 percent on the day and is trading at $0.41. The asset had seen outstanding growth in September, growing so rapidly it briefly knocked Ethereum off its long-standing second spot ranking on CoinMarketCap’s listings.

However, compounding a shaky start to October, Ripple’s plummet today has brought the asset to an almost 22 percent loss on its weekly chart: on the month, it nonetheless remains up by over 57 percent.

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

The remaining top ten coins on CoinMarketCap are all seeing hefty losses, with Bitcoin Cash (BCH) losing close to 12 percent to trade at $451.58, EOS (EOS) down almost 9 percent at $5.35, and Stellar (XLM) down 10.6 percent at $0.216.

Cardano (ADA) is also pushing a 10 percent loss, and Litecoin (LTC) is down around 8.5 percent.

In the context of the top twenty coins, the picture is just as bleak: IOTA (MIOTA) down 10.5 percent at $0.517, NEO (NEO) down 10.7 percent at $16.13 and NEM (XEM) down 10.6 percent at $0.094. Tezos (XTZ) and VeChain (VEC), ranked 18th and 19th by market cap, are down around 7 and 11 percent respectively.

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is down to around $202.35 billion as of press time – down almost $20 billion from an intra-week high at around $222 billion Oct. 8.

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

Even as the markets decline, this week has seen reports that multiple Ivy League and other prestigious U.S. universities – including Harvard, Stanford, and MIT – have all invested in crypto funds, in what sources consider to be “a sign of the asset class’ growing acceptance among institutional investors.” Just last week, it was reported that fellow Ivy League titan Yale had also invested in a major new crypto-focused fund.

In other global crypto news, the South Korean government is said to be “likely” to announce its official position on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in November, according to local reports. Korea’s government first considered re-legalizing ICOs in August 2018: the South Korean National Assembly and several government ministries have discussed introducing a potential legal framework for ICOs alongside investor protection measures.

Meanwhile, notoriously anti-crypto American economist Nouriel Roubini – a.k.a. Dr. Doom – is set to deliver a 30-page “debunking” of the industry today at a U.S. congress hearing. He will testify in counterpart to Coin Center director of research Peter Van Valkenburgh.

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Cardano, Monero, TRON: Price Analysis, October 10

After a period of calm, the crypto markets have been hit with a number of adverse headlines – what effect should we expect on the prices?

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange.

After a period of relatively calm trading activity, this week has seen a number of adverse news for the crypto markets. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is wary of the growth in digital currencies’ prices and popularity. In its latest World Economic Outlook report, it has warned that rapid expansion of a new asset class can create “new vulnerabilities in the international financial system.”

A group of researchers from Princeton University and Florida International University have warned that China possesses sufficient Bitcoin hashpower to threaten the integrity of the cryptocurrency.

Separately, U.K.-based Juniper researcher Windsor Holden has claimed that crypto markets are about to “implode.” In his forecast, Windsor has cited various factors, such as low transaction volumes and a failure of crypto to rally during the Brexit troubles.

Robert Sluymer, technical strategist at Fundstrat Global Advisors, has asked investors to wait for the trend to change before committing any money to Bitcoin.

Let’s see what our charts forecast.

BTC/USD

Bitcoin is still in no man’s land. Both moving averages are flat and the RSI is also at the midpoint. The attempt to break out of the downtrend line on Oct. 8 was thwarted by the bears.

BTC/USD

Today, the BTC/USD pair has shown some weakness, but buying at lower levels has again propped the prices back to the moving averages.

The cryptocurrency will pick up momentum on a breakout and close (UTC time frame) above the overhead resistance of $6,831.99. After a period of low volatility, we expect the volatility to increase following a breakout or breakdown. Hence, if the bulls succeed in breaking out, the rally might go beyond the first target of $7,400 and reach as high as $8,450.

On the downside, Bitcoin will plunge if the bears succeed in breaking below the critical support zone of $5,900–$6,075.04. Therefore, traders should keep the stops on their long positions at $5,900.

ETH/USD

Ethereum continues to trade close to the midpoint of the $200–$250 range. There haven’t been any noticeable attempts either by the bulls or the bears to break out of the range.

ETH/USD

The longer the ETH/USD pair remains in the range, the stronger will be the eventual breakout. It is difficult to predict the direction of the next move. Therefore, traders should wait for the price to break out and close (UTC time frame) above $250 before attempting to enter any long positions. On the downside, the pair will retest the lows if the bears break down of $200.

XRP/USD

Ripple is unable to climb above the 20-day EMA, which is a negative sign. It has a minor support at 61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement levels of $0.45832, below which, it can fall to $0.4 and lower.

XRP/USD

The short-term moving average has turned flat and the RSI has dipped below 50 levels, showing that there is selling pressure in the near-term. Unless the bulls quickly push the price above the 20-day EMA, a fall to the 50-day SMA is imminent.

The XRP/USD pair will show signs of strength above $0.55 and the uptrend might resume if it sustains above $0.625. Traders should protect their positions with the stops at $0.42.

BCH/USD

Bitcoin Cash has again dropped back to the moving averages, after falling to sustain the bounce on Oct. 9.

BCH/USD

If the bears push the price below the moving averages, a retest of the lows at $408.0182 is likely. The BCH/USD pair will become negative if it breaks down of the Sept. 11 lows. Traders should keep a stop loss of $400 on their long positions. On the upside, the bulls will gain strength above $600.

EOS/USD

EOS attempted to break out of the symmetrical triangle on Oct. 8, but has not seen any follow-up buying in the past two days. If the bulls close (UTC time frame) the price above the triangle, the pattern target is $9 with minor resistances at $6.3 and $6.83. Traders can maintain their stops on the long positions at $4.9.

EOS/USD

If the EOS/USD pair turns down from the current levels and breaks below the moving averages, it will indicate selling at higher levels. A break below $5.5 can result in a drop to $4.493.

XLM/USD

The bulls haven’t been able to push Stellar above the overhead resistance of $0.24987525. We now expect the bears to try and break below the 20-day EMA, which has been acting as a support for the past seven days.

XLM/USD

Below $0.235, the XLM/USD pair can slide to the 50-day SMA and below that to $0.21489857. Any break of this support will sink the virtual currency to the critical lows of $0.184. Therefore, traders should protect their positions with the stops at $0.21.

On the upside, the pair will gain strength if the bulls scale and sustain above the downtrend line of the descending triangle.

LTC/USD

Litecoin has been trading close to $58 for the past six days. The moving averages are flat and the RSI is just below the midpoint.

LTC/USD

The LTC/USD pair has been consolidating in a large range of $49.466–$69.279 since Aug. 8. A break out of the overhead resistance is likely to start a new uptrend that can quickly carry prices to the $90–$94 resistance zone.

If the digital currency breaks below the range, it will resume its downtrend and can plunge to new year-to-date lows. Therefore, traders should wait for the break out of the range before initiating any long positions in it.

ADA/USD

Cardano could not rise to the overhead resistance of $0.094256, after breaking out of the 50-day SMA on Oct. 8. Currently, the prices have again turned back to the moving averages. This shows a lack of buying at higher levels.

ADA/USD

The ADA/USD pair remains inside the range of $0.073531–$0.094256. A break out of the overhead resistance can result in a move to $0.11843, and a break down of the range can retest the lows. Traders should wait for a new buy setup to form before initiating any long positions.

XMR/USD

The bears are attempting to break down of the 50-day SMA and push Monero to the support at $107.8. Both moving averages are flat and the RSI is marginally in the negative zone, indicating a likely continuation of the range bound action for a few more days.

XMR/USD

A break down of $107.8 can result in a drop to $103, and further tp $96. Therefore, traders can raise the stops on the long positions to $106 – let’s reduce the risk. The XMR/USD pair can rally to $142 if the bulls sustain above the overhead resistance of $128.65.

TRX/USD

TRON failed to close (UTC time frame) above the overhead resistance at $0.02815521 on Oct. 8, attracting profit booking. Currently, the price has retreated from the top of the range and is likely to find support at the 20-day EMA.

TRX/USD

The TRX/USD pair will remain in a consolidation as long as it trades inside the $0.0183–$0.02815521 range. A break out of the range has a pattern target of $0.038 in the short-term. Support is at the moving averages and below that at the bottom of the range. The pair will resume its downtrend if the bears break and sustain below the range.

The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. The charts for the analysis are provided by TradingView.

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Roger Ver: Bitcoin.Com May Launch Its Own Crypto Exchange

Roger Ver revealed Bitcoin.com’s plans to buy or set up its own crypto exchange, operating Bitcoin Cash as its base coin.

Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) services firm Bitcoin.com is planning to buy or set up its own crypto exchange, the company’s CEO Roger Ver revealed in an interview with Bloomberg Oct. 9.

According to Ver, the upcoming crypto trading platform will be placed on the Bitcoin.com website, which is expected to generate a great amount of traffic via various services such as wallet transactions and news. Ver said the new platform will get “thousands or tens of thousands of new users every single day” through Bitcoin.com.

Ver mentioned that he is considering finding a partner to help create an exchange “internally.” He said:

“If we build it ourselves, we can do it really, really cheap, and we get exactly what we want. But we don’t have the security of a battle-tested exchange that’s been around for a while.”

The early Bitcoin investor and Bitcoin Cash proponent also revealed that the new crypto exchange would implement Bitcoin Cash as its base currency, which will purportedly boost the adoption of the digital coin.

The Bitcoin Cash evangelist has stated several times that BCH is more true to the original intent of Satoshi Nakamoto and a better currency than Bitcoin. He tweeted Oct. 9:

Speaking at Delta Summit Malta on Oct. 5, Ver claimed that the leading cryptocurrency is “no longer usable as money.” With that, he stressed that digital currencies are the only tool that can lead the world to economic freedom, stating that he will “never give up” until cryptocurrencies accomplish this goal.

In May 2018, Bitcoin.com was quietly removed by major crypto markets tracking website CoinMarketCap, following allegations that Bitcoin.com was misleading customers into buying Bitcoin Cash instead of Bitcoin.

Following a report on the significant decrease of BCH adoption in global payments, as well as some pessimistic forecasts on the BCH price, the Bitcoin Cash team conducted the so-called BCH stress test. According to the test results, 2.1 million transactions on the network did not cause a surge in fees. The community-driven test intended to demonstrate the capacity and scalability of the Bitcoin Cash mainnet.

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Cardano, Monero, IOTA: Price Analysis, October 5

The volatility in Bitcoin that once was an attractive characteristic for speculators seems to have declined, but has Bitcoin bottomed, or can it fall further?

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange.

2017 was about large range days and superlative returns in cryptocurrencies. 2018 is about a crushing bear market and a sharp drop in volatility. Bitcoin’s volatility is at year-to-date lows and most altcoins have followed suit. While flat markets are despised by speculative traders, it is a good time to make an investment for the long term.

A small range trading period with low volatility will be followed by range expansion and increased volatility. However, we believe that the rise from current levels will face a number of hurdles on the way up. A large number of retail investors stuck at higher prices will bail out when the price of Bitcoin starts a new uptrend. Mike Novogratz, CEO of crypto investment firm Galaxy Digital Capital Management, does not see Bitcoin scaling above $9,000 in 2018.

So, has Bitcoin bottomed or can it fall further?

Fundstrat managing partner and head of research Tom Lee asked this question to institutions and Twitter users. The results of the poll were interesting. A majority of 25 Wall Street institutions believed that the Bitcoin price had “already bottomed”, whereas the majority of 9,500 Twitter poll respondents think that it is likely to fall further.

57 percent of institutions have a minimum target of $15,000 on Bitcoin by the end of 2019, which is about 127 percent higher than the current price of the leading digital currency.

BTC/USD

The bears did not take advantage of the breakdown below the trendline and Bitcoin has bounced back above the 20-day EMA. The important level to watch on the upside is the downtrend line of the descending triangle and $6,832. If the bulls scale above these two levels, it will invalidate the bearish pattern, which is a bullish sign.

BTC

The first level to watch on the upside is the intraday high of Sept. 4 at $7,413.46. If this level is crossed, the BTC/USD pair could rally to the next level of $8,500. The bears might launch a strong defense of this level.

On the downside, a break below the $6,341–$6,435 support zone can sink the digital currency to the critical zone of $6,075.04–$5,900. A break of this level will trigger a number of stop losses that can result in a sharp fall. Therefore, traders holding long positions should keep a stop loss of $5,900.

ETH/USD

Ethereum is at the center of the $200–$250 range. For the past few days, the intraday range has shrunk, suggesting a lack of buying and selling interest.

ETH

The first sign of bullishness will be a breakout and close (UTC time frame) above $250. Such a move will attract buyers and can carry the ETH/USD pair to the next level of $322.57.

On the downside, a break of the $200 level could plunge the virtual currency to the Sept. 12 low of $167.32, below which the downtrend will resume.

We do not find any reliable buy setups at the current level; hence, we are not recommending a trade on it.

XRP/USD

For the past two days, Ripple has been trading between $0.50–$0.55. A breakout from $0.55 could carry it to the overhead resistance of $0.625. A breakout from this level will resume the uptrend.

XRP

A break below $0.50 will test the support of the 20-day EMA. Any break of this support will retest the bottom of the range at $0.425. A break from this level is likely to result in a fall to $0.37512.

As the price is still above the moving averages — which are trending up — we suggest holding long positions on the XRP/USD pair with a stop loss of $0.42.

BCH/USD

Bitcoin Cash has been holding above the 20-day EMA for the past two days but the bulls have not been able to push prices higher.

BCH

A breakout from $600 might indicate the start of a new uptrend, while a breakdown from $400 could resume the downtrend.

As the BCH/USD pair is holding above the 20-day EMA, we suggest traders hold their long position with the stops at $400.

EOS/USD

EOS has formed a symmetrical triangle at the bottom. It is largely stuck between $5.30 and $6 since Sept. 26. Attempts to break down from the 50-day SMA have seen buying at lower levels, which is a positive sign.

EOS

A breakout from the symmetrical triangle has a pattern target of $8. However, we believe the EOS/USD pair will face stiff resistance at $6.80. Traders can hold their long positions with the stop loss at $4.90. A close below the trendline of the triangle could sink prices back to the $4.49 level.

XLM/USD

Stellar has held the 20-day EMA for the past two days but has not been able to close (UTC time frame) above $0.24987525.

XLM

A breakdown from the 20-day EMA can result in a dip to the 50-day SMA and below that to the critical support of $0.21489857.

The XLM/USD pair will turn bullish if it breaks out and closes (UTC time frame) above the downtrend line of the descending triangle. As the bulls have managed to defend the 20-day EMA, we suggest traders hold their long positions with stops at $0.21.

LTC/USD

Litecoin is currently trading close to the center of the $49.466–$69.279 range. The moving averages have been flat for the past nine days and the RSI is close to the midpoint.

LTC

The LTC/USD pair will turn positive on a breakout and close above $70, and will turn negative on a breakdown and close below $49.

Trading inside a range can be volatile and can hit stops on both sides. Short-term traders can buy a small quantity on a rebound from the bottom of the range, whereas positional traders should wait for a breakout above $70 to buy.

ADA/USD

Cardano broke below the 20-day EMA on Oct. 2, but the bears have not been able to push prices to the lower support at $0.071355. The flat moving averages and the RSI close to the 50 level shows equilibrium between the bulls and the bears.

ADA

If the ADA/USD pair breaks out of $0.94256, it will indicate that bulls have the advantage, whereas a drop below $0.071355 will suggest that the bears have an upper hand.

Between these two levels, the digital currency might consolidate for a few days. We will wait for a buy setup to form before proposing any trade on it.

XMR/USD

Monero has been trading close to the $115 level since Sept. 29. This shows a balance between both buyers and sellers.

XMR

Both moving averages are flat and the RSI is close to the 50 level, which suggests that lackluster trading action might continue for a few more days.

The XMR/USD pair could move up to $140 if it sustains above $121. On the downside, a break below $107.80 could result in a drop to $103 and $96. Traders can maintain their long positions with a stop loss of $100.

IOTA/USD

IOTA has extended its stay inside the $0.6170–$0.5000 range. Both moving averages are flat and the RSI is close to the midpoint, suggesting continuation of range bound action.

IOTA

The IOTA/USD pair might attract buyers if it breaks out and sustains above the range. The first target of such a breakout is $0.8152. If the bears break below the range, the digital currency can retest the low at $0.4037.

Traders should wait for the price to close (UTC time frame) above $6.50 before initiating any long positions.   

Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. Charts for analysis are provided by TradingView.

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Bitcoin Hovers Near 6,600, While Most Top Coins See Little Price Volatility

Crypto markets are seeing little price movement today, with only Ripple seeing a more substantial loss of close to 3% among top coins.

Friday, Oct. 5: cryptocurrencies are seeing little volatility over the past 24 hours to press time, with the majority of losses and gains of top coins capped within a 1 percent range on the day, as data from Coin360 shows.

Market visualization by Coin360

Market visualization by Coin360

Ripple (XRP) is the only outlier in the top ten coins, down a little over 3 percent on the day to trade at $0.52. The asset – which in September briefly outflanked Ethereum to seal the second spot ranking on CoinMarketCap listings – has had a shaky start to the month, and is currently trading almost 15 percent lower than its intra-week high at around $0.61 September 30.

On its rolling weekly chart, however, Ripple is a more modest 4.6 percent in the red. On the month, Ripple is up an impressive 57 percent.

Ripple 7-day price chart

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

Bitcoin (BTC) is seeing negligible price change on the day, trading around $6,580 as of press time. Since trading above $6,600 at the start of its weekly chart, the top coin has seen two subsequent price corrections (Sept. 29 and Oct. 3).

Having briefly dipped below the $6,500 threshold during the latter of these, Bitcoin has reclaimed some ground and is back pushing a slightly higher price point.

On its weekly chart, Bitcoin is just over one percent in the red. Monthly losses are also mild at 2.5 percent.

Bitcoin 7-day price chart

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

Taking note of Bitcoin’s relative price stability recently, twitter personality and crypto trader WhalePanda tweeted today: “With everyone launching their own stablecoin Bitcoin decided to be the ultimate stablecoin.”

Ethereum (ETH) is down a marginal 0.15 percent on the day to trade at $222 at press time. After a steep plummet Sept. 29 to trade as low as $215, the leading altcoin briefly recovered to push above $235 Sept. 30. Throughout early October, Ethereum has seen renewed losses, although its lowest Oct. price point has been at around $218.

Ethereum’s market cap is around $22.8 billion, slightly widening its margin ahead of Ripple (XRP), which today has a market cap of $20.5 billion.

On the week, Ethereum is almost breaking even, up 0.6 percent; on the month, the altcoin is down around 2.8 percent.

Ethereum 7-day price chart

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

The remaining top ten coins listed on CoinMarketCap are seeing red, almost all capped within a 1 percent range.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is down 1.14 percent at $511.51, whereas EOS (EOS) is down only 0.33 percent at $5.73. Just as fractionally, Dash (DASH) is up only 0.10 percent on the day to trade at 180.94.

In the context of the top twenty coins, 24-hour price fluctuations are similarly slight, though more mixed red and green. Crypto exchange Binance’s native token Binance Coin (BNB) is the only exception, up a strong 3.14 percent to trade at $10.61 at press time.

At the start of October, Binance Labs revealed it had made a multi-million dollar investment in decentralized digital content ecosystem Contentos.

After strong growth and volatile price action earlier this week, NEM (XEM) is up just a fraction of a percent on the day: the asset is trading at $0.105 as of press time.

NEM’s 7-day price chart

NEM’s 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Ethereum Classic (ETC) is down an above-average 1.19 percent, trading at $10.97 per coin at press time.

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is around $218.2 billion as of press time, after seeing an intra-week low Oct. 3 at around $214 billion.

7-day chart of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies

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

Earlier today, reports emerged that the  U.S. Ivy League university Yale is said to have been one of the investors that helped to raise $400 million for a major new cryptocurrency-focused fund. The fund, dubbed ‘Paradigm,’ was reportedly created by Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam, former Sequoia Capital partner Matt Huang, and Charles Noyes, formerly of stalwart crypto fund Pantera Capital.

In other industry news, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has outlined a time frame for reviewing proposed rule changes related to a series of applications to list and trade various Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The review period affects nine separate ETFs that have been proposed by three different applicants, and the SEC has set a deadline of Oct. 26 for parties to file statements in support or rejection of the proposals.

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