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Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street following strong results from Walmart and signs of progress in defusing the trade dispute between China and the US, the AP reports. Walmart jumped 9.3% Thursday after reporting its strongest sales growth in a decade as well as a surge in online…
American shoppers stepped up their spending more than expected in July amid rising consumer confidence, a tight labor market and this year’s federal tax cut.
Higher spending on food, gasoline and clothing led a 0.5% jump in U.S. retail sales to $ 507.5 billion last month compared with June, the…
Stocks opened slightly higher on Wall Street on Monday, led by gains in technology and healthcare companies.
Consumer-focused companies were also higher in early trading. Amazon rose 1.1%.
Marketing and media information company Nielsen soared 14% after activist investor Elliott Management disclosed…
The Turkish lira fell sharply to its lowest level ever on worries about Ankara’s economic stability, sending tremors through Europe and emerging markets amid renewed jousting between the country’s leader and President Trump.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia
The Turkish lira tumbled, a shock that set off sharp falls in other emerging-market currencies, hit the euro and European banks, and pushed the dollar to a one-year high.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe
U.S. stocks rose Friday after the Labor Department said hiring remained solid in July and strong quarterly earnings continued to boost the market.
U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs last month, fewer than analysts expected. But the Labor Department said more jobs were added in May and June than…
US stocks shook off an early stumble and closed broadly higher, led by gains in technology companies as Apple reached $ 1 trillion in value , the AP reports. Apple jumped 2.9% Thursday, adding to another big gain from a day earlier. On Tuesday the company reported strong earnings and higher…
U.S. stock indexes edged higher Wednesday morning as investors cheered Apple’s latest quarterly report, which included strong iPhone sales and a forecast that was better than expected.
Private payroll processor ADP said private businesses added 219,000 jobs in July, a strong economic signal that…
GM’s second-quarter net income rose amid strong results from its finance arm and China, but the auto maker lowered its outlook in the wake of U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.
WSJ.com: US Business
The BTC markets are currently attempting to establish a higher low above $ 6000 after failing to break above resistance at $ 6800 at the end of June, whilst BCH appears to have bounced off the critical support area of $ 600 – $ 650 for the second time in 2018. In recent altcoin market action, Cardano (ADA), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Stellar Lumens (XLM), Zcash (ZEC), and 0x (ZRX) have produced gains of roughly between 10% and 20% after Coinbase confirmed on the 14th of June that it is currently “exploring” listing said markets.
BTC Rangebound Between $ 5800 and $ 6800
Since gaining 18% from the 29th of June low of approximately $ 5800 to the local high of roughly $ 6840 on the 7th of July, the BTC markets have retraced by over 8% during the last seven days – with current prices hovering at approximately $ 6250.
Market sentiment is mixed, with price action currently testing a key support level on the daily charts after failing to break above the significant resistance area of approximately $ 6800, however, appearing to produce what could turn into an inverse head and shoulders formation – should support at $ 6200 hold, thus producing a higher low.
Looking at the stochastic RSI, one can see that both the 1-week, 1-day, and 12-hour charts appear heavily oversold – with the stoch RSI below the 20 threshold, whilst the 3-day chart is showing a retrace from a test of the 80 threshold.
BCH Markets Retrace Heavily in Recent Weeks
As of this writing, the BCH markets are sitting at approximately $ 700 after testing the critical support area of roughly $ 650 earlier this week.
Looking at the weekly charts, the markets have produced three weeks of sideways consolidatory action after losing nearly 60% of its value over the course of the preceding seven weeks.
When measuring against BTC, Bitcoin Cash currently appears to be forming a green doji candle after five consecutive weeks of downward momentum. As of this writing, BCH is trading for roughly 0.1125 BTC
Coinbase Considers Adding Five New Cryptocurrencies
Major exchange and cryptocurrency unicorn, Coinbase, has published a blog post announcing that it is currently “exploring the addition of several new assets” – specifically Cardano (ADA), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Stellar Lumens (XLM), Zcash (ZEC), and 0x (ZRX). The news produced sharp bullish momentum across the aforementioned markets – with the fiat-value of said cryptocurrencies all posting quick gains of between roughly 10% and 20%.
The company states that it “will be working with local banks and regulators to add them in as many jurisdictions as possible,” adding that “Unlike the ongoing process of adding Ethereum Classic, which is technically very similar to Ethereum, these assets will require additional exploratory work and we cannot guarantee they will be listed for trading.”
The exchange claims to have announced the new prospective listings “internally at Coinbase and to the public at the same time,” emphasizing its intention to “remain transparent with [its] customers about support for future assets.”
Coinbase also notes that its “listing process may result in some of these assets being listed solely for customers to buy and sell, without the ability to send or receive using a local wallet,” elaborating that “We may also only enable certain ways to interact with these assets through our site, such as supporting only deposits and withdrawals from transparent Zcash addresses.”
Markets React to News of Prospective Listings
Despite Coinbase emphasizing that it “cannot commit to when or whether these assets will become available at this time,” the announcement of the prospective listings caused sudden bullish surges of over 9.5% across each of the cryptocurrency markets in question. Whilst each market currently appears to be consolidating, it is not yet clear as to whether the upward moves will evolve into meaningful longer-term rallies, or fail to produce anything more than short-term spikes.
The seventh-ranked cryptocurrency by market capitalization, Stellar, quickly gained 9.5% from approximately $ 0.1847 to $ 0.2023 in less than two and a half hours. When measuring against BTC, the markets gained from 2794 satoshis to 3244 satoshis. As of this writing, Stellar has a market capitalization of $ 3.76 billion, and is trading for $ 0.2 and 3209 satoshis.
Cardano, the eighth largest cryptocurrency by market cap ($ 3.5 billion), enjoyed a sudden gain of 11.5% from roughly $ 0.1265 to $ 0.1411 following Coinbase’s announcement. When measuring against BTC, the markets gained from 2036 satoshis to 2270 satoshis in just half an hour. ADA is now consolidating at approximately $ 0.1363 and 2185 satoshis.
Zcash, the twenty-first largest cryptocurrency with a market capitalization of $ 754.5 million, gained 17.5% from $ 157.5 to 185.1 and from roughly 0.02536 BTC to 0.02977 BTC in half an hour following the news of the possible Coinbase listing. As of this writing, ZEC is trading for approximately $ 173.4 and 0.02774.
0x, the twenty-fifth largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization ($ 521 million), responded with 15% bounce from approximately $ 0.87 to $ 1.00 and 0.0001395 BTC to 0.0001614 BTC over the course of two hours. ZRX is now trading for roughly $ 0.974 and 0.00015 BTC.
Basic Attention Token, the thirty-seventh largest cryptocurrency market with a total capitalization of $ 334.3 million, produced the strongest bounce of the markets confirmed to be in consideration for a Coinbase listing. BAT gained 19.3% from roughly $ 0.2777 to $ 0.3314 and 4464 satoshis to 5335 satoshis over the course of one and half hours, before producing a secondary high of $ 0.3403 and 5466 satoshis three hours later.
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