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Markets Update: Crypto Prices Show Improvement and BCH Rallies

March 16, 2019 |

Cryptocurrency markets have seen fresh gains over the last 48 hours and digital asset trade volume has spiked considerably. On Saturday, March 16, the entire cryptoconomy has a valuation of roughly $ 139 billion and global trade volumes are hovering around $ 33.7 billion.

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After a Long Cold Winter, Crypto Enthusiasts Are Hoping to See the Start of Crypto Spring

Is crypto spring or altcoin season starting to bloom? That’s the question everyone’s been asking as over the last week most digital assets have looked bullish. A few months ago the cryptoconomy’s global trade volumes slid downwards showing a lack of market interest. However, over the last few weeks, crypto trade volumes have been steadily climbing and during the last 24 hours, digital currency markets captured $ 33.7 billion. At the time of publication, the largest market capitalization, held by bitcoin core (BTC), is up today 2.3%. BTC is hovering just above the $ 4K region at $ 4,045 per coin and is also up 2.2% for the week. Currently, BTC has a market valuation of around $ 71 billion and the highest daily trade volume capturing $ 10.1 billion this Saturday.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Show Improvement and BCH Rallies

The second highest valuation is held by ethereum (ETH) and each coin is swapping for $ 142 per unit. ETH markets are up 3.9% for today and roughly 2.7% for the last seven days. Ripple (XRP) markets sit below ETH and each XRP is trading for $ 0.31 a token. XRP is up a hair at 1.6% for the last 24 hours and 1.5% for the week. Still holding strong in fourth position is litecoin (LTC), which is up today 4.7% and up over 5.4% for the entire week. Each LTC is swapping for $ 61 per coin and LTC also holds the fourth largest trade volume today. Lastly, eos (EOS) is up around 3.1% for the day and 1.3% for the week as eos trades for $ 3.82 per coin on global exchanges.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Show Improvement and BCH Rallies

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Market Action

So far, for the entire week bitcoin cash (BCH) prices have been leading the pack as far as the top 10 coins are concerned. BCH is up 15.2% over the last seven days and 10.4% in the last 24 hours as BCH currently trades for $ 155 per coin. At the moment BCH holds the seventh highest global trade volume above dash and below XRP. Bitcoin cash is the sixth largest market cap today and trade volumes have touched $ 667 million in the last 24 hours. The top five exchanges swapping the most bitcoin cash are Lbank, Bitmart, Binance, Bitz, and Idax. During the last few market updates, ETH was the dominating pair against BCH but today that position belongs to BTC. At the moment BTC has around 44.2% of all BCH trades and this is followed by USDT (34%), ETH (10.5%), USD (4.7%), and KRW (4.3%).

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Show Improvement and BCH Rallies
BCH/USD 15-minute Poloniex chart on March 16, 2019.

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the 4-hour BCH/USD chart on Bitstamp shows the Relative Strength Index (RSI) is a bit heavy indicating an overbought position. The two Simple Moving Averages (SMA) trendlines show the 100 SMA is still well above the long term 200 SMA. This shows that the path toward the least resistance is still toward the upside but bulls are meeting resistance at the moment.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Show Improvement and BCH Rallies
BCH/USD 4-hour Kraken chart on March 16, 2019.

4-hour trade volumes have been decent this month but there’s still a lot of resistance ahead and a chance of a bearish correction. Looking at the order books ahead shows thick resistance up until the $ 180 per BCH zone and after that things look a touch easier for bulls. On the backside, consolidation has added some decent support and if bears grab the reins then they will see pitstops around $ 140 and even more around $ 125.

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Show Improvement and BCH Rallies
BCH/USD 30-minute Poloniex chart on March 16, 2019.

Tom Lee Predicts Again

Traders are still very curious about whether or not the recent spikes really are indications of a blossoming crypto spring. Fundstrat founder Tom Lee is at it again with his predictions and assumes bitcoin will see a genuine rally around August.

“If Bitcoin holds above $ 4,000, it’ll cross its 200-day [moving average] by August, so I think the outside window is five to six months before Bitcoin starts to look technically like it’s back in a bull market,” Lee told CNBC on March 14. “I think it really undermined investor confidence and the dynamics around the market.” Of course, many cryptocurrency traders take Lee’s forecasts with a grain of salt due to his numerous and completely outlandish predictions last year.

Moreover, cryptocurrency fans have noticed a bunch of money has been pumping into alternative currencies besides BTC. For instance, markets like stellar, litecoin, cardano, ethereum, and monero have seen considerably larger spikes than BTC markets. Some believe there will be another altcoin season before BTC sees any significant gains and some think that altcoin growth will depend on genuine utility. For instance, bitcoin cash markets have garnered attention for being the forerunner out of the top 10 cryptocurrency market valuations. One cryptocurrency enthusiast remarked on Twitter that perhaps the market is beginning to notice the issues surrounding the Lightning Network scaling approach.

“I think Mr. Market has been following the LN controversy and just had an aha moment about bitcoin cash,” tweeted entrepreneur Nate Henderson on March 15.

Where do you see the price of BCH, BTC, and other coins heading from here? Let us know in the comments below.

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DirecTV Now prices will rise as AT&T pushes for profit

March 11, 2019 |

AT&T Inc. is reportedly raising prices on its online-TV service, DirecTV Now, a sign that the company is putting profit ahead of subscriber growth.

Starting next month, customers will see a $ 10 increase, according to a report on Cord Cutters News. AT&T also will introduce two new TV packages, at…


L.A. Times – Business

Senators Press Drug-Company Executives Over Prices

February 27, 2019 |

Leaders from seven drugmakers representing $ 140 billion in U.S. revenue defended their pricing in a Senate hearing that showcased bipartisan support for what would be some of the most significant changes to the industry in decades.
WSJ.com: US Business

Ford sees a market for a new Ranger as pickup truck prices soar past $50,000

February 22, 2019 |

The Ford Ranger was such a successful compact pickup truck during its 1983-2011 run that some estimates say there are still more than 2 million of them on the road today. That includes the 2005 model that sits in my driveway.

But by the time the last new ones were sold, American tastes were changing….


L.A. Times – Business

Amazon Slashed Prices at Whole Foods; Now They’re Going Up

February 13, 2019 |

Whole Foods is raising prices again. Amazon cut prices after acquiring the grocer in 2017, but pressure from consumer-product makers has led Whole Foods to raise prices on hundreds of products.
WSJ.com: US Business

Prices of Pickup Trucks Charge Into Luxury-Car Territory

February 12, 2019 |

Ford, GM and Chrysler have in recent years introduced trucks at price points well into luxury territory, offering plusher interiors, more powerful engines and premium options.
WSJ.com: US Business

Snow levels rise at California ski resorts, and so do lift prices

February 9, 2019 |

Winter storms blanketed California peaks with so much snow that some ski resort operators started calling the first month of the year “Janu-bury.”

Now they’re hoping those alluring mounds of fresh powder will make it easier for visitors to tolerate significantly higher prices on the slopes.

“The…


L.A. Times – Business

Leaked Documents Suggest Mt. Gox Trustee’s Bitcoin Sales Impacted Market Prices

February 5, 2019 |

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the infamous Goxdox blog returned to inform the public of more detailed Mt. Gox information that “no one wants you to know about.” According to Goxdox, the Mt. Gox trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi’s bank book shows that he previously sold large sums of BTC and BCH using the exchange Bitpoint. The cryptocurrencies were sold on a traditional trading platform, which goes against the trustee’s past statements that the coins would not be sold in this manner.

Also read: Mt. Gox Restitution Process Frozen Due to One Man’s $ 16B Claim

Goxdox Returns

Last year there was a lot of talk about the Mt. Gox trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi and the possibility of him dumping large sums of bitcoin on the open market. The public was told this would be avoided and Kobayashi said he would take the advice of “experts” and sell them in a way that wouldn’t dilute the market. “I sold BTC and BCH but not by an ordinary sale through a BTC/BCH exchange, but in a manner that would avoid affecting the market price,” Kobayashi told the public last March. However, Goxdox reveals there was never any private auctions and at the time the crypto community noticed that the trustee’s withdrawals coincided with the January and February drops in BTC’s price.

“How do we know it’s Bitpoint?” asks the report’s anonymous author. “Goxdox is in possession of the trustee’s bank book, posted in full at the footer for your reading pleasure and Bitpoint in Japanese is ビットポイント.”  

The Goxdox report continues:

Unless Bitpoint is being really generous, we’d wager the reason they are depositing billions JPY into the trustee’s bank account is because they were hired to sell the Mt. Gox Estate’s BTC/BCH.

Leaked Documents Suggest Mt. Gox Trustee's Bitcoin Sales Impacted Market Prices
Goxdox.com says it calls out the bullshit for Mt. Gox creditors. After a five-year hiatus, the leaker is back with a new Goxdox to give the community the details certain people want kept secret.

Bitpoint’s Sale Affected Price Discovery

In order to make sense of the numbers, Goxdox reviewed the bank book entries which shows the balance of yen growing from the point when Bitpoint wired the original funds to the trustee’s account. Deposits shown in the bank ledger reveal an additional ¥34,346,581,104 ($ 312.4M) added to the to the initial balance. Unfortunately, the leak doesn’t have any entries prior to Feb. 23, 2018, but the wire amounts they do know of indicate that month the trustee received ¥8.3 billion yen from Bitpoint. “The May entries give us what we are looking for — The trustee received 22 wires between May 1 and June 4 and the bank book entries show Bitpoint sold roughly ¥24 billion JPY worth of BTC/BCH during that period,” explains Goxdox.

Leaked Documents Suggest Mt. Gox Trustee's Bitcoin Sales Impacted Market Prices
The trustee’s bank book documents, according to Goxdox.

The anonymous writer’s recent study claims that the reason Bitpoint sent wires so frequently was to prevent counter-party risk in the event that Bitpoint’s security was breached. Goxdox’ study further states:

The new data from the trustee’s bank book coupled with BTC’s price declines in May/June 2018 indicate that the method Bitpoint used to conduct the sale affected price discovery — In other words, Bitpoint sold on an exchange and not OTC.  

The revelation of the Mt. Gox trustee’s bank book follows the recent claim from Coinlab that hopes to gain a $ 16 billion settlement from the Mt. Gox civil rehabilitation. Coinlab’s claim could wipe out every other Mt. Gox claimant if it is successful and many creditors have expressed unhappiness with the situation. The civil rehabilitation claims need to be filed by mid-April and the trustee should announce his plan by then.

What do you think about the Mt. Gox trustee selling coins to Bitpoint? Let us know what you think about this story in the comments section below. 


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L.A. County Fair will keep a lid on entrance prices

February 5, 2019 |

The Los Angeles County Fair won’t raise entrance prices and will continue to offer popular discounted meal packages — both efforts to increase attendance to the annual summer festival.

The fair’s operator is hoping to build on last year’s 5% visitor increase, which followed a nearly 7% decline…


L.A. Times – Business

Big Oil Companies Finished 2018 Strong Despite Plunge in Oil Prices

February 4, 2019 |

Exxon, Chevron and Shell shrugged off a plunge in oil prices in late 2018 and posted some of their biggest annual profits in years.
WSJ.com: US Business