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When looking at monthly market performance, 2018 was the bloodiest year in the history of the cryptocurrency markets. Of the seven largest cryptocurrencies by market cap, only three were able to produce more than two green monthly candles during 2018.
BTC and ETH Produce Most Red Monthly Candles in Calendar Year Ever
In 2018, bitcoin core (BTC) saw the most red monthly candles in its history, posting three green and nine red monthly candles throughout the year. BTC gained 2% during the month of February, 33% April, and 21% July. The price of BTC fell by roughly 73% during 2018, opening the year trading for $ 13,900 and closing 2018 at roughly $ 3,700.
Based on monthly performance, the second most-bloody year in BTC’s history was 2014, during which BTC posted four green and eight red monthly candles. In 2014, BTC fell by 56% from $ 730 to $ 320.
ETH also posted its poorest annual performance during 2018 with three green and nine red monthly candles. The price of ETH gained 53% in January, nearly 75% in April, and 19% in December of last year. Overall, ETH shed nearly 82% of its value during 2018, falling from roughly $ 735 to start 2019 trading for $ 135.
XLM Posts Strongest Monthly Performance of Top Markets
Stellar (XLM) was the strongest performing cryptocurrency of 2018 when counting green candles, posting four green and eight red candles during last year. XLM started 2018 with a gain of 53% in January, before gaining 103% in April, 44% during July, and 17% in September.
Despite performing better than many other crypto assets during 2018, XLM posted its worst performing year on record. XLM lost 67% during last year, opening 2018 at $ 0.35 and closing the year below $ 0.12.
BCH, XRP, EOS, and LTC Post Just Two Green Monthly Candles During 2018
BCH posted green months during April and July of 2018, during which it gained 97% and less than 4% respectively. Overall, BCH shed roughly 94% of its value last year, trading for nearly $ 2,400 at the start of January and closing the year at roughly $ 150.
XRP’s sole green months for the year were April and September, which saw monthly gains of 66% and 74%. XRP posted an annual loss of 82%, falling from nearly $ 1.97 to end 2018 trading for $ 0.36.
EOS saw bullish action during January and April of last year, during which the market posted gains of 59% and 195% respectively. EOS dropped by 78% during 2018, sliding from $ 12.17 to close the year at $ 2.62.
LTC Produces Second-Most Bearish Year on Record
During 2018, LTC posted modest monthly price gains in February and April, with LTC increasing by 23% and 28%. Overall, LTC fell by 86% last year.
Despite the heavy losses, 2018 comprised LTC’s second most-bearish year on record. During 2014, LTC fell 88% from roughly $ 23.80 to $ 2.75, and only posted a single green monthly candle.
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Despite the short-lived rally leading up to Christmas, BTC appears poised to post a fifth consecutive red candle on the monthly chart for the second time ever. BCH also looks ready to extend its record bear streak to five months of red, while ETH appears poised to post a monthly gain for the first time in seven months.
BTC Likely to Post Fifth Consecutive Red Candle for First Time Since 2011
Should BTC fail to finish 2018 above $ 4,000 on Bitstamp, the markets will have produced five consecutive red monthly candles for the second time ever. At the current price of roughly $ 3,850, BTC has shed 50% since trading for approximately $ 7,725 at the start of August of this year.
The first time BTC posted five red one-month candles in a row occurred during the fallout from what many describe as bitcoin’s first bubble of 2011, which saw BTC gain nearly 3,000% from roughly $ 1 in April to over $ 29 in June. Driven by minuscule liquidity, however, the rally was short-lived, resulting in roughly five months of downward momentum that saw BTC bleed 83% from $ 16.48 at the start of June to $ 2.79 at the end of November.
Since then, the most heavily sustained bearish price action posted on BTC’s monthly chart took place during the second half of 2014, which saw four consecutive months of red as prices fell 47.5% from $ 640 at the start of July to $ 336 at the end of Oct. Following the three months of selling that persisted from March to May of 2015, BTC markets had not posted more than two consecutive red monthly candles leading into the second half of 2018. BTC currently has a capitalization of $ 67.2 billion and a market dominance of 52.4%.
BCH in Midst of Record Selling Streak on Monthly Chart
BCH/USD also appears on the cusp of posting five consecutive monthly red candles at the time of writing. The charts show a doji candle with a tight body on near-record volume for Dec., suggesting that the color of this month’s candle could easily change.
Regardless of whether the month closes red or green, BCH/USD is currently in the midst of a record run of red candles after posting four consecutive months of bearish action starting in Aug. of this year, beating out the three-month slide that gripped BCH/USD during the first quarter of 2018.
Currently trading for approximately $ 170, BCH has slid 78% against the dollar since starting Aug. at roughly $ 775. When measuring against BTC, BCH is testing resistance at the 0.78 Fibonacci retracement area from the local top of 0.097 BTC at roughly 0.07 BTC.
As of this writing, BCH is the fourth largest crypto market with a market cap of over $ 2.8 million and a market dominance of 2.2%.
XRP Dominance Over ETH Recedes
XRP/USD will likely close Dec. green, which would comprise just the third green monthly candle posted by the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap.
When measuring against BTC, XRP has continued to rally toward resistance at 0.0001 BTC, with current prices hovering at 0.0000980.
At the time of writing, XRP has a market cap of $ 15.3 billion and a market dominance of 12.6%.
ETH to Post First Green Month Since April
After a record seven consecutive monthly red candles, ETH appears ready to post what would be the third green one-month candle for 2018. Since the start of May, ETH has shed approximately 81% of its value against the dollar, sliding from nearly $ 675 to $ 130 in roughly 200 days.
When measuring against BTC, ETH is also poised to break a record spate of selling pressure, following six consecutive red monthly candles. The recent slide beats out the previous ETH/BTC record of five consecutive red monthly candles that sustained from the market’s Aug. 2015 launch until the start of 2016.
Despite still sitting in third place by capitalization, ETH has reclaimed significant market dominance, currently comprising a $ 13.7 billion market cap and a dominance of 10.3%.
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The blue-chip index staged a late-day rally, swinging more than 850 points to finish 1.1% higher and offering a respite for investors bruised by the biggest selloff since the wake of the financial crisis.
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2018 was a crazy year in regard to the price of cryptocurrencies losing more than 80 percent of their values since they touched all-time highs. Interestingly enough, even though the prices of major digital assets plummeted, the hashrate for SHA-256 coins skyrocketed during the months of August through October. Although the hashrate has declined significantly since the price was severely impacted negatively this past November.
A Look at the Hashrates Securing the Most Popular SHA-256 Coins in 2018
Cryptocurrency miners secure blockchain networks for a profit and the cumulative proof-of-work (PoW) hashrate of all the SHA-256 coins has seen milestone after milestone in 2018. The total hashrate of both Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Bitcoin Core (BTC) networks combined surpassed 65 exahash per second (EH/s) last August. Since then, the combined hashrate of both networks is averaging 42 EH/s during the final week of 2018, as the hashrate tumbled over the course of the last eight weeks. The hashrate is still twice higher than it was last January, even though it had lost around 20-25 EH/s after the high.
According to Coin Dance statistics, it is currently 4.10 percent more profitable to mine on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. Furthermore, Coinwarz data details the BCH chain is the third most profitable PoW chain today. Since the SHA-256 hashrate declined rapidly during the first week of November and the BCH blockchain split occurred on the 15th, the Bitcoin Cash network hashrate has seen much better days. For instance, the cryptocurrency’s hashrate captured an average of 4-5 EH/s for most of 2018.
However, because of the split and falling BCH prices, the network is only capturing 1.5-1.9 EH/s but has improved considerably since the last big price drop. When the price was under $ 100 per BCH, the hashrate was only .5-.9 EH/s (or 5,000-9000 petahash per second). The biggest mining pools on the Bitcoin Cash network this month are BTC.top, Viabtc, and BTC.com. The Bitcoin Core network’s largest pools today include BTC.com, Antpool, and Viabtc.
2018’s Next Generation ASICs
2018 also saw a lot of buzz surrounding new ASIC miners that utilize next-generation chips like 7 nanometer (nm) and 10nm semiconductors. Even though these machines received a lot of attention because crypto-markets had plummeted, they really haven’t lived up to their hype so far. Even if a machine packs a lot of terrahash per second (TH/s), it still has a hard time profiting this year. There are roughly six SHA-256 ASIC machines at the time of publication that are pulling in a profit by mining either BTC or BCH. The most profitable miner today is the Asicminer 8 Nano Pro, a machine that claims to pack a monstrous 76 TH/s. It is followed by the Ebang Ebit E11+ which makes $ 3.73 per day at current prices and claims to capture 44 TH/s per machine.
Asicminer’s 44 TH/s Nano version is capturing $ 3.36 per day but the fourth most profitable miner, the Innosilicon T3, isn’t available for purchase yet. Only five of the six most profitable SHA-256 miners can be purchased today and most of these devices process more than 23 TH/s. Also, a big surprise came this week from the manufacturers of the 7nm-powered B2 and B3 miners created by the GMO Group from Japan. According to the company, it won’t be manufacturing these machines going forward and it saw a record loss of $ 218 million during the last four months. Other mining operations have also recorded deep losses this year, like when Washington-based firm Giga Watt filed for bankruptcy. And local reports stemming from China this past November explained that miners in the region were “selling mining rigs by the Kilo as scrap.”
Even With the Ups and Downs — Hashrate Continues to Increase Over Time
The bear market of 2018 has definitely taken a toll on miners but even more so during Q4. This month, news.Bitcoin.com explained how Chinese miners have been shorting the spot markets in order to break even on electric costs stemming from unprofitable devices. These rigs are then sold on the secondary market and miners keep repeating the cycle until they can buy new machines when prices get bullish. Although our publication also reported on Matt D’Souza, the co-founder of Blockware Solutions, who explained that even though some operations were going bankrupt, other mining facilities have handled the cryptocurrency recession in a more inventive fashion.
Moreover, even though SHA-256 mined coins had their values chopped considerably in 2018 and their hashrate plummeted by 20-25 EH/s, both metrics are still significantly higher than ever before. There will always be highs and lows but an economy with an upward healthy trend over the long run is always a good sign.
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