Facebook’s announcement this week about its cryptocurrency Libra has far-reaching potential. eToroX’s Labs Blockchain Science team, comprising Chief Blockchain Scientist Dr. Omri Ross, Peter Emil Jensen, and Johannes Rude Jensen, was quick off the mark to investigate how our eToro tokenized assets (and the technology behind them) would work on Libra’s initial prototype, and how well it suited our specifications.
By exploring Libra’s capabilities, and using Move IR (the intermediary representative layer of what will eventually be the final programming language), they successfully managed to implement an initial version of eToro tokenized assets on the Libra Network.
Using a previous incarnation of an implementation that targeted Ethereum as a basis, the team wrote and executed a basic implementation for creating digital asset infrastructure (tokenization capabilities) on Libra.
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2. Contrary to other blockchain languages, Move does not allow publishing data on behalf of other users. Because of this, it requires users to acknowledge this beforehand, thereby giving users full control of which data is associated with them.
Ripple publishes the quarterly XRP Markets Report to provide regular updates on the state of the market, including quarterly programmatic and institutional strategy and sales, relevant XRP-related announcements such as Xpring and RippleNet partnerships, and commentary on previous quarter market developments. As an owner of XRP, Ripple believes in proactive transparency and in being a responsible stakeholder. Ripple urges others in the industry to follow its lead to build trust, foster open communication, and raise the bar industry-wide.
CHANGE IN VOLUME BENCHMARK
In June 2019, Ripple shared that the company’s sales of XRP in Q2 2019 would be lower as a percentage of reported volume than in the previous quarters due to the concerns about misreported, falsified and inflated reported trading volumes.
Ripple worked with trusted partners to evaluate new sources of legitimate trading volume. After evaluation, Ripple decided CryptoCompare’s Top Tier (CCTT), the exchanges rated “AA,” “A,” and “B” by its Exchange Benchmark, offers a more complete look on the quality, regulatory environment, management, and structure of exchanges that filter out a majority of unverified volumes. Publicly available sources of trusted trading volume are still in relatively early stages, but CCTT is in line with what Ripple believes to be more accurate XRP trading volumes. For now, Ripple will use CCTT as its benchmark, and will continue to work proactively with industry participants toward resolving the issues around unreliable industry volume data.
Overall market capitalization of digital assets sharply increased in Q2.
Ripple sold $251.51 million XRP in Q2 2019 and is substantially reducing future sales of XRP.
Given the concerns about overstated market trading volumes, CryptoCompare will be Ripple’s primary benchmark for XRP market volume going forward.
Three billion XRP were released out of cryptographic escrow, 2.10 billion returned to escrow.
XRP is now listed on over 130 exchanges worldwide.
Q2 AND FUTURE XRP SALES
In Q2 2019, Ripple sold $106.87 million XRP in institutional direct sales and $144.64 million in programmatic sales. In total, the company sold $251.51 million XRP in Q2. Given the reports of inflated volumes, which Ripple took seriously, the company temporarily paused programmatic sales and placed limits on institutional sales to evaluate the problem in early Q2. Ripple later resumed XRP sales at a rate that was 50% lower versus previous guidance, at 10 basis points of CoinMarketCap reported volumes.
Ripple plans to take a more conservative approach to XRP sales in Q3. As noted, the company switched benchmarks to CCTT and will target programmatic sales at 10 basis points of CCTT reported volumes.
INSTITUTIONAL VS. PROGRAMMATIC SALES
Institutional (OTC) Sales
Ripple’s long-term view is that efficient, liquid XRP markets should resemble the traditional FX markets, given XRP’s use case of global value transfer. As a large portion of FX trading occurs on the OTC markets, in 2017, Ripple began providing, through XRP II, a licensed subsidiary, OTC purchases of XRP to meet institutional demand, at a time when XRP/USD liquidity was limited. Since then, XRP listings increased as Ripple has partnered with the top digital asset brokers and used inventory to serve as a backstop for XRP liquidity. This allowed these OTC liquidity providers the ability to source XRP, even when institutional quantities of XRP were difficult to access across exchanges.
Ripple decided to pull back from providing XRP over-the-counter at scale toward the end of Q2, in light of the OTC desks’ ability to source institutional demand for XRP in the open markets. Going forward, Ripple plans to focus institutional sales on markets where the on-exchange liquidity for XRP is insufficient to meet institutional demand.
Ripple’s programmatic XRP sales have been done with the goal of minimizing market impact. The company did this through limiting XRP programmatic sales to what it considers a small percentage of traded volume, which was executed across multiple exchanges. Ripple relies on programmatic sales partners who mainly execute trades passively; their trading volumes do not vary based on changes in the price of XRP, but they do increase as overall XRP trading volumes increase.
As discussed earlier, because of misreported trading volumes, Ripple has changed its sales strategy and benchmark for Q3, and will continue to closely monitor the situation.
Q2 ESCROW ACTIVITY
In Q2 2019, three billion XRP were again released out of escrow (one billion each month). 2.10 billion XRP were returned and subsequently put into new escrow contracts. The remaining 900 million XRP not returned to escrow are being used in a variety of ways to develop use cases for XRP, including Xpring initiatives and RippleNet partnerships (such as MoneyGram). All figures are reported based on transactions executed during the quarter.
The overall market capitalization of digital assets increased by 122.86% from Q1. XRP price gained 28.20% over Q2, ending the quarter at $0.40 on coinmarketcap.com
According to CCTT, the daily volume for XRP increased in Q2. The average daily volume was $429.51 million in Q2 and $156.01 million in Q1.
For reference, according to coinmarketcap.com, the average XRP daily volume was $1.74 billion.
Volatility and Correlation
XRP’s volatility of daily returns over the quarter was 5.01%. Though there was a slight increase in volatility from Q1, XRP was in line with other top digital assets. In addition, XRP’s correlation with bitcoin dropped from Q1, while its correlation with ether remained high.
In Q2, 12 new exchanges listed XRP bringing the total number to over 130 exchanges worldwide.
Q2 saw the highest number of customer transactions on RippleNet. In fact, the number of xRapid transactions increased 170% from Q1 to Q2 and Ripple had a 30% increase in the number of live xRapid partners in Q2. Ripple anticipates this momentum in transaction volume to continue as more partners and customers go live.
Notably in Q2, Ripple announced it agreed to enter into a strategic partnership with MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI), one of the world’s largest money transfer companies. The company operates in the $600 billion global remittance market, serving millions of customers in more than 200 countries and territories, supporting multiple currencies. Through this partnership, which will have an initial term of two years, Ripple would become MoneyGram’s key partner for cross-border payments and foreign exchange settlement using digital assets. In conjunction with the partnership, Ripple has agreed to provide a capital commitment to MoneyGram, which enables the company to draw up to $50 million in exchange for equity over a two-year period.
The partnership with Ripple focuses on the xRapid product. xRapid is a solution for on-demand liquidity, which leverages XRP, the native digital asset of the XRP Ledger, as a real-time bridge between the sending and receiving currencies.
Xpring is Ripple’s initiative to support the open source community of developers, building on the decentralized XRP Ledger and use cases for XRP on that ledger. This support is done in two ways: 1) helping innovative blockchain projects grow through partnership and investment; 2) building crypto infrastructure through contributions to open source crypto protocols such as the XRP Ledger and Interledger projects. In addition, Xpring is building a developer platform to support open source developers to leverage these protocols. Xpring makes investments using a mix of traditional currency and XRP. XRP investments are generally subject to sales restrictions and intended for direct use in the tools and services being developed.
Companies and developers continued to build on the XRP Ledger, and utilize ILP and XRP. Significant developments from companies and projects, which Xpring invested in and supports, include:
Bolt Labs is a privacy-focused payment channel network supporting multiple digital currencies. Bolt scales off-chain transactions while preserving privacy.
Agoric enables developers to build secure smart contracts and new digital assets that can connect to public and private blockchains.
Robot Ventures is a (pre-)seed investor in early stage companies in the decentralized finance and blockchain space.
Notable Regulatory Activity
The SEC announced that it would establish nodes on certain open source, permissionless ledgers, such as the XRP Ledger, to help inform its policy making.
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority analogized XRP to ETH, which it recognized was a hybrid utility/exchange token, not a security token.
Technology companies enter the space
New entrants into the ecosystem brought global awareness around crypto and blockchain. Most notably, Facebook’s announcement of the Libra whitepaper in June brought mainstream attention from all audiences. Akin to JP Morgan’s announcement of its JPM Coin trial, the news brought market validation to the space, highlighting the benefits that blockchain and crypto bring to payments. However, Facebook faced significant regulatory headwinds as regulators questioned the company’s ability to protect consumer data and comply with anti-money laundering and know-your-customer laws. Facebook was not the only tech company that announced it was breaking into crypto and blockchain this quarter:
Amazon was granted a patent to build a proof-of-work cryptographic system to fight DDOS attacks. Also, Amazon Web Services launched its Managed Blockchain service, which supports open-source framework Hyperledger Fabric, for its enterprise clients.
Yahoo! Japan went live with Taotao, its cryptocurrency exchange, where bitcoin and ether will be initially traded, and margin trading of XRP and litecoin will be available.
Google announced that Ethereum app builders using Google software will be able to integrate data from sources outside the blockchain through a partnership with Chainlink.
Samsung announced the development of its own Ethereum-based blockchain and may issue its own token.
Increased Institutional Interest
Digital assets experienced increasing levels of institutional interest over the past three months. Last quarter, futures trading and other crypto derivatives were widely discussed as the market capitalization of digital assets increased, CME reached a record high for BTC futures and Bakktannounced plans to begin testing its future contracts.
Banks continue to bet on crypto and blockchain
Established banks continued to show interest in blockchain and crypto as they build their own private blockchain solutions and tokens. Last quarter, a group of 14 financial firms led by UBS including Barclays, Santander, and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce created Fnality International to aid in the development and launch of a utility settlement coin (USC) to improve cross-border payments. JPMorgan announced that it will start customer trials of its JPM Coin with corporate clients, and Goldman Sachs CEO said the bank is doing extensive research on asset tokenization and stablecoins.
Crypto exchanges reported record trading volumes and profit. Traditional brokerage firms plan to offer cryptocurrency trading to their institutional clients.
ADDITIONAL REGULATORY HIGHLIGHTS IN Q2
Americas and Europe
The G20 officially announced its support of the FATF’s crypto guidelines and ongoing work by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) to explore the implications of decentralized fintech and how regulators can better engage stakeholders.
SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce said current guidance falls short of clarity that the industry needs to move forward to develop additional guidelines regarding crypto.
France pushed for the EU to adopt a cryptocurrency framework to achieve uniform laws.
Bitstamp was granted a virtual currency license by the New York Department of Financial Services.
The SEC sued Kik for allegedly running an unregistered securities sale back in 2017 when it launched an ICO for its kin token.
Reserve Bank of India considered a law that mandates payments data should not be allowed to leave its borders, and announced a framework for its fintech sandbox that invites blockchain projects to take part, but excludes cryptocurrency-related businesses.
Nepal banned AliPay and WeChat Pay, citing they are not registered as official payment systems.
Japan’s lower and upper houses passed new crypto regulation in National Diet (Japan’s bicameral legislature) to strengthen local regulations and cryptocurrency trading practices.
Brazil established a new commission to consider crypto regulation in the country. The commission will be composed of 34 members in accordance with the House Rules of Procedure. Also, the country’s major financial authorities announced a regulatory sandbox for blockchain, fintech and crypto.
The Chilean government introduced a bill on cryptocurrencies for congress.
Middle East and Africa
Egypt lifted its ban, and will allow licensed cryptocurrency companies.
Pakistan Central Bank announced its intention to launch a digital currency by 2025, in an effort to go fully digital by 2030.
Q2 was marked by increased regulatory activity, landmark partnerships and high profile announcements from new entrants and key industry players. These activities underscore the continued maturation of the blockchain and crypto markets. In addition, Ripple has taken proactive steps to address the issues of inflated volumes by reducing future XRP sales and changing its volume benchmark.
If interested, please find the Q1 2019 XRP Markets Report here.
Global regulators will not let Facebook launch its Libra currency until all their concerns, ranging from money laundering to financial stability, have been addressed and “a prolonged discussion” may be needed first, the man in charge of their response told Reuters. Facebook announced Libra — a new digital coin backed by four official currencies and available to billions of social network users around the world — a month ago, adding that it was hoping to launch as soon as next year.
Benoit Coeure, the European Central Bank board member who chairs an international working group on Libra, said Facebook’s global reach meant the cryptocurrency had to be safe “from day one” for its users, the financial system and authorities fighting crime.
“You’ve got to be safe, robust and resilient from day one,” Coeure said in an interview on the sidelines of a Group of Seven meeting in Chantilly, France. “It’s not a learning process: either it works or it doesn’t.”
Regulators fear Libra, which in its original design would let users transfer money using a pseudonym, may be used to launder money or finance terrorism. They also want to know what safeguards Facebook and the other 27 members of the Libra Association have in place to ensure they could withstand a run on reserves and that users’ privacy and ownership rights are protected.
This may involve a “prolonged discussion” among regulators on how to change existing national and international rules to cover Libra, Coeure said.
“Down the road we might find that there are gaps or inconsistencies that would require a prolonged discussion by regulators on how to do it differently,” he said.
“Authorities are not going to let any such projects happen before we have answers to our questions and before we have the right regulatory framework.”
Cryptocurrencies are subject to patchy rules across the world, with the technology remaining mostly unregulated. While some smaller countries, from Belarus to Malta, have brought in specific laws, major economies have tended to apply existing financial rules.
Coeure said his G7 working group on stablecoins will work on the matter until the International Monetary Fund’s annual meeting in October, when it will hand it over to the Financial Stability Board of global financial regulators. Facebook said earlier this week it would not proceed with the launch of Libra until regulatory concerns are addressed.
The Bitcoin SV (BSV) network will complete the Quasar upgrade on July 24, which will increase the default block size hard cap from 128MB to 2GB. After a few months of the upgrade, the cryptocurrency will be able to handle thousands of transactions every second. DRIVE Markets has launched trading in Bitcoin SV. Backed by these positive news, the digital currency has turned out as the top performer among major cryptocurrencies. It has rallied close to 25% in the past seven days. Can it continue its up move or will it witness profit booking at higher levels? Let’s analyze the chart.
The BSV/USD pair broke below the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level of the rally this week, but lower levels saw sharp buying that has propelled the price right back up. This is a positive sign as it confirms demand at lower levels. The price can now reach $214.210 and above it $255.620. If the bulls propel the price to a new high, the uptrend will continue.
However, after forming large ranges in the past two weeks, we expect the volatility to cool down and the pair to enter a consolidation for a few weeks. The pair will turn negative if the price turns around from one of the overhead resistances and plummets below $107. Nonetheless, we give it a low probability of occurring.
Tezos (XTZ) is the second-best performer of the past seven days, rising close to 20%. Can it build on its momentum and start a new uptrend? Let’s see the chart.
The XTZ/USD pair is largely range-bound between $0.33 and $1.85. For the past three weeks, the bulls have managed to defend $0.902128, which is the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the recent rally. The bulls have not been able to push the price above $1.295480, which shows profit-booking at higher levels. Both moving averages are flat and the RSI is close to 50, which suggests that the digital currency might consolidate for a few more weeks.
If the pair breaks out of $1.295480, it can rally to $1.85. A breakout of $1.85 will start a new uptrend that has a long-term target objective of $3.37. Therefore, traders can buy on a close (UTC time frame) above $1.295480 and keep a stop loss of $0.80.
Our bullish view will be invalidated if the price reverses direction from $1.295480 and plummets below $0.829651. If that happens, a drop to $0.33 is probable.
Tron (TRX) CEO Justin Sun tweeted that something big will happen next week along with the Warren Buffet lunch. Sun has invited influential people in the crypto universe to join him for the power lunch with the legendary investor. The crypto community has kept its fingers crossed on the outcome of the meeting.
The TRX/USD pair had broken down of the channel last week. Though bears broke below the critical support of $0.022 during the week, they could not sustain the price at lower levels. Aggressive buying has propelled the price back into the channel. This is a positive sign.
There is a minor resistance at the downtrend line above which the pair can move up to $0.040. A breakout of this resistance can push the price to $0.050. The traders can wait for the price to scale above the downtrend line before buying. The stop loss can be kept at $0.020 because if this support gives way, a drop to $0.017740 and below it a retest of the yearly low is probable.
Litecoin (LTC) was recently named as the official cryptocurrency of the Miami Dolphins. This will increase the visibility of the cryptocurrency among NFL fans. With halving just a few days away, can the price resume its uptrend or will it remain range-bound? Let’s find out.
After failing to break out of the ascending channel a few weeks ago, the LTC/USD pair plummeted below the channel last week. The bears followed it up with a breakdown of the support at $83.65. However, they could not sustain the lower levels and the price has quickly bounced back. This shows strong demand at lower levels.
Currently, the bulls are facing resistance at the channel line. This line, which had previously acted as a support is likely to act as a resistance. Nevertheless, if the price climbs back into the channel, it will be a positive sign. The next level to watch on the upside is $140.3450. Therefore, traders can wait for the price to re-enter the channel and sustain it before buying. The stop loss can be kept at the recent lows of $76.
Our bullish view will be invalidated if the price turns down from the channel and plunges below $76. In such a case, a drop to $58 is probable.
Cosmos (ATOM) rallied close to 5% in the past seven days. Is this the start of a new uptrend or is this only a pullback in a downtrend. Let’s study the chart.
Due to a short trading history, we are analyzing the daily charts for the ATOM/USD pair. The pair has given up a lot of ground in the recent correction. It is currently attempting to bounce off the $3.6043–$3.4101 support zone.
The pullback is likely to face resistance at the 20-day EMA. The next fall towards the support zone will give us a better idea whether the bottom is in place. If the price breaks below $3.4101 during the next fall, it can retest the lows at $2.9277.
Conversely, if the pair rebounds off the support zone and breaks out of the 20-day EMA, it is likely to reach the 50-day SMA and above it $6.15. Therefore, traders can watch the price action during the next fall and buy on a breakout above 20-day EMA. The stops can be placed below $3.40.
OKB is the native token of OKEx, a world-leading cryptocurrency exchange. It is trading well above its listing price. The token offers its users opportunities to set up OKEx partner exchanges, settle trading fees and subscribe to new tokens sale on the OK jumpstart platform.
The total supply of OKB is 1 billion, out of which only 300 million is in circulation and the rest has been locked up until 2022. The long-term hodlers of the token will benefit from the OKB Buy-Back & Burn Program, which will be run every 3 months. Currently, the token is operating on the ERC-20 protocol but will soon migrate to the OKChain mainnet – being developed by OKEx — which is in its final stages of testing.
In its evaluation report, Shinobi Capital, an established blockchain and cryptocurrency advisory firm, expects OKB to benefit from the development of OKChain mainnet and better market conditions for cryptocurrencies. They expect OKB to hit a market capitalization of about $7.068 billion by 2020.
OKB has been listed on Bitfinex and is attempting to partner with other exchanges to further expand the ecosystem. At press time, the token is ranked 1,878 on CoinMarketCap with a 24-hour volume of $142,547,972. So, is this a good opportunity to scoop OKB before prices shoot up? Let’s look at the technical picture.
The OKB/USD pair hit a high of $6.68 on May 18, 2018, and from there, it lost a lot of ground during the crushing bear market and fell to a low of $0.5718 on January 13, 2019. However, it participated in the recovery and rose to a high of $2.5566 on April 3. That is a 347% gain within three months.
Thereafter, the pullback found support at the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level of the up-move. It consolidated between $1.30 and $1.829 for a few days before breaking out. It again got stuck in the $1.55–$2.09 range for a few days.
Currently, the price has broken out of the range and is likely to move up to $2.5566, which will act as a stiff resistance. If this level is scaled, the price can move up to $4 and above it to $5.40. Both moving averages are gradually sloping up, which suggests that bulls have the upper hand.
However, if bears defend $2.5566, the digital currency might remain range-bound between $2.09 and $2.5566 for a few days. It will lose momentum on a break below the 50-day SMA and will turn negative on a breakdown of $1.2616.
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David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s new cryptocurrency project, Libra, assured Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) that the company is “taking the time to do this right” after a group of Democratic lawmakers, including Waters, called for Facebook to halt its plans.
In a letter to Waters and other top members of the House Financial Services Committee, Marcus defended Libra’s mission and vowed to answer policymakers’ “important questions,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Hill on Tuesday ahead of planned hearings on the issue.
“I want to give you my personal assurance that we are committed to taking the time to do this right,” Marcus wrote.
The letter, dated July 3, is addressed to the group of Democratic lawmakers who last week called for a moratorium on Facebook’s Libra project. The House Financial Services Committee members, including Democratic Reps. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.), Wm. Lacy Clay (Mo.), Al Green (Texas) and Stephen Lynch (Mass.) as well as Waters, panned Facebook’s history of privacy scandals and the potential for its new cryptocurrency to attract hackers.
Their letter called for Facebook to “cease implementation plans until regulators and Congress have an opportunity to examine these issues and take action,” saying a failure to do so “risks a new Swiss-based financial system that is too big to fail.”
In response to the group of critics, Marcus wrote, “We understand that big ideas take time, that policymakers and others are raising important questions, and that we can’t do this alone.”
“We want, and need, governments, central banks, regulators, non-profits, and other stakeholders at the table and value all of the feedback we have received,” he wrote.
Capitol Hill has responded to Facebook’s new cryptocurrency project with widespread skepticism and sharp pushback as lawmakers have said they are wary of the embattled company with billions of users launching its own currency.
A coalition of consumer groups quickly backed the calls for a moratorium, claiming the U.S. regulatory system is not prepared to take on such an expansive cryptocurrency project.
Waters, the chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, has offered some of the most scathing feedback.
“With the announcement that it plans to create a cryptocurrency, Facebook is continuing its unchecked expansion and extending its reach into the lives of its users,” Waters said in the statement, hitting Facebook over its alleged violation of consumer protection laws and ongoing data privacy controversies.
In the letter, Marcus noted that the Libra Association — the Switzerland-based nonprofit that will operate the cryptocurrency — released its plans early in order to field questions and concerns from policymakers. Facebook says it will only be one member of the Libra Association, meaning the company will not retain singular control over the digital currency.
Libra is backed by dozens of powerful businesses, including Mastercard and Uber, and is slated to launch next year. Libra has branded itself as an effort to aid the “unbanked,” the estimated 1.7 billion people who do not have access to traditional banking.
Bitcoin (BTC) has rebounded off the 20-day EMA and the bulls are currently attempting to scale above the $12,000–$12,500 resistance zone. A breakout of this zone can retest the recent highs of $13,973.50. We anticipate stiff resistance at this level but if the momentum can break through it, short sellers will be forced to throw in the towel, which can propel the price to $16,249.42. Above this, a retest of the lifetime highs will be in the cards.
Both moving averages are sloping up and the RSI is in positive territory. This suggests that the bulls still hold the advantage in the short term.
However, if bears defend the overhead resistance zone, the BTC/USD pair might again dip back to 20-day EMA. A break of this support can drag the price to the 50-day SMA. We anticipate this support to hold and it can act as a good entry point for the traders.
We suggest traders wait for the price to rebound off the supports before buying, because if 50-day SMA fails to hold, traders will be forced to liquidate their long positions. Nonetheless, with the bear market having ended, traders should view dips as a buying opportunity.
Ether (ETH) has bounced back above the 20-day EMA, which is a positive sign. We like the way bulls have managed to keep the price above the 50-day SMA during this pullback. It shows that buyers are not waiting for a deeper correction to enter long positions.
The bulls might face resistance at $320.840 and above it at $366. However, if the price breaks out and closes (UTC time frame) above $320.840, we suggest traders buy 40% of the desired position size. A stop loss for the trade can be kept at $270. Remaining positions can be added on a breakout above $366.
We are recommending long positions on a breakout above $320.840 because the ETH/USD pair will complete a rounding bottom pattern that has a target objective of $557.43. There is stiff resistance close to $500, hence, we will keep it as our initial target. Our bullish view will be invalidated if the pair reverses direction from the overhead resistance and slumps below $270.
Ripple (XRP) has held the first support of $0.37835. However, the subsequent bounce off the support could not break out of 20-day EMA on July 6. This shows selling at higher levels. The moving averages have completed a bearish crossover and the RSI is in the negative zone. This suggests that bears have the upper hand.
Currently, bulls are again attempting to push the price above the moving averages. If successful, the XRP/USD pair can move up to $0.45. However, if the bulls fail to propel the price above the moving averages, bears will try to sink the pair below $0.37835. If this support gives way, the next support is $0.35660. As the cryptocurrency has not participated in the recent recovery, we will wait for it to pick up momentum before suggesting a trade in it.
Litecoin (LTC) has been trading in a tight range for the past three days. The bulls are attempting to keep the price above the 50-day SMA. If this support breaks down, the pullback can extend to $111.8994. This is a critical support, below which, the fall can extend to the support line of the ascending channel.
Both the moving averages are flattening out and the RSI is just below 50, which suggests a consolidation in the short term. We will wait for the price to bounce strongly either from $111.8994 or from the support line of the channel before recommending a trade.
Contrary to our assumption, if the bulls ascend the moving averages, a rally to $140.3450 is likely. The LTC/USD pair will pick up momentum on a breakout and close above $146.
Though Bitcoin cash (BCH) has traded below the 20-day EMA for the past seven days, bears have not been able to take advantage of the weakness and sink the price to the support line of the channel. This shows a lack of sellers at lower levels.
We now expect bulls to attempt to push the price above the moving averages. If successful, a move to $448 and above it to $515 is possible. Hence, short-term traders can buy on a close (UTC time frame) above $423 and keep the stop loss at $375, which is below the recent lows. A breakdown below $375 will invalidate our bullish view, as it can result in a drop to $280.
Though bulls have held the support at $5.550, they have failed to propel EOS above 20-day EMA and into the channel. If the cryptocurrency re-enters the channel, it will be a bullish sign. We might suggest long positions if the price sustains inside the channel for a couple of days. The bulls might face resistance at the downtrend line, but once it is scaled, it can move to $7.6435 and above it to $8.60.
Conversely, if the price reverses direction from the current levels or from the 20-day EMA and breaks below $5.550, it can correct to $4.4930. With the 20-day EMA sloping down and RSI in the negative zone, the path of least resistance is to the downside.
After staying below the 20-day EMA for the past seven days, Binance Coin (BNB) is attempting to rise above it. If bulls can sustain the price above $34.50, it is likely to move up to $40 once again. A breakout and close (UTC time frame) above $40 will resume the uptrend.
Conversely, if bulls fail to sustain the price above $34.50, bears will again try to sink it to $28.7168. The zone between the uptrend line and $28.7168 is likely to offer strong support. Hence, we might suggest long positions closer to the uptrend line because the long-term trend remains bullish. Our positive view will be negated if the BNB/USD pair breaks down and sustains below the uptrend line. If that happens, the slide can extend to $18.
Bitcoin SV (BSV) has been struggling to move above 20-day EMA for the past five days, which is a negative sign. It shows a lack of demand at higher levels. The 20-day EMA is sloping down marginally and the RSI is just below 50, which suggests rangе-bound action in the short term.
The support of the range is at $172.910 while resistance is at $226 and above it at $255.620. After such a sharp move, a consolidation is a positive sign. If the consolidation resolves to the upside, the BSV/USD pair will pick up momentum and resume its uptrend. On the other hand, if bears sink the price below $172.910, a fall to $134.360 is possible. We are currently neutral on the pair.
We have been waiting to buy Tron (TRX) close to the trendline of the ascending channel as it reduces the risk. However, on July 7, the bulls propelled the price higher, breaking out of both the moving averages. The price is facing a stiff resistance close to $0.036. If this level is scaled, the next level to watch on the upside is $0.040.
However, if bulls fail to push the TRX/USD pair above $0.036, a fall to $0.030 is likely. If this support also cracks, the decline can extend to the support line of the channel. Both moving averages are flattening out and the RSI is close to the midpoint. This points to a consolidation in the near term. We do not find any buy setups at the current levels.
Cardano (ADA) is range-bound between $0.073 and $0.10. The bulls have held the first support at $0.077 and are attempting a pullback. If the price breaks out of the moving averages, it can move up to $0.10, which is a critical resistance. The cryptocurrency will pick up momentum on a breakout and close above $0.10.
On the other hand, if the ADA/USD pair turns down from the 20-day EMA, bears will again try to break below the $0.077–$0.073 support zone. If this zone cracks, the next support on the downside is at $0.060. However, if the support zone holds, the bulls will attempt to scale above the moving averages. We will watch the next dip towards $0.077 and then suggest long positions.