Stellar (CURRENCY:XLM) traded up 4.8% against the U.S. dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 17:00 PM ET on February 6th. One Stellar coin can currently be purchased for approximately $0.42 or 0.00004872 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including BCEX, GOPAX, Exrates and AEX. Stellar has a market capitalization of $7.67 billion and approximately $189.90 million worth of Stellar was traded on exchanges in the last day. Over the last seven days, Stellar has traded up 18.5% against the U.S. dollar.
Here’s how similar cryptocurrencies have performed over the last day:
- Ripple (XRP) traded down 4.8% against the dollar and now trades at $1.03 or 0.00012037 BTC.
- NEO (NEO) traded down 2.1% against the dollar and now trades at $111.10 or 0.01300720 BTC.
- IOTA (MIOTA) traded down 3.3% against the dollar and now trades at $1.80 or 0.00021070 BTC.
- TRON (TRX) traded down 6.7% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0432 or 0.00000505 BTC.
- Tether (USDT) traded 0.2% lower against the dollar and now trades at $1.00 or 0.00011696 BTC.
- VeChain (VEN) traded 1.8% lower against the dollar and now trades at $4.22 or 0.00049358 BTC.
- Populous (PPT) traded 11.6% lower against the dollar and now trades at $26.46 or 0.00309729 BTC.
- Binance Coin (BNB) traded down 3.6% against the dollar and now trades at $8.95 or 0.00104830 BTC.
- U.CASH (UCASH) traded 51.3% lower against the dollar and now trades at $0.0952 or 0.00001114 BTC.
- Status (SNT) traded down 2.2% against the dollar and now trades at $0.22 or 0.00002554 BTC
Stellar’s genesis date was July 19th, 2013. Stellar’s total supply is 103,689,123,972 coins and its circulating supply is 18,432,548,633 coins. Stellar’s official Twitter account is @stellarorg and its Facebook page is accessible here. Stellar’s official message board is stellarcommunity.org. The Reddit community for Stellar is /r/stellar and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here. The official website for Stellar is www.stellar.org.
According to CryptoCompare, “Stellar is public infrastructure for money. Supported by a nonprofit, Stellar brings the world together by increasing interoperability between diverse financial systems and currencies. Stellar is a technology that enables money to move directly between people, companies and financial institutions as easily as email. This means more access for individuals, lower costs for banks, and more revenue for businesses. Help better the world’s financial infrastructure by participating in our community or by building on Stellar. “
Stellar Coin Trading
Stellar can be bought or sold on these cryptocurrency exchanges: Qryptos, Upbit, RippleFox, Binance, AEX, Gatehub, OKEx, Bittrex, CoinEgg, GOPAX, Exrates, Poloniex, Kraken, Mr. Exchange, Bitstamp (Ripple Gateway), Stellar Decentralized Exchange, BCEX and Bitcoin Indonesia. It is not presently possible to buy Stellar directly using US dollars. Investors seeking to acquire Stellar must first buy Bitcoin or Ethereum using an exchange that deals in US dollars such as Coinbase, GDAX or Changelly. Investors can then use their newly-acquired Bitcoin or Ethereum to buy Stellar using one of the aforementioned exchanges.
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Reddit Investigation Reveals Scope of Manipulation within Online Crypto Communities
A Reddit user by the name /CryptoMaximalist recently revealed the results of an investigation into manipulation within the online cryptocurrency community. The investigation looked into how a group of certain users has been hijacking threads in the r/CryptoCurrency and r/CryptoMarkets subreddits to promote and shill specific products and projects.
Manipulation, shilling, and self-promotion are no strangers to the cryptocurrency industry so many will not be surprised by the news, but the investigation gives some interesting insight into the scope of these activities and how they are conducted. Throughout the investigation, the user managed to uncover 50 Reddit accounts which he dubbed the “Dream Network”. These accounts appear to be working together to perform specific types of manipulation known as Astroturfing and Vote Manipulation.
Vote Manipulation is relatively self-explanatory, and Astroturfing is the act of making the promotion of a specific project look natural and organic – when in fact the users promoting the project are all involved in the scam. In order to make a project look legitimate, several users will begin long and detailed comment threats featuring questions, answers, and discussions that all appear to come from separate individuals with their own opinions. While they may appear to be separate accounts, often the questions and responses are all instigated by the same person in real life or have been agreed upon beforehand.
Several big projects implicated
Crypto projects that have been implicated in the manipulation include Ontology, Bitmax, Ultra Token, OOOBTC, MOAC, Contentos, and Dreamr, amongst others. While it is not conclusive that the operators of these projects elicited the manipulative behavior, it makes sense that those conducting the manipulation stand to make a profit from the success of the project.
To discover which accounts are likely involved in manipulation the investigation looked into the historical behavior of the accounts. Many were found to have long periods of inactivity followed by a sudden change in personality – indicating the account had likely been sold to a ‘shill‘. Shills will often buy existing accounts with high karma and a long history so that they appear more authentic. Other questionable behavior includes ‘karma farming’ – posting comments in popular threads like r/aww that typically accrue karma with very little effort.
As mentioned above, manipulation is not exactly a new concept in cryptocurrency, but hopefully, this investigation will help some newbies not lose money by investing in rubbish ‘pump n dump’ schemes.
Blockstack’s SEC-Regulated Crypto Token Offering Successfully Raises $23 Million
Blockstack, the first SEC-regulated token offering, successfully raises $23 million in two stages – the SEC regulated and the international offering including Asia’s strategic rounds.
The first US Securities exchange commission (SEC) regulated token offering, Blockstack, completed yesterday successfully raising $23 million USD in the process. The official announcement by the CEO and co-founder of Blockstack, Muneeb Ali, further confirmed the company is looking for a further $5million+ from international investors. The international investors will be offered tokens in a private placement or an SEC-regulated token offering again.
The total stats for the Stacks (STX) token stands at 74 million tokens disbursed at a price between $0.12 and $0.30 USD in the past 60 days. The tokens were offered in two batches – the first one, the SEC approved token under Regulation A+ and the second, the international token offering under regulation S – raising $15.5 million and $7.5 million respectively.
The report reads,
“We want to thank the thousands of you that have participated. For the first time, retail investors in the United States were able to participate in a token offering qualified by the SEC. More than 4,500 individuals and entities participated in the 2019 token offerings.”
Some of the top investors in the token offering includes, Union Square Ventures, Lux Capital, Recruit Holdings, Arrington Capital, Hashkey Group, Fenbushi Capital, Frontier Ventures, Spartan Group, and other funds.
More On The SEC-Regulated Stacks (STX) Token
Earlier in June, BEG reported the SEC had given Blockstacks the go ahead to offer their tokens to the public under certain regulations. The regulations are less stringent than those of a regular IPO, requiring less disclosure of details. The fork to distribute the tokens will commence in the next 30 days and continue for a further 30 days if need be.
Once the token offering and release period is over (in the next 30 days or so) the company will start building and developing its Blockstack decentralized computing network. The announcement further confirmed US exchanges will not list the STX token and US traders will not be able to access trading of the token once it launches this October.
Crypto Exchange OKEx to List Hedera Hashgraph’s Token HBAR
Cryptocurrency exchange OKEx announced that it will soon list enterprise-focused decentralized network Hedera Hashgraph’s native token HBAR.
As OKEx’s spokesperson told Cointelegraph, the platform will add HBAR to its spot market with HBAR/BTC, HBAR/USDT and HBAR/USDK on Sept. 17. Deposits and withdrawals will open on Sept. 16 and Sept. 24 respectively. Head of Asia Pacific at Hedera Hashgraph Edgar Seah added:
“Hbars play a crucial role in the function, growth, and security of the Hedera network, and it is important that they are available to those who wish to use or create applications on the network. OKEx’s focus on listing projects with practical uses cases is in line with our belief that making coins easily accessible to developers is important for the development of decentralized ledger platforms such as Hedera.”
As Cointelegraph reported recently, OKEx announced that the exchange will support Ethereum Classic’s (ETC) upcoming Atlantis hard fork that is planned to occur between Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 at block height 8,772,000.
On Aug. 30, it was reported that Boeing will join IBM on Hedera Hashgraph’s governing council, although the aircraft giant has not officially confirmed the news.