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Bitcoin Exchanges’ Web Traffic Decline by Half

Bitcoin skepticism continues to be a thing and this has, unfortunately, struck the global cryptocurrency market as well. January and February were particularly poor months in terms of prices and performances, driven by the sharp decline in the cryptocurrency’s value (right now, 1 BTC trades for about $8400). Besides many blows to the regulatory market and operators, now the Bitcoin exchange websites are reporting a staggering nosedive in visits per month.

February was not a good month if you’re operating a major bitcoin and/or cryptocurrency exchange – the web traffic of the most vital websites of this kind rose during December and part of January, only to plummet significantly in February. On average, the visits have fallen by half.

Here is the breakdown for some of the most visited cryptocurrency exchange websites: Coinbase, which had 169.5 million visits in December 2017, only had 63.1 million visits in February – a 49% decline from January’s 123.5 million. Kraken has it even worse – it fell by 56%, from January’s 31.7 million to just 13.8 million in February. Similarly, Binance dropped by 54%, from 191.5 to 87.3 million.

“with possibly the only exception being Litecoin who is doing well”

These numbers are a symptom of the ongoing distrust in cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin who was at the center of much turmoil since it’s stellar 2017. Recently we’ve reported on another big decline, that of Bitcoin’s plummet to a two-year low. Why are people, by the looks of it, losing interest in the cryptocurrency exchange? There are a couple of factors that could’ve led to this. Firstly, the very poor joint price performance of all cryptocurrencies during January and February (with possibly the only exception being Litecoin who is doing well). Secondly, the impossible rise in the value during the last months of 2017 prompted too huge a number of investors to start pouring money in the Bitcoin ecosystem, which set a bar that could hardly be repeated. Consequently, it may be that the aforementioned decline in Bitcoin transactions may have been caused by the smaller volume of adoption and usage. The only upside to this emptying of the market is that fees have been brought down.

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Cryptocurrencies price prediction: Bitcoin, Ethereum & Litecoin – American Wrap

Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC/USD rockets back above the big $10,000 mark

Bitcoin price is trading in positive territory, up 3.40% in the second half of the session. 

BTC/USD is heading back for another purposeful retest of the barrier at $10,500. 

The price managed to stage a rebound, after receiving support at the round figure of $9500.

Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH/USD can fly if $270-290 supply zone is broken down

Ethereum price is trading in the red by 1.40% in the session on Tuesday. 

ETH/USD price action is very much choppy, as seen over the last seven sessions. 

The bulls must break down a barrier of resistance running around the $270-290 range. 

Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD has broken out of an intraday chart pattern

Litecoin is breaking higher today like much of the other cryptos on Tuesday.

The sell-side volume is still much larger so we would need a pick up to ensure the market is behind this move.

At the moment 70.00 seems to be a good area of support for LTC/USD and a break of the 77.30 resistance would be a good sign for the bulls.

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XRP and XLM Have Highest Level of Wealth Inequality Among Top Cryptocurrencies: CoinMetrics Report

XRP and XLM create a non-level playing field for its holders, according to a recent CoinMetrics study

Wealth inequality is a hot-button issue around the globe. With an extreme concentration of coins and tokens in the hands of omnipotent whales, crypto clearly fails to address this problem.  

According to Coin Metrics’ latest ‘State of the Network’ issue, XRP and Stellar (XLM) have the highest disparity of wealth among some of the top blockchains. The later takes the cake when it comes to inequality with whales that hold at least 1/1K of the total supply controlling a whopping 95 percent of all tokens. Must ReadBrad Garlinghouse Compares Ripple to Amazon, Suggests That Central Banks Could Use XRP –

Centralization concerns 

There is nothing shocking about XRP and XLM occupying the two top spots given that both of these cryptocurrencies are routinely criticized for being extremely centralized.

Ripple Labs fully controls nearly 60 percent of XRP’s total supply. To put this into perspective, the company’s former CEO Chris Larsen personally owns 5.19 billion XRP.   

XRP Supply

The same applies to the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) that holds more than 50 percent of all tokens and pocketed 98 percent of all inflation payouts on top of that.

Bitcoin’s increasing distribution 

Meanwhile, Bitcoin (BTC) appears to be the most egalitarian cryptocurrency in terms of supply distribution. The richest whales hold only 11 percent of all orange coins, a world of difference compared to the altcoins analyzed by CoinMetrics. Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC) are at 46 percent and 40 percent respectively.   

The firm pointed out that the increasing level of distribution is a positive development for BTC since it underscores its growing adoption.

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Cryptocurrencies price prediction: Bitcoin, Ripple & NEO – European Wrap – 18 February

Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC/USD trapped under short-term trendline; long-term bulls still have nothing to worry about

Bitcoin (BTC) is changing hands at $9,750, mostly unchanged both on a day-to-day basis and since the beginning of the day. The first digital asset recovered from Monday’s low of $9,469, however, an upside momentum faded away on approach to $9,800. 

Ripple Price Analysis: XRP/USD is bearish as long as it stays below $0.30

XRP/USD recovered to $0.2950 during early Asian hours only to retreat to $0.2850 by the time of writing. Despite the sell-off, the third-largest digital asset is still nearly 2% higher from this time on Monday and mostly unchanged since the beginning of the day. Ripple’s market value has settled at $12 billion, while an averaged daily trading volume is set at $3.6 billion, slightly lower from the figures registered in recent days.

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NEO Price Analysis: NEO/USD bullish following Binance Futures support

NEO is in the green on Monday during the European trading session. The bullish momentum is taking action after a couple of days of the bulls enduring battering from the bears. The losses on Sunday and Monday tested the support at $13.00. However, an ascending trendline support came in handy and put a stop to the bearish pressure.

Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC/USD trapped under short-term trendline; long-term bulls still have nothing to worry about

Bitcoin (BTC) is changing hands at $9,750, mostly unchanged both on a day-to-day basis and since the beginning of the day. The first digital asset recovered from Monday’s low of $9,469, however, an upside momentum faded away on approach to $9,800. 

Ripple Price Analysis: XRP/USD is bearish as long as it stays below $0.30

XRP/USD recovered to $0.2950 during early Asian hours only to retreat to $0.2850 by the time of writing. Despite the sell-off, the third-largest digital asset is still nearly 2% higher from this time on Monday and mostly unchanged since the beginning of the day. Ripple’s market value has settled at $12 billion, while an averaged daily trading volume is set at $3.6 billion, slightly lower from the figures registered in recent days.

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NEO Price Analysis: NEO/USD bullish following Binance Futures support

NEO is in the green on Monday during the European trading session. The bullish momentum is taking action after a couple of days of the bulls enduring battering from the bears. The losses on Sunday and Monday tested the support at $13.00. However, an ascending trendline support came in handy and put a stop to the bearish pressure.


Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC/USD trapped under short-term trendline; long-term bulls still have nothing to worry about

Bitcoin (BTC) is changing hands at $9,750, mostly unchanged both on a day-to-day basis and since the beginning of the day. The first digital asset recovered from Monday’s low of $9,469, however, an upside momentum faded away on approach to $9,800. 

Ripple Price Analysis: XRP/USD is bearish as long as it stays below $0.30

XRP/USD recovered to $0.2950 during early Asian hours only to retreat to $0.2850 by the time of writing. Despite the sell-off, the third-largest digital asset is still nearly 2% higher from this time on Monday and mostly unchanged since the beginning of the day. Ripple’s market value has settled at $12 billion, while an averaged daily trading volume is set at $3.6 billion, slightly lower from the figures registered in recent days.

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NEO Price Analysis: NEO/USD bullish following Binance Futures support

NEO is in the green on Monday during the European trading session. The bullish momentum is taking action after a couple of days of the bulls enduring battering from the bears. The losses on Sunday and Monday tested the support at $13.00. However, an ascending trendline support came in handy and put a stop to the bearish pressure.


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