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Current performing altcoins are Icon, Siacoin, Cardano and Bytom.

Today marks the fifth day of market decline. Since the rout started on Sunday over $70 billion has been wiped off the crypto markets. Total capitalization plunged below $300 billion and the down trend has steepened. Bitcoin is still down on the day but the momentum has slowed and it has leveled out at just over $6,500. Ethereum has also been battered and is still falling, down 2% on the day to around $490, its lowest level since the lows of early April. Altcoins are generally bearish after suffering heavy losses this week. A couple are bucking the trend during Asian trading this morning and those coins are Icon and Siacoin.

Coinmarketcap is currently reporting an 11% gain for South Korean crypto Icon. Currently trading at $2.12 ICX is up from $1.89 this time yesterday. Over the past seven days though this altcoin, along with all of the others, has suffered heavy losses falling 22% from $2.70 this time last week. Monthly losses are even greater with Icon plunging 46% from $3.85 this time last month. Against Bitcoin Icon is up 11% on the day to 32200 satoshis from 28800 sats this time yesterday. On the week ICX has lost 7.5% against BTC falling from 36800 satoshis this time last Thursday.

Current momentum has been driven by the Binance announcement on Icon mainnet token swap support and a new ICX/USDT listing on the exchange.

Binance has also boosted Siacoin which is up 10.7% with the news of that being listed;

Unsurprisingly Binance is the top exchange for Icon trade with over 70% of the total. Trade volume has jumped significantly in the past 24 hours from $22 million to $71 million in daily trade. ICX currently has a market cap of $810 million positioning it at 23rd in the crypto charts. The team are very active with partnerships and progress so this altcoin is expected to recover well.

Total market capitalization has fallen for the fifth consecutive day. The fall is slowing however and only 1.6% has been lost over the past 24 hours leaving it at $279 billion. There are very few altcoins showing recovery today aside from Icon and Siacoin. Those that are include Cardano up 4.5% on a Bithumb listing, and Bytom up 7.5%.

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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.   

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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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