Today, the cryptocurrency market looks more than depressed as all the top-10 coins continue to slump at a ferocious rate. From Bitcoin [BTC] to Tron [TRX], all the coins have plunged by at least 9%. Here, XRP, the second-largest cryptocurrency, is showing a downfall of 9.5%, while the ninth-largest coin, Litecoin [LTC] has gone down by 12%.
The credit for the crash could be given to the hard fork of Bitcoin Cash [BCH] that has led the market into such doom. In the third week of November, Bitmain, the largest mining player in the space, shifted its focus from the BTC ecosystem to handle the BCH war with its opponent, Craig Wright, and nChain.
When Bitcoin began to crash, the coins in its correlation crashed along with it. Since then, the cryptocurrency market has not seen much of the bull as the bearish run does not want to take a leave.
At the time of writing, XRP was trading at a depreciated price of $0.3, with a market cap of $12.3 billion. The 24-hour volume is set at $619.2 million.
When the 24-hour cycle began, XRP was trading at a fair price of $0.34, where its market cap was $13.7 billion. However, the coin saw an elimination of almost $2 billion in the market cap in just a day wherein the lowest cap was recorded at $11.9 billion with the trading price of $0.29.
As of Litecoin, the coin is currently trading at $26, with a market cap equivalent to $1.5 billion. Here, its total trading volume in the past 24 hours was observed to be $453.7 million.
During the 24-hour cycle, the cryptocurrency touched a high of $30, with a market cap of $1.8 billion but soon crashed down to trade at $25 where its market cap was recorded at $1.5 billion. Therefore, LTC saw a total wipeout of at least $300 million in its market cap over the period of a day.
Litecoin Project Developers Plan To Add Mimblewimble Support To Its Network
Charlie Lee, founder and executive director of the Litecoin Foundation, announced yesterday that the Litecoin project intended to add MimbleWimble support to its network, and would associate with David Burkett, a major Grin ++ developer for this purpose. Earlier in the last month, Lee had stated that Litecoin developers were interested in the implementation of Mimblewimble and that they are working to develop it further. A Grin developer had also joined the Litecoin project team to work on the implementation. This announcement comes a month later on Twitter clearing the air about the progress of the project, which was initially developing at a snail’s pace.
This was one of the primary reasons why Burkett was added to the team, that is for speedy development of the project. It is believed that he voluntarily and actively decided to offer his services after the slow progress of the project was talked about. In his words,
I’m just a crypto-anarchist who happens to spend his spare time developing o alternate node and wallet for Grin. My ultimate goal is financial privacy for everyone, and I would love nothing more than to see Mimblewimble on Bitcoin itself. Getting MW added to Litecoin seemed like the obvious next step.
Mimblewimble is a protocol change (does not use Bitcoin’s original “open-sourced protocol”, with its underlying codes altered) that allows “confidential transactions” and “non-interactive coin joints”, and thus, provides a number of added benefits. Confidential transactions primarily imply that the transaction values of customers who would use MW on Litecoin would be concealed and would be difficult to track by third parties as they would be mixed among other participants on the network. Thus this would also render the tracing of and logging the activity of these users arduous. Grin ++ is a variant of Mimblewimble’s original protocol Grin, with a greater focus on “speed, reliability, security, modularity, and scalability alongside the main upstream branch”.
Lee had also asserted that Mimblewimble would not replace the original or base protocol but possibly would be added as an extension block akin to a sidechain. However, in this case, it would be attached to the main chain and miners would have to mine the main chain as well as the extension block at the same time. If the soft fork (variant) follows this and is activated, the miner will have to mine both the main and extension blocks or else an invalid block would be created. He also said, brushing aside common contentions that implementation of Mimblewimble would harm Litecoin’s adoption, that the general response to Mimblewimble was far from negative as “people really like fungibility and privacy”.
Albeit all skepticism that this implementation might have an adverse impact on the cryptocurrency’s potential adoption (as Litecoin might be delisted by crypto exchanges), Lee has offered a donation of 1.5 Bitcoin to the security audit of Grin ++ as a token of support to all the developers behind Mimblewimble as well as in exchange of Burkett’s contribution in particular to the protocol.
Litecoin Exhibits 4% Hike in the Intraday Trading
Litecoin price is hooked with an uptrend from the past few days. However, intraday traders might experience a mixed day altogether. There is also a possibility for LTC to close the day with a negative number too. Still, the currency is giving positive indications of having a great future. The traders interested in LTC should dig-in without any second thought as it wouldn’t go futile.
Litecoin Price Analysis
Yesterday, LTC started the day with an upside movement. Litecoin price escalated by 2.32% and counters switched from $70.326 to $71.958. The price started slipping since then and touched a low at $69.719. Further, LTC price picked up and reached $71.054 by 1.90%. The hike continued the march and went up to $74.011 by 4.16%. The day closed above $73 with an intraday progression of 4.14%. Today, the currency might be seen dealing around the same level. The day started at $73 and is now trading at $72.610.
LTC to USD Price Chart
The data feed is gathered from Biftinex on September 17, 2019, at 04:07:45 UTC.
The statistics of Litecoin tells us that the Market Cap is at $4,591,286,038. The 24-hour volume stands at $2,567,795,413. The ROI is noted at 1587.61%. The data seems less impressive for now, but the currency could have a great future ahead. There are speculations that Litecoin will prove to be the biggest competitor of Bitcoin (BTC) in the coming years.
Litecoin is anticipated to cross its 30-Day high value of $78.51 by the year-end. Litecoin would go best with long-term traders. The specified time frame would bring a colossal profit to them.
Litecoin Fractal Hints Bitcoin Price May Soon Tumble to $8,300
Over the past few weeks, Bitcoin has entered into a lull, finding itself in a defined range between $9,500 and $11,500 and experiencing the motions of consolidation: declining volumes, few price spikes or drops, and a broad sentiment of indirection and indecision.
As reported by Ethereum World News, this massive lull has resulted in Bitcoin’s volatility index reading on BitMEX falling to a zone “where massive price moves are born”, as analyst Chonis put it.
Indeed, per this writer’s analysis of the metric, Bitcoin volatility is at a point not seen since two weeks prior to that one fateful day in April, which saw Bitcoin experience 20% explosion from $4,000 to $5,000. The metric is also as low as it was just days before Bitcoin plunged from the $6,000 cliff to the $3,000 bottom in late-2018.
But the question remains — in which direction will BTC decide to head in?
One eerily accurate fractal suggests a falling Bitcoin.
Fractal Suggests $2,000 Bitcoin Collapse
Capo of Crypto, an up-and-coming analyst, recently pointed out that Litecoin’s price action from late-2017 to late-2018 is hinting that the Bitcoin price may be poised to plunge. He pointed out in a recent tweet that Litecoin’s chart and Bitcoin’s chart look eerily accurate, with both sporting a descending triangle, multiple retests of the same bottom, and the testing of key Fibonacci Retracement levels.
If Bitcoin is to follow Litecoin’s price action in full, BTC could visit by $8,300 by the end of the month, marking a $2,000 (just under 20%) drop from current levels.
This isn’t a crazy theory? Just look at the two charts, which look structurally very similar.
This isn’t the only sign showing that bears may soon manage to wrest the control of the market from bulls.
Committing to the short-term bear, long-term bull persona, renowned analyst Dave the Wave recently noted that the $7,000 price level is still in reach for Bitcoin, with BTC’s relative strength index (RSI) reading still being relatively lofty compared to historical “bull market corrections”.
Bulls Still In Control
Despite this, there are still optimists.
Over the past few months, Bitcoin has found itself trading in a clear triangle, seeing higher lows and lower highs. While some have taken this as a bearish sign—consistently lower highs could be seen as a loss of bullish momentum—well-known analyst Jacob Canfield notes that per a study from Bulkwoski, descending triangles in an uptrend break upward 63% of the time.
The sentiment and fundamentals seem to be on the side of bulls. According to a recent impromptu poll of 4,000 cryptocurrency traders on Twitter by analyst Josh Rager, a majority — just around 60% — believe that Bitcoin will break above the triangle. And on the fundamental side, Bakkt is poised to launch its Bitcoin futures contracts to the world.