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Bitcoin down $250 as Report Claims Russia Might Trigger the Next Bull Run

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After spending four days above $4,000, Bitcoin has finally given way. And it has been quite a drop, with the currency losing $250 in the space of thirty minutes. The drop sees it trading at $3816 at press time, having dropped from $4,016. Bitcoin had witnessed yet another 30-minute rally on January 6, gaining over $200 in just thirty minutes to hit $4,080. It was the first time Bitcoin had hit the $4,000 level since Christmas and many viewed it as the first step in a possible 2019 rally.

Meanwhile, Russia intends to buy bitcoins to the tune of billions of dollars to mitigate the effects of U.S sanction in February. This is according to a report by Australian crypto site Micky.com which claimed to have had an exclusive interview with a lecturer at a leading Russian economics institution. This could trigger a massive bull run, with the Russian Central Bank sitting on over $450 billion in reserves.

A Flash Crash

The unpredictable nature of the crypto market became evident once again after a flash crash hit the market earlier today. This crash was quite unexpected, given most cryptos have been having a good run since the year turned. The crash spared no one, with stablecoins being the only cryptos in the top 50 that have not experienced a dip.

Bitcoin Cash was the worst hit, with the currency losing 15 percent in the past 24 hours. BCH lost $35 in a few hours, dropping from $161 to $135. At press time, the currency was trading at $140. BCH consequently lost $500 million, putting it within $70 million of fifth-placed EOS. EOS lost 9 percent and the race for the fourth spot might end up being decided by which currency can bounce back the fastest.

Despite Bitcoin’s price dip, technical gauges indicate an impending price rally. In the past few days, the upper and lower bands of the GTI Vera Bands Indicator have narrowed progressively. This indicates that Bitcoin could be on the verge of a breakout. The indicator also shows that Bitcoin is on its longest buying streak since mid-September, a further indication of a possible bull run.

However, as exciting as this may sound, it’s best to remain cautions according to Travis Kling. Kling is the founder of Ikigai, a crypto hedge fund, having served as a portfolio manager for billionaire Steve Cohen’s Point72 hedge fund.

He told Bloomberg:

It’s unlikely that the bottom is in for Bitcoin. I am certainly willing to change my mind, but the preponderance of evidence leads us to believe that we’ll see more lows before we head higher.

Could Russia Trigger The Next Bull Run?

China, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. These are the nations that have had huge impacts on Bitcoin’s price movement in the past. However, it looks like the next bull run could be triggered by an unlikely entrant: Russia.

The U.S and Russia have rarely seen eye to eye, and sanctions have been a natural result. This time, it might be a little different according to Vladislav Ginko. Ginko is a lecturer at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. As reported by Micky.com, Ginko believes that Russia will turn to Bitcoin.

He stated:

US sanctions may be mitigated only through Bitcoin use. Because of US sanctions, Russia’s elite is forced to dump US assets and US dollars and invest hugely into Bitcoins. Central bank of Russia sits on $466 billion of reserves and has to diversify in case there is limited opportunities to do it (in the future)

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Bitcoin-Related Stocks Soar In Stock Market; Is Bitcoin Responsible?

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The United States stock market on Monday saw a different dimension related to price movements of stocks. Analysis and price charts on the 24th June 2019 showed that virtual currencies Bitcoin-related stocks soared immeasurably higher than their fiat counterparts. This is coming after Bitcoin was seen to have temporarily broken the $12,500 resistance level and settled above it. This remarkable price surge seen in Bitcoin was the first recorded in about 15 months, and this made it a fast buying material.

Blockchain Relatives Stocks

Grayscale Bitcoin Investment (GBTC) is a virtual currency which is linked to the price of Bitcoin. The stock must have caught the bullish fever and followed every of Bitcoin’s upward waves. The stock was seen to rise temporarily by 13%. Grayscale Bitcoin Investment appeared to have few other supporters with similar blockchain relationships. Riot Blockchain, DPW Holdings, as well as Marathon Patent Group also made rapid uptrends as they all shined in bright green. All these stocks doubled their prices before the closing hour.

On the other hand, Peter Schiff an American stockbroker and financial commentator says

Both gold and Bitcoin prices have risen recently, causing many to erroneously conclude that the two are rising for the same reason. But stock and bond prices are also rising. Bitcoin and stocks are rising as speculative assets, while gold and bonds are rising as safe havens.

Bitcoin’s aggressive turnaround

Bitcoin has particularly moved up in a very aggressive bullish rally which saw it recording a new all-time high within the past 15 months. At the moment, no one can exactly predict Bitcoin’s next line of movement but many are very hopeful and the optimism is very much present. Bitcoin is expected to make more radical price surge, eventually surpassing its 2018 all-time high of $20,000.

Alts Waiting To Join The Rally

However, as bitcoin excelled in all ramifications, taking into consideration its market price and capitalization, this is not to be said of alt coins which seem to have been left behind in this series of radical movements. Popular alts like Litecoin is still trying to nurture the common touch.

At the time of writing this article, Bitcoin had doubled its price in about 5 weeks period and had also doubled its market cap in just a few days. This new development also steered arguments and criticism from Bitcoin’s antagonists who seem to be more interested in Gold.

Bitcoin Versus Gold

Gold, just like Bitcoin also rose up the charts and saw significant improvements. However, this was immeasurably smaller in capacity and totally incomparable to Bitcoin’s prowess over the past few weeks.

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Present-day Bitcoin market has matured, improved on the protocol side, claims Blockstack PBC CEO

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The cryptocurrency industry today has everyone’s attention, with the present bull run pumping Bitcoin’s price and driving the market capitalization through the roof. A series of investors and analysts have predicted that the bullish momentum experienced by the market is currently more mature than the one in 2017. This was backed by a recent SFOX report as well.

In a recent segment on Bloomberg, Muneeb Ali, CEO and Founder of Blockstack PBC, highlighted that the crypto-market was basically very repetitive, as it basically does the same thing time and time again, but on a different scale.

He said,

“The market goes up to its all-time-high, crashes down, takes a longer time to bounce back and if you have been in crypto long enough, you are pretty much expecting it.”

Ali suggested that Bitcoin had made significant progress on the development and protocol side as presently, a lot of highly skilled developers and engineers are involved in the technological aspect. The remark can be backed by the fact that Bitcoin recently released its Erlay protocol which was supposed to reduce bandwidth usage in the network and improve system efficiency.

The involvement of institutional investors has made Ali skeptical about the market since the technology is fairly new and “no one really knows” what is going on or where it is going in the future. He believes that the present bull run has less to do with institutional investors and more with the fact that the overall market was maturing.

Further, it was recently suggested that Bitcoin played a role in driving up the prices of Asian crypto-related stocks in Tokyo and Seoul, with certain companies witnessing hikes of more than 10 percent over the past week. The surging Bitcoin price and its corresponding market cap affords a lot of opportunity for these stocks to rise even higher.

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Bitcoin [BTC] Forges Another Assault On $15,000 Reviving Investor Interest

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  • Double-digit gains on Wednesday revive investor interest in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
  • Bitcoin surge is supported by key technical indicators including the RSI and the MACD.

It is evident that Bitcoin is not going to rest until it achieves the milestone by breaking above $15,000 in the coming few weeks. Following the break above $12,000, BTC/USD pushed for further correction higher inching closer to $13,000. A new 2019 high was from at $12,946, however, this will not hold as the high for long owing to the increasing bullish pressure at press time.

BTC/USD 4-h chart

Bitcoin price chart
Chart source: Tradingview 

BTC/USD trading pair is correction higher 10% on Wednesday with a relative change of +1115. In fact, a break above $12,900 is the kick that Bitcoin is waiting for the much-anticipated movement above $13,000.

As discussed by Coingape earlier today, the technical levels remain positively intact. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) continues to form a higher low pattern. The up trending indicator signal points towards a stronger bullish momentum. At 88.22, the RSI is back to the levels seen on May 12 following the break past $7,000 and later $8,000.

As long as the RSI stays in the overbought and respects the trendline observed on the chart, correct past $13,000 will be a walk in the park. The strong bullish momentum is also supported by the trends seen with the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD). The indicators divergence increase is an indication of building bullish momentum and the tight grip from the buyers.

Bitcoin Key Technical Indicators

Key Resistance: $13,500

Key Support: $11,000 – $10,500

MACD 4-h: Increasing divergence suggest stronger bull grip.

RSI 4-h: The upward trend continues to cement the bull’s presence on the market.

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