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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin Payments Coming to Retail Giants in Canada

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Instant blockchain payments firm Flexa is launching its services outside the US for the first time. Its person-to-person crypto payment platform is now available to people in Canada.

According to the company’s announcement, Flexa’s services will be accessible in the Great White North area, from Yukon to Nova Scotia and from Vancouver to St. John’s. The payments technology firm is planning to roll out its products in two different stages. 

Flexa’s press release states,

“To bring Flexa to Canada, we’ve partnered with Coinsquare, Canada’s largest and most secure cryptocurrency exchange. Based in Toronto, Coinsquare has spent the last several years building one of the most compliant and innovative exchange businesses in the industry.” 

In the initial phase, the company will open up the current Flexa network to Canadian residents, who can begin using the platform by downloading and installing the SPEDN app, which is available in the App Store and Google Play. New users can also visit Flexa’s SPEDN Shop pop-up at the Blockchain Futurist Conference in Toronto (until August 14).

In the second stage, the Flexa team is bringing instant cryptocurrency payments to more than 7,500 merchants located in Canada. Flexa says some of the country’s biggest retail and entertainment brands will be integrating its services during the first week of September 2019.

Flexa’s management notes that the platform has been developed on top of different cryptocurrencies, and that Flexa’s Canadian customers will be able to spend their funds easily when visiting the US. 

Last month, Flexa added support for Litecoin (LTC) transactions on its payments network. The company’s network also supports payments in Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), and Gemini dollars (GUSD). The company currently provides direct point-of-sale payments at over 39,250 different stores based in the US. 

Flexa’s management says its business strategy is aimed at increasing cryptocurrency adoption by helping shoppers spend their funds. The firm enables digital currency spending on the consumer side while helping merchants settle payments in fiat currencies.

The company’s SPEDN app allows shoppers to select from various Flexa-accepting stores. Users can tap on a brand and scan its unique code in order to make instant point-of-sale payments. The users’ cryptocurrency is automatically converted into US dollars when the cashier scans the code that appears on a shopper’s screen. 

According to the firm’s press release, Flexa wallet deposits are “securely custodied and fully insured” through its partnership with crypto exchange Gemini. The Flexa team claims that this makes SPEDN one of “the easiest and safest” apps for conducting cryptocurrency transactions.

Flexa’s developers state,

“We think that seamless, fee-free, cross-border commerce is one of the most impactful use cases that cryptocurrency can provide…

“Launching Flexa to customers outside of the United States—and in turn, bringing affordable, secure, and fraud-free payments to even more people—brings us one step closer to fulfilling our ambition of making cryptocurrency spendable everywhere, and rebuilding payment acceptance for the modern era.”

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Analysts Predict 30% Drop to CME Futures Gap As Bitcoin Falls Below $11,000

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Bitcoin News Update – Previously, the key support level of $11,000 has been a strong region of buying pressure for Bitcoin. The top cryptocurrency dipped below $11,000 after a short period of consolidation. At press time, Bitcoin is trading at $10,980, nearly 4% down from its 24-hour highs of over $11,400. The crypto-asset has witnessed a significant drop within 24 hours. Today’s dip clearly marks an extension of the downward movement started by Bitcoin when it plunged from the weekly highs of over $12,000.

Bitcoin News Today – Bitcoin Price Analysis – Bitcoin Price Forecast – Bitcoin Plunges to $10,980

Fortunately, Bitcoin has found strong resistance at $12,000 price level. Each attempt of the coin to decisively break above this level has met violent rejections. Recently, analysts revealed that there is a high probability for a further drop in Bitcoin price in the near future. A popular crypto analyst on Twitter, Mitoshi Kaku, recently tweeted that the next key level of support for Bitcoin is $10,600.

The analyst suggested $10.1 and $10.6 as the two main levels on the macro level. He pointed out that $8.6K is almost guaranteed between 10/28 and 11/11 if the two main levels are lost.

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Today – BTC / USD

NamePrice
Bitcoin$10,141.00-2.84%

Analysts forecast a further 30% fall in Bitcoin price. According to Bitcoin Price Prediction, the cryptocurrency is likely to continue the downtrend until it fills its CME futures gap which is now in the low-$8,000 level. Consequently, the embattled investors will experience another 30% plunge before Bitcoin reverses its downtrend and begin to soar.

Bitcoin Latest Update – Bitcoin News Update – Two Gaps on Bitcoin CME Futures Chart

Bitcoin rarely leaves gaps in its CME Futures chart in the past without filling them. Currently, the crypto-asset has two gaps at $11,800 and $8,400. It is likely that Bitcoin will soon touch these levels. Another popular crypto analyst on Twitter, the cryptomist, recently tweeted about the gaps on Bitcoin’s CME Futures chart.

The Cryptomist believes that the top cryptocurrency will fill the current two gaps now. She pointed out that Bitcoin has almost filled the $10,890 gap and is left with more gaps, -11.8K and -8.4K. She explained that both gaps will be filled in the near future. It is likely that the analysts will have a better idea of which of the aforementioned gaps that will be filled first.

Bitcoin News Today – Bitcoin Price Analysis – Bitcoin Price Prediction 2019 – Key Indicators Turn Bearish for Bitcoin

The king of cryptocurrencies recorded 6% loss as it traded at $10,500 on Bitstamp on August 14. This current price erases nearly 53% of the rally from the July 28 low of $9,111 to the August 6 high of $12,325. The devaluation of China’s Yuan on August 5 may have triggered the recent BTC rally. The top cryptocurrency rallied 7% on the same day and rose to $12,325 the next day.

However, the Bitcoin drop witnessed in the last 48 hours also coincided with the recovery of Yuan. China’s Yuan, CNY, has appreciated by 0.26% yesterday and reported a 0.32% gain today against the greenback. Yuan’s recovery has forced investors who bought Bitcoin during the devaluation to cash out.

Bitcoin hourly chart shows a high-volume price breakdown which favors a dip to $10,000. Bitcoin Price Prediction suggests that a minor bounce may precede the drop to $10,000 level. Consequently, the cryptocurrency has retraced over 50% of the $3,000 rally it recorded in the 10 days to August 6. The price drop today has caused Bitcoin to look weaker than it was yesterday.

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Bitcoin worth $180 million transferred between wallets in different transactions

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The market experienced a surge in the number of transactions occurring between unknown wallets, as Bitcoin maintained its position above the $10,000 mark. The king coin was priced $10,413.87 at press time with a jump of 3.30% over the 24-hour cycle. As the crypto-market joined the bullish ride, the transfer of crypto coins also surged in the market.

Whale Alert, one of the web’s major cryptocurrency transaction trackers, shared the news of the transfer of 7000 BTC between unknown wallets over its official Twitter handle,

“7,000 #BTC [72,418,271 USD] transferred from unknown wallet to unknown wallet.”

BTC was transferred between the wallet address 14DHxoHYRXL9RudVAGxyzjjcPm9zCCZvXX and wallet address 1LKAwBi5Yb7LzQ5NN1NdRCXbQ8RcJkG1h1 with a timestamp of 10:14:54 UTC, 17 August 2019. The transactions were carried out with 4 confirmations. Additionally, hash for the transaction was c4b7d86168518fff669662ac33ec696751f6a7ecfb7e5d8d4b64f2255408af7d. Transaction was carried out over the Bitcoin blockchain with a transaction fee of 0.00004032 BTC. Additionally, the block height of the transaction was 590505 and it was deemed a successful one.

Previously, 5000 BTC were transferred as reported by Whale Alert,

“5,000 #BTC [51,727,337 USD] transferred from unknown wallet to unknown wallet.”

It was transferred between the wallet address 1Ehser8uNsySVCQXcnaN4MjWwFWTNasiVX and wallet address 19KFMGRaAQChPzGv2jHa5tuegMgAoq5sG5 with a timestamp of 10:14:54 UTC, 17 August 2019. The transactions were carried out with 10 confirmations.

Yet again, the crypto community’s attention was steered towards another large transaction between unknown wallets, as Whale Alert communicated about the transfer of 6000 BTC,

“6,000 #BTC [62,072,804 USD] transferred from unknown wallet to unknown wallet.”

The transaction occurred between the wallet address 1PSk8YMLYAYFfSyGjuaH7NvDZydK79ySB2 and wallet address 174dXYQXf5hw7WmwS9pHdWSNXaLfZC4wqN, having a timestamp of 10:14:54 UTC, 17 August 2019. 

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Bitcoin stays calm above $10,000, struggles to turn bullish

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  • Markets cheer Bakkt’s introduction of crypto futures on Friday.
  • Bitcoin still down more than 10% for the week despite latest recovery.
  • $10,000 continues to act as strong support in near-term. 

After slumping to its lowest level of August at $9,467 on Thursday, Bitcoin (BTC/USD) staged modest recovery and advanced above the critical $10,000 mark. Although Bakkt’s announcement of the launch date of its highly anticipated crypto futures platform allowed the sentiment surrounding major cryptocurrencies turn positive on Friday, Bitcoin’s rally remained short-lived. As of writing, the BTC/USD pair is posting modest daily losses at $10,300. For the week, the pair is still down more than 10% despite this latest rebound. 

Bakkt cleared to launch Bitcoin futures

Owner of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Intercontinental Exchange Inc, said on Friday that it won the approval for its Bakkt unit to introduce futures that will pay out in Bitcoin starting September 23rd. Commenting on this development, “We believe that the availability of a benchmark that can be referenced globally will create confidence in the true price of Bitcoin,” Kelly Loeffler, Bakkt’s chief executive officer, told Bloomberg in an interview. “It’s an important step in creating more trust.”

Technical outlook

Looking at the technical picture, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) on the daily chart continues to move below the 50 mark, suggesting that buyers are struggling to take control of the price action. Additionally, both the 20-day Moving Average and the 50-day Moving Average stay above the price, confirming the near-term bearish outlook.

On the downside, $10,000 (psychological level/Fibonacci 61.8% retracement of June rally) remains as tough support. With a weekly close below that level, the sell-off could drag Bitcoin to $9,500 (Aug. 15 low) and $9,000 (psychological level/Jul. 17 low/Fibonacci 78.6% retracement of June rally).

On the other hand, a strong dynamic resistance seems to have formed at $10,800 (20-DMA/50-DMA/Fibonacci 50% retracement of June rally) ahead of $11,500 (Fibonacci 38.2% retracement of June rally).

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