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VGX, PERP and LUNA rally while Bitcoin price struggles to hold $38K

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Last week’s momentum in Bitcoin has all but faded as (BTC) price is once again below the $39,000 level with bears and bulls locked in a heated battle for market dominance. 

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that while Bitcoin price falters, several altcoins like Voyager Token (VGX), Perpetual Protocol (PERP) and Terra (LUNA) have seen double-digit gains.

Top 7 coins with the highest 24-hour price change. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

VGX/USD

The top performer over the past 24-hours has been Voyager Token, a cryptocurrency brokerage platform that offers retail and institutional investors a secure place to purchase, trade and lend crypto assets.

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for VGX on July 31, prior to the recent price rise.

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The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historic and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. VGX price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen on the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for VGX climbed to a high of 75 on July 31, around 50 hours before the price increased 54% over the next day.

The sudden surge in momentum for VGX followed Voyager’s acquisition of Coinify, a crypto trading platform, and the launch of the VGX web swap 2.0 and staking portal.

PERP/USD

Perpetual Protocol, a decentralized perpetual contracts protocol that includes an on-chain decentralized exchange (DEX) and up to 10x leverage, was the second-best performer of the past 24-hours.

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According to data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, market conditions for PERP have been favorable for some time.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. PERP price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen on the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for PERP began to pick up on June 29 and climbed to a high of 80 on July 31, around 48 hours before the price increased 30% over the next day.

The increase in price, as well as trading volume, come on the heels of the release of Curie, the v2 upgrade of the Perpetual Protocol which “dramatically improves capital efficiency and increases fee capture for liquidity providers.”

Tuesday’s third top-performer is Terra, a protocol that specializes in fiat-pegged stablecoins like TerraUSD (UST) to power a price-stable global payment system.

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LUNA/USD

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the price of LUNA has rallied 28% from a low of $11.13 on Aug. 2 to an intraday high at $14.21 on Aug. 3 as its 24-hour trading volume increased by 58% to $714 million. 

LUNA/USD 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Excitement for LUNA has been building since last week following the addition of TerraUSD (UST) to DinoSwap and has continued on Tuesday thanks to an ongoing community vote to whitelist bETH as collateral on Anchor Protocol which will bring Ether (ETH) staking rewards to the Anchor ecosystem.

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The Cycle Started, Mike Novogratz Says – Bitcoin Boom Is Here; Jack Dorsey Boosts BTC’s Price

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Mike Novogratz is one of the essential names in the crypto space which is celebrating the booming price of Bitcoin.

Check out what he had to share with his followers and Twitter fans:

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Someone hopped in the comments section and said this; ‘Anyone who has not yet embarked on the crypto band wagon is a simple minded idiot who knows nothing about markets, freedom or wealth creation.’

Jack Dorsey boosts the price of BTC

It’s been also revealed that Jack Dorse said that Square could build a BTC mining system – this obviously triggered a more massive price race for the king coin.

At the moment of writing this article, BTC is trading in the green and the king coin is priced at $61,118.15.

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CNBC online publication just noted that Square CEO Jack Dorsey said late on Friday the company is considering jumping into BTC mining business.

Dorsey tweeted that the company is considering a “bitcoin mining system based on custom silicon and open source for individuals and businesses worldwide.”

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Dorsey’s goal would be to make crypto mining more accessible. We suggest that you check out the complete thread that Dorsey shared on his social media account in order to learn all the available details.

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Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead: Bitcoin (BTC) Already Up 100% in This Bull Run

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How big is median increase in Bitcoin (BTC) price in bullish market phases?

As Bitcoin (BTC) reclaims $62,000 level, Dan Morehead, CEO of the first-ever cryptocurrency-focused VC firm in the U.S., shares the comprehensive statistics of the last six bull runs for Bitcoin.

Bitcoin (BTC) price doubled in 87 days: Bull Run 2021

According to the latest tweet by Mr. Morehead, the Bitcoin (BTC) price witnessed a 2x increase in the first 87 days of the ongoing bullish wave.

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Unlike many other experts, Mr. Morehead identifies two separate “bull run” phases in 2020-2021. During the previous one, between March 16, 2020, and April 14, 2021, it took 394 days for Bitcoin (BTC) to increase its price 13x and print a new all-time high.

According to his infographic, the most impressive rally ended with a 106x increase of the orange coin’s price in 2015-2017.

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That said, the median Bitcoin (BTC) price bull run lasted for 300 days and increased the “king coin’s price” by 15x.

Will Bitcoin ETF mark the top of the BTC cycle?

At the same time, according to “The Next Price Era” letter issued by Pantera Capital on Oct. 6, 2021, the hotly-anticipated approval of Bitcoin (BTC) ETFs is listed amidst the possible “sell the news” events.

Mr. Morehead noticed that the launch of CME Bitcoin Futures and Coinbase direct listing triggered painful bear markets:

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Will someone please remind the day before the bitcoin ETF officially launches?  I might want to take some chips off the table.

As covered by U.Today previously, similar statements were made by CNBC’s Jim Cramer.

The seasoned analyst also revealed his plans to “cash out” 50% of his Ethereum (ETH) bags.

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Bitcoin Will Significantly Underperform Altcoin Market As New Crypto Price Era Unfolds: Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead

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The founder and chief executive officer of Pantera Capital says that investors can expect altcoins to outperform Bitcoin (BTC) in the long term.

In a recent edition of Pantera’s Blockchain Letter, the head of the digital asset management firm outlines Dan Morehead’s key quotes from the SALT 2021 conference in New York. During the conference, Morehead said that even though his company has greatly profited from BTC, he emphasized that most future crypto gains will come from altcoin investments.ADVERTISEMENT

“My perspective is: Bitcoin has been amazing – Pantera Bitcoin Fund is up 67,000% since inception. However, I think the majority of future gains will be from tokens outside of Bitcoin. I know that sounds heretical to some people here, but that’s my professional opinion.”

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Morehead compares the rise of Bitcoin and its competitors to that of the tech industry boom during the late 1990s.

“It’s like saying in 1998 that [the] majority of future tech gains would come from outside Microsoft.

At the time, Microsoft was worth $218 billion, Apple $3.5 billion, Amazon was $2.2 billion. Google and Facebook were zero – they didn’t even exist. In the years since Microsoft did great – it went up 10x. However, 80% of the tech gains in these five stocks came from outside Microsoft.

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That’s the view I have here – I think BTC is going to go up a ton – like 10x. It’s a great investment…[but] I think the broader portfolio is going to outperform.”

At time of writing, BTC has a market cap of $1.156 trillion while all altcoins combined have a market cap of $1.327 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap.

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