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ProShares Bitcoin Futures ETF Generates $500 Million Trading Volume in First Hour

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The first bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF) listed in the United States, the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF, has generated a trading volume of over $500 million in its first trading hour, making it one of the top ETFs by trading volume on launch day.

According to available data the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF, which was listed on the New York Stock Exchange today, has already seen 14.9 million shares change hands since listing, has already reached a $42.149 high and a $40.07 low.

Bloomberg Senior ETF analyst Eric Balchunas has pointed out on social media that in the first 20 minutes after being listed the ETF, under the ticker BITO, traded $280 million worth of shares, putting in the “top 15 opening day launches of all-time,” surpassing ETFs tracking the price of gold and the Nasdaq index.

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The analyst pointed out that it’s unclear how much of the bitcoin futures ETFs trading volume was natural and how much was from traders making a profit on the opening day’s volatility.

When ProShares confirmed the ETF was being listed, its CEO Michael L. Sapir said the firm believes “a multitude of investors have been eagerly awaiting the launch of a bitcoin-linked ETF after years of efforts to launch one,”

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Other bitcoin futures ETF applications are hoping to move forward with trading this month, so a second futures-based bitcoin ETF could launch in the near future. A bitcoin ETF being approved in the U.S. is the culmination of a nearly decade-long campaign to list such a product.

Crypto advocates have been looking to list an ETF  ever since Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the founder of the Gemini exchange, filed the first Bitcoin ETF application in 2013. Bitcoin’s price has moved up significantly on the ETF listing expectations and is now trading close to $63,500.

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Bitcoin Consolidates, Ethereum Inches Higher, LUNA Flips DOGE

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  • Bitcoin price is struggling to settle above the USD 50,000 resistance.
  • Ethereum targets USD 4,400, XRP is up almost 5%.
  • LUNA jumped 13% and entered the top 10 club.

Bitcoin price corrected lower and tested the USD 49,000 region. BTC is relatively stable and is currently (04:24 UTC) facing resistance near USD 50,000. A close above USD 50,000 may perhaps push the price towards USD 52,000.

Besides, most major altcoins are gaining bullish momentum. ETH surpassed USD 4,350 and may perhaps gain strength above USD 4,400. XRP is up almost 5% and it is attempting a clear move above USD 0.85. ADA is rising towards the key USD 1.40 resistance.

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Bitcoin price

After a move below USD 50,000, bitcoin price found support near the USD 49,000 level. BTC started a fresh increase but is trying to reach USD 50,000. A close above USD 50,000 and USD 50,500 might open the doors for more upsides. The next major resistance for the bulls is near the USD 52,000 level.

An immediate support on the downside is near USD 49,200. The next major support is near the USD 49,000 level, below which the price could test USD 47,500.

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Ethereum price

Ethereum price found support near the USD 4,200 region and started a fresh increase. ETH cleared the USD 4,350 resistance level and is showing positive signs. A clear move above the USD 4,400 and USD 4,420 levels could set the pace for a larger increase.

On the downside, an initial support is near the USD 4,350 level. The next key support is now forming near the USD 4,220 level.

ADA, BNB, SOL, SHIB, and XRP price

Cardano (ADA) settled above the USD 1.35 level and is approaching the USD 1.38 resistance. The main hurdle is still near USD 1.40, above which it may perhaps rise towards the USD 1.465 level.

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Binance coin (BNB) gained almost 6% and cleared the USD 600 resistance. An immediate resistance is near USD 612. A move above USD 612 could even push the price towards USD 630.

Solana (SOL) found support above the USD 180 level. It is recovering losses and trading near USD 190. An initial hurdle is near USD 195 but the main hurdle is USD 200. On the downside, the USD 180 level is a strong support.

SHIB is trading in a positive zone above the USD 0.0000355 level. It is trimming losses and trading near the USD 0.0000370 level. If there are additional gains, the price could test the USD 0.000038 zone. The next major resistance is near the USD 0.000040 level.

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XRP price gained almost 5% and even cleared the USD 0.850 resistance zone. If the bulls remain in action, the price might test the USD 0.88 resistance. If not, there could be a fresh decline towards the USD 0.800 support zone.

Other altcoins market today

Many altcoins are up over 5%, including WAXP, NEAR, CELO, HT, EOS, AMP, AAVE, LUNA, LRC, RUNE, 1INCH, and GRT. Out of these, LUNA flipped DOGE and entered the list of the top largest cryptoassets by market capitalization. The price is up 13% and is trading above USD 76. It’s also up by 18% in a week. Meanwhile, CELO and NEAR rallied around 20%, while BTT stopped its rally, correcting 11% in a day.

Overall, bitcoin price is consolidating near the USD 50,000 level. If BTC gains strength above USD 50,000, it could start a fresh increase towards USD 52,000 in the near term.

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Macro Guru Raoul Pal Betting on Bitcoin, Ethereum and Nine Additional Altcoins – Here’s His Current Crypto Portfolio

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Real Vision chief executive Raoul Pal is revealing most of his crypto portfolio for public viewing.

In a new interview with Thinking Crypto, the former Goldman Sachs executive says that he primarily started out as a Bitcoin (BTC) investor then switched most of his BTC into Ethereum (ETH).

Pal says he then built a basket of 10 equally weighted large-cap altcoins. He later added the smart contract platform Solana (SOL) to his portfolio as well.

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In an interview last week, the Real Vision CEO noted 82% of his portfolio is in ETH.

He says in his new Thinking Crypto interview that one of the smaller crypto assets he owns has seen such a significant surge in price that it’s ballooned into becoming his second-largest holding.

“What’s fascinating is my second-largest holding now, from an equally weighted basket, second to Ethereum, is Sandbox.

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I’m bought in, it just went up 20x in the last month and a half, which is crazy.

I mean I would not take that position, second-largest position in Sandbox, but that’s where it is, and I’m not rebalancing for the time being.”

The Sandbox (SAND) is an Ethereum-based virtual world that allows fans of video games to build, own and monetize their gaming experiences. The project’s native token, SAND, is used to transfer value, secure the network and govern the protocol.

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Pal also mentions that he bet on the Ethereum-powered decentralized virtual gaming world Decentraland (MANA). Decentraland’s native token, MANA, is used as a means of exchange.

The Real Vision CEO says he has also bet on a handful of decentralized finance (DeFi) projects, including the lending protocol Aave (AAVE), the decentralized exchange Uniswap (UNI), and the smart contract platform Polkadot (DOT).

Additionally, Pal notes that he’s made a couple of bets on social tokens, including Chiliz and Rally.

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Chiliz (CHZ) is a platform for tokenizing sports and esports in order to encourage fan engagement.

Rally (RLY) is a decentralized network that enables creators and brands to monetize their content and offer community benefits.

Pal also says he owns XRP, citing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) lawsuit against the payments company Ripple as a primary factor.

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Mike Novogratz Expects Bitcoin to Stay Above $42,000

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Mike Novogratz says that it would be surprising to see Bitcoin below $40,000

Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz believes that the price of Bitcoin is not going to fall below $40,000.

The crypto mogul told CNBC host Joe Kernen earlier today that he would be surprised to see the biggest cryptocurrency revisiting the aforementioned price level.

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Novogratz is convinced that $42,000 will remain at the bottom of the ongoing correction.
 

I think $42,000 should hold, that should be the bottom of this move. It would surprise me if it went below $40,000.
 

Bitcoin suddenly collapsed 21% on Dec. 4, making crypto traders dust off their $20,000 charts.

The cryptocurrency managed to recover to $52,000 on Dec. 8, but it was rejected there.

At press time, Bitcoin is trading down 2.7%, slightly above the $49,000 level on cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp.

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Novogratz claims that Bitcoin going below $40,000 would result in a significant sentiment shift, adding that such a dramatic drop would make him scratch his head.

The crypto boss remains optimistic due to the increasing number of people participating in the industry:

There’s so many more people participating on it. It’s hard for me to see if going below.

However, as reported by U.Today, growth investor Louis Navellier recently said that Bitcoin could drop to $10,000 if it were to lose the do-or-die $28,500 support level that managed to hold during a dramatic correction in summer.

After a streak of unsuccessful predictions in 2018, the hedge fund veteran made a prescient call about Bitcoin reclaiming its previous record high of $20,000 by the end of 2020.

Bitcoin is now up 73% in 2021, significantly underperforming some of the top altcoins.

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