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President Bukele Has Lost Over $11 Million Trading Bitcoin For El Salvador

El Salvador’s president Nayib Bukele was involved in a fierce war on Twitter early Saturday after long-time Bitcoin critic Mr. Whale suggested that Bukele had lost hope in Bitcoin, removing his laser eyes. In the ensuing exchange, Bukele hit back at Mr. Whale, accusing him of trying to mislead his followers and labeling the claims […]

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New Data Shows China Still Controls 21% Of The Global Bitcoin Mining Hashrate

China is back with a vengeance. The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, or CCAF, collected data “spanning the period from September 2021 to January 2022” for their latest study. The headline is that, ban or no ban, the Asian country controls 21% of the Global Bitcoin mining hashrate. Since June 2021, here in NewsBTC, we’ve been wracking our brains trying to figure out why did China ban bitcoin mining. Maybe we were barking at the wrong tree the whole time.  According to the CCAF’s numbers, unsurprisingly the “US has remained at the forefront of Bitcoin mining and extended its leading position (37.84%).” For their part, “China has re-emerged as a major mining hub (21.11%). Kazakhstan (13.22%), Canada (6.48%), and Russia (4.66%) have been relegated to more distant places.” Let’s see what else can we learn from the CCAF’s numbers. Is China All The Way Back? How Did This Happen?  As it turns out, the CCAF analysis uncovered numbers that “strongly suggest that significant underground mining activity has formed in the country”. Can we be sure that the explanation is real? And if it is, how did the underground China bitcoin mining industry surge so fast? “Following the government ban in June 2021, reported hashrate for the entire country effectively plummeted to zero during the months of July and August. Yet reported hashrate suddenly surged back to 30.47 EH/s in September 2021, instantly catapulting China to second place globally in terms of installed mining capacity (22.29% of total market).” The report wonders what happened, “a comeback of this magnitude within the period of one month would seem unlikely given physical constraints, as it takes time to find existing or build new non-traceable hosting facilities at that scale”. And theorizes that maybe the underground miners were using VPNs to hide their location and then, suddenly, decided that they were safe enough to stop hiding. Which seems unlikely. BTC price chart for 05/18/2022 on Bitfinex | Source: BTC/USD on TradingView.com Non-China Countries Sadly but predictably, the study also found out that “the hashrate recovery has not been distributed evenly”. How did the non-China countries in the Top 5 do? The United States “surpassed the rest of the world in terms of hashrate growth. This is evidenced by installed capacity surging from 42.74 EH/s (35.40%) in August 2021 to 70.97 EH/s (37.84%) in January 2022.” In Kazakhstan, for their part, “Total hashrate continued to increase in September and peaked at 27.31 EH/s in October, until repeated power outages towards the end of last year, and a week-long internet shutdown earlier this year, forced miners to temporarily suspend operations.” Surprisingly, “Russia on the other hand not only experienced a substantial drop in relative hashrate share from 11.23% in August 2021 to 4.66% in January 2022, but also a significant decline in total installed mining capacity contribution from 13.56 EH/s to 8.74 EH/s over the same period.” Last but not least, “Canada experienced only a moderate increase in its hashrate from 11.54 EH/s in August 2021 to 12.15 EH/s in January 2022, which resulted in a loss in market share from 9.55% to 6.48% as total network hashrate was growing significantly faster. ” The CCAF Spreads FUD Of course, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance couldn’t pass the opportunity to spread some unfounded rumors about bitcoin mining. This is what the CCAF said:  “These geographic shifts in mining activities bring to the fore how relocations impact the overall sustainability of the network. For instance, recent research has suggested that the Chinese decision to ban Bitcoin mining has indeed worsened – rather than improved – Bitcoin’s environmental footprint.” The CCAF is using this study’s findings, which basically says that they NOW believe what bitcoiners always said. That China was mostly using hydropower energy for bitcoin mining, and not coal. The fact is, as far as using green energy goes, bitcoin mining continues to be the cleanest industry in the world.  Whenever we find intentional FUD spreading like this one right here, we have to check out who paid for the study. As it turns out, the numbers come directly from the Cambridge Digital Assets Programme. The CCAF host the CDAP “in collaboration with 16 prominent public and private institutions”. Among them, we find the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Mastercard, Visa, and the World Bank. And right then, everything made sense. Featured Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay | Chart by TradingView

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Bitcoin Recovers Above $30,000, Has The Bottom Been Marked?

Bitcoin has now started another recovery trend that has seen it mark its position above $30,000 once more. This is a welcome development after the market had seen various crashes that have sent investors into a panic. However, while investors heave a sigh of relief as the digital asset has begun to recover, other concerns have arisen in the market, including if the uptrend will continue and if bitcoin has already seen the bottom of this crash. Did It Mark The Bottom? The recent comeback has indicated that bitcoin has either marked the bottom of the dip or may be well on its way to posting further losses. But there remain some indicators that show that maybe indeed, the bottom has been reached. One of these has been that the Bitcoin RSI remains in the firmly oversold territory. Now, with this indicator in this region, there is not much that sellers can do to bring the price of the digital asset further down, especially with the powerful recovery that was just recorded.  Related Reading | Bitcoin Funding Rates Remain Unmoved Despite Plunge To $30,000 Even after falling below $25,000 for the first time in more than a year, bulls had not completely relinquished control of the market to their bearish counterparts. What this shows is that bitcoin had likely reached its bottom when it touched the $24,000 and the strength displayed to bounce off from this point suggests that there is a bit of momentum left to carry it further. BTC price recovers above $30,000 | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com Coincidentally, the digital asset has now turned green on the 5-day moving average. This indicator may not pack as much of a punch as its 50-day counterpart but still indicates returning bullish sentiment among investors. If this continues, and the bottom has in fact been marked at $24,000, then recovery towards the $35,000 may be imminent. Bitcoin Outflows Grow Outflows from centralized exchanges for bitcoin had been on the rise when the price of the digital asset had been falling. This would prove to only be a temporary problem though as the outflows had begun to take over inflows once more. For the past 24 hours, the outflows from centralized exchanges had reached as high as $3.5 billion. This surpassed inflow volume by at least $190 million for the same time period. Related Reading | How Long Will The CryptoWinter Last? Cardano Founder Provides Answers What this indicates is that investors are once again beginning to take advantage of the low prices that presented themselves during the crash. Accumulation trends like these are usually expected when the value of an asset is slashed in such a short amount of time.  Outflows from centralized exchanges recorded for the period of May 11th and 12th came out to about 168,000 BTC, a significant amount given the current bear trend. Although BTC continues to flow into exchanges, long-term investors seem to be taking advantage of these cheaper prices. Featured image from BBC, chart from TradingView.com

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Bitcoin Remains Fragile, What’s The Next Major Support Area

Bitcoin has shed close to 20% of its market value over the last week. King coin underwent six consecutive weeks of bearish pressure. The coin has retested levels that it touched in August, last year. Price had tried to briefly recover as BTC tried pushing the $32,000 price level over the last 48 hours. Ever since Bitcoin breached the $37,000 level, it has been a free fall for the asset. Bitcoin’s all-time high was $68,000 which it secured in November 2021. The $37,000 price mark had acted as a support level for multiple months. The continued long liquidation spree has made Bitcoin revisit the $30,000 price mark. An upside seems unlikely considering sellers have taken hold of the market at the time of writing. Continued downslide will cause BTC to tumble below $30,000. Bitcoin Price Analysis: One Hour Chart Bitcoin was seen trading at $30,100 at the time of writing. The $30,000 price level has been acting as a strong support level for the coin, however, prices can break below the same with continuous selling pressure. The above support level is also acting as a strong demand zone for the coin and if buyers find their way back, BTC might propel to touch the $37,000 mark again. Panic selling can push BTC to trade near the $22,000 price level. The fear index of the market continues to remain high amid the major sell-off noticed across the industry. Bitcoin displays downward momentum (white) on the one hour time frame, this reading affirms the consistent bearish action action. Volume of Bitcoin traded was seen in green, this could highlight that price of the asset might be trying to present a comeback, however it is unlikely, as BTC trades close to the major support area. Technical Analysis Bitcoin was trading beneath the 20-SMA line, this indicates that sellers were still active in the market. Price momentum was being driven by sellers in the market. At the time of writing, BTC was bordering oversold territories. Push from buyers would help BTC to trade above the 20-SMA line. Interestingly, the Relative Strength Index had something else to say. Price of BTC has caused an influx of selling pressure, however, the chart displayed bullish divergence (white). Bullish divergence on the RSI could mean that BTC can climb north, however, chances are quite slim. Related Reading | TA: Bitcoin Struggles Below $32K, Why Downtrend Could Resume Bitcoin had been forming a bearish flag over the past couple of months. This was a signal that BTC was about to go on a downward price action. Despite forming a falling wedge pattern (yellow), which is considered bullish, a break from within the same caused price of BTC to tumble further. Chances of rebound cannot be ruled out but the bearish pressure seems too intense at the moment. Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) indicates the price momentum and it continues to paint a bearish pressure. Confirming the same, Awesome Oscillator also depicted minimised green signal bars under the zero-line, highlighting negative price movement on charts. Related Reading | TA: Bitcoin Dives To $30K, Why Short-term Recovery Seems Possible Featured image from UnSplash, Charts from TradingView.com

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XRP Price Rebounds, Up 6% In 24 Hours, After Suffering Major Hiccup

XRP price shoots 6% over the past 24 hours despite suffering a slump of 28% on April 16. The crypto was able to bounce back on May 1 and get stronger by the day with a surge of 12%. XRP is set on its road to recovery in the coming weeks. Suggested Reading | What’s In A Name? Ethereum Domain Name Sales Climb 2,300% XRP’s expected jump would be at 30% in Q2 this year. (Image credit: Dreamstime.com) Ripple (XRP) – Pioneering The Crypto Scene XRP was one of the frontrunners of the early crypto market alongside Bitcoin and Ethereum. It is was one of the pioneers of the early cryptocurrency market, which experienced massive price hikes in early 2017. Recently, the crypto together with all other cryptocurrencies has been experiencing turmoil and stunted growth because of political, environmental, and regulatory issues. The decline was expected but it’s not a happy state as it is for crypto traders all over the globe. However, unlike others, XRP seems to be recovering and gaining momentum. Ripple-SEC Legal Battle XRP is currently trading at $0.61 after experiencing intraday highs of $0.63. Its bullish comeback seems to have been triggered by favorable investor and technical sentiment in spite of setbacks from a lawsuit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Ripple was sued by the SEC for selling securities illegally using XRP. Nevertheless, Ripple seems to be winning in market capitalization from this legal battle. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) on XRP seems to have come to a maximum point considered as oversold which signals that the heavy selling activity seems to have drained itself dry. With that scenario, investors would normally turn to other entry-point buying opportunities.   XRP total market cap at $29.76 billion on the daily chart | Source: TradingView.com RSI measures current fluctuations or movements in market price to determine whether a specific coin or asset is oversold or overbought. The technical analysis indicator of RSI with a reading below 30 would mean that the asset is oversold. Investors seem unfazed even with the SEC lawsuit going on. Suggested Reading | SEC, Ripple Agree To Extend Legal Battle Until 2023; XRP Bears The Brunt Of Case Momentum Despite Legal Brawl Ripple operates in the perspective that it has already lost the legal battle because it has been dragging for quite some time now. Nevertheless, Ripple is unbothered. Instead, the company is confident that they are set for a breakthrough in growth especially outside of the United States. XRP’s expected jump shot would be at 30% in the second quarter this year. The current buying sentiment climbed to $0.58 which provided solid support in January this year, pushing XRP to go above 50%. XRP/USD tandem on the daily price charts now provides strong support around the $0.58 level. It signals a lower trendline with the pattern of a descending triangle that is getting bearish going for $0.18 in the next couple of months. Overall, XRP seems to have benefited from the ongoing legal tussle with SEC. In turn, XRP has become a speculative asset for traders. Featured image from VOI, chart from TradingView.com

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Terra Price Continues Moving North; How Soon Will It Cross $100?

Terra (LUNA) has made a considerable comeback given the slump that the coin underwent a little over a week ago. The broader market has also regained strength which has proved to be beneficial for the industry’s altcoins. Bitcoin and Ethereum have steadied above their immediate price floors. The prominent coins were eyeing the next price ceilings at the time of writing. Over the last 24 hours, the coin rose over 4% and in a week’s time, Terra brought home gains worth 13%. Among the top ten coins, Terra (LUNA) remains one of the highest gainers. The global cryptocurrency market cap today was at $2.04 trillion and there has been a gain of 1.3% over the past day. Terra (LUNA) Price Analysis: Four-Hour Chart                 Terra’s bulls have regained strength and the prices were bordering $100. At the time of writing, Terra was valued at $99.27. The immediate resistance mark for the coin once it crosses the $100 mark would stand at $106. The support level for the coin stood at $91.82 and failed to sustain over which the coin fill fall to $83.81. The price of the coin was seen moving upwards in an ascending channel. A price pullback could be on the charts given how the coin has secured a double-digit gain over the past week. The volume of Terra was seen closing in the green which signified that the coin witnessed bullishness. A small bar suggests that the coin hasn’t been experiencing high selling volume and also that people have continued to HODL. Suggested Reading | Conquering Terrain: Terra’s Stablecoin UST Is Now Crypto’s Third Biggest Technical Analysis Terra was priced at $99.27 at the time of writing. After recovering considerably over a week, the buyers seem to have regained confidence in the asset. On the Relative Strength Index, the coin displayed a sharp recovery. The indicator was seen above the half-line, near the 80-mark. This reading meant that buyers were in excess in the market. The asset was overbought at the time of writing. It is a possibility that if the coin remains in the overbought zone for a little longer, then there could be a chance of price correction. Related Reading | Inside Terra’s $2.38 Billion Reserves, What Made The Lineup? Terra has picked up bullish momentum on the four-hour chart | Source: LUNA/USD on TradingView.com Terra was bordering its immediate price resistance, however, the coin was rejected from $100 for a week or so. The price momentum of the coin was quite bullish as seen on the MACD. The indicator underwent a bullish crossover and displayed green bars at the time of writing. The Directional Movement Index indicates price momentum and it displays positive price momentum on the four-hour chart. The Average Direction Index (ADX) also was seen above the 25-mark which is a sign of market strength and upside movement. In accordance with the other indicators, Terra might aim for the $106 price mark over the immediate trading sessions which would mean a 7% appreciation for the coin. Featured image from UnSplash, Charts from TradingView.com