Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week


Cryptocurrency markets have been bullish lately as most of the top digital asset prices have seen decent gains over the last week. The overall market capitalization of all the coins in existence is roughly $132 billion this Sunday and global trade volume has increased significantly considering it’s the weekend before the holidays with $20 billion traded over the last 24 hours.

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Cryptocurrency Bulls Still Have the Reigns

On Sunday, Dec. 23 the day before Christmas Eve, there’s been more digital asset swaps than usual compared to a few holiday trading sessions in the past. Global digital currency trade volume for many of the top cryptocurrencies has increased significantly since the big drops in price two weeks ago. The top ten digital asset markets are also up in value between 2 to 15 percent over the last 24 hours increasing the general market valuation of the entire crypto-economy. Bitcoin core is up 2.6% for the day and 21.7% over the last seven days. This gives BTC a global average of about $3,991 per coin and a market capitalization of around $69.6 billion. The cryptocurrency BTC currently has $6.2 billion worth of the entire ecosystem’s $20 billion worth of 24 hour global trade volumes.  

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week

The second highest valued market today is ripple (XRP) which is trading for $0.37 per coin and has a $14.9 billion market valuation. There’s been more than $648 million worth of XRP swapped over the last day and markets are up 3.3% this Sunday. The third highest valued market today commanded by ethereum (ETH) is up 14.5% over the last 24 hours and 47% for the week. One ETH is swapping for $128 across global exchanges and has a market valuation of around $13.3 billion. Lastly, the fifth position belongs to eos (EOS) this weekend as each coin is trading for $2.79 and markets are up today 9%. EOS markets have jumped 43% over the last seven days.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Market Action

The phenomenal gains that bitcoin cash (BCH) had seen a few days ago have tapered a bit but BCH gained a whopping total of 140% for the week. Today BCH is up 4.6% and each coin is trading for $197. The top five BCH trading platforms swapping the most BCH this Sunday includes Lbank, Binance, Huobi, Coinbase, and Bitbank. Bitcoin cash trade volume is fairly high today capturing $610 million in trades over the last day. BCH is the sixth most traded cryptocurrency this weekend below ripple and above litecoin markets. The top currency pairs trading with BCH include USDT (42%), BTC (21%), ETH (19%), USD (8.7%), and the JPY (4.2%). The Korean won (KRW 1.9%), and the euro (EUR 1.5%) pairs against BCH are trailing not too far behind.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the BCH/USD 4-hour charts on Bitstamp shows bulls have the reigns and are seemingly still going strong. At the moment there is a lot of resistance between the current vantage point and price higher than $225. The two Simple Moving Averages (SMA) still have a decent gap between them but the 200 SMA looks as though it may drop below the short term 100 SMA trendline. This would indicate that the path towards least resistance would change to the upside but for now, it remains toward the downside.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) shows conditions are nearing overbought regions at 65.84 on the 4-hour chart. BCH bulls have shown their prowess on the 3-day chart and the percentage gains were far more than most digital assets in this time frame. The Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACd) has been dipping downward at the time of publication and shows room for improvement over the next 24 hours. As mentioned above, order books also show bulls need to surpass the $225 range to get some better momentum. On the backside, bears will see some light resistance back to $177 but after that, there are fewer foundations.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week

2017’s All-Time Highs Are Still Far Away

Cryptocurrency market sentiment this weekend is far better than the last few weeks of brutal dumps and price fake outs. Although 80-90% corrections are not out of the ordinary when it comes to digital asset volatility and market declines in the past. There is still a strong amount of skepticism and pessimistic traders who feel the past few days may not be indicative of a market bottom. On the other hand, BTC/USD and ETH/USD short positions on Bitfinex have dropped considerably this week indicating that traders may not be so confident the price will drop again. Overall cryptocurrency infrastructure continues to grow stronger and well known financial institutions are clearly making moves on the sidelines. Still, it will take a large factor to drive cryptocurrencies higher in value and surpass the all-time highs of 2017.

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Pan-African Bitcoin Exchange Kubitx Goes Live, Launches OTC Wallet


Kubitx, a pan-African digital asset exchange, went live on Dec. 20 after completing its beta test. The Malta-registered trading platform has also released what it calls a “hybrid over-the-counter (OTC) wallet” allowing users to buy and sell cryptocurrencies including BTC and BCH as well as to pay bills.

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 Kubitx Lists 22 Digital Assets

Eric Annan, chief executive officer of Kubitx, has said 22 digital assets will initially be listed on the exchange across four markets: BTC, ETH, USDT and KBX, an in-house digital coin. Some of the tokens that will be available for trade at launch include ripple, dash, zcash, and doge.

Pan-African Bitcoin Exchange Kubitx Goes Live, Launches OTC Wallet

Users intending to make withdrawals of $10,000 or more will be expected to complete full know-your-customer requirements, said Annan. So far, 100 people have signed up. Starting with Nigeria, Africa’s biggest bitcoin market, traders will be able to exchange their cryptocurrencies for the naira, the local fiat unit, and withdraw directly into their bank accounts. The service is to be rolled out to other countries on the continent in future.

“The registration on the exchange is designed to be very easy and user-friendly as we have made the exchange simple for everyday people,” Annan explained in an online statement. He claimed that Kubitx has achieved speeds of “10m+ transactions per second and implemented several tools using machine learning such as anti-market manipulation and trade surveillance to ensure that the exchange is regulatory compliant.”

Founded in 2017, Kubitx describes itself as a “hybrid digital asset exchange” that leverages distributed ledger technology to facilitate payments throughout Africa and abroad. It also offers trade financing while handling remittances and over-the-counter trades. In addition, the exchange is registered as a legal entity in Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

Hybrid OTC Wallet

In October, Kubitx announced the beta launch of its cryptocurrency exchange. About 150 users tried out the exchange’s trading, deposit and withdrawal interface, among other features, using a demo token. Annan told that the beta test went well, adding that “bugs (were) detected and corrected.”

Pan-African Bitcoin Exchange Kubitx Goes Live, Launches OTC Wallet

Meanwhile, the pan-African exchange has released what it calls a “hybrid OTC wallet.” It says the wallet is being “launched for starters as a mobile application on Android.” With it, investors will be able to trade, send and receive virtual currencies. They can also pay bills in crypto or using acceptable debit or credit cards. Cross-border payments and remittances for specific offshore payments like school fees and selected merchants are supported also.

“This step [OTC wallet] is intended to facilitate financial inclusion in Africa using blockchain technology,” explained Kubitx, which has recently reached an agreement with Interswitch International, a major payment switching company for 99 percent of Nigerian banks, with an additional presence in Kenya and Uganda. It will operate its fiat-to-crypto payments and remittance business in those markets.

The exchange also hopes to open new trading platforms in Zimbabwe, Angola, Ghana, South Africa and elsewhere after it completes its planned $12.5 million initial coin offering. Annan said “we will continue to list other assets incrementally as we progress in operation, monitor and have good and satisfactory feedback on the exchange.”

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