Is the bottom in? Data shows Bitcoin derivatives entering the ‘capitulation’ zone

Analysts love to issue price predictions and it seems that 9 out of 10 times they are wrong. For example, how many times did analysts say “we will never see Bitcoin back at X price again,” only to see it plunge well below that level a few months later?  It doesn’t matter how experienced a person is or how connected in the industry. Bitcoin’s (BTC) 55% volatility must be taken seriously and the impact this has on altcoins is usually stronger during capitulation-like movements. I was undeniably wrong about how…

Aleph.im raises $10M to develop censorship-resistant data storage

The competition among the computing networks is warming up, with decentralized players coming into the stage with backing from the crypto ecosystem. Decentralized storage and computing network Aleph.im completed a $10 million funding round led by Stratos Technologies. Zeeprime, NOIA Capital, Theia, Bitfwd Capital, Token Ventures and Seven Capital have contributed to the funding, among others. The cross-blockchain network aims to provide fully decentralized computing power and censorship-resistant data storage, according to the announcement. Aleph.im scheduled its first computing resource node rollout for January following the funding round. The nodes…

Bitcoin miners can take fresh 20% BTC price hit before capitulating, data shows

The Bitcoin (BTC) mining business is bigger than ever at current price levels, and new data shows just how unlikely a mass miner sell-off really is. As noted by popular Twitter account @venturefounder on Jan. 14, even at $42,000, the BTC/USD trading pair is around 20% above miners’ cost price. Miner capitulation behind “worst” BTC price dips Despite falling a full $27,000 below all-time highs, BTC is more enticing than ever for miners. Hash rate, an estimate of the total processing power dedicated to mining, reached new all-time highs this week. Those…

Ethereum options data shows pro traders expect strong resistance at $3,600

Ether (ETH) price has bounced 13% from its Jan. 9 low at $2,950, but it seems premature to call the move a cycle bottom. Instead, the larger bearish movement has prevailed and although it looks primarily correlated to Bitcoin (BTC) price, regulatory concerns and a tighter United States Federal Reserve policy have also been blamed for the movement. BTC and Ether have been under pressure since regulators focused their attention on stablecoins. On Nov. 1, the U.S. Treasury Department urged Congress to ensure that stablecoin issuers are regulated similarly to…

Data shows Bitcoin traders’ neutral view ahead of Friday’s $750M BTC options expiry

Bitcoin (BTC) has bounced 11% from the $39,650 low made on Jan.10 and currently the price is battling with the $44,000 level. There are multiple explanations for the recent weakness, but none of them seem sufficient enough to justify the 42% correction that took place since the Nov. 10 all-time high at $69,000. At the time (Nov. 12), negative remarks from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) were issued at the rejection of VanEck’s physical Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). The regulator cited the inability to avoid market manipulation due…

Ethereum futures and options data reflects traders’ mixed emotions on $3.2K ETH price

Ether (ETH) has been an emotional rollercoaster over the past three months primarily because its price rallied twice. First, it peaked at $4,870 on Nov. 10 and at $4,780 on Dec. 1. However, the double top was quickly followed by a harsh rejection, which led to $490 million in long futures contract liquidations in 48 hours. Once again, hope was instilled on Dec. 8 after Ether commenced to rally 28.5% in four days to retest the $4,400 support. Soon after, the downtrend continued, leading to the $2,900 bottom on Jan.…

Bitcoin price bounces to $41.5K, but derivatives data shows traders lack confidence

Bitcoin (BTC) briefly reached its lowest level in five months this Monday at $39,650, marking a 42.6% drawdown from the all-time high present on Nov 22, 2022. Some argue that a “crypto winter” has already begun citing the $2.1 billion leverage-long aggregate crypto futures contracts that were liquidated over the past seven days. Bitcoin/USD price at FTX. Source: TradingView The descending channel guiding Bitcoin’s negative performance for the past 63 days indicates that traders should expect sub-$40,000 prices by February. Confidence from investors continued to decline after the United States…

Ethereum whales dumping ETH as price slides below $4K, data shows

Ethereum is having difficulty keeping its richest investors in line as its native token Ether (ETH) hints at logging more losses in the near term. Blockchain data analytics service Glassnode revealed that the number of Ether addresses that hold at least 1,000 ETH dropped to 6,292 this Monday, the lowest reading since April 2017. At its year-to-date peak, the numbers were 7,239 in January. Number of Ethereum addresses with balance of at least 1K ETH. Source: Glassnode On-chain analysts typically observe Ether distributions among addresses to realize retail and institutional…

Missed out on hot crypto stocks in 2021? It paid just to buy Bitcoin and Ethereum, data shows

Bitcoin (BTC) may have fluctuated in price this year, but BTC remains a better play than the biggest crypto stocks. New data currently circulating shows that for all the growth in the industry surrounding Bitcoin, it still pays simply to buy and hold. Stocks fail to compete with BTC, ETH Looking at the stock performance of firms with the largest BTC allocations on their balance sheets, it becomes immediately apparent that it was more profitable to hold BTC than those equities — at least this year. “Buying crypto stocks to…

Avocado Guild and TPG Telecom partnership lets players earn mobile data with tokens

TPG Telecom and the Avocado Guild, a blockchain gaming business focused on the play-to-earn (P2E) model, have teamed up to allow customers to exchange their AVO DAO tokens for mobile data credits. AVO DAO is the native digital currency of the Avocado Guild. It will be utilized to incentivize players for their time and effort in playing blockchain games. While commenting on the new partnership, Avocado Guild CEO and co-founder Brendan Wong said that the partnership contributes to the overall vision for Avocado Guild “to enrich our scholars’ lives by…