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Bitcoin price dives pre-FOMC amid warning $17.6K low was not the bottom

Bitcoin (BTC) dropped to weekly lows at the Aug. 17 Wall Street open as upcoming Federal Reserve comments unsettled risk assets. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Dollar climbs as Fed minutes due Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView tracked a more than 2% daily decline in BTC/USD, which hit $23,325 on Bitstamp. Already showing signs of weakness, the pair slid further as United States equities began trading, hours before the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) was due to release minutes from its latest meeting. While not involving a decision on interest rates, the meeting was cued to give an insight into the Fed’s thinking in terms of the next rate tweak due in September. “The important event tonight with the FOMC minutes, through which information...

Bitcoin miners hodl 27% less BTC after 3 months of major selling

According to a fresh prediction from crypto analysis firm Arcane Research, miners will continue to sell more BTC than they earn. Miners sold nearly 30% of record BTC stash since May The trip to $25,000 this month decreased pressure on a Bitcoin mining sector which has struggled throughout 2022. At one point, fears abounded that miners’ production cost was far higher than the Bitcoin spot price, and that heavy sales would result in order for miners to stay in business. Worse still, many may have to retire altogether due to their activities no longer being financially viable. Data from the period since May appeared to confirm that major upheaval was taking place. As Arcane notes, one public miner alone — Core Scientific — sold around 12,000 BTC in the period from May to July. While the trend...

Ethereum hits 8-month highs in BTC as money heads for ‘riskier’ altcoins

Ether (ETH) is worth more in Bitcoin (BTC) than at any time since the start of the year amid renewed appetite for altcoins. ETH/BTC 1-day candle chart (Binance). Source: TradingView Altcoin market cap returns to $700 billio Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView confirms that ETH/BTC has cleared key resistance to pass 0.08 BTC on Aug. 13. The move is impressive for largest altcoin Ethereum, as the area around 0.075 represented a troublesome sell zone which had previously kept bulls in check for since January. At the time of writing, ETH/BTC is working to retain the newly-won level, as traders query how long its strength might last. As Cointelegraph reported earlier, ETH/USD passed $2,000 overnight, a significant psychological boundary in itself unseen since May. Not for l...

Elon Musk: US ‘past peak inflation’ after Tesla sells 90% of Bitcoin

Bitcoin (BTC) is in short supply at Tesla, even as its CEO predicts that United States inflation has already peaked. Speaking at Tesla’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on Aug. 5, Elon Musk predicted that an upcoming United States recession would only be “mild to moderate.” Musk on costs: “The trend is down” After recently selling almost all of its $1.5 billion BTC holdings, Tesla is seeing the emergence of exactly the kind of economic landscape in which risk assets thrive. During a Q&A session at the Annual Meeting, Musk revealed that six-month commodities pricing for Tesla parts is already getting cheaper, not more expensive. Commodities, he said, are trending down, providing a hint that inflation has already hit its highest levels. “We sort of have some insight ...

What happens when 21 million Bitcoin are fully mined? Expert answers

When the last Bitcoin (BTC) is finally mined, the livelihood of miners who rely on block rewards as a source of income will be affected. Despite this, the future of mining stays promising, according to an expert in space.  In a Cointelegraph interview, Mohamed El Masri, the founder of mining solutions provider PermianChain, talked about new players jumping into mining, the future of mining and what happens to mine profitability after the 21 millionth BTC is minted. El Masri highlighted that efficiency is a very important focus that new players in the space must take into consideration. Because mining profit depends on how efficient a mining operation is, the executive noted that efficiency brings down the cost of energy to a minimum. [embedded content] When asked about the future of t...

Bitcoin wobbles on Wall Street open as Ethereum hits $1.6K in 6-week high

Bitcoin (BTC) took a step back as Wall Street trading began on July 22 after recovering most of its previous losses. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView BTC bulls fail to sustain assault on multi-week high Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView confirmed BTC/USD encountering fresh resistance near $24,000. The pair had spent the past 24 hours slowly clawing back lost ground after news that Tesla had sold most of its BTC holdings. With the pre-announcement high of $24,280 still in force, bulls saw something of a setback as Wall Street opened on the day, with BTC/USD losing around $400. Analyzing the current order book structure on major exchange Binance, on-chain monitoring resource Material Indicators warned that the overall bear market structure re...

Bitcoin hodling activity resembles previous market bottoms: Glassnode

The majority of Bitcoin has been “hodled” for at least three months in behavior bearing a striking resemblance to previous Bitcoin market bottoms, says blockchain analytics firm Glassnode. In a July 16 tweet, Glassnode noted that more than 80% of the total U.S. dollar (USD)-denominated wealth invested in Bitcoin has not been touched for at least three months. This signifies that the “majority of BTC coin supply is dormant” and that hodlers are “increasingly unwilling to spend at lower prices,” said the firm. Over 80% of the total USD denominated wealth invested in #Bitcoin has been HODLed for at least 3-months. This signifies that the majority of the $BTC coin supply is dormant, and HODLers are increasingly unwilling to spend at lower prices. Live Chart: https://t.co/lRtBe69Phz pic.twitter...

Worst quarter in 11 years as Bitcoin price and activity plunges

Bitcoin (BTC) has seen its worst quarterly loss in 11 years with price and activity on the blockchain both plunging over the last three months. The second quarter ending June 30 saw Bitcoin’s price fall from around $45,000 at the start of the quarter to trade at $19,884 before midnight ET on June 30 according to CoinGecko, representing a 56.2% loss according to crypto analytics platform Coinglass. It’s the steepest price fall since the third quarter of 2011, when BTC fell from $15.40 to $5.03, a loss of over 67% and worse than the bear markets of 2014 and 2018, when Bitcoin’s price slumped 39.7% and 49.7% in their worst quarters respectively. The past quarter saw eight weekly red candles in a row for Bitcoin and the month of June saw a draw down of over 37%, the heaviest monthly losses sin...

Bitcoin miner ‘capitulation event’ may have already happened — Research

Bitcoin (BTC) miners may have already sparked a “capitulation event,” fresh analysis has concluded. In an update on June 24, Julio Moreno, senior analyst at on-chain data firm CryptoQuant, hinted that the BTC price bottom could now be due. BTC price bottom “typically” follows miner capitulation Miners have seen a dramatic change in circumstances since March 2020, going from unprecedented profitability to seeing their margins squeezed. The dip to $17,600 — 70% below November’s all-time highs for BTC/USD — has hit some players hard, data now shows, with miner wallets sending large amounts of coins to exchanges. This, CryptoQuant suggests, precedes the final stages of the Bitcoin sell-off more broadly in line with historical precedent. “Our data demonstrate a miner capitulation event that has...

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Over 200K BTC now stored in Bitcoin ETFs and other institutional products

Bitcoin (BTC) investment vehicles are seeing “gargantuan” inflows this month, which is a fresh sign that traders’ appetite for BTC exposure is mounting. Data from monitoring firm Arcane Research published this week shows that Bitcoin exchange-traded products (ETPs) now have record high BTC under management. “Happier days” for Bitcoin ETPs as buyers pile in Despite BTC price action failing to draw in buyers at over 50% below all-time highs, not everyone is feeling risk-off. According to Arcane’s data, Bitcoin ETPs have seen a flurry of interest from institutional investors both this month and last. In total, Bitcoin ETPs, which include products such as the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy exchange-traded fund (ETF), now have 205,000 BTC under their control — a new record. “While the M...

Bitcoin daily mining revenue slumped in May to eleven-month low

Bitcoin (BTC) mining revenue and profitability have continued to slide along with the asset’s price this year as the crypto winter deepens. May has been one of the worst months for Bitcoin miners in the past year as revenue and profitability continue to tank. Bitcoin daily mining revenue tanked as much as 27% in May, according to data from Ycharts sourcing data from Blockchain.com. On May 1, the analytics provider reported daily revenue of $40.57 million for BTC miners, but by the end of the month, it had fallen to $29.37 million. Daily mining revenue hit an eleven-month low of $22.43 million on May 24. BTC daily mining revenue YTD – ycharts.com Daily mining revenue spiked to a peak of around $80 million in April 2021 but has since fallen 62% to current levels. May ended the...

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