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Here’s what USDC is doing right to maintain certainty amidst Terra’s meltdown

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Here’s what USDC is doing right to maintain certainty amidst Terra’s meltdown

It was only a week ago when the stablecoin economy got awfully close to surpassing the $200 billion mark. But Terra’s recent collapse changed all that. At press time, the stablecoin market capitalization witnessed a significant fall to the $163 billion figure.

Any survivors? 

A majority chunk of stablecoins within the market lost their $1 parity. For instance, Tether (USDT), the largest stablecoin in existence lost its $1 to the U.S. dollar value. USDT suffered a 7% correction in a week and traded at $0.99 per unit at the time of writing.

However, the second largest stablecoin seems to bear the storm and continue to maintain its parity. USD Coin price today is $1.00 with a 24-hour trading volume of $7,469,042,412. It has a circulating supply of 51 billion USDC coins and a total supply of 50.9 Billion as per Coingecko.

Social volume is a great metric for investors because of the impact of social media on the cryptocurrency industry. Cryptocurrencies and/or Stablecoins have always shared a strong relationship with online forums and social media platforms even in its earliest days. For instance, consider the volume chart below, USDC, here witnessed immense traction.

Source: Santiment

Moving on, Development Activity is an often-underrated indicator of project success. USDC’s development activity demonstrates the month-to-month commitment to creating a working product, and continuously polishing and upgrading its features.

Source: Santiment

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There are thousands of projects and exchanges supporting USDC in over 190 countries, facilitating the use and exchange of USDC for market participants. Indeed, one of the reasons why the metrics painted a bullish picture.

During the last seven days, Circle minted 8.4 billion USDC and redeemed 6.7 billion USDC. USDC reserve consisted of $11.6 billion in cash (22.9%), and $39.0 billion in U.S. Treasuries (77.1%). As of 13 May, there are 50.6 billion USDC in circulation.

Therefore, injecting some certainty amidst the growing dark ominous cloud of fear. The team asserted:

“Circle has intended for USD Coin (USDC) to be the most transparent and trusted dollar digital currency. We remain committed to transparency and trust. Will continue to enhance reporting and disclosure with simple, clear and frequent updates.”

But, you’re not alone

As the Terra-fying depgging fiasco continues to rage, USD Coin too has increasing competitors ready to take the numero uno spot. In this case, Binance USD. It might look like USDC is the clear winner when compared to BUSD, but Binance’s stablecoin is a heavyweight player could come in at a close second.

In fact, BUSD recorded more 24 hour volume figures as compared to USDC.

Shubham is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. A Master’s graduate in Accounting and Finance, Shubham’s writings mainly focus on crypto-regulations across the United States and Europe. Also, a die-hard Chelsea fan #KTBFFH.

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Bitcoin [BTC]: Here are a few signals that point to a strong possibility of a recovery

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Bitcoin [BTC]: Here are a few signals that point to a strong possibility of a recovery

Bitcoin price seems to have found its stable footing at $29,100 after a recent flash crash below it. This quick recovery and retest will be a testament to the bulls’ power and determine the next course of action for BTC.

Bitcoin price to provide temporary gains

Bitcoin price created a bearish continuation pattern known as a bear flag between November 2021 and April 2022. After a brief consolidation in late April, BTC triggered a breakout from the setup, triggering a massive sell-off.

The pattern contains a massive downswing known as “flagpole” followed by a consolidation phase known as “flag.” A breakout from this coiling-up often results in the price continuing its descent, which is why the setup is referred to as the continuation pattern.

This technical formation forecasts a 46% downswing, determined by adding the flagpole’s height to the breakout point. On April 22, BTC breached the flag’s lower trend line at $40,032, forecasting a target of $21,584.

So far, the post-FOMC volatility combined with the LUNA-UST debacle has stirred the market and caused it to crash violently. As a result, BTC dropped to $25,333, taking altcoins with it. However, the recovery of Bitcoin price seems to be going well as it is back above the $29,100 support level.

If bulls can manage a successful retest, it will reveal that a further uptrend is likely. In such a case, investors can expect a move to $35,100. This uptrend would constitute a total of 17% gain and is likely where the upside is capped.

BTC Perpetual Futures | Source: Tradingview

Further removing the uncertainty for the retail investors’ minds is the recent tweet from the Luna Foundation Guard (LFG). The announcement stated that LFG has sold 80,081BTC from its reserve that held 80,394 BTC.

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1/ As of Saturday, May 7, 2022, the Luna Foundation Guard held a reserve consisting of the following assets:

· 80,394 $BTC

· 39,914 $BNB

· 26,281,671 $USDT

· 23,555,590 $USDC

· 1,973,554 $AVAX

· 697,344 $UST

· 1,691,261 $LUNA

— LFG | Luna Foundation Guard (@LFG_org) May 16, 2022

This news suggests that a further sell-off seems unlikely, which could push buyers to start bidding.

The tweet further stated,

“The Foundation is looking to use its remaining assets to compensate remaining users of $UST, smallest holders first. We are still debating through various distribution methods, updates to follow soon.”

Supporting this outlook for Bitcoin price is the supply on the exchanges chart. This index tracks the number of BTC held on exchanges, which could be interpreted as a potential sell-side pressure. In case of a sell-off, investors would not think twice and could panic sell, causing a cascade of sell orders that could steepen the downswing.

However, for Bitcoin, the number of tokens held on centralized entities has fallen by 50,000 BTC, denoting an effective decline in the potential sell pressure. This development falls in line with the bullish outlook from a technical perspective

Therefore, investors can expect BTC to rally in the near future.

Supply on Exchanges | Source: Santiment

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Cyptopunks: Despite 560% spike in sales volumes, why’s there fear in the air

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Cyptopunks: Despite 560% spike in sales volumes, why’s there fear in the air

In March, Yuga Labs, the creators of the Bored Ape Yacht Club announced the acquisition of CryptoPunks. CryptoPunks have captured plenty of attention- thanks to endorsements from celebrities and athletes. However, despite the fame, the project has witnessed significant backlash from the community.

Analyzing this ‘punk’

At press time, the NFT marketplace yielded an overall sales volume of around $20 billion as per CoinMarketCap. Although, given the ongoing bearish sentiment in the crypto market, many projects have suffered a fall. However, CryptoPunks recorded a new milestone that placed the project just below Axie Infinity when it comes to the all-time ranking of NFTs by volume.

The 24-hour trading volume of CryptoPunks increased by 371% to $3.98 million, ranking second in the 24-hour trading volume of the NFT market. In fact, at press time, the platform witnessed a 560% rise as the trading volume crossed the $5.1 million mark.

Source: CryptoSlam

Looking at insights on OpenSea, CryptoPunks, indeed enjoyed a much needed uptick in the sales domain as seen in the graph below over 90 days.

Likewise, given the demand, holders’ count increased by more 3% within the same period. Likewise, given the need, the current floor price rose to 53.8 ETH, with a market value of $1.67 billion.

Since January 2022, the NFT project grew substantially in total transaction counts, including a surge in unique monthly users, reaching 501 transactions and an approximate sales volume of $6.1 million.

All smiles here?

Well, this certainly isn’t the case here for this project. The investor who bought CryptoPunk #273  for more than $1 million less than seven months ago sold the NFT for $139,530 — at a massive almost 80% loss. Out of the last 10 CryptoPunks that have been sold, eight were sold at a loss.

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Such headwinds did create a lot of speculations and FUDs for this project.

Shubham is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. A Master’s graduate in Accounting and Finance, Shubham’s writings mainly focus on crypto-regulations across the United States and Europe. Also, a die-hard Chelsea fan #KTBFFH.

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Chainlink: Key levels where investors can considering creating a position

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Chainlink: Key levels where investors can considering creating a position

Since striking its ATH a year ago, Chainlink (LINK) bears have made a visible effort to find fresher lows. The lower peaks coupled with even lower troughs helped the sellers pierce through the 15-month trendline support (now resistance).

An extended selling vigor can now drag LINK to retest its $6.5-support before the bears give a leeway to the buyers. At press time, LINK traded at $7.37.

LINK Daily Chart

Source: TradingView, LINK/USDT

Despite upholding the $12-mark for over 16 months, the bulls failed to defend this level after the bears made the most of the fear sentiment and provoked liquidations. Without a surprise, it became viable for them to pull off a nearly 60% drop from the $12.6-level. In this bloodbath, LINK took a plunge toward its 22-month low on 12 May.

The current price was slightly overstretched from the alt’s 20 SMA (red) and 50 SMA (cyan). Also, the gap between the 20 EMA and 50 EMA has significantly risen to display a one-sided bear dominance. Historically, the buyers have bridged the overextended gap between the 20/50 EMA by propelling short-term rallies.

Rationale

Source: TradingView, LINK/USDT

The Relative Strength Index failed to show a strong revival after undertaking a bearish divergence with price. An undesired fall below the 30-mark could lead to a much-needed recovery from the oversold region.

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After peaking at its record high, the -DI line showed some slowing signs. Keeping in mind its past tendencies, it could head south and thus lead to an ease in the selling pressure.

Conclusion

Taking cognizance of the one-sided bearish dominance revealed by the indicators, a continued fall could see testing grounds at the $6.5-level. With the overstretched readings on its Moving averages, RSI and DMI, the buyers would be keen to show up in the $6.5-$7 zone. In which case, they would mount on buying volumes to snap the $8-level in the coming sessions.

Even so, an overall market sentiment analysis becomes vital to complement the technical factors to make a profitable move.

With a background in financial analysis and reporting, Yash is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. He has a keen interest in blockchain technology, with a primary focus on technical analysis of cryptocurrencies.

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