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Bitcoin is solidly bid on Tuesday and could test the $10,000 mark in the next few days, chart analysis suggests. Following a sharp price spike just after midnight (UTC), the cryptocurrency rose to $9,308 on Bitfinex – the highest level since March 14. At time of writing, BTC was trading at $9,291, up 4.2 percent …

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The Cboe wants to change the way it prices bitcoin futures contracts, a move that comes just months after the exchange operator first debuted its inaugural cryptocurrency product. In a newly published letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) dated April 17, CBOE Future Exchange (CFE) managing director Matthew McFarland announced a proposed rule amendment that …

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Bitcoin’s price climbed above $9,200 on Tuesday to hit a 40-day high, according to data from CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI). Following a steady increase over the past week, the price of world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization jumped above $9,000 soon after the morning trading session began around 00:30 UTC, after which it continued …

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Having rallied more than 80 percent in the last week, bitcoin cash (BCH) looks overbought and due for a pullback. The world’s fourth largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization confirmed a bull breakout on April 15 by crossing the long-term descending trendline. The price rise occurred alongside the broader market recovery seen after bitcoin’s $1,000 rally on …

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Iran’s financial businesses should not deal in bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, according to the country’s central bank and one of its principal market regulators. Fearing the possible illicit use of cryptocurrencies in money laundering and terrorist financing, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) sent out a circular on Sunday to prohibit the use of the …

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Having witnessed a major bullish breakout, bitcoin (BTC) is now struggling to find acceptance above the $9,000 mark. The cryptocurrency crossed the long-term descending trendline (drawn from the Dec. 17 high and Jan. 6 high) in a convincing manner and closed well above the resistance at $8,459 on Friday, signaling a bearish-to-bullish trend change. However, …

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Bitcoin hit four-week highs in Asian hours but continues to underperform when compared to alternative cryptocurrencies (altcoins). Having scaled a long-term bearish trendline, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization rose to $9,021 at 07:30 UTC – the highest level since March 22, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI). As of writing, bitcoin (BTC) …

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In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, “mithril” is a rare, indestructible metal whose beauty never tarnishes; in the real world, however, it’s the name of three different blockchain projects, all of which are trying to score pop culture points with investors. It’s of little surprise that the name has proven so hot in the …

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Bitcoin trading platform LedgerX has seen a sevenfold increase in volume in the six months following its launch of cryptocurrency derivatives. Chief operating officer Juthica Chou told CoinDesk that the startup has seen roughly $7.5 million traded weekly through 700 swaps and options contracts. Since the platform launched its derivatives products, it has cleared $130 …

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Alternative cryptocurrencies shone bright this week, as the wider cryptocurrency market saw continued resurgence. The total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies rose 25 percent week-on-week to $375 billion, according to CoinMarketCap – that’s up from below $250 billion just 10 days ago. But bitcoin, with 5.4 percent appreciation over the last seven days, ranks only third …

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Is the reversal of a lesser-known bitcoin price indicator signaling a bull trap? That’s the question being asked by Twitter’s more expert crypto analysts after bitcoin’s rise to $8,500 this week, a figure that’s up more than 25 percent since its early April lows. As such, many investors and traders are wondering if the market’s rally, …

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Bitcoin (BTC) saw small gains last night, but the weak move did little to further the bull case. The target resistance level to beat yesterday (long-term descending trendline) was $8,285. A high volume close (as per UTC) above that mark would have signaled a long-term bullish trend reversal. The daily chart below shows bitcoin closed …

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Trust, but verify. Borrowed from a Russian writer, it’s one of crypto’s most widely embraced slogans, though one that’s becoming even more relevant on social media, where battling factions bent on promoting the next great high-tech investment are now turning the very symbols meant to protect users against them. Whether it’s an account impersonating the world’s largest …

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$27 million. That’s how much revenue LocalBitcoins is now generating annually off a business that started back in 2011, all with an investment of just a few thousand dollars. One of the longest-running and most controversial bitcoin companiess, the decidedly low-fi website now has roughly 20 employees worldwide and 4 million registered accounts. And reflecting …

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Bitcoin (BTC) remains in bullish territory today, but a major break above the long-term descending trendline has been elusive. That failure on the part of the bulls means the cryptocurrency needs a major move above $8,300 soon to lessen the risks of another sell-off. The trendline resistance is around $8,285 currently. However, soon before press …

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San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken isn’t planning to respond to the New York Attorney General’s newly-unveiled inquiry into the ecosystem. Kraken was one of 13 exchanges that received a letter from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday as part of his new inquiry into cryptocurrency exchanges, as previously reported. While most exchanges generally …

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The privacy-focused cryptocurrencies are reporting solid gains today, soon after Pornhub announced it will now accept payments in verge’s XVG token. Monero (XMR), the world’s 11th largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, clocked a four-week high of $232 earlier today and is changing hands at $227 – up 14 percent in the last 24 hours, according …

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Bitcoin (BTC) remains on the hunt for a major bullish breakout after bouncing back from an overnight dip. Prices hit a four-day low of $7,823 yesterday reportedly due to whale dumping over $50 million-worth of the cryptocurrency in one Bitfinex trade. The news that New York’s attorney general is taking a closer look at major …

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Some of the startups named today in the New York Attorney General’s cryptocurrency exchange “inquiry” say they welcome the move. As CoinDesk reported on Tuesday, the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an inquiry into 13 cryptocurrency exchanges on Tuesday. The exchanges named were Coinbase’s GDAX, Gemini, bitFlyer USA, Bitfinex, Bitstamp USA, Kraken, …

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New York’s attorney general is taking a closer look at some of the world’s most popular cryptocurrency exchanges. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the “Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative” on Tuesday, saying it was “a fact-finding inquiry into the policies and practices” of cryptocurrency trading platforms. Letters were sent to 13 exchanges, seeking information about their “operations, …

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