Bitcoin mining difficulty set for 8-month record gains despite BTC price dip

Bitcoin (BTC) may have hit six-week lows of under $20,000 but its network fundamentals are anything but bearish. The latest on-chain data shows that, far from capitulating, hash rate and difficulty are making snap gains. Data supports “doozy” difficulty jump Despite being down around 7% in a week, BTC/USD is not putting off miners, who have recently exited their own multi-month capitulation phase. Now, with hardware and competition returning to the network, fundamental indicators are firmly in “up only” mode as August draws to a close. This is neatly captured…

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,…

Tether’s USDT market cap dips below $70B for an 8-month low

Tether (USDT), the biggest stablecoin and the third-largest digital currency by market capitalization continues losing its market value amid the current market downturn. On Thursday, USDT’s market cap dropped below $70 billion for the first time since October 2021. The drop followed a cascade of repeated declines shortly after the USDT market value reached its all-time high above $80 billion in May. At the time of writing, Tether USDT’s market capitalization stands at $69.3 billion, up around $300 million from the multi-month low, according to data from CoinGecko. USDT 90-day…

Bitcoin Wilts as Russia-Ukraine Tensions Push Gold to 8-Month High

Analysts foresee more pain for bitcoin if the geopolitical tensions escalate. “Bitcoin is the ultimate risky asset, and a Ukraine invasion would keep crypto selling pressure going another 10%-15% over the short term,” Oanda’s Moya said. According to the latest reports, Russia is withdrawing military forces from near Ukraine. The futures tied to the S&P 500 were up 0.5% at press time, while bitcoin was up 0.6% at $40,700. Original

CME Bitcoin futures open interest hits 8-month high, greater than when BTC price was at $65K

Open interest (OI) for Bitcoin (BTC) Futures trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) inched toward a new record high Thursday as BTC reclaimed its five-month high of $58,550 on BitStamp. The total number of outstanding derivatives contracts on CME Group’s Bitcoin Futures market reached $3.22 billion, according to data provided by ByBt.com, just $40 million below its record high logged in Feb 2021. Nonetheless, the OI came out to be higher than it was at the Bitcoin price’s peak in mid-April. In detail, the Bitcoin Futures OI on CME…

Tether Exchange Inflow Reached 8-Month High as Bitcoin Rallied to $11K

Tether (USDT) exchange inflow has recently spiked to its highest level in the last 8 months, according to data from on-chain data provider Glassnode. Exchange inflows for the stablecoin reached a 2020 high yesterday as Bitcoin (BTC) soared to $10,270, although BTC has since continued on its rally, currently sitting at $11,000. USDT Exchange inflows. Source: Glassnode While research firms have found that there is an inverse correlation between the USDT held on exchanges and the price of Bitcoin, the inflow can also be considered as a bullish sign for…