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Ethereum (ETH) Surges As 20,000 ETH Order Triggers Buying Spree

Ethereum (ETH) has recovered after plunging below the $200 level on surging bearish pressure early in the week. A rebound past the $220 mark comes amidst reports of a buy order for 20,000 ETH on Binance exchange.

Ethereum Whale Order

Ethereum had initially slumped to the $190 level after a big trading group reportedly placed a sell order for 15,000 ETH. The sell order went on to rattle traders, triggering a massive sell-off in the broader cryptocurrency sector. Just like Ethereum, Bitcoin also attracted some selling pressure, consequently plunging below the $10,000 level.

But now a buy order is reversing that, coming in at 20,000 ETH, and reinvigorating investor confidence about crypto’s long-term prospects. The 20,000 ETH buy order, however, also arouses concerns of possible prop bids often used by whale traders to inflate trades. Such bids are often used to entice retail traders to buy into a given trend. A loading wall is the opposite of prop bid, used to scare retail investors into entering sell positions on a given trade.

Regulatory Pressures

Ethereum’s spike comes amidst soaring pressure from high-ranking policymakers pushing for increased regulation of cryptocurrency. France indicated that Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) will have to adhere to strict rules to operate its Libra crypto in the country, which affirms the emergence of stringent regulations that could affect the overall sector.

>> Bitcoin Recovers Quickly on Technical Bounce: What Comes Next

Stringent regulations by authorities around the world are one of the biggest headwinds standing in the way of cryptocurrencies going mainstream. While the likes of Facebook and JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) have launched cryptocurrencies, regulators are remaining tough on fears that multinationals are encroaching on areas that are a preserve of governments.

France has already asked the European Central Bank to set up a task force, tasked with the responsibility of looking into cryptocurrencies and digital currencies. The sentiments come hot on the heels of China and India banning crypto altogether.

On the chart, Ethereum is looking neutral. Any further surge above the $228 mark could allow for more upside towards the $250 zone. On the downside, $195 holds key support. The potential for growth is still high, as cryptocurrencies have bounced back after a roller coaster 2018. A rally past the $300 mark should reaffirm the ETH bullish trend that began early in the year.

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altcoins

Altcoins Recovering | Ethereum (ETH) & Ripple (XRP) Lead Crypto Higher

Cryptocurrencies are trying to bounce back after a steep pullback from one-year highs. Bitcoin (BTC) is trying to bounce back after coming under immense pressure after rallying to highs of $13,000. Altcoins Ethereum (ETH) and Ripple (XRP) are also showing signs of bottoming out.

Cryptocurrency Analysis

Despite rallying by 2.6%, Bitcoin finds itself below the $10,000 psychological level. Below the mark, the flagship crypto remains susceptible to further drops given the short-term bearish momentum. While there were expectations that Bitcoin would skyrocket during the American Independence day, that never happened.

Ether, on the other hand, is trying to register steady gains after falling by more than $200 in one hour on July 14, 2019. An 8.3% rally has seen the altcoin find support above the $200 mark. After seven days of declines, Ripple might as well have hit bottom and is due for a correction higher. A 9% rally represents one of the biggest gains among the major cryptocurrencies at a time of growing concerns in the sector.

Cryptocurrency Uncertainty

Cryptocurrencies have come under pressure in recent trading sessions amidst regulatory concerns. Analysts have raised the red flag that governments and regulators may as well be planning to kill cryptocurrencies.

The decentralization aspect, which makes it impossible to track crypto transactions, is reportedly not going well with authorities. Banks are always in control of the circulation of money in the financial sector. However, with the increased use of cryptocurrencies, regulators will no longer be in control of how money moves in an economy.

>> Bitcoin Price Experiences Second Largest 24-Hour Drop of 2019

The fact that cryptocurrencies are poised to shape people’s livelihood and disrupt the status quo is something that is not boarding well with authorities. India and China have already cracked the whip on closing down all the channels for cryptocurrency and altcoin liquidity.

The US government has taken a keen interest in Libra, the newly launched Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) cryptocurrency. The move follows the creation of a task force to look into digital currency fraud, which the government insists is a threat to national security.

At the time of writing, Ethereum is trading higher by 7% at $211, and Ripple is up 6% at $0.319.

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GlobalCoin

Facebook’s GlobalCoin Could be Launching as Soon as Next Year

There’s been a lot of information circulating that Facebook is moving into the crypto market. And while some of this information is outright false, other bits are true — at least, that’s what the sources say. Take today, for example. On Friday, BBC said Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is going to roll out GlobalCoin next year in several countries.

Here’s everything we know.

Facebook’s GlobalCoin Hitting the Market Soon?

According to BBC, a London, UK-based broadcasting company, Facebook is planning to roll out its cryptocurrency “GlobalCoin” in 2020. The online media giant, according to the BBC report, will launch the crypto-based payments system in roughly 12 countries by Q1 2020. And while that might seem far away, BBC also said Facebook plans to commence trials by the end of 2019. That and Mark Zuckerberg’s company has also already gone to the U.S. Treasury for advice.

More details about GlobalCoin are expected to be announced in the coming months. And while the world does need these additional details — the influence Facebook has on the world is huge, so the possibility of the company moving into crypto is extremely significant — Facebook seems to already be benefiting from the BBC report. Well, maybe not benefitting, but at least FB stock didn’t plunge after the report on GlobalCoin came out.

According to Yahoo Finance, as of 3:44 PM EDT, FB stock is trading at $181.19; this puts FB stock up 0.18%.

Takeaway

As mentioned, Facebook launching its own cryptocurrency is massive. Companies like Facebook and Amazon are constantly moving into different sectors of the market successfully, and the launch of GlobalCoin in a dozen countries would be yet another example of this. 

What do you think, though? Should Facebook launch GlobalCoin? If so, which countries should gain access to the cryptocurrency?

Let us know what you think in the comments below, and don’t forget to follow along with this story in the coming months! 

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Facebook Cryptocurrency | Is the Tech Giant Developing a Stablecoin?

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is reportedly developing a cryptocurrency that will let users send money via its WhatsApp messaging app. The new cryptocurrency would launch first in India—a country with over 200 million Whatsapp users and the world’s leader in sending money home.

Facebook Cryptocurrency

According to Bloomberg, the company is creating a stablecoin, a digital currency that is pegged to a fiat currency—often the US dollar. These types of cryptocurrencies are supposed to be less volatile than regular cryptos.

Though not nearly at a launch stage, sources say that Facebook is currently working on the strategy “including a plan for custody assets, or regular currencies that would be held to protect the value of the stablecoin.”

First Blockchain, Now Crypto?

The company has been very hush-hush about its blockchain initiatives. However, what is known is that Facebook has already hired 40 members for its blockchain team. A spokesperson gave little away but confirmed the company’s plans to move in this direction:

“Like many other companies, Facebook is exploring ways to leverage the power of blockchain technology […] This new small team is exploring many different applications. We don’t have anything further to share.”

The company also hinted at movements into the financial sector when it hired David Marcus to lead its Messenger app team in 2014. Marcus was the former president of PayPal. He then moved to lead the blockchain initiatives team in May of this year.

>> Bitcoin Cash (BCH) vs. Bitcoin SV (BSV): The Race Continues

Stablecoins

There has been a surge in popularity for stablecoins this year. The most high-profile stablecoin is also the pioneering one—Tether. Surrounded by controversy, Tether’s refusal to be audited has led to questions over each token being backed by one US dollar, as purported by its creators.

However, Facebook has 2.5 billion global users and more than $40 billion in annual revenue. It may just have everything it takes to develop a stablecoin that works. If it is successful in this venture it would be the first large technology company to launch such a project.

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