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News/Coin360 Daily Dispatch | Crypto Market Updates & Highlights | January 6, 2024

Coin360 Daily Dispatch | Crypto Market Updates & Highlights | January 6, 2024

Van Thanh Le

Jan 6 2024

5 months ago3 minutes read

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Crypto Market Update

Table of Contents

Crypto Market and Regulatory Updates

  • Crypto Market Braces for SEC's Bitcoin ETF Decision
  • U.S. Spot Bitcoin ETFs: Awaiting SEC's Green Light
  • VanEck's Commitment to Bitcoin Development with ETF Profits
  • U.S. Spot Bitcoin ETF Debate: Risks and Rewards

Banking and Financial Developments

  • Digital Currency Group Settles Over $1 Billion in Loans
  • Grayscale Reintroduces XRP, Stirring ETF Speculation

Country-Specific Developments

  • Mysterious $1.17 Million BTC Transfer to Genesis Wallet

Crypto Exchanges and Platforms

  • Synthetix's Andromeda Upgrade Boosts SNX Performance
  • Litecoin's Rising Popularity in Crypto Payments
  • Polygon's MATIC: Challenges and Growth Prospects
  • EVM Chains See Fluctuating Inscription Transactions
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Crypto Market Braces for SEC's Bitcoin ETF Decision

Amid anticipation for the U.S. SEC's Bitcoin ETF decision, CryptoQuant notes a surge in sell orders in perpetual futures, with the Taker Buy Sell ratio below one and market leverage at its lowest since January 2022. Santiment reports Bitcoin whale transactions peaking at 34,874, the highest since June 2022, signaling potential price movements. 

Concurrently, Bitcoin's mining difficulty reaches a record 73.2 T. Post-downturn, Glassnode observes a $2.5 billion market inflow, indicating a rebound in investor confidence, with Bitcoin's price reaching around $43,900.

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U.S. Spot Bitcoin ETFs: Awaiting SEC's Green Light

U.S. spot Bitcoin ETFs are nearing launch, with major issuers like BlackRock and Grayscale optimistic about imminent SEC approval. Bloomberg analysts anticipate simultaneous approvals for all 11 pending applications, including Ark 21Shares and VanEck. Despite high optimism, some skepticism persists, with official confirmation for a January 11th launch awaited.


VanEck's Commitment to Bitcoin Development with ETF Profits

VanEck pledges 5% of potential bitcoin ETF profits to Brink, supporting Bitcoin development, with an initial $10,000 donation. Hashdex's new ad for its Bitcoin ETF likens Bitcoin's rise to past financial innovations, signaling optimism for Bitcoin's mainstream acceptance and potential SEC approval, enhancing its legitimacy and investor appeal.


U.S. Spot Bitcoin ETF Debate: Risks and Rewards

The debate over a U.S. spot Bitcoin ETF intensifies. Better Markets CEO warns of risks and potential fraud, while others see it as a market boon, potentially adding billions. CoinShares highlights a fierce battle among asset managers, focusing on fees and brand significance in the ETF space.


Digital Currency Group Settles Over $1 Billion in Loans

Digital Currency Group (DCG) has cleared all short-term loans with Genesis, totaling over $700 million and over $1 billion to all creditors. CEO Barry Silbert confirmed the settlement despite industry challenges. This fulfillment follows an agreement to repay all Genesis loans by April 2024, intending to end a lawsuit and address Genesis' bankruptcy.  


Grayscale Reintroduces XRP, Stirring ETF Speculation

Grayscale, a major U.S. digital asset investment firm, has reintroduced XRP to its Digital Large Cap Fund (GDLC), sparking speculation about a potential XRP ETF. XRP now represents 2.54% of the GDLC, ranking as the fourth-largest component. This move follows a pivotal ruling in July 2023, declaring XRP a non-security, leading to its relisting on major U.S. exchanges. 

Despite this, XRP's price hasn't rallied, remaining at $0.57 with a 0.16% decline over 24 hours and a 15% drop in the past month. The GDLC, with $378.4 million in assets, also includes Bitcoin, EthereumSolanaCardano, and Avalanche. The market's response to XRP's addition has been tepid, with selling pressure exceeding buying activity, indicated by its Relative Strength Index (RSI) and Money Flow Index (MFI) values.

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Mysterious $1.17 Million BTC Transfer to Genesis Wallet

On January 5th, someone sent $1.17 million worth of BTC to the first-ever Bitcoin wallet, the Genesis wallet, now holding nearly 100 BTC. It's believed that Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, owns this wallet. Nakamoto's estimated 1.1 million BTC holdings are currently valued at $47 billion.  


Synthetix's Andromeda Upgrade Boosts SNX Performance

Synthetix (SNX) has undergone the Andromeda upgrade, introducing a deflationary mechanism with 40% of Perps V3 fees allocated to buying back and burning SNX. The protocol also expanded its collateral base with the addition of USDC. SNX price is up by 2.9% to $3.475, showing promising performance amid market downtrends.  

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Litecoin's Rising Popularity in Crypto Payments

In 2023, Bitcoin and Ethereum's high transaction fees led to a surge in Litecoin payments via BitPay, outpacing BTC and ETH. In December, Litecoin dominated with 38.25% of BitPay transactions. BitInfoCharts data shows that 25.28% of Litecoin's market cap was sent in 525,888 transactions, highlighting its increasing prominence as a payment cryptocurrency.  

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Polygon's MATIC: Challenges and Growth Prospects

Polygon (MATIC) faces declining prices, but potential for growth due to the SAGA airdrop, generating developer interest. Co-founder Sandeep Nailwal is excited about SAGA's contribution to Polygon's ecosystem. Despite price decline, collaborations with companies like Flipkart and OKX and positive projections from experts like Ali Martinez suggest potential growth for MATIC in 2024.  

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Top Altcoin Gainers and Losers

Gainers:

Akash Network AKT (+8.55%)

Bitcoin SV BSV (+3.92%)

Synthetix SNX (+2.89%)

Losers:

Helium HNT (-13.04%)

Aptos APT (-12.63%)

Stacks STX (-9.32%)

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EVM Chains See Fluctuating Inscription Transactions

Recently, there has been a surge in inscription transactions on Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) chains, particularly Avalanche and Ethereum's Goerli testnet. Inscriptions allow the creation of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by embedding unique data in transaction call data. While the activity has declined, it remains uncertain if this indicates a temporary lull or the eventual demise of inscriptions on EVMs.  

This article has been refined and enhanced by ChatGPT.

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