Bitcoin (BTC) continued to trade around $40,000 on Monday after flat performance over the past week.
It appears that buyers are starting to return, which typically occurs during the second half of the month – a pattern observed by some analysts this year. Further, historical data suggests stocks and cryptos are entering a seasonally strong period in April and May, which could encourage short-term price rises.
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Meanwhile, stocks wavered on Monday, while traditional safe haven assets such as gold and the U.S. dollar rose. That suggests global investors remain cautious despite short-term price jumps in speculative assets.
●Bitcoin (BTC): $40755, +0.66%
●Ether (ETH): $3010, −1.67%
●S&P 500 daily close: $4392, −0.02%
●Gold: $1982 per troy ounce, +0.57%
●Ten-year Treasury yield daily close: 2.86%
Bitcoin, ether and gold prices are taken at approximately 4pm New York time. Bitcoin is the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (XBX); Ether is the CoinDesk Ether Price Index (ETX); Gold is the COMEX spot price. Information about CoinDesk Indices can be found at coindesk.com/indices.
Bitcoin neutral despite volume uptick
Bitcoin's price bounce over the past 24 hours coincided with a small uptick in trading volume, according to CoinDesk data.
Still, buy volume and sell volume were balanced on Monday, suggesting indecision among buyers and sellers. Traders will need to keep BTC above $40,000 with higher than average volume in order to sustain the recovery phase.
"Long-term momentum has weakened notably, so a confirmed breakdown would increase risk, noting secondary support is near $27,200 BTC in our work," Stockton wrote in a Monday report.
Crypto security concerns
On April 14, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) attributed the $620 million cryptocurrency hack from Axie Infinity-linked Ronin bridge to North Korea’s hacking group Lazarus Group and APT 38.
The FBI said in a press release last Thursday: “The FBI, in coordination with Treasury and other U.S. government partners, will continue to expose and combat the DPRK’s use of illicit activities – including cybercrime and cryptocurrency theft – to generate revenue for the regime.”
“The magnitude of this one (hack) shows things have moved from small exploits to true national security concerns,” Ari Redbord, head of legal and government affairs at blockchain research firm TRM told Business Insider. “It’s staggering - bank robbery at the speed of the internet," Redbord said.
According to CoinDesk’s Nikhilesh De and Danny Nelson, the Treasury Department added an Ethereum address to its sanctions list on Thursday. Wallet profiler Nansen had labeled the sanctioned address as a “Ronin Bridge Exploiter” when checked by CoinDesk on April 14. It held 148,000 ETH at publication time. CoinDesk independently confirmed that the wallet is tied to the Ronin exploit.
Here is a rundown.
- Hack confirmed: Crypto analytics firm Chainalysis tweeted that the address “was involved in the Ronin hack,” saying that it has received 173,600 ETH and 25.5 million USDC from the Ronin Bridge smart contract during the attack.
- Laundering continues: The sanctioned wallet appeared to “keep laundering” its stolen money on Friday even as the U.S. Department of Treasury put it on the OFAC's SDN List, according to CoinDesk's findings.
- Shiba, Dogecoin lose as macro fears lead to market fall: In the past 24 hours, meme coins shiba inu (SHIB) and dogecoin (DOGE) fell by more than 4%, leading earlier losses among major cryptos. DOGE prices fell after a sudden rally last week buoyed by positive sentiment as speculators bet on Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk’s intended takeover of social media giant Twitter (TWTR). Read more here.
- SHIB is now the biggest token by dollar value held by top 100 ETH wallets: For many months, FTT, the native token on crypto exchange FTX, has been the number one holding among Ethereum whales besides ETH itself, according to the blockchain tracking service WhaleStats. However, shiba inu is now the biggest token held by these ETH whales next to ether. The average dollar value of SHIB held by the top 100 ETH wallets is now $13,112,291, while the average value of FTX token held is $11,537,282.
- Attacker Drains $182M From Beanstalk Stablecoin Protocol: The flash-loan attack becomes the second nine-figure DeFi exploit in a month.
- Crypto Exchange EXMO Exits Russia, Sells User Base There to Unnamed Buyer: EXMO is also giving up its clients in Belarus and Kazahkstan following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
- Crypto Proponents Fear SEC 'Backdoor' Regulations on Exchanges, Dealers: Lobbyists oppose proposals that may regulate crypto without explicitly naming the sector.
- Coinbase Bear Thesis Is ‘Way Overblown,’ Oppenheimer Says: At least one bank analyst says COIN’s sagging stock price is an opportunity to buy the dip.
- France's Crypto Industry Fights Institutional Caution: A Web 3 summit in Paris has vaunted the country’s strengths and talent pool, but crypto advocates must battle for acceptance from skeptical financiers.
Most digital assets in the CoinDesk 20 ended the day lower.
|Polygon||MATIC||+1.3%||Smart Contract Platform|
|Algorand||ALGO||+0.5%||Smart Contract Platform|
|Ethereum Classic||ETC||−3.8%||Smart Contract Platform|
|EOS||EOS||−3.4%||Smart Contract Platform|
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