First Mover Asia: Binance's Exchange Flow Flips Positive; Bitcoin Trades Flat

ALSO: The co-founder of crypto security firm De.Fi called the price stabilization of crypto assets that plummeted after SEC lawsuits against Binance and Coinbase "mean regression."

AccessTimeIconJun 13, 2023 at 1:15 a.m. UTC
Updated Jun 13, 2023 at 3:04 p.m. UTC

Good morning. Here’s what’s happening:

Prices: It's a slow day for bitcoin and ether, but exchange tokens are the next ones to watch.

Insights: Altcoins flagged in the SEC lawsuit last week have been doing better more recently. What's behind their stabilizing?


Bitcoin, Ether Trade Sideways

+1.4 0.1%
+68.4 0.3%
−2.1 0.1%
S&P 500
+40.1 0.9%
+12.1 0.6%
Nikkei 225
+168.8 0.5%
BTC/ETH prices per CoinDesk Indices, as of 7 a.m. ET (11 a.m. UTC)
CoinDesk Market Index (CMI)
1,105 +1.4 0.1%
Bitcoin (BTC)
$25,990 +68.4 0.3%
Ethereum (ETH)
$1,747 −2.1 0.1%
S&P 500
4,338.93 +40.1 0.9%
$1,974 +12.1 0.6%
Nikkei 225
32,434.00 +168.8 0.5%
BTC/ETH prices per CoinDesk Indices, as of 7 a.m. ET (11 a.m. UTC)

As Asia begins its trading day, bitcoin and ether are both flat, with the world’s largest digital asset up 0.3% to $25,990 and ether up 0.1% to $1,747.

As QCP Capital wrote in a recent note, this week will be “action-packed” with the U.S. CPI and June FOMC coming down the pipe.

“This promises volatility on the horizon, and we might finally get the break in BTC/ETH that we've started positioning for this month,” QCP wrote.

It just, however, needs to kick off – and that hasn’t happened quite yet.

Meanwhile, the market might be thinking that the Securities and Exchange’s (SEC) case against Binance might be more bark than bite.

Data from shows that flow across all the chains it tracks went back into the green for Binance. Nansen shows that during the last 24 hours, Binance had a net flow of $470 million. This is certainly a pittance to the nearly $4 billion in value that has departed the exchange during the last week, but it is still a material amount that should be noted.

Binance’s BNB token is still well within the red, but its price has begun to stabilize. CoinGecko data shows that other exchange tokens like OKB and’s CRO are deeper in the red than BNB, while decentralized exchange tokens like Uniswap are up.

Biggest Gainers

Asset Ticker Returns DACS Sector
Cosmos ATOM +3.4% Smart Contract Platform
Loopring LRC +1.6% Smart Contract Platform
Polygon MATIC +1.3% Smart Contract Platform

Biggest Losers

Asset Ticker Returns DACS Sector
Solana SOL −2.4% Smart Contract Platform
Avalanche AVAX −0.7% Smart Contract Platform
Ethereum ETH −0.6% Smart Contract Platform


Altcoins Stabilize. What's Next?

The co-founder of crypto security firm De.Fi called the relative calm in altcoins flagged by U.S. Securities and Exchange lawsuits against Binance and Coinbase last week "mean regression.

"People say, 'here's a buying opportunity, and let's come in and pick it up," Michael Rosmer told CoinDesk TV's "First Mover" Program on Monday in a conversation that initially focused on his company's report that crypto investors had lost $54 million in rug pulls.

All but a couple of the 19 tokens mentioned in the suit, which accuses the exchange giants of violating securities laws, have sunk by double-digits over the past seven days with CHZ and SAND, the tokens of the Chiliz network and The Sandbox metaverse game, falling more than 28% and 27%, respectively and ADA, the native crypto of the Cardana blockchain, dropping over 21% as investors looked fretfully at an an increasingly uncertain U.S. regulatory environment in which cryptos have yet to receive a designation as security, commodity or otherwise.

Still, those tokens were recently in the green over the past 24 hours. "Any time you get a very rapid sell-off, people are going to buy it and push it up on the other side," Rosmer said.

But he also struck an upbeat note, saying that people have probably realized that U.S. agencies do not want to drive projects out of the country. "It's noteworthy that they went after Coinbase and Binance," he said. They haven't gone and sued any of these projects directly. That's kind of telling."

He added: "Part of the reason is the government in the U.S. operates largely based on lobbying influences from the financial industry, and the financial industry would like to eventually be the player who plays as Coinbase or Binance themselves, as they want to kock those guys out but then still be able to have U.S.-based projects that get traded."

Important events.

CoinDesk TV

In case you missed it, here is the most recent episode of "First Mover" on CoinDesk TV:

Prices stabilized Monday for Solana's SOL, Cardano's ADA and Polygon's MATIC after being impacted by a sudden sell-off over the weekend. Separately, May 2023 witnessed a wave of scams and hacking incidents that resulted in cumulative losses of over $54 million, a new report from security firm De.Fi showed. De.Fi co-founder Michael Rosmer joined to break down the report. Plus, a look at the relationship between artificial intelligence, crypto, and blockchain. EY Global Blockchain Leader Paul Brody and Foresight Institute CEO Allison Duettmann joined the conversation.


Polygon Takes Wraps Off Version 2.0: The protocol calls its latest version “the value layer of the Internet.”

Crypto Investment Funds See 8th Consecutive Week of Outflows: Unfavorable monetary and regulatory policy continue to take a toll on the industry.

Bank of China’s BOCI Issues Tokenized Securities on Ethereum in Hong Kong: It’s the first-such transaction by a Chinese financial institution in Hong Kong, according to the company.

Binance.US Market Depth Declines 76% in June Following SEC Lawsuit: Binance.US’s market depth has dropped in June as market makers are fleeing the exchange following the SEC’s lawsuit.

Canada's Largest University Starts XRP Validator in New Partnership With Ripple: The partnership between the University of Toronto and Ripple is part of the latter's University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) in Canada.

Edited by James Rubin.


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