Ethereum Classic Surges 19% to $14 Ahead of Coinbase Consumer Listing

Francisco Memoria
  • Ethereum Classic recently surged thanks to an announcement from Coinbase, revealing it'll be listed on Coinbase Consumer later today.
  • The cryptocurrency is now trading at little over $14, far from its $47 all-time high.

Ethereum Classic (ETC) has recently surged over 19%, shortly after the popular San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase announced its adding it to Coinbase Consumer. Its users will be able to buy the cryptocurrency on its website and mobile app later today, August 16.

As CryptoGlobe covered, Coinbase announced it would add support for Ethereum Classic earlier this year, at about the same time leading exchange Binance added ETC trading pairs. The result was a 20% price surge.

Earlier this month Coinbase revealed it was in a final testing phase before adding support for the cryptocurrency, which helped its price surge to a three-month high of $21. The cryptocurrency’s all-time high, reached back in January of this year, came close to $47.

Shortly after Coinbase’s announcement, commission-free trading app Robinhood also revealed it was adding support for ETC, which further helped its price reach the $21 mark, before enduring a small correction and seeing today’s surge.

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Whenever a cryptocurrency is added to Coinbase, it’s price usually surges in what has become known as the “Coinbase effect” – currently affecting ETC. The effect is partly caused by the added liquidity the firm brings, provided by its over 13 million users. Recently, its CEO revealed it was adding 50,000 users a day last year. Notably last year, when the San Francisco-based exchange added Bitcoin Cash (BCH), the cryptocurrency’s price surged ahead of its official announcement.

At the time most believed someone leaked the information, meaning the price pump was a result of insider trading. Recently an internal investigation found there was no insider trading ahead of BCH’s listing.

While ETC is the latest cryptocurrency Coinbase is supporting, the exchange has revealed it’s considering various tokens. As covered, the company announced it’s looking into Cardano (ADA), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Stellar Lumens (XLM), Zcash (ZEC), and 0x (ZRX).

In a subsequent blog post, Coinbase revealed its institutional custody service, Coinbase Custody, is exploring a range of new assets as well, including Ripple’s XRP, NEO, XMR, and EOS. The company recently made its Index Fund more attractive by halving its fee from 2% to 1%.

Coin Metrics: Over 94% of Daily BSV Transactions ‘Generated by a Weather App’

Siamak Masnavi

According to the latest research by blockchain analytics/research boutique Coin Metrics, as of July 14, over 94% of Bitcoin SV's daily transactions are reportedly being generated by "a weather app."

Coin Metrics' findings were published on Tuesday (July 16) in issue #8 of their weekly newsletter "State of the Network".

This shocking discovery was made while Coin Metrics was doing research on the on-chain activity of Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Bitcoin SV (BSV). 

Although Coin Metrics found that BSV's "overall transaction count has been growing," they noticed that the majority of these transactions include the OP_RETURN opcode.

According to the Bitcoin Wiki, OP_RETURN is "a script opcode used to mark a transaction output as invalid" and "any outputs with OP_RETURN are provably unspendable."

This means that this opcode can be used to store data on the blockchain. However, as the Bitcoin Wiki points out, many Bitcoiners "believe that use of OP_RETURN is irresponsible in part because Bitcoin was intended to provide a record for financial transactions, not a record for arbitrary data," and it's "less costly and far more efficient to store non-currency data elsewhere."

In the case of the Bitcoin SV blockchain, it appears that BSV transactions are "increasingly including OP_RETURNS", and that, since May, the majority of OP_RETURNs are coming from a web-based weather app, "WeatherSV", which records to and retrieves from the Bitcoin SV blockchain weather information.

The WeatherSV website says that it is demonstrating "the ability to index and retrieve climate data immutably stored on a distributed ledger."

Furthermore, Coin Metrics found that the majority of BSV’s overall transactions are being generated by WeatherSV, in fact over 94% (as of July 14):

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According to data from CryptoCompare, at press time, BSV is trading at $11.31, down 11.04% in the past 24-hour period:

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Featured Image Credit: Photo via Pexels.com. BSV Chart Courtesy of Coin Metrics.