Crypto Market Update: BTC, ETH, BCH, LTC, ADA, and VET

This article provides: an overview of how Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), Cardano (ADA), and VeChain (VET) have been doing over the past 24-hour period; a recap of interesting recent news that might have affected their prices (or might do so in the future); and recent useful observations from Crypto Twitter regarding these cryptocurrencies.

To give you a rough idea of how well the crypto markets are doing today, 15 out of the top 20 cryptoassets (by market cap) are currently in the green (against the dollar).

All market data used for the price charts in this article was taken around 15:30 UTC on 5 November 2019 from CryptoCompare, which also generated the price charts shown in this article.

Bitcoin (BTC)

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Although Bitcoin has spent most of the past 24-hour period trading in the $9,300–$9,400 range, if we look at Bitcoin's 30-day performance, things look much better, with the Bitcoin price up over 18% (mostly due to the positive sentiment post President Xi's highly enthusiastic speech about blockchain technology on October 24).

Bitcoin's current market cap is around $169 billion, and its market cap dominance is around 67%.

As CryptoGlobe reported on November 1, on Halloween night, we saw some strange Bitcoin prices on spot exchange Coinbase Pro and futures exchange Deribit.

Well, earlier today, on CME Globex, something similarly strange occurred: the price for its Bitcoin futures, which is based on the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR), suddenly dropped from around $9,255 to around $8,400:

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Su Zhu, Co-Founder, CIO, and CEO at Singapore-based Three Arrows Capital, who was one of the first to notice what had happened, had this to say on Twitter:

Around 10 minutes later, he reported: "gap filled, by might or by sleight". 

And when asked by another Twitter user why arbitrage algorithms had not caused the Bitcoin price to drop on other exchanges, he offered this explanation:

Around 30 minutes later, the The Three Arrows Capital CEO jokingly said:

Ether (ETH)

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Like Bitcoin, Ethereum has been trading mostly flat in the past 24-hour period, but also like Bitcoin, it has had a pretty good 30-day ROI (+11.8%).

Late yesterday, Eva Beylin, who works on ecosystem strategy at San Francisco-based blockchain startup Graph Protocol Inc., argued that Ethereum needs some constructive whistleblowing in order to speed up iteration cycles:

Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

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On November 4, early Bitcoin (BTC) advocate and current Bitcoin Cash (BCH) evangelist Roger Ver said in a Facebook post that he was willing to send $5 worth of Bitcoin Cash to anyone who is friends with him on Facebook and $1 in Bitcoin Cash to anybody who posts his/her BCH address in the comments section of his post.

Even more interestingly, Ver believes that Bitcoin Cash's price could one day be 1000x what it is today, i.e. the $1 in Bitcoin Cash that he is willing to send to anyone "could easily become $1,000 some day."

Ver says that he is doing this BCH giveaway in order to spread Bitcoin Cash adoption (just like when he did something similar with Bitcoin in 2011).

Litecoin (LTC)

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In the past one-week period, the Litecoin price has gone up almost 6%, no doubt helped at least partly due to last week's Litecoin Summit in Las Vegas. This was where Grin developer David Burkett gave a presentation on October 29 on how to implement opt-in private transactions through the MimbleWimble protocol and Extension Blocks:

The next day, Charlie Lee, creator of Litecoin and the Managing Director of the Litecoin Foundation, had this good news to announce:

Cardano (ADA)

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Today (November 5) marked the birthday of Charles Hoskinson, the creator of Cardano and the CEO of IOHK:

On November 2, Hoskinson did a surprise Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on YouTube. One of the interesting bit of news mentioned by Hoskinson was that a great deal has been learnt as the result of launching the incentivized testnet of Shelley, and an "enormous number" of bugs have been fixed.

VeChain (VET)

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Among the top 50 cryptoassets, VeChain has been the second best-performing one (after Stellar) with a gain of 13.63% in the past 24-hour period.

On xxx, it was announced that VeChain Foundation's official desktop wallet and dApp browser, Sync, had received Ledger wallet support: 

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Tether Has Backlisted a Total of 39 Ethereum Addresses Holding USDt

Ther, the issuer of the leading stablecoin USDt, has already blacklisted 39 Ethereum addresses holding the stablecoin since November 2017.

According to Philippe Castonguay, an Ethereum researcher at Horizon Games, 24 of the 39 addresses identified were blacklisted this year. Castonguay created a dashboard on Dune Analytics that shows the addresses that Tether blacklisted.

When an address is blacklisted it can no longer send, receive, or redeem USDt tokens, which essentially means the tokens held in the address become unusable. The addresses that Tether blacklisted over time have millions worth of USDt in them combined, with the latest one having nearly $1 million worth of tokens in it.

The address, according to Etherscan data, received a938,965 USDt tokens from Binance 26 days ago, before it was blacklisted by Tether. The owner of the address appears to have tried to move the funds the next day, but the transaction was reverted.

Most of the blacklisted addresses appear to have less than $100 worth of USDt tokens in them, while the address with the largest amount appears to be 0x5c27cc68fe01a3994807b60a6c81d8ba638b4ba1 with a total of 4.56 million UISDt in it. Notably, the address also has 330,000 BUSD tokens in it, and 13,500 ETH.

While it isn’t clear who owns the address, the funds it received appear to have come from an address that originally got the cryptocurrency holdings by withdrawing funds from Binance. Most addresses Tether likely blacklisted most address in the list -if not all – responding to requests from law enforcement.

As CryptoGlobe reported, the CENTRE Consortium recently backlisted its first USDC address on the Ethereum network, responding to a request from authorities. On its website, Circle notes an address may be blacklisted when there is a potential security breach or a threat to the network itself, or to “comply with a law, regulation or legal order from a duly recognized U.S. authorized authority, U.S. court of competent jurisdiction or other governmental authority with jurisdiction over CENTRE.”

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