TRON's Justin Sun Announces New Acquisition as Rumors Point to Steemit

TRON founder Justin Sun has announced a new acquisition is set to be announced early next year. Details are scarce but Sun’s announcement claimed it was for BitTorrent and its BTT token.

TRON, as CryptoGlobe reported, acquired BitTorrent last year after winning against a $170 million bid from NEO. It launched its BTT token via the Binance Launchpad platform, and it has since been listed on major trading platforms. Sun’s announcement regarding the new acquisition reveals it’ll bring in “new members to BitTorrent family.”

According to various rumors on social media, Justin Sun’s announcement is referencing a new acquisition of the popular blockchain-based blogging platform Steemit. These rumors appear to cite Chinese news outlet Mars Finance, a crypto media outlet valued at $200 million that received investments from Binance, OKCoin, and others, as their source.

Steemit is a popular platform where users are rewarded in both STEEM and Steem Dollars (SBD) for creating and curating content. Its CEO, Ned Scott, revealed late last year the company behind the platform, Steemit Inc, was forced to lay off 70% of its staff to reduce operating costs and was restricting its organization to stay afloat.

Sun’s announcement doesn’t seem to have affected the price of either TRX or STEEM, as both are down by little over 1% in the last 24-hour period. The crypto market in general is in the red in the aforementioned period, with BTC dropping about 2%.

As reported, the TRON Foundation has announced it will be unlocked 33 billion TRX, worth around $440 million, in the beginning of 2020. The Foundation hasn’t revealed what the funds will be used for, but it’s possible they may go toward the recently announced acquisition.

Earlier this year, TRON invested in the popular cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex, shortly after it spun out of Circle. Since then Poloniex has been adding TRX trading pairs, and now features a decentralized TRX exchange as well.

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Bitcoin Dominance Bump Unlikely to Last — Market Analysis

The entire crypto market seems to be going risk-off and turning to a state of correction, after an excellent start to 2020 throughout January and February which saw significant gains. This is reflected in the brief pop in Bitcoin market dominance. But in the longer term, it’s a different story, and we must always bear in mind the intercourse the conflicting trends of different timeframes – and how they can still agree with each other.

Here, rather than focusing on any specific crypto, we’ll look at the market as a whole using some trusted indicators.

We first look at a small-to-medium-timeframe chart of Bitcoin plus Bitcoin’s market dominance arrayed against the “Others” market dominance, Others being a basket of all altcoins below the top 10. This panoply of charts gives us a broad insight into the whole market.

just some speedbumpsBTC chart by TradingView

During January and some of February, we can see clear risk-taking in the form of a rising altcoin market share. Bitcoin’s price was rising even as its dominance was falling: peak altcoin conditions, where so much buying is coming into the system that more entities are buying Bitcoin than selling Bitcoin for altcoins, even when there is a lot of that.

This pattern has reversed in the past few days, with Bitcoin’s price falling even as its dominance rose, with altcoins being sold back into Bitcoin. The market was overheated in the short term, and people are wisely hedging their profits.

But this trend is unlikely to last. Zooming out and looking at a chart of Ethereum/Bitcoin and both dominance charts again (with Ethereum being a general proxy for the altcoin market), we see a different story.

the bigger picture says the opposite thingETH chart by TradingView

There is a lot going on here. First we can note that Ethereum – again, bearing in mind its role as a general proxy for altcoins – has retaken a very important inflection line that it lost during 2019, the dotted line. It is likely, based on this line retaken last week, that Ethereum is starting a long term uptrend against Bitcoin – and that altcoins in general will do the same in the long term.

Moving to the Bitcoin dominance display in the middle panel, we see an agreement of the above thesis. Bitcoin’s dominance has fallen below its own critical level, namely the area near and above 70%, which BTC held for a while during 2019. This level had not been held since 2017, when Bitcoin put in its all-time-high – and it now looks to be trending steadily away from it again.

This trending away will again provide the space for altcoins to grow in market share, and we have already seen the beginning of this trend during 2020. Perhaps what we have seen was only ‘Round One’.

And moving below to the Others dominance, we see that this indicator has, yet again, taken an important level of 6% and is likely trending away from it. This is the same message in reverse: this level was first tickled during the first real altcoin mega-rally, in the beginning of 2017, and stayed above it for years. It was lost for a time in 2019, about the same time Bitcoin retook its level of 70%.

The larger trends are likely moving in the opposite direction than the shorter ones. Bitcoin's price, based on these indicators, is likely to continue rising even as its market share continues to falls. Altcoins, after years of being battered, are likely to continue gaining market share; and in that situation, the pie can only be getting larger overall.

The views and opinions expressed here do not reflect those of and do not constitute financial advice. Always do your own research.

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