Mooners and Shakers: Bitcoin searches for a bottom; Cathie Wood’s Ark buys dip with $3m worth of Coinbase stock

Is Bitcoin levelling out here? At least two go-to analysts think it’s a chance. Meanwhile Cathie Wood and her tech-loving Ark Invest just bought another US$3 million worth of the flagging Coinbase stock.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin has bounced back up above US$29k from a much scarier position earlier in the day, staying thereabouts for the past six hours or so.

Dutch trader Michaël van de Poppe is pointing to a decent Wall Street opening on the S&P 500 (+0.25%) and Nasdaq 100 (+0.8%), to which crypto has been heavily correlated for quite some time now…

That said, the US dollar (DXY) is also presently moving up (0.5%), so let’s not get too hopeful about that just yet.

Another well known trader/chart watcher, Crypto Ed has also predicted the day’s play pretty perfectly so far, having called for a rest at about $26-27k and a bounce from there…

Only time will tell if it proves to be sustainable support… (Strokes beard sagely. You can take that incredible insight to the bank.)

 

Buying the COIN dip: Cathie Wood… and did

Ark Invest, the US investment firm led by Cathie Wood, bought 546,579 shares of Coinbase (COIN) on Wednesday, worth about US$2.9 million, according to its daily newsletter.

US platform Coinbase, one of the world’s biggest crypto exchanges, released its Q1 earning report earlier this week, posting a quarterly loss of US$430 million.

Following the report, COIN plummeted from US$73 on Tuesday to the low $50s on Wednesday, having been sitting above US$130 only a week prior.

Maybe Wood took heed of Coinbase CEO’s “fire sale prices” sales pitch yesterday…

Wood meanwhile tweeted that she believes the stocks of disruptive tech, including blockchain, are “seemingly in deep value territory”.

 

Top 10 overview

With the overall crypto market cap at roughly US$1.29 trillion, down a gut-churning 10.5% since this time yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

This table is only a snapshot, of course, and doesn’t tell the day’s full story. Things were actually looking quite a bit worse than this earlier, with Bitcoin (BTC) down around US$26k and then just about “kissing” its “realised price” lower than that.

Ethereum (ETH) has pulled back quite a bit today in comparison to the other major blue chip, Bitcoin. In fact, the ETH/BTC trading pair is down about 7% at the time of writing, according to the Binance exchange.

Although ETH has managed to pull back about US$2,000 from it’s daily low today, the leading smart-contract platform is now down about 59% from its all-time high of US$4,878 six months ago.

Still, ETH fans know “the Merge” is coming (er, eventually). And that’s the transition of Ethereum from its proof of work blockchain to proof of stake – an event that many believe will be a positive catalyst for further Ethereum network growth and general market excitement.

Meanwhile, there has been some FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) floating about today about the Tether (USDT) stablecoin briefly de-pegging from its US dollar position. It was apparently identified as a short occurrence on the Bitfinex exchange.

Fear is naturally high surrounding stablecoins at the moment, given Terra’s UST and LUNA fiasco that’s pretty much tanked the market this week.

Quite a few crypto commentators we’re seeing, though, believe the USDT wobble is nothing – nothing new, nothing to worry about.

Centralised stablecoins such as USDT, USDC and BUSD are fiat-backed, unlike decentralised, “algorithmic” versions such as UST, which is collateralised by the LUNA token in a volatility-absorbing burn/mint system. A system that’s… not working out too well presently, to put it extremely mildly.

 

Sweeping a market-cap range of about US$10 billion to about US$542 million in the rest of the top 100, let’s find some of the biggest 24-hour gainers and losers at press time.

DAILY PUMPERS

• ApeCoin (APE), (market cap: US$2.4 billion) 41%

FTX Token (FTT), (market cap: US$4.15 billion) 9%

• Bitcoin Cash (BCH), (market cap: US$4.25 billion) 7%

• Celo (CELO), (market cap: US$750 million) 6%

• Helium (HNT), (market cap: US$971 million) 6%

 

DAILY SLUMPERS 

• Terra (LUNA), (mc: US$613 million) -99%

• TerraUSD (UST), (mc: US$4.1b) -48% ($0.34)

• Osmosis (OSMO), (mc: US$625 million) -21%

• eCash (XEC), (mc: US$736m) -20%

• The Graph (GRT), (mc: US$1b) -19%

Did you want a market flush-out? Do Kwon’s Terra has it sorted. The LUNA token is now trading for $0.018. About one month ago, it was changing safer hands at US$119. UST, meanwhile, is still a broken US dollar peg – $0.34.

Still, some are spotting an extremely high-risk, opportunistic play. Good luck to them, I guess…

 

Uppers and downers: lower caps

Moving below the crypto unicorns (in some cases well below), here’s just a selection catching our eye…

DAILY PUMPERS

Liquity (LQTY), (market cap: US$113 million) +68%

SafeMoon (SFM), (mc: US$282m) +46%

Reef Finance (REEF), (mc: US$89m) +16%

• Radio Caca (RACA), (mc: US$178m) +13%

Olympus (OHM), (mc: US$285m) +12%

 

DAILY SLUMPERS

Tomb (TOMB), (mc: US$22m) -77%

Anchor Protocol (ANC), (mc: US$43m) -56%

Gains Network (GNS), (mc: US$21m) -49%

Victoria VR (VR), (mc: US$23m) -48%

Cult DAO (CULT), (mc: US$39m) -40%

 

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