2021 has been a good year for Cardano, with the token hiking by over 1200% from its 1 January price at one point before corrections eventually set in. In fact, at the time of writing, ADA was the market’s fifth-largest cryptocurrency with a market cap of over $48 billion.
What has contributed to the crypto hiking as dramatically as it has on the price charts? Sure, the scale of Bitcoin’s bullishness between January and May certainly helped, but perhaps what mattered the most for Cardano was the pace of its developments over the course of the past few months.
Back in March, for instance, the network underwent the Mary hard fork, an update that brought native multi-asset support to the Cardano ecosystem. Since then, Cardano has been on the road to its next, much-anticipated hard fork event – Alonzo – with the latter expected to finally help developers build smart contracts on Cardano.
In fact, the first-ever Plutus smart contract went live on the testnet just a few days ago. This is progress, something alluded to by Cardano creator Charles Hoskinson on a recent podcast after he categorically promised that,
“We’ll be there in the next 90 days.”
Hoskinson’s use of language here is interesting, especially since it is more specific and definitive than it has been in the past, with the creator previously referring to Alonzo purely in timeline terms, rather than deadline terms.
There is good reason for such confidence, however, with the IOHK exec also sharing an update of where things stand on the same podcast with Lex Fridman. According to Hoskinson,
“Right now, we are multi-asset so, you can do meta-data and issue tokens on Cardano. But, you’d have limited programmability on-chain. Alonzo adds that programmability. We already have most of the foundations of the extended UTXO model ready.”
The creator of Cardano also went on to claim that while the testing phase is still ongoing and will continue for a while as the ecosystem moves from Blue to White to Purple, the success of Alonzo Blue’s initial phases means that the upcoming hard fork is still well on track.
With Cardano now heading full steam towards smart contracts programmability, what roadblocks might it hit though?
According to Hoskinson,
“The problem is not everything is under our control. There are over 100 exchanges that have listed Cardano, lots of wallet infrastructure, and different constituencies. So, it’s less of a technological problem now and is more of a coordination problem.”
Finally, using the example of how Ethereum’s Buterin was “unfairly” targeted for the DAO hack, Hoskinson highlighted his greatest apprehension about being judged for the kind of applications built on the platform, rather than the platform itself.
Here, it’s worth noting that in an effort to resolve the same, Cardano is working towards identifying and applying standards to certify smart contracts on the platform, standards that will allow “some form of insurance baked into applications.”
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Bitcoin Is More Oversold Than It Was At ATH In April, Says Analyst
Bitcoin has continued to show tremendous gains lately in the market. The weekend saw the price of the digital asset shooting up above $42,000 for the first time in over a month, seeing continuous green daily closes for nine days straight for the first time in ten years.
Following this has been a number of speculations on why this is happening. And more importantly, how this trend is most likely to end. The indicators continue to point towards bullish but with the price fluctuations that bitcoin is notorious for, there is no telling how exactly the current uptrend will end.
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Talking on this was Matt Maley, a chief market strategist at Miller Tabak & Co., who was on MarketWatch’s call of the day. Maley explained his reasoning behind what he believes was needed for the current gains in the market to stick as prices rally.
Don’t Get Too Excited
Maley started out with some advice for investors, who he tells to gauge the action of the prices during the normal market hours. Alluding to the fact that the recent bitcoin price rallies have been happening during off-market hours, which are weekends, nights, and early mornings. He attributes this advice to the markets being much thinner, with lower volumes, during off-market hours. Thus, it is imperative that the movement of the digital asset be observed during normal trading hours to see how the price moves.
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Maley warned to not get too excited about the recent price increases. Waiting to see what the market does continues to be Maley’s advice to clients with regards to the weekend price rallies that have been experienced in the market.
“The markets are much ‘thinner’…and the volumes are much lower…on the weekends,” Maley said. “So we’ll want to see [if] bitcoin can remain above $40k once we get into next week before we get too excited.”
BTC price dips following weekend rally | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
Maley continues to want to wait to see how the price holds up this week before anything else. His target is now the 200-daily moving average (DMA), and that stands at $44,600. Opining that the DMA had gotten close to that level since the rise and falls since May, twice. But had rolled over both times before hitting it. “Therefore, it could/should provide some resistance upon any further rally in early August,” said Maley.
Bitcoin Is Oversold
Maley pointed out that the digital asset now looks overbought on the current short-term basis. This is based on the Relative Strength Index of the asset, an oscillating indicator used to track the magnitude of recent losses in relation to recent gains.
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Talking about bitcoin being oversold, Maley said, “Don’t get us wrong, it got much more overbought before it rolled over in January and February … and in November of last year.” Continuing on, Maley added, “However, it is more overbought than it was at the all-time high in April, so investors and traders alike will have a lot more confidence if this weekend’s move holds into the middle of next week.”
The price of bitcoin has continued to show strong bullish indicators following the recent dip in the price. But if Maley is correct in his analysis and bitcoin is overbought, then the market might continue to see further dips in the price of the digital asset.
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This could push the price of bitcoin down past $35,000 as the price finds a comfortable correction point following the rally. As of the time of this writing, bitcoin is currently trending up slowly following the dip in the early hours of Monday, trading at $39,443 according to TradingView.com.
Featured image from CoinDesk, chart from TradingView.com
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Cardano, BAT, DASH Price Analysis: 02 August
Many of the market’s altcoins fell over the last 24 hours, with the same underlined by the lack of buying strength in the market. ADA might find some comfort around its immediate support level while BAT lost 4.9% of its value. Finally, DASH flashed a declining bearish signal on the charts.
ADA tanked by 2.7% over the last 24 hours, with the alt valued at $1.32 at press time. A further drop could have the price rest on the support level of $1.25. On the developmental front, Cardano is expected to let users run smart contracts once the hard fork occurs.
ADA’s technical indicators all pictured the same bearish situation with a fall in buying pressure. The Awesome Oscillator pictured red signal bars while the MACD too registered a bearish crossover on the charts.
The Relative Strength Index hovered near the neutral zone after its buying pressure went on a downtrend for a few days.
Basic Attention Token [BAT]
BAT also dipped by 4.9% over the last 24 hours. In a day, the asset fell from the overbought zone to the neutral zone as the price rested at $0.65. Substantiating the above statement, the Relative Strength Index stood at 57. The Chaikin Money Flow mirrored the same movement as it noted a considerable dip in capital inflows. Despite the dip, however, inflows still surpassed outflows.
$0.61 happens to be the support line for BAT as the coin lost its bullish momentum today. The MACD flashed the presence of bearish sentiment as the red histograms were visible at the time of writing.
In the case of some bullish movement, the resistance level to test stood at $0.71.
DASH was also on a downtrend as it reported a 4.1% decline in price over the last 24 hours. The alt was trading at $161.32, at press time, with a bearish technical outlook just like most other altcoins.
Market volatility could be anticipated as the Bollinger Bands opened up and remained parallel. Buying pressure decreased, with the Relative Strength Index registering a dip in the number of buyers. It remained close to the point of equilibrium, however.
Awesome Oscillator too verified that same and observed red bars on the midline. This indicated that bearish pressure existed in the market.
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Kraken Exchange Donates $300K to University of Wyoming
Kraken – a popular cryptocurrency exchange based in San Francisco, CA – has partnered with the University of Wyoming to ensure all future tech students get the resources they need for positions in the growing crypto space.
Kraken and Wyoming Continue Their Working Relationship
Kraken says it will offer scholarship support to students pursuing PhDs at the university. It will also work with college professors to create programs for students in the K through 12 range that will give them the education and knowledge they need to potentially enter the digital currency space as they mature. Overall, Kraken is donating a whopping $300,000 to the University of Wyoming.
The gift is part of the exchange’s tenth anniversary celebration. Jesse Powell – the CEO of the platform – says that Kraken has been around since the year 2011, and that he and his staff wanted to do something big in honor of the company’s growth and status in the digital currency arena. He says:
On our tenth anniversary, we’re setting sights on the future by investing in expanding access to quality education on bitcoin and cryptocurrency. We hope the program will capture imaginations and contribute to a better financial future for Wyoming and for the world.
The $300,000 gift will be doled out over the next three years to ensure PhD students of limited financial means are privy to the same educational resources and program options as the rest of their classmates and counterparts. Part of the funds will also be utilized to create a summer camp for students looking to pursue tech-based and computer science degrees at the university.
Assistant professor of computer science Dr. Mike Borowczak stated in an interview:
This gift from Kraken enables us to recruit and retain a high-caliber researcher who will work in an interdisciplinary space with other researchers from both the Wyoming Advanced Blockchain Laboratory as well as the Cybersecurity Education and Research Center.
In addition to its work with the school, Kraken is striving to create an entire grant program that will ultimately donate more than $1 million to support open-source cryptocurrency technologies and future outreach programs.
Jesse Powell Has Been Featured a Lot
Kraken and Wyoming already share a special relationship given that the crypto exchange has established one of the state’s first official cryptocurrency banks in recent months. The trading platform has been in the news quite a bit as of late, with Jesse Powell recently saying that 2022 would be the year in which bitcoin reaches a price of $1 million per unit.
In addition, Powell was quick to suggest on social media that regulators may wind up working to collect individuals’ crypto holdings given how much digital assets threaten the well-being and stability of banks and standard financial institutions. At press time, the company has garnered financial backing from the likes of Tribe Capital, Hummingbird Ventures, Blockchain Capital and many other firms.
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