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TOKYO, Jun 18, 2020 – (JCN Newswire) – TRENDE Inc., a renewable energy retailer in Japan, announced today that it has successfully completed a Series B funding round from ITOCHU Corporation of 1 billion yen in a combination of equity and unsecured convertible bonds.

“We’re extremely pleased to have ITOCHU as an investor and partner in our mission to accelerate the widespread adoption of renewable energy in Japan,” said Tadatoshi Senoo, CEO of TRENDE. “Bringing together TRENDE’s expertise in distributed energy with ITOCHU’s leadership in energy storage systems creates a really powerful combination. We are jointly developing a new service that combines distributed solar generation with energy storage and expect to release it later this year.”

TRENDE’s current products include “Ashita Denki,” an online service offering residential customers simple and affordable energy plans and “Hot Denki,” a service incentivizing customers to become prosumers with an innovative third-party ownership model that enables homeowners to gain the benefits of having a solar system on their roof without the upfront costs of purchasing the system. TRENDE is also developing a peer-to-peer (P2P) electricity trading system in order to further facilitate the efficient use and adoption of renewable energy.

ITOCHU is the leader in Japan’s energy storage sector. The company has sold more than 30,000 of its “Smart Star” energy storage systems as of the end of March 2020 and integrated these systems with Moixa’s “GridShare” AI software to create a next-generation energy storage system. The company’s growing energy storage systems business helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the ratio of renewable energy, ensuring a stable power supply and realizing a distributed energy society.

“Given the intermittent nature of many renewable sources, energy storage has a critical role to play in facilitating society’s widespread adoption of renewable energy and the shift away from burning fossil fuels,” said Hiroaki Murase, General Manager of Sustainable Energy Business Department at ITOCHU. “We are excited to partner with TRENDE and share a common vision for a distributed energy society powered by renewable energy.”

About TRENDE

TRENDE Inc. is an online renewable energy retailer selling electricity to residential customers in Japan via its Hot Denki (https://hotdenki.jp) and Ashita Denki (https://ashita-denki.jp/) service websites. TRENDE’s mission is to accelerate the widespread adoption of renewable energy and redefine the energy ecosystem in Japan with a customer-centric business model and innovative P2P platform. The company’s investors include Tokyo Electric Power, Itochu, Idemitsu and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. For more information, please visit http://trende.jp/.

About ITOCHU Corporation

The history of ITOCHU Corporation dates back to 1858 when the Company’s founder Chubei Itoh commenced linen trading operations. Since then, ITOCHU has evolved and grown over 150 years. With approximately 110 bases in 63 countries, ITOCHU is a major general trading company that develops a wide range of businesses globally in the fields of textiles, machinery, metals, energy, chemicals, food, living, information, and finance. In 2015 the company became the number one general trading company based on the strength of its non-resource related businesses. Consolidated net income in fiscal 2019 was 501.3 billion yen, the second consecutive year it exceeded 500 billion yen.

Source: http://www.jcnnewswire.com/pressrelease/59659/3/

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The Battle of The DEX Heats up as Uniswap (UNI) Hits All-Time High

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UNI prices reached their highest ever levels of $15.50 a few hours ago according to Coingecko. The move has added 5% on the day while most other high cap crypto assets are retreating in the shadow of their big brother.

UNI has now made a whopping 60% over the past seven days and almost 300% since the same time last month when it was priced at just $3.60. Its rival and former fork SushiSwap has retreated a little as its token falls by 5% on the day back to $7.30.

Both decentralized exchanges are doing very well in terms of liquidity lockup and trading volumes, however, as observed by researcher Lucas Campbell in the latest Bankless newsletter.

Uniswap Takes The Lead

The rivalry between these two DeFi titans has been heating up in recent weeks and it is no surprise considering their history. One was spawned from the other but has made it in its own right and is now vying for the title of top DEX.

Diving into the on-chain metrics, the Bankless newsletter has broken the competition down into several rounds, giving Uniswap the first one for trading volume. Over the past three weeks, Uniswap has averaged almost $6 billion in weekly volume whereas SushiSwap processed around $2.8 billion it noted.

The next round was liquidity which also went Uniswap’s way with just over $3 billion versus just under $2 billion. The total value locked across both decentralized exchanges is currently higher than it was for the entire DeFi ecosystem back in mid-August, 2020.

In terms of daily revenue, Uniswap also comes out ahead with the DEX averaging over $2.3 million in fees to liquidity providers per day in January 2021.

SushiSwap Fights Back

SushiSwap starts to win a couple of rounds back in terms of price to sales ratio which compares a token’s market cap to the protocol’s revenue. SushiSwap has been holding steady with a P/S ratio of ~5 while Uniswap recently touched ~15, it added,

“With the above in mind, the market is currently overvaluing Uniswap relative to SushiSwap strictly in terms of the cash flows it generates today.”

The price to volume ratio, which is similar to the above, also comes out in SushiSwap’s favor with the market is currently valuing SushiSwap at around $4 for every $1 in volume that it facilitates on a daily basis, while this ratio is higher for Uniswap at around $11 for every $1 in volume it processes.

The final metric was price performance and both tokens have had a massive run-up recently. This one can be measured in different ways, but Bankless gives it to SushiSwap measuring percentage price increase since the beginning of Q4, 2020.

Overall, Uniswap still has the upper hand, but its rival is catching up. The launch of Uniswap v3 is likely to give it even more momentum to retain its accolade as the world’s leading DEX.

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Source: https://cryptopotato.com/the-battle-of-the-dex-heats-up-as-uniswap-uni-hits-all-time-high/

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Charted: Chainlink (LINK) Holding Key Support, Bulls Aim Fresh Test of $25

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Chainlink (LINK) dipped below $22.00, but it stayed above $20.00, whereas bitcoin and Ethereum struggled. The price is now rising and it is likely to rise towards $24.00 and $25.00.

  • Chainlink token price started a downside correction from the $25.89 high against the US dollar.
  • The price is well bid above the $20.00 level and the 100 simple moving average (4-hours).
  • There is a crucial rising channel forming with support near $20.50 on the 4-hours chart of the LINK/USD pair (data source from Kraken).
  • The price is rising and it seems like it may soon revisit the $24.00 and $25.00 resistance levels.

Chainlink (LINK) is Gaining Momentum

Recently, chainlink (LINK) started a downside correction from the $25.89 high against the US Dollar, similar to bitcoin and Ethereum. There was a downside break below the $22.50 and $22.00 support levels.

The bears were able to push the price below the 50% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $17.20 swing low to $25.89 high. However, the bulls were active above the $20.00 support zone and the 100 simple moving average (4-hours).

Chainlink (LINK)

Source: LINKUSD on TradingView.com

The price tested the 61.8% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $17.20 swing low to $25.89 high. There is also a crucial rising channel forming with support near $20.50 on the 4-hours chart of the LINK/USD pair.

LINK is currently rising from the channel support and trading above $22.00. It even surpassed the $23.00 level and it seems like the bulls are aiming a fresh test of the $25.00 level. Any more gains could open the doors for a move towards the $26.50 level.

Fresh Drop?

If chainlink’s price fails to climb above the $24.00 level, there could be a fresh decline. An initial support on the downside is near the $22.50 level.

Any more losses below the $22.50 level may possibly lead the price towards the channel support. A break below the channel support might put the $20.00 support at risk in the near term.

Technical Indicators

4-hours MACD – The MACD for LINK/USD is gaining momentum in the bullish zone.

4-hours RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for LINK/USD is currently just above the 50 level.

Major Support Levels – $22.50, $21.20 and $20.60.

Major Resistance Levels – $24.00, $25.00 and $26.50.

Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/analysis/eth/chainlink-link-holding-key-support-20/

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Dogecoin pumps by 90% amid WallStreetBets drama

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The Reddit community WallStreetBets’ drama with main street hedge funds has now permeated the cryptocurrency sector with Dogecoin’s price pumping by 90% in a matter of hours. This surge has contributed to DOGE nearing its old ATH on the charts.

Dogecoin has been in mainstream media due to a host of reasons, some of which include viral TikTok videos or tweets from Elon Musk. In fact, the aforementioned surge might continue if Elon Musk decides to join the party as is customary.

WallStreetBets & Dogecoin

WallStreeBets’ name has been popping up all over the mainstream media lately as a bunch of “memers” who have all longed the most-shorted stock GME [GameStop]. This has sent the stock prices of GME hurtling, with the same up by over 880% in one week, at the time of writing.

What’s interesting about the surge in GME’s stock is that Melvin Capital, a hedge fund reportedly at the center of all the GME shorts, has covered its short position. Not only has this contributed to losses in the billions, but this has led to main street traders/hedge funds crying foul too.

With the drama over GME stocks unfolding before our eyes, a Twitter user with the screen name “WSB Chairman” tweeted,

This tweet was met with replies from many of the market’s cryptocurrency enthusiasts, many of whom were left out of the WSB drama. Accordingly, many started spamming different altcoins. However, among these altcoins, Dogecoin has been the one to rise to the surface and grab the most attention of the lot.

The result? Well, Dogecoin had pumped 85% in 90 minutes, at the time of writing.

Source: DOGEUSDT TradingView

A look at DOGE’s charts would suggest that perhaps, a few whales caught the scent of what was about to happen and jumped on the bandwagon too. In fact, two pseudonymous traders RookieXBT and CoinMamba posted long positions, well before the pump actually began.

What next for Dogecoin?

With Elon Musk already on the WSB bandwagon, it wouldn’t be surprising if he tweets about the current Dogecoin pump. If this takes place, then there will be no holding Dogecoin back. Levels to keep an eye out for include – $0.0159 and $0.0183, both price-points that stand at the 78.6% and 100% Fibonacci levels, respectively.

Source: https://ambcrypto.com/dogecoin-pumps-by-90-amid-wallstreetbets-drama

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