Bitcoin bulls take a breather while BTC price slips below $55,000

Sellers pushed Bitcoin price below $55,000 even as record-high BTC futures open interest and optimism surrounding the issuance of $1,400 stimulus checks for Americans had traders anticipating a rally.

Bitcoin price sold off on March 15 as bears pushed the price back into the mid-$50,000 range a few days after (BTC) hit a new all-time high above $61,000. 

Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that Bitcoin price dropped as low as $54,600 and at the time of writing, buyers have not stepped in to arrest the decline.

BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

A series of recent developments have increased the fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) factor for the top cryptocurrency, including rumors of a potential digital asset ban in India that would criminalize the possession, issuance, mining, trading and transfer of cryptocurrency.

Adding to the bad news of the day, PancakeSwap (CAKE) and Cream Finance (CREAM), two of the top DeFi projects on the Binance Smart Chain, fell victim to a DNS spoofing attack that sought to phish users into entering their private keys on the website.

Both projects immediately informed users of the exploit and advised them to avoid logging in until the issue is resolved. and are reminded to keep their private keys and seed phrases secure and stored offline. At the daily close CAKE price was down by 8.7% and CREAM dropped by 14.3% before recovering to $110 at the daily close.

The bullish uptrend remains intact

Despite Monday’s decline, traders are optimistic that BTC will see a rapid recovery and a recent survey estimates that up to 10% of the $400 billion in pandemic relief for U.S. citiz could be used to purchase Bitcoin and stocks.

Another bullish sign for BTC comes from the futures markets, where a record $22.5 billion in open interest on BTC futures indicates that bulls remain optimistic that the current uptrend will continue.

According to Chad Steinglass, Head of Trading at CrossTower, the early morning sell-off was not surprising due to several factors including less liquidity on the weekends which can lead to “liquidations in highly levered swap and options products that trade outside of the U.S.,” exacerbating the downward movement.

Steinglass said:

“Couple this with the fact that China has been trading weak ever since the Lunar New Year in both equity and crypto markets, and a sell-off from the weekend highs, while disappointing, is not particularly surprising.”

Stimulus optimism leads to new record-highs in equities

The traditional financial markets rallied on Monday as optimism surrounding the recent $1.9 billion stimulus package signed by President Biden helped dampen concerns related to rising Treasury yields.

The S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ all closed the day positive, up 0.65%, 0.53% and 1.05% respectively. The S&P 500 and Dow both establishing new all-time highs as the trading day closed.

Select altcoins ignore Bitcoin’s bearish turn

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

Despite the bearish turn of events, several altcoins were able to resist and rally higher.

Enjin (ENJ) saw its price surge 32% to a new all-time high of $3.00 during the early trading hours as the altcoins volume surged after being listed on Huobi exchange.

The dual-token system of VeChain (VET) and the VeThor Token (VTHO) also moved higher as a high volume spike lifted VET to a new all-time high at $0.0827. VTHO price increased 37% to $0.0119, its highest level in over two years.

BTC/USD daily chart. Source: Coin360

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $1.71 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 60.9%.

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100-artist NFT collaboration sells out in minutes, increases 7X in price in 24 hours

The limited-edition NFT artworks are already selling for thousands more than the original price. They combine work from 100 unique artists who might not have entered the space on their own.

An NFT made up of 100 individual pieces from 100 different artists has sold out within minutes on the Rarible platform, raising almost $89,000.

Although the sale amount is far from record-breaking, the project is noteworthy in that it is a mass collaboration th has taken shape through an individual non-fungible token, or NFT. 

NFT curator “Loopify” told Cointelegraph the work had been inspired by the current limitations for lesser-known artists to mint and sell their own NFTs such as high gas fees, limited understanding of the tech, and little visibility.

“The main idea behind it was that I chose a lot of artists and they had a huge barrier [minting fees] — this allows them to pursue creating NFTs.”

Minted on NFT platform Rarible, Loopify originally listed 150 editions for 0.3 ETH (approximately $475) each on March 3. Less than 24 hours later the editions have already risen in value by almost 7X, and are changing hands for 2 ETH, with the most expensive edition currently listed at 4 ETH by “Artist.” That’s more than 13 times the original price.

While the identities of all 100 artists are yet to be revealed, Loopify told Cointelegraph that the compilation includes work from Vexx, whose YouTube channel has almost three million subscribers and a quarter of a billion views, adding:

“We do have a couple of big artists and one that is new to NFTs”

The funds raised will be transferred into stablecoin USDC before being distributed equally to the artists. This process allows artists to enter the space and reap the rewards without having to pay gas fees or understand the technology behind NFTs Loopify explained.

Enjin running faster

Enjin, whose team created the ERC-1155 token, or semi-fungible token, is also tackling the gas fee barrier for incoming NFT artists. The project has just announced plans to release a new scaling solution dubbed JumpNet that will use the ERC-1155 token to allow users to mint and port tokens on multiple chains without gas fees.

Enjin CTO Witek Rodmoski explained that, “These technologies will enable developers to reach mainstream users and provide modern experiences without worrying about unpredictable business overhead caused by gas fees,” adding:

“JumpNet is our high-speed bridge network that will allow creators to mass-distribute thousands of NFTs at no cost. Tokens on JumpNet can jump between the Ethereum network or Efinity (our upcoming NFT highway) when it launches later this year.”

Although phase one is due to launch on April 6 and will support the free minting and trading of NFTs on Ethereum, it will not be until the second phase Efinity before the solution will support “assets from *any* blockchain.”

Interest in NFTs has snowballed this week, with Banksy, Grimes, Paris Hilton, and Deadmau5 getting in on the act.

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Exchange listings and NFT boom back Enjin’s (ENJ) 52% rally to a new high

The growing popularity of NFTs and recent exchange listings helped lift Enjin Coin to a new all-time high.

Nonfungible tokens (NFTs) are rapidly becoming a focal point of the cryptocurrency market, as evidenced by stories of millions of dollars being raised in minutes for one-of-a-kind tokenized art pieces and rare collectibles that traders rush to get their hands on. 

One project that has been benefiting greatly from the resurgence of NFTs is Enjin Coin (ENJ), which broke out to a new all-time high of $0.67 on Feb. 25 following its listing on the Crypto.com exchange as well as the launch of spot and perpetual futures trading on FTX.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that ENJ rose 52% from a low of $0.438 on Feb. 24 to a new high of $0.67 before experiencing a pullback to its current price of $0.611.

ENJ/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

A scroll through the project’s Twitter feed details numerous recent partnerships and integrations that have helped fuel Enjin Coin’s price rise.

Minecraft is one of the most notable integrations for the Enjin ecosystem, and users are able to earn special NFTs that unlock secret games inside the video game series.

The platform has also benefited from joining forces with the growing ecosystem of the Binance Smart Chain (BSC), which has launched an NFT educational campaign that Enjin will be part of.

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for ENJ on Feb. 24, several hours before today’s price rise.

The VORTECS™ score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of the historic and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. ENJ price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen on the chart above, the VORTECS™ score for ENJ reached a high of 70 on Feb. 24, shortly before the price began to spike to a new all-time high on Feb. 25.

The growing popularity of the NFT space, along with numerous big-name partnerships has Enjin well-positioned as the current bull market cycle progresses into 2021.

Its recent integration with BSC provides a way to escape high fees on the Ethereum network and could bring a new wave of activity to the Enjin ecosystem.

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