Reactivated Ethereum pools trigger a 78% surge in THORChain price

RUNE looks ready to extend its gains after the reactivation of ETH-based pools resulted in a 78% rally last week.

Ealier this year THORChain underwent a series of protocol exploits which led to $8 million being drained from its reserves and these successive attack took a heavy tool on RUNE price. This week, the protocol announced that it would re-open its Ethereum pool, along with other altcoin and BTC-based pools and the announcement appears to be having a positive impact on RUNE price.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that since hitting a low of $2.95 on July 20, the price of RUNE has increased 283% to a$11.64 and there is also a noticable uptick in trading volume.

RUNE/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

Two reasons behind the recovery and building strength seen in RUNE include the relaunching of trading capabilities on all five supported blockchains including the Ethereum (ETH) network and the upcoming launch of multiple new projects on the THORChain network.

Ethereum pools are open

The main development driving the momentum behind RUNE has been the reactivation of trading services across all supported blockchain networks, with Ethereum reopening on Oct. 21.

Trading activity was restricted following the April hack and after checking through the code again, the Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Binance Coin (BNB), Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) pools in the process of being reopened.

According to data provided by THORChain, the pent up demand for trading on the protocol was demonstrated by the near instant $2 million in trading volume for ERC-20 tokens minutes after the pool re-opened.

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Future airdrops and token launches

Another reason for the bullish price move for RUNE is the upcoming launch of multiple new projects on the THORChain network which will soon be listed on the Thorstarter (XRUNE) platform, which is a decentralized launchpad for the RUNE ecosystem.

Some of the major upcoming launches include THORSwap, THORWallet, Brokkr Finance, Skipp Swap, DeFiSwap and XDEFI wallet.

According to data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, market conditions for RUNE have been favorable for some time.

The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historical 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. RUNE price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for RUNE has been elevated in the green zone for the majority of the past week and it reached a high of 74 on Oct. 18, around nineteen hours before the price increased 29% over the next two days.

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Privacy-focused altcoins soar after Bitcoin’s ETF news sparks a market-wide rally

Altcoin projects focused on privacy caught a bid today as the bullish sentiment building over a possible Bitcoin ETF approval spreads across the market.

Traders and the market are showing extreme optimism on Oct. 15 after rumors and an assortment of documents suggest that the path toward a Bitcoin ETF approval has fewer obstacles lying ahead.

Following the positive news, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) rallied to nearly $63,000 for the first time since April and multiple altcoins saw their prices book triple-digit gains.

Top 7 coins with the highest 24-hour price change. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the biggest gainers over the past 24-hours were NuCypher (NU), Keep Network (KEEP) and Orchid (OXT).

NuCypher partners with Keep Network

NuCyper is a protocol focused on creating decentralized encryption, access control and key management system services for public blockchains by offering end-to-end encrypted data sharing and decentralized storage solutions.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that after hitting a low of $0.283 in the early trading hours on Oct. 15, the price of new catapulted 535% to an intraday high at $1.80 as its 24-hour trading volume skyrocketed by 19,440% to $2.152 billion.

NU/USD 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

The surge in price and trading volume for NU come as the project helped facilitate the launch of tBTC v2 on the Keep Network with is designed to “extend the censorship-resistant properties of Bitcoin onto every network that can interoperate with Ethereum (ETH).

Censorship-resistance comes to the Ethereum network

Keep Network is a protocol designed to offer privacy-focused infrastructure on public blockchains through the creation of an incentivized network for storing and encrypting private data.

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for KEEP on Oct. 12, prior to the recent price rise.

The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historical 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. KEEP price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for KEEP began to pick up on Oct. 12 and climbed to a high of 75 and the price increased 585% over the next day.

The spike in momentum for KEEP came along with the spike in the price of NU as the two projects collaborated to release tBTC v2 on the Keep Network.

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Blockchain-based VPN service boosts Orchid price

Orchid is a cryptocurrency-powered virtual private network (VPN) that describes itself as “the world’s first incentivized, peer-to-peer privacy network.

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for OXT on Oct. 12, prior to the recent price rise.

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

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for OXT climbed into the green zone on Oct. 12 and reached a high of 75 on Oct. 14, around 15 hours before its price spiked 82% over the next day.

A scroll through the project’s Twitter feed points to an increased focus on privacy concerns as the impetus behind Friday’s price surge, which lines up with the main goals of both Nu and KEEP suggesting that the sector of privacy-related projects could be starting to attract more attention.

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $2.482 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 46.6%.

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Bitcoin-related altcoins surge as BTC ETF rumors spread across the sector

Rumors of an imminent Bitcoin ETF approval are boosting sentiment and prices across the market, but caution is warranted, as it could turn into a buy-the-rumor, sell-the-news event.

On Oct. 14, bulls flexed their muscles and showed their intent to push the price of Bitcoin (BTC) closer to its $65,900 all-time high. One reason for the move is the steady chatter about the possibility of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) being approved by the end of October. 

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that after hitting a low of $54,103 on Oct. 13, the price of Bitcoin rallied 8.2% to an intraday high of $58,532 on Oct. 14 as the ETF discussion made fresh rounds on Crypto Twitter.

BTC/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

The spike above $58,500 is also significant because it marks a 100% increase in the price of BTC since bottoming at $29,193 on July 20, signaling a strong recovery and increasing demand.

Bitcoin’s price performance is also a signal that market participants are back in accumulation mode, a fact that is backed by data from Glassnode showing that the amount of Bitcoin held in wallets of all sizes has been on the rise since the price briefly dipped below $29,000 in mid-June.

Bitcoin hodl waves. Source: Glassnode

Badger DAO brings Bitcoin to DeFi

The rising price and growing bullish sentiment surrounding Bitcoin have also helped bring extra attention to Bitcoin-related projects that aim to facilitate its integration into the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem and add smart contract capabilities to the Bitcoin ecosystem.

One beneficiary is Badger DAO, a decentralized autonomous organization focused on building products and infrastructure around Bitcoin’s utility in DeFi.

Data from and TradingView shows that since Oct. 1, the price of its BADGER token surged 187% from a low of $15.69 to a daily high of $45.09 on Oct. 14 as its 24-hour trading volume increased by 147% to $162 million.

BADGER/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

The surge in the price of BADGER coincides with the token listing on crypto exchange Coinbase Pro.

Related: CME Bitcoin futures open interest hits 8-month high, greater than when BTC price was at $65K

Stacks brings smart contracts to Bitcoin

Another Bitcoin-focused project that has seen a bump in its token price is Stacks, a layer-one blockchain solution aiming to bring smart contracts and decentralized applications to the Bitcoin network.

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for Stacks’ STX coin on Oct. 11, prior to the recent price rise.

The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historical 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. STX price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for STX began to pick up on Oct. 11 and reached a high of 82 around five hours before the price increased 33% over the next two days.

Overall, the ongoing discussions about a Bitcoin ETF continue to help drive speculation and price action across the crypto market, especially for tokens associated with the top cryptocurrency. But a word of caution is warranted, as there is still the possibility that this could turn into a buy-the-rumor, sell-the-news type of event.

It’s also worth noting that the possibility of a Bitcoin ETF has been discussed as far back as 2013, and it was one of the driving forces behind the 2017–2018 bull cycle, so it would be wise to wait for an official announcement from a regulatory body before assuming that the arrival of a BTC ETF is guaranteed.

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VORTECS™ Report: How this quant-style indicator foreshadowed Axie Infinity’s rally to a new ATH

AXS wrested control of the 2021 bull market to become one of the top-performing tokens, and Cointelegraph’s Markets Pro indicators accurately tracked each step of the journey.

Every week, subscribers of Cointelegraph’s Markets Pro data analytics platform receive a detailed breakdown of the top performers of the week and the VORTECS™ Score indicator’s performance in tracking potential bullish and bearish developments.

Here are some of the highlights of the latest report:

  • Axie Infinity Shard (AXS) recorded a new all-time high following a strong VORTECS™ Score.
  • Three out of ten top price movers flashed a VORTECS™ Score of 80 or higher before peaking.
  • NewsQuakes™ alerts gave traders an early signal for NEAR’s and RAY’s double-digit rally.
  • The all-time top VORTECS™ Scorers’ average gains against Bitcoin (BTC) demonstrated that the greatest returns come 24 and 72 hours after assets flash scores of 80 and 90.
  • Community members shared information on interesting tokens and successful trading strategies.

AXS charts its own path to the moon

The stellar run of Axie Infinity’s AXS to a new all-time high at $155.27 also shocked many investors, and it deserves particular attention.

The asset’s whirlwind appreciation follows its growing utility in the virtual Axie Infinity universe where players breed, trade and battle nonfungible token (NFT)-based creatures called Axies to earn AXS alongside another token called Smooth Love Potion (SLP). There are now more than 1.85 million active players in the game, which marks a 4,500% increase since April 2021.

Clearly, the asset has seen quite a few explosive rallies on its way to the current valuation. The data generated throughout this time allowed the VORTECS™ indicator, exclusive to Cointelegraph, to get exceptionally good at recognizing the telltale signs of AXS’ breakouts.

The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph Markets Pro, is an algorithmic comparison of historical and current market and social conditions around a coin calculated from a combination of variables including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.

While the indicator will not tell investors when to go long or short, it can provide insights that are based on historically bullish or bearish conditions for a particular coin. According to the algorithm, the higher the score, the more likely it is that the observed conditions will be historically favorable for the next 12 to 72 hours.

In the case of AXS, historical precedent seems to be particularly instructive.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. AXS price, Sept. 25 – Oct. 2. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

Between Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, AXS gained 76.67% against the U.S. dollar and 56.05% against Bitcoin, reaching a new all-time high above $117.

AXS saw its VORTECS™ Score peak at 87 on Sept. 26 when its price was $63.15, and the model recognized a historically bullish setup of market dynamics and social sentiment. The breakout began some 2 1/2 days later when the token began to steadily climb from $65 to $117 on Oct. 2.

All-time-high scorer

With an overall 60 days during which its VORTECS™ Score hit 80 or higher, AXS remains the second-best all-time performer in terms of high-score days, trailing only THORChain’s RUNE.

However, AXS’ average returns following high scores are much better than those of RUNE.

On average, AXS gained 4% 24 hours after its VORTECS™ Score hit 80, 7% after 48 hours and 10% after 72 hours. When looking at the occasions when the coin hit the 90 VORTECS™ Score mark, the coin’s average returns are even more impressive: 7% after 24 hours, 13% after 48 hours and 21% after 72 hours.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. AXS price, Sept. 29 – Oct. 5. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

The token’s price plateaued on Oct. 2 and 3 after recording its then-all-time high above $117. With the price still flat, AXS’ VORTECS™ Score began sharply rising again, crossing the 80 threshold when it traded for $105 and surging to 96. Fifteen hours after hitting 80, AXS price reached a record $153.70.

Currently, AXS’ VORTECS™ Score is again in the high eighties, so it is quite possible that the feast is not over yet.

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VORTECS™ Report: This key trading algo spotted bullish altcoin setups even as BTC price fell

Even in a red market, solid gains can be made. Here’s how Cointelegraph’s unique trading tools highlighted the assets with the strongest historical outlook.

Last week was challenging for crypto traders, with Sept. 24’s FUD-triggering crypto-ban news out of China wiping out much of the gains investors managed to rake in earlier in the week. Between Sept. 18 and Sept. 25, the top 100 altcoins shed as much as 14.4% of their aggregate value, while Bitcoin (BTC) lost 12.5%.

The number of altcoins posting double-digit returns was unusually low as well. Data from Markets Pro, Cointelegraph’s subscription-based data intelligence platform, shows that only eight assets out of the hundreds tracked gained more than 10% against the U.S. dollar.

While trading is an activity marked by a steady flux of gains and losses, how can investors spot ahead of time the coins that are well-positioned to weather the storm?

The top performers of a tough week

The table below lists the eight altcoins that managed to secure a robust return even amid the sea of red that swept through the market last week.

COTI continued its winning streak, boosted by the recent release of the Coti Treasury white paper, the asset’s listing on Crypto.com and anticipation of a new stablecoin partnership with Cardano.

CELR’s momentum accelerated following the launch of Celer Network’s cross-chain cBridge 2.0, which is designed to facilitate the transfer of digital funds between major blockchains.

The third best performing asset of the week, Trace (TRAC), is the native token of OriginTrail, a blockchain ecosystem and protocol that aims to improve global supply chains by providing infrastructure for trusted data exchange. The token’s valuation has recently been growing on the back of a series of bullish developments, such as United States home improvement business Home Depot’s adoption of the SCAN Trusted Factory solution built on OriginTrail.

TRAC and REN also posted very high VORTECS™ Scores last week. The VORTECS™ Score is a machine learning algorithm that compares historical and current market conditions around crypto assets to help traders make more informed decisions.

The model considers a host of quantitative indicators — including market outlook, price movement, social sentiment and trading activity — to generate a score that assesses whether the current conditions for a coin are historically bullish, neutral or bearish.

Here is how it worked for TRAC and REN last week.

VORTECS™ caught the early signs of a breakout

The VORTECS™ model is optimized to detect patterns of social and market activity that in the past have consistently appeared 12 to 72 hours before the coin’s price shot up. A score of 80 or higher indicates that the observed conditions have a strong history of preceding price increases.

TRAC price vs. VORTECS™ Score. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

The price of TRAC was volatile throughout the week against mostly favorable — low to mid-seventies — VORTECS™ Scores. The peak score of 81 briefly flashed late on Sept. 21 (red circle in the chart), indicating the model’s rising confidence that the patterns of market and social activity around the coin looked historically bullish.

Despite a price downturn that had begun shortly after the peak VORTECS™ Score was registered, TRAC soon saw its fortunes reverse, kicking off a two-day rally from $0.37 to $0.56.

REN price vs. VORTECS™ Score. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

The price of REN had been steadily declining in the first half of the week against the backdrop of a sequence of very strong VORTECS™ Scores.

REN eventually bottomed out at $0.70 before starting to climb again, and the week’s second sequence of VORTECS™ Scores registering 80-plus showed up shortly thereafter. Savvy traders know that an asset whose VORTECS™ Score remains high for a long time — even while the price is flat — can present an excellent profit opportunity.

Sure enough, toward the end of Sept. 23, REN’s price exploded from $0.81 to reach a peak of $1.13 some 29 hours later.

Digital assets do not always behave in ways similar to what has been observed in the past, especially during market downturns.

After all, out of last week’s eight best performers, only two coins generated familiar bullish patterns before their prices exploded. However, the additional insight that the VORTECS™ Score supplies to traders can be indispensable in a situation when very few coins can be expected to beat the struggling market.

Cointelegraph is a publisher of financial information, not an investment adviser. We do not provide personalized or individualized investment advice. Cryptocurrencies are volatile investments and carry significant risks including the risk of permanent and total loss. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Figures and charts are correct at the time of writing or as otherwise specified. Live-tested strategies are not recommendations. Consult your financial advisor before making financial decisions.

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