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Bitcoin (BTC) was sliding after a surprisingly strong performance on Thursday – a 5.1% gain that was the largest cryptocurrency’s best single-day return in two weeks.
“Bitcoin continues to display strong resilience in the face of a broader risk-averse mood in financial markets,” Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at the foreign-exchange brokerage Oanda, wrote in an investor update. “Given it is the ultimate risk asset, this is quite surprising and perhaps even encouraging.”
Traditional markets were reeling Friday from signs that there’s no easy fix for the global economic challenges, with activity slowing or possibly even contracting, inflation still persistent and central bankers ratcheting monetary conditions tighter.
The U.K. pound tumbled as the government announced a plan to stimulate the economy through tax cuts – prompting fresh inflation warnings from economists and leading traders to bet on faster interest-rate hikes by the Bank of England.
The dollar surged to a new record valuation in foreign-exchange markets, which is likely seen as a negative for bitcoin, because the cryptocurrency often trades in an inverse relationship to the greenback. As of press time, bitcoin was changing hands around $18,900.
The CoinDesk Market Index was roughly flat over the past 24 hours.
Arthur Hayes, former CEO of crypto exchange BitMEX, wrote in his latest blog post that he thinks ether (ETH), the second-largest cryptocurrency, will outperform bitcoin following last week’s successful completion of the Ethereum blockchain’s Merge: “The price of ETH continues to get smoked due to deteriorating USD liquidity, but give the changes in the supply and demand dynamics time to percolate. Check back in a few months, and I suspect you’ll see that the dramatic reduction in supply has created a strong and rising floor on the price.”
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Ethereum Miners’ $319M Crypto Hoard Hangs Over Market After Merge
In the years and months leading up to the Ethereum blockchain’s historic shift last week to a more energy-efficient system, data miners working for rewards on the network had accumulated nearly $341 million worth of the cryptocurrency ether (ETH).
Now, a week after the Merge, crypto analysts are warning that miners’ sales of their hoards could become a source of near-term, downward pressure on the cryptocurrency’s price, with the market already sinking by 19% in the past month.
“Miners dumping their ETH is an overhang that we’ll have to get through over the coming months in order to resume up-only mode, but it will happen,” Lucas Campbell, editor of the Bankless newsletter, wrote Monday.
Ethereum miners dumped more than 16,000 ETH from Sept. 12 to Sept. 19. (The Merge took effect on Sept. 15.) The decline reduced the miners’ combined balance to about 245,000 ETH, or about $319 million worth.
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Lido’s stETH Trades Almost at Par With Ether
- Prices Point: Bitcoin slid on Friday after gaining 5.1% on Thursday, but overall, the cryptocurrency has been resilient under tough market conditions.
- Market Move: Ethereum miners have $319 million in ether that they theoretically could start dumping, which would weigh on the price.
- Chart of the Day: The discount between the price of liquid-staking protocol Lido’s staked ether (stETH) and the price of ether (ETH) has pretty much evaporated, according to data source Dune Analytics.
- The discount between the price of liquid-staking protocol Lido’s staked ether (stETH) and the price of ether (ETH) has pretty much evaporated, according to data source Dune Analytics.
- Investors have piled into stETH since the Ethereum blockchain switched to proof-of-stake technology on Sept. 15.
- According to Nansen, the so-called “smart money” has poured $33 million into the stETH token in seven days.
- The token came under pressure early this month as some investors switched to ether to collect a potential Ethereum fork token ETHPoW.
- Celsius Shareholders File to Stake Their Claim in Bankruptcy Payouts: A motion filed by lawyers says the Celsius bankruptcy is “all about the customers” and “without regard for the equity holders.”
- Binance Hired Compliance SVP From Rival Crypto Exchange Kraken: Steven Christie, who spent nearly five years at Kraken, joined Binance in May, according to a report.
- Metaverse Infrastructure Firm Hadean Raises $30M From Fortnite Developer, Others: The round was led by Molten Ventures and included contributions from 2050 Capital, Alumni Ventures, Aster Capital, Entrepreneur First and InQTe.