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Today’s crypto movers: Bitcoin (↑3.34%), Ethereum (↑6.06%), Decred (↓1.35%) and Quant (↑27.27%)

Posted: 18 July 2022 4:38 am
Ethereum Classic (ETC)

The crypto market saw a relief rally with Bitcoin pushing above $22,000.

Bitcoin successfully held above $20,000 for days and it now moved above $22,000, pulling most altcoins higher.

The overall crypto market saw prices change by 2.97% in the last 24 hours, which is a larger move compared to previous days.

Trading volume over the last 24 hours was 4% higher than the recent 7-day average, meaning more traders and investors jumped back in the market.

The two biggest coins: Bitcoin and Ethereum

Bitcoin is the biggest coin by market cap and its price changed by 3.34% over the last 24 hours.

Bitcoin moved above $22,000 after it held above $20,000. However, macroeconomic factors haven’t changed yet, and this move could turn out to be a bull trap.

The second most valuable crypto, Ethereum, saw its price change by 7.71%. Ethereum’s market cap is 36.49% of Bitcoin’s total value.

Ether moved above $1,400, leaving its previous range of $1,000 and $1,200. This move follows the news that Ethereum 2.0 merge would likely happen in September.

Today’s biggest gainers and losers

Big gains happened for Ethereum Classic (ETC) up 17.07%; Theta Fuel (TFUEL), which rose 12.41%; and Lido DAO (LDO) which was up 10.24%. (All figures are based on the last 24 hours of trading at time of writing.)

Ethereum Classic (ETC) is a legacy chain created by forking Ethereum (ETH) after its major 2016 hack. It preserves the original Ethereum blockchain without countering its past decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) hack. The price climb is in sympathy with ETC’s correlated cryptocurrency, ETH.

Theta Fuel (TFUEL) is the second token on the Theta blockchain that serves as the utility token. The Theta blockchain is a decentralized network built for video streaming. Its users share bandwidth and peer-to-peer (P2P) computing resources.

Lido DAO (LDO) provides liquid staking for Ethereum, which allows staking while participating in on-chain activities. It uses its LDO token to vote on protocol parameters and govern the treasury. The price appreciation may be in anticipation of Ethereum’s upcoming Merge.

The largest drops were for UNUS SED LEO (LEO), down 6.61%; The Sandbox (SAND), which fell 2.11%; and Uniswap (UNI), which was down 1.23%.

UNUS SED LEO (LEO) is a utility token for the iFinex ecosystem. It allows Bitfinex users to save money on trading fees.

The Sandbox (SAND) is a blockchain-based virtual world. It allows users to create, build, buy and sell digital assets through a game. SAND, its utility token, facilitates transactions on the platform.

Uniswap (UNI) is one of the most prominent decentralized trading protocols. It features an automated market maker (AMM) that solves liquidity issues with automated solutions. Its UNI token facilitates governance.

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