First Mover Asia: Bitcoin Continues to Look East for Strength
Good morning. Here’s what’s happening:
Prices: A busy economic week in China with plenty of data releases scheduled might be what it takes to get bitcoin out of its slump.
Insights: On-chain indicators show that bitcoin’s (BTC) current price exceeds the cost basis for 70% of unique addresses.
Bitcoin and ether (ETH) remain fairly flat as Asia starts its business day, despite concerns over the accessibility of future access to banking rails in the U.S.
Bitcoin is trading at $23,441, down 0.9% in the last 24 hours, while ether is down 1.2% and trading at $1,646.
In the last 24 hours, access to banking for crypto companies in the U.S. has become a greater concern. Silvergate, which has marketed itself as a crypto-friendly bank, has seen the majority of its client base depart for rival Signature after it delayed filing its annual report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In late December, Signature said it was looking to reduce its crypto-related deposits by $10 billion and is being sued for “substantially facilitating” comingling of funds at FTX.
All this is coming after a Jan. 3 joint press release from the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) that presented concern over the risks crypto assets place on banking organizations.
At the same time, there continues to be optimism coming out of the East.
It’s going to be a busy week in China for data releases.
On Tuesday, it's set to release data on the balance of trade figures for January and February. Analysts are expecting a major jump from $78 billion for the last period to $100 billion.
Year-over-year export and import data for the period is also expected to improve. Earlier this week, upbeat manufacturing data from China pushed bitcoin up by 4%.
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Most Bitcoin Addresses Are Profitable.
By Glenn Williams Jr.
A full 70% of Bitcoin addresses are profitable, according to data from on-chain analytics firm Glassnode.
The “Percent Addresses in Profit” indicator illustrates the percentage of unique addresses whose average purchase price sits below the current price for bitcoin. Historically readings below 50 have indicated that BTC is oversold, and thus, represent a potential bottom.
Readings above 95% indicate a potential top. Bitcoin’s current reading falls very much in line with an asset that has been trading in a tight range, as BTC has recently.
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