This article provides an overview of how Bitcoin (BTC), XRP, Litecoin (LTC), Tezos (XTZ), and Chainlink (LINK) have been doing over the past 24-hour period, covers recent news that might have affected their prices (or might do so in the future), and looks at interesting tweets about these cryptoassets from prominent members of the crypto community.
To give you a rough idea of how well the crypto markets are doing today, 14 out of the top 20 cryptoassets (by market cap) are currently in the green (against the dollar).
All market data used in this article was taken between 12:20 UTC and 13:05 UTC on 3 May 2020 from CryptoCompare, which also provided the price charts shown in this article.
Bitcoin, which stated the year at $7,183, is current at $8,984, which means that it is up 25.07% so far in 2020. In contrast to the cryptocurrency that is quite often referred to as “digital gold”, physical gold is up 12.06% for the year-to-date (YTD) period, according to data from GoldPrice.org.
Bitcoin’s YTD performance is even more impressive when you consider that the S&P 500 is down 13.11% in 2020 (according to data from Google Finance):
Bitcoin’s next (third) halving event is on May (i.e. in less than nine days), and there are many who are expecting in the run-up to this event. However, this is by no means a certainly since during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Bitcoin has been showing a moderate amount of positive correlation to the S&P 500 index, and if there is more bad news about COVID-19 cases or the U.S. economy, this could negatively impact the price of Bitcoin.
XRP, which started the year at $0.1927, is currently at $0.2218, which means that it is up 15.10% so far in 2020.
On Thursday (April 30), Ripple released its “Q1 2020 XRP Markets Report”. Ripple publishes this quarterly report to “voluntarily provide transparency and regular updates on the company’s views on the state of the XRP market, including quarterly programmatic and institutional sales updates, relevant XRP-related announcements such as Xpring and RippleNet partnerships and commentary on previous quarter market developments.”
Ripple reminded us that since Q2 2019, it has been using “a more conservative volume benchmark for XRP sales, away from CoinMarketCap and to CryptoCompare Top Tier (CCTT).”
In Q2 2019, Ripple “significantly reduced XRP sales.” And in Q3 2019 and Q4 2019, Ripple “further reduced XRP sales and paused programmatic sales.”
This appraoch was maintained in Q1 2020, with total XRP sales for this quarter coming to $1.75 million vs. $13.08 million in Q4 2019. Programmatic sales of XRP stayed paused, with the company “focusing solely on its over-the-counter (OTC) sales to build XRP utility and liquidity in strategic regions including EMEA and Asia.”
Litecoin, which is the 7th most valuable cryptoasset by market cap, began the year at $41.20 and is currently at $48.67, which means that it is up 18.13% so far in 2020.
Weiss Crypto Ratings, a crypto-focused division of ratings agency Weiss Ratings, has an overall rating of “B-” for Litecoin (same as XRP).
On Friday (May 1), David Burkett, the Grin developer who is leading the project to add privacy support to Litecoin via the MimbleWimble (MW) protocol, provided an update on the progress achieved in April 2020:
XTZ, which is the 10th most valuable cryptoasset by market cap, started the year at $1.347 and is currently at $2.786, which means that it is up a mere 106.83% so far in 2020.
As Coindesk reported last Thursday (April 30), Tezos has become the latest blockchain to decide to use Chainlink for oracle services.
A joint press release announced that two indepedent teams of Tezos developers — Smart Chain Arena and Cryptonomic — “are making Chainlink natively available to all developers building on Tezos.” The two firms are “working together to make Chainlink the go-to oracle solution for developers connecting their Tezos smart contracts to real world data and systems.”
It went on to say that “integrating natively with Chainlink allows Tezos developers to harness the power of decentralized oracle networks to securely and reliably access key off-chain resources and use them in their on-chain applications.”
LINK, which is the 12th most valuable cryptoasset by market cap, started the year at $1.76 and is currently at $3.761, which means that it is up an incredible 113.69% in 2020.
in the addition to the work being done to integrate Tezos and Chainlink, which was mentioned above, last Wednesday (April 29), Bancor announced the second major version of the Bancor Protocol. One of Bancor V2’s main new features is “a new automated market maker (AMM) liquidity pool integrated with Chainlink price oracles that eliminates the risk of impermanent loss for both stable and volatile tokens.”
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