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Bitcoin Price is Reaching Critical Support Level As Wall Street Dives
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During the previous trading session, Dow Jones fell a record (since its foundation!) 4.6 percent, which could not leave the price of alternative investment assets unaffected. The official reason for the aggravation of the cryptocurrency market situation was the news of China’s blocking its citizens from accessing foreign exchanges and ICO websites. It seems that Chinese regulations have become a bottomless source of possibilities for speculation and price manipulation, although this approach is deplorably uninventive.

Nevertheless, as a result of Monday's events and news, on Feb. 6, the total market capitalization fell to $300 bln- the lowest value since the beginning of December 2017. Bitcoin price lost another 21 percent and predictably dragged the rest of the assets down with it. NEO and Bitcoin Cash were hit the hardest, with losses of 30 and 25 percent respectively. Well, what goes up, must experience a correction. Cardano got tired of carrying the outsider banner and fell “only” by 20 percent. Stellar is looking slightly better than the other coins: it’s also down 20 percent, but not preceded by a painful correction as was the case with Cardano. In general, the decline was 23-25 percent for the top 10 group. Bitcoin dominance continues to grow and is now 36.2 percent.

BTC/USD

As expected, buyers tried to take the initiative at the $7,700-$7,500 level, but the increasing negativity in US markets didn’t allow them to succeed. Thus, Bitcoin price broke through the psychological boundary of $7,000, the level of resistance at the 0.786 Fibonacci retracement, and headed toward the last bastion — $6,000.

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At the moment, bears don’t even need to make a significant effort, because the decline has acquired its own impulse, supported by panic sales. Still, there is a large accumulation of pending purchase orders at the $6,000 level, which means there’s a possibility of a turnaround. Below, there is a set of additional resistances formed by the mirror levels $5,500 and $5,000. Our recommendation: don’t panic and be patient. The denouement is near.

ETH/USD

At the time of writing, Ethereum price reached $625 and found support in the form of an upward channel from November 2017 and the 0.786 Fibonacci retracement. Buyers are actively fighting for this milestone, but further developments will depend on the outcome of the Bitcoin struggle.

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The next supports for Ethereum are strong mirror levels of $550 and $500. An impressive volume was traded at $500. Moreover, it is psychologically significant, which means that buyers will protect it. We recommend that our readers increase purchases in this range.

XLM/USD

Stellar investors had a very good start to the year, but since then the price has dropped more than thrice. Is this a reason to panic? We believe not because the asset is now firmly established both in the top 10 and the minds of crypto-enthusiasts. At the same time, there may never be a better time to invest in Stellar than now. Even though the lower boundary of the rising channel from the end of November 2017 was unable to stop the fall, the situation is far from critical.

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First of all, the current Stellar price of $0.28 updated the minimum of the previous global decline of Jan. 17 by only 10 percent. Second, in case of further correction, strong support is provided by the $0.22-$0.24 range, where the mirror level and the 0.786 Fibonacci retracement are located. In a negative scenario, we can expect a spike in buyers' activity at $0.20. We recommend building up positions in the specified range, especially for those who have not yet added this asset to their portfolio.

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Economics professor John Griffin recently rang alarm bells over the impact of Bitcoin whales on the Bitcoin market. 

Griffin told Bloomberg that a few large players could easily push the BTC price down at a whim. 

"The problem with a few large players holding crypto is that when they sell they can easily push the price down, which makes the market susceptible to rapid swings."  

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Whales are getting more powerful 

According to data released by CoinMetrics, the number of orange coins controlled by deep-pocketed Bitcoin investors reached its highest point in four years in 2019. As of December, a whopping 42.1 percent of Bitcoin's total circulating supply is stored in wallets that hold between 1,000 and 1 mln BTC. 

While crypto exchanges are known to be the owners of the richest Bitcoin addresses, investor Aaron Brown warms some of the new whales on the block are family offices and affluent individuals who are not exactly keen Bitcoin believers who might be tempted to jump ship if things turn south. 

“I doubt they have infinite patience, and without significant growth in actual use, I would expect them to quietly withdraw to chase other promising technologies,” Brown said.

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Becrying Tether's impact on Bitcoin 

Speaking of those who don't believe in Bitcoin, Griffin probably takes the cake as one of the most prominent naysayers. Back in June 2018, together with his colleague Amin Shams, he published a paper that explores how Tether was allegedly responsible for propelling Bitcoin to new highs during the peak of the previous bull market in December 2018. 

At the beginning of November, the two academics came up with an even more shooking claim -- the historic ascent of Bitcoin to its current all-time high of $20,000 was the deed of a single whale on Bitfinex, the affiliated exchange of Tether.

Tether dismissed the updated study as a puff piece that was meant to back up a $1.4 trln lawsuit against the flagship stablecoin issuer. 

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