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BTC Breaks Upward as TRON DeFi Tokens Stumble

2020.09.15 Robbie Liu

Today's edition of OKEx Insights' Crypto Market Daily covers Bitcoin, Ethereum, altcoins and DeFi.

The global financial markets started the week on an optimistic note, helping push the price of Bitcoin (BTC) up 3.47% to above $10,700. At the same time, a weakening dollar and sliding United States bond yields helped the gold price record its biggest daily gain this month.

In the cryptocurrency market, major altcoins have also risen, with Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Bitcoin SV (BSV) up 6.16% and 3.61%, respectively. Ether (ETH) has pulled back after peaking at $385 overnight and is now trading at $373. Gas fees on the Ethereum network rose again last night as yield farmers moved around in search of higher yields. 

The decentralized-finance sector underperformed, overall. The price of TRON (TRX) was negatively affected as pressure from yield-farming project SUN's upcoming unlock has made the market less confident in its price. TRX is down 4.35% alongside a sharp decline in various tokens within its ecosystem. For example, tBridge Token (TAI) and Jackpool.finance (JFI) lost 34.33% and 24.30%, respectively. 

Native exchange tokens, which have been making waves in the DeFi sector these days, have retreated after a rapid rise over the weekend. OKB is down 2.97%.

The one exception in the DeFi sector was Nexus Mutual (NXM), which gained 15.31% due to strong insurance demand from yield farmers. NXM has realized more than 130% over the last month. 

The total cryptocurrency market capitalization increased by 3.1% and is back to $354 billion, as per data from CoinGecko. Meanwhile, BTC regained 0.4% of its dominance. 

Top cryptocurrency prices - 9/15
OKEx's Token Index Board is all green, except OKB, as of 6:00 am UTC on Sept. 15. Source: OKEx

Top altcoin gainers and losers 

  • ABT/USDT +28.31%
  • DIA/USDT +19.04%
  • PNK/USDT +18.93%
  • ZYRO/USDT -20.07%
  • JFI/USDT -24.30%
  • TAI/USDT -34.33%

ArcBlock (ABT) is today's biggest gainer and is up 28.31%. DIA and Kleros (PNK) increased by 19.04% and 18.93%, as well. 

The top three losers on today's list are all DeFi tokens. In addition to two tokens in TRON's ecosystem declining in value, ZYRO also fell 20.07%. 

BTC technical analysis

BTC broke through the short-term key resistance level of $10,450 yesterday afternoon and saw increased volume on the breakout. The next resistance level is around $10,900 with an intraday threshold of $10,720. 

BTC price chart - 9/15
OKEx's BTC Perpetual Swap 4h chart — 9/15. Source: OKEx, TradingView

One interesting thing we've noticed is that the BTC long/short ratio continues to decline as prices keep moving upward. The ratio has been down from last Monday's 1.40 to the current 0.77. We suspect this may be due to the current high yield on offer in DeFi.

More than 100,000 BTC has been moved to the Ethereum blockchain for arbitrage-seeking opportunities in yield farming, as per DeFi Pulse data. There is also a need to hedge these coins. However, a too-low long/short ratio is still noteworthy. When hedged short positions are closed, they will act as strong longs. 

OKEx BTC long/short ratio from Sept. 7 to Sept. 15. Source: OKEx

ETH technical analysis

ETH's rebound yesterday was weaker than BTC's. Intraday support is still located at $371. The crowded trading area to the upside is around $385, which could cause the price to stall.

OKEx ETH Perpetual Swap 1h chart — 9/14. Source: OKEx, TradingView

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