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Blockstream Raises $125M to Expand Bitcoin Mining Operations

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Blockstream Raises $125M to Expand Bitcoin Mining Operations

Blockstream Inc, a leading Bitcoin and blockchain infrastructure company, has raised  $125 million in a convertible note and secured loan financing. According to the announcement, Blockstream intends to use the money to expand its institutional Bitcoin mining colocation services. The just-concluded fundraising was led by Kingsway Capital and Fulgur Ventures.

This follows last year’s $210 million Series B funding round that was used to expand its institutional Bitcoin mining operations. Additionally, the company used part of the series B funding capital to acquire Spondoolies to design and manufacture its ASIC and enterprise miner.

Blockstream Taps on Bitcoin Market

With $125 million raised through debt financing, Blockstream intends to pick up on what Series B capital managed in Bitcoin mining facilities. Moreover, Blockstream has reported a sharp uptick in demand for its institutional hosting services. Notably, Blockstream has over 500 Megawatts in its development pipeline to expand its Bitcoin mining facility for institutional investors.

“This fundraise allows us to accelerate the YoY revenue growth we created with our 2021 Series B and continue to build infrastructure for the future Bitcoin economy,” said Blockstream President & CFO, Erik Svenson. “We remain focused on reducing risk for institutional bitcoin miners and enabling enterprise users to build high-value use cases on the most secure, robust, and scalable blockchain in the world – Bitcoin.”

Blockstream has secured significant funding support at a time the Bitcoin market is marred with institutional failure including the FTX and Alameda implosion. As such, the company is optimistic it will do better in revenue returns when Bitcoin prices recover from the 2022 bear market.

“With 2022 being punctuated by multiple large-scale centralized parties and protocol failures, we believe this has been a learning experience for the market: that the fundamental value of blockchains is in reducing the need to trust third parties”, said Blockstream CEO Dr. Adam Back.

Crypto Market Outlook

Bitcoin mining facilities were significantly affected by the 2022 crypto crash that saw Bitcoin move from $69k to $15k in less than a year. However, Blockstream reported a strong revenue growth year-over-year (YoY) due to high institutional demand for mining hosting services.

“Blockstream had a strong 2022 with 3x revenue growth from 2021, & strong demand for hosting into 2023 to expand for, with a return to a bullish market, with Bitcoin up 40% in the first 3 weeks of 2023 alone.”

– Blockstream CEO @adam3us for @btc

— Blockstream (@Blockstream) January 25, 2023

Nonetheless, the crypto market may not be out of the woods yet with increased sell pressure from miners and short-term holders. For instance, Bitcoin mining company Greenridge avoided bankruptcy last December after it raised approximately $74 million in capital in the last minutes from New York Digital Investment Group.

Founded in 2014, Blockstream has developed a wide range of products that are changing the landscape of Bitcoin adoption by institutional investors. For instance, Blockstream offers a liquid network and a Bitcoin layer-2 network for digital asset issuance.

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Shiba Inu Observes Highest Rise In Burn Rate – Is This Normal?

SHIB token burn rates are seemingly rising on the Shiba Inu network. The current number of Shiba Inu burn trackers is quite surprising. However, data shows it is due to the degenerative performance of the SHIB burning machine.

On-chain data shows that the SHIB burn rate observed a massive 1682.07% increase over the past 24 hours. That is the highest percentage rise in the burn rate on the SHIB network in the past few months.

Why Is SHIB Burn Rate Increasing?

In detail, the number of burnt tokens on the Shiba Inu network did not exceed 1 million SHIB on January 26. Yesterday’s amount was one of the lowest numbers of assets developers has burned on the network. So, the seeming spike in burn rate could be due to a default in the SHIB burning machine yesterday.

According to analysts, this percentage spike wasn’t triggered by increased network activity. Also, it didn’t represent a large number of actually burnt tokens. 

Token burns help to reduce the number of coins in circulation. It helps increase an asset’s scarcity and possibly boost the token’s price when increased supply pushes it down.

For instance, on January 17, the SHIB token burn surged by 613% within 24 hours, and the coin broke the bearish traders’ expectations, rising above 20% on the day. However, a surge in price did not accompany the recent rise in the token burn rate.

Also, some SHIB whale activities indicate that top investors have lost faith in the meme coin as many whales keep moving chunks of Shiba Inu positions on exchanges. 

3,312,307,240,798 #SHIB (38,257,148 USD) transferred from unknown wallet to unknown wallethttps://t.co/0mdLkwpPQQ

— Whale Alert (@whale_alert) January 26, 2023

This could mean that short-term traders don’t believe the asset couldn’t rise above the resistance level, helping them earn profit. 

New SHIB Whales Emerge – What’s Next?

While some whales sell off their tokens, a new address is buying the dip, accumulating large amounts of SHIB tokens, and maybe awaiting the next bull market. Data shows that a new crypto wallet became a Shiba Inu whale address on Thursday, January 26, 2022.

The new wallet became a whale address after receiving 3.3 billion SHIB worth about $38.9 million. Etherscan revealed that the sending address moved funds from different wallets before transferring the tokens to the receiver, now the newest SHIB whale. This move further confirms our suspicion that smaller investors are giving up their positions.

According to the blockchain whale tracker, Whale Alert, the wallet also received 1 billion PAW tokens a few minutes after sweeping the SHIB token. With the current balance, the new whale is now the world’s 30th-largest SHIB holder.

This recent accumulation came after the world’s 26th-largest SHIB holder swept 150 billion tokens into its wallet. The token sweep occurred through four transaction clusters within three hours on January 23.

So while short-term investors might be selling their positions due to falling SHIB prices, some could be accumulating in anticipation of future gains from the upcoming Shibarium launch.

Shiba Inu is currently trading at $0.00001188 with a 24-hour increase of 1.28% and a 7-day price surge of 0.2%. In addition, the meme coin has seen a 14-day price surge of 22.1% and a 30-day rally of 41.4%.

Featured Image From Pixabay Kevin_Y, Chart From Tradingview

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AAVE Seeks Proposal To Clear Itself Of Bad Debt – Can It Overcome These Obstacles?

The lending platform AAVE has been enjoying positive news lately. According to reports, AAVE has passed a governance proposal that would eradicate all bad debt it accumulated when Avraham Eisenberg, orchestrator of the Mango Markets exploit, targeted the platform’s Ethereum V2 liquidity pool back in November 2022. 

However, the governance token of the platform, AAVE, has not responded either positively or negatively. According to data from CoinGecko, the token registered losses in the daily and weekly time frames. But these losses are too miniscule to revert the token’s gains from the start of the year. 

 With the launch of AAVE’s V3 on its mainnet, the crypto might be in a position to tally new highs if the situation permits it. 

The Gist Of The Proposal & On-Chain Developments

Based on the proposal, the token has over 2,677,749 units of CRV in debt on its Ethereum V2 CRV reserve. This is worth, at the date of the proposal, over $2.5 million. The proposal would use V2’s stablecoin reserve to buy the necessary number of units of CRV to pay the debt.

This obviously was accepted by the community positively, being implemented immediately by January 25th. This would reverse the damage of the exploit attempt, proving the liquidity of the protocol. 

The deployment of AAVE’s V3 on Ethereum was also implemented. According to DefiLlama, the crypto is in the top 4 among all platforms. AAVE V3, the Ethereum pool deployment, has over $526.52 million total value locked. 

At $86.02, What’s In Store For AAVE? 

The token is currently consolidating around the $85.8 support range. This could be a sign that the token still has room to regain lost ground from 2022’s bear market. However, this can only be achieved if the token closes with a green candle to continue AAVE’s rally when the year started. 

Investors and traders should target the token’s current resistance at $90.15. If the bulls can consolidate at the token’s present support, we can see an upward push towards $94.70. 

Investors should also monitor the token’s correlation with Bitcoin and Ethereum as these would have a big influence on its price movement in the short to medium term.

As these major cryptocurrencies retest their crucial resistances, a breakthrough by either one or both of these coins would boost AAVE’s momentum to regain lost ground. 

With this in mind, investors and traders should exercise caution in the short to medium term as the token can still be clawed by the bears to revert back to $78.65.

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Litecoin (LTC) Displays Consolidation – Can We Expect A Reversal Soon?

The Litecoin price has shown considerable recovery ever since it reached its bottom in December 2022. LTC secured almost 50% appreciation in January this year. Currently, however, the altcoin has witnessed a price pullback and is consolidating on its daily chart.

Over the last 24 hours, the Litecoin price moved down by 0.3%, which signified a range-bound movement. The altcoin also lost close to 3% of its market value. The technical outlook of Litecoin pointed towards bullish momentum as demand for the altcoin remained high on the daily chart.

Accumulation also reflected the same. Price noted a decline as LTC receded from the overbought zone. Buyers still have the upper hand on the chart.

A continued fall in accumulation will cause bears to secure Litecoin’s price action. That momentum would continue for the upcoming week, causing LTC to fall below its nearest support level. At the time of writing, LTC was trading 78% below its all-time high set in 2021.

Litecoin Price Analysis: One-Day Chart

LTC was trading at $88.11 at the time of writing. The coin has pierced through several resistance lines over the past several weeks but has failed to hold on to the momentum. LTC met with two rigid resistance levels before it started to move south again.

The two important resistance lines for the coin stood at $90 and $92. Immediate resistance stood at $90. If demand for the altcoin remains steady, then LTC might attempt to breach the $90 price mark.

On the flipside, the nearest support line for the Litecoin price stood at $86, and a continued price correction will force LTC to fall below the $86 price mark and settle at $82. The amount of LTC traded in the last session was red, indicating a fall in buyers.

Technical Analysis

The altcoin has been hovering in the overbought region for several weeks now, and at the moment there is a slight fall in demand for Litecoin. The Relative Strength Index stood a little below the 60-mark after it noted a recent downtick indicating that demand was shrinking.

A reading close to the 60-mark, however, signifies that buyers outnumbered sellers. In accordance with that, LTC price shot past the 20-Simple Moving Average (SMA) line as buyers were driving the price momentum in the market.

The coin was also above the 50-SMA (yellow) and 200-SMA (green) lines, indicating increased bullishness.

Concerning the fall in buying pressure, the LTC chart displayed a sell signal on the one-day chart. The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD), which depicts market momentum, underwent a bearish crossover and formed red signal bars tied to sell signals.

This could also imply that the price will fall in the coming trading sessions. The Parabolic SAR, the indicator that reads the trend and change in price momentum, was still positive. The dotted lines were below the candlesticks, suggesting that the LTC price was still positive.

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