17 Jul, 23

Weekly Crypto Market Wrap, 17th July 2023

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Week in Review

Winners & Losers

Data source: TradingView

Market Highlights

  • Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies experienced a whirlwind of a week, largely influenced by the XRP ruling on Thursday. For three consecutive weeks now, BTC has remained within its range-bound structure between 30,000 and 31,600. A potential break from the upper end of this range was finally tested, which came in the aftermath of XRP’s partial case victory. The primary beneficiaries of this initial move were XRP and other SEC-targeted altcoins, while BTC and ETH also saw an uptick leading into Friday. While the news was generally perceived as positive, the array of remaining unknowns related to the impact of the case more broadly led to a short-lived spike in BTC, which entirely reverted by the week’s end, returning to its starting level at the 30,000 handle.
  • Traditional markets moved higher this week on the back of positive US inflation data. The S&P 500 (SPX) gained 2.42% while the Dollar Index (DXY) fell -2.26% continuing the impressive 2023 for risk assets. BTC failed to create any bullish momentum on the back of this and remains range bound. The next major event markets will be looking towards is the FOMC meeting on the 26th of July (US time). Early indications suggest the Fed will resume its hiking cycle with a 25-basis point hike. Any weakness in the markets could see BTC lose the 30,000 support level.

Last Weeks Data Highlights:
US CPI Data (YoY) – Actual: 3%, Consensus: 3.1%
US Core CPI Data (YoY) – Actual 4.8%, Consensus 5%
US PPI Data (YoY) – Actual: 0.1%, Consensus: 0.4%
US Core PPI Data (YoY) – Actual 2.4%, Consensus 2.6%

  • In broader news, the CEO of Multichain, a cross-chain bridge, was arrested by Chinese police in May 2023, with all his devices and hardware wallets seized. Subsequently, suspicious transfers via the Multichain bridge followed, and now it has become apparent that the CEO’s sister took control of the transferred user assets before she was also taken into police custody. Simultaneously, the Fantom (FTM) ecosystem has been facing severe difficulties as a result of the theft – forming a significant discrepancy between its price and the health of the ecosystem. Following the shutdown of several large projects and a massive 99% drop in total value locked (TVL), a pivotal shift is needed here for a revival in FTM. The FTM token itself has been serving as a safe haven with a number of stablecoins depegging, which has been supporting its price, and we see a further downside here in FTM in the short term with the chain severely impacted by the Multichain collapse.  One potential way to play this can be to short FTM with a hedged ETH long position.

Data source: DefiLlama – Fantom TVL  

SEC vs Ripple (XRP) Ruling

  • A recent U.S. court ruling partially favouring Ripple Labs could potentially alter the landscape of the SEC’s enforcement in the cryptocurrency space, particularly benefiting other token issuers, exchanges, and retail investors. The court’s decision distinguished between the sale contract and the underlying token, implying that not all tokens are securities. This may undermine the SEC’s tactic of alleging securities status to force delisting, allowing continued circulation of tokens to launch via alternative distribution methods such as exchange launches and airdrops. Despite this, the decision could spell massive penalties for Ripple, as it was found to have sold unregistered securities in the form of XRP tokens to institutions via an escrow in their initial launch period. The most likely segment we see this impacting is the operations of token-focused crypto funds, since primary purchases are directly labelled as securities transactions.
  • The ruling has provided potential defence against allegations for platforms like Coinbase and Binance. However, the ruling may not provide full regulatory or legal clarity for the broader digital assets sector, and its impact could depend on how well its fact-specific arguments align with the circumstances of other entities in the market. The market’s response to the decision was positive, with Ripple’s XRP token price surging by up to 96% and $COIN also surging by 24% during Friday’s session. The ruling’s implications may prompt Congress to clarify when a token is and isn’t a security, specifying issuers’ obligations and buyers’ rights. The ruling may spell trouble for Ripple in the longer term, but its repercussions could provide legal shielding for other token issuers, exchanges, and retail investors.

What to Watch 

  • China’s GDP and industrial production reports, on Sunday.
  • US manufacturing index and Australia’s monetary policy minutes, on Monday.
  • Canada’s CPI and US retail sales reports, on Tuesday.
  • BNB Beacon Chain’s hard fork upgrade and UK’s CPI, on Wednesday.
  • US unemployment claims, on Thursday.

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* Index used:

  Bitcoin    EthereumGoldEquities        High Yield Corporate Bonds      CommoditiesTreasuryYields
BTCETHPAXG        S&P 500, ASX 200, VT      HYG  SPGSCIU.S. 10Y

FAQs

What were the major events in the crypto market for the week of 17th July 2023?

Major events included Ripple partially winning its case against the SEC, Standard Chartered boosting its 2024 Bitcoin forecast to $120,000, and the SEC formally accepting BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF application. Additionally, Coinbase shares skyrocketed following the SEC v Ripple ruling, and Binance’s BNB Chain was set to undergo a hard fork upgrade.

What was the outcome of the SEC vs Ripple (XRP) case?

Ripple partially won its case against the SEC, with the court ruling that XRP is not a security. This ruling could potentially alter the landscape of the SEC’s enforcement in the cryptocurrency space, particularly benefiting other token issuers, exchanges, and retail investors.

What was the market response to the SEC vs Ripple (XRP) ruling?

The market’s response to the decision was positive, with Ripple’s XRP token price surging by up to 96% and Coinbase shares also surging by 24% during Friday’s session. The ruling’s implications may prompt Congress to clarify when a token is and isn’t a security, specifying issuers’ obligations and buyers’ rights.

What were the market highlights for Bitcoin (BTC) during the week of 17th July 2023?

Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies experienced a whirlwind of a week, largely influenced by the XRP ruling on Thursday. For three consecutive weeks, BTC remained within its range-bound structure between 30,000 and 31,600. A potential break from the upper end of this range was finally tested, which came in the aftermath of XRP’s partial case victory.

What were the major events in traditional markets during the week of 17th July 2023?

Traditional markets moved higher this week on the back of positive US inflation data. The S&P 500 (SPX) gained 2.42% while the Dollar Index (DXY) fell -2.26%, continuing the impressive 2023 for risk assets. The next major event markets will be looking towards is the FOMC meeting on the 26th of July (US time). Early indications suggest the Fed will resume its hiking cycle with a 25-basis point hike.

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