Coinbase Announcement Sends Altcoins Sharply Higher
- Coinbase announcement fires up altcoin space.
- Exchange not guaranteeing market listings.
- Ripple (XRP) not being considered yet.
Digital Currencies Jump After US Exchange Considers Support
The cryptocurrency market received a shot in the arm over the weekend when US exchange giant Coinbase announced that it is considering the addition of several new assets to its trading roster. The five coins mentioned, Cardano (ADA), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Stellar Lumens (XLM), ZCash (ZEC) and OX (ZRX) all registered healthy double-digit gains and drove the cryptocurrency market capitalization back above $255 billion, erasing losses seen earlier in the week.
In a series of tweets, Coinbase said that it would be working with local banks and regulators when considering the new assets and that they are not guaranteeing the listing of any of these assets.
“We may list them with partial support, or only in specific jurisdictions. In particular, some assets may become available in other countries before the US.”
Digital tokens normally see a healthy uplift when they are listed as they become available to a wider audience of traders and investors.
Ripple Fans Disappointed
The latest announcement by Coinbase disappointed holders of Ripple (XRP) who continue to seek adoption. The third-largest coin by market capitalization soared at the start of the year on rumours that Coinbase would list the token, before selling off heavily in the last few months when the rumours were denied. Ripple continues to divide the cryptocurrency market over whether the token is a security or not. Ripple bears also point to the substantial holding of XRP held by Ripple co. fuelling heated discussions over XRP’s decentralized nature. Ripple edged higher over the weekend, in-line with the general market, but remains stuck around the $0.44 level.
Ripple Four Hour Price Chart (June 8 – July 16, 2018)
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— Written by Nick Cawley, Analyst.