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Monero (XMR) Technical Analysis – Not Out Of The Woods – Just Yet

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Unlike many cryptocurrencies that are derivatives of Bitcoin (BTC), Monero (XMR) is based on the CryptoNight proof-of-work (PoW) hash algorithm, which comes from the CryptoNote protocol. It possesses significant algorithmic differences relating to blockchain obfuscation. By providing a high level of privacy, Monero (XMR) is fungible, meaning that every unit of the currency can be substituted by another unit. This makes Monero (XMR) different from public-ledger cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), where addresses with coins previously associated with the undesired activity can be blacklisted and have their coins refused by other users.

In particular, the ring signatures mix the spender’s input with a group of others, making it exponentially more difficult to establish a link between each subsequent transaction. Also, the “stealth addresses” generated for each transaction make it impossible to discover the actual destination address of a transaction by anyone else other than the sender and the receiver. Finally, the “ring confidential transactions” mechanism hides the transferred amount.

Monero (XMR) is designed to be resistant to application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) mining, which is commonly used to mine other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC).

With a bit of background out of the way, last Summer, like many of its brethren, Monero was trading in a very tight manner and not doing much from a price perspective trading within the 30-40 range. At that particular time, your Author was keenly monitoring the action and was of the thought that XMR was an underappreciated and undervalued name that in essence, was neglected via the entire crypto universe of investors/traders.

However, all of that changed, as did the entire cryptocurrency landscape, when in late August, XMR awoke from its slumber and broke-out in massive fashion going on to produce 10X plus returns into the late December all-time highs with a print of 477.

Fast forward to today, and like its counterparts, XMR has and continues to find present conditions challenging – to say the least. Thus, let’s take a look at what the technical picture may have in store via the Chart below as we attempt to navigate the field without stepping on any potential landmines that may lurk in the weeds.

As we can observe from the daily chart above, XMR presently finds itself trading below its 20 (yellow line); 50 (blue line) and 200 (red line) day moving averages, respectively, which constitutes and unfavorable technical posture.

In addition, we can also witness that Monero is trading within a down channel, represented via the purple diagonal lines constructed.

Furthermore, XMR has recently broken important support located at the 160 level, which has precipitated further decline, where we presently reside in the mid 150’s area.

When we zoom out to the weekly time-frame, we can see from the Chart below that XMR is flirting with critical potential support at the 150 level (light blue horizontal line) and just how important that level is with respect to the present technical make-up.

That being said, both investors/traders may want to pay extremely close attention to the action in XMR (as well as the entire cryptocurrency space) in the days/weeks ahead. While we suspect that XMR, as well as the entire cryptocurrency sphere, is due for some price relief from the recent selling pressure and may enjoy some upside price action as a result, we certainly are not of the belief that should such relief indeed materialize, that we are in any way out of the woods just yet, technically speaking.

Thus, let’s take a look at specific levels that may shed some light as well as additional clues with regards to a direction moving forward.

If, at any point in the days ahead, XMR is capable of recapturing the 160 level (former support now turned short-term potential resistance), such development, should it occur, would be a start. More importantly, if XMR can clear its 20DMA (yellow line) presently at 187.40ish as well as the 198.30 level, such accomplishment, should it materialize, would certainly alleviate some pressure. Needless to say, even if the aforementioned were to occur in the days ahead, XMR would still be trading beneath its 50 (blue line) and 200 (red line) day moving averages and remain in a poor/unfavorable technical posture.

On the flip-side of the coin, should XMR breach the 150 level and be unable to recapture such figure within a 48-72HR period, the probability and likelihood of a downdraft to the 80-85 zone, noted via the purple horizontal line on the weekly time-frame above, becomes a viable and real possibility.

Therefore, while we certainly suspect some short-term price relief in the days/weeks ahead, the technical damage inflicted during the past several weeks throughout the entire cryptocurrency universe requires time and repair.

Those who are trading this tape, be sure to keep things on a tight leash and honor your stops as risk management is a priority and paramount, as always!

Happy Trading!!

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //

Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.

Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.

The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.

NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more.

NFTs are already being actively traded in markets globally. For…

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Should Crypto Projects Devote Resources to Community Growth and Marketing?

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2020 has been an incredible year for crypto as investors have generated windfall profits and crypto projects have seen their businesses gain the spotlight they’ve been looking for.  While Bitcoin has received most of the attention after major institutional investors announced they were accumulating the increasingly scarce asset, many altcoins have also seen their fair share of glory.  When looking at all the big winners of the past year, the first project that probably comes to mind is Chainlink, having appreciated by more than 550% YTD and now valued at over $4.5 billion.  But, the actual biggest winner of the year is HEX with a YTD return of over 5,000%.

I mention both of the above projects as they have each taken slightly different paths to achieve greatness.  Chainlink has devoted resources toward building a fundamentally sound business with many strategic partnerships while HEX has spent vast sums of money on marketing and promotion.  Both approaches are valid, but one thing is certain, it is absolutely imperative for crypto projects to let the crypto community know what makes them special.  Of course, one of the reasons that makes crypto so valuable is the powerful blockchain technology that most projects are utilizing.

Cryptocurrency vs. Blockchain Technology

It’s important to make a distinction between blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  Although they are often used interchangeably, they are different.  Blockchain technology and crypto were both created after the 2008 financial crisis, but cryptocurrency…

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XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24th December, 2020, // ChainWire //

The XENO NFT Hub (https://xno.live) will provide a crypto-powered digital items and collectables trading platform allowing users to create, buy, and sell NFTs. Additionally it will support auction based listings, governance and voting mechanisms, trade history tracking, user rating and other advanced features.

As a first step towards its fully comprehensive service, XENO NFT Hub launched a recent VIP service to select users and early adopters in December 2020 with plans for a full Public Beta to open in June 2021. 

“NFTs are extremely flexible in their usage, from digital event tickets to artwork, and while NFTs have a very wide spectrum of uses and categories XENO will initially focus its partnership efforts and its own item curation on three primary areas: gaming, sports & entertainment, and collectibles.”, said XENO NFT Hub president Anthony Di Franco.

He also added “This does not mean we will prohibit other types of NFTs from our ecosystem However, it simply means that XENO’s efforts as a company will be targeted into these verticals initially as a cohesive business approach.”

Development and Procurement Lead, Gabby Dizon explained, “Despite our initial focus, we found ourselves with a unique opportunity to host some of the works of Mr. Hiro Yamagata. We are collaborating with Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata to enshrine some of his artwork into NFTs.”

Mr. Yamagata has been…

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