The crypto markets are on a strong upswing today, July 8, as data from Coin360 shows, with with Bitcoin (BTC) pushing the $7,000 price point. Virtually all of the top 100 coins by market cap are green on the day to press time.
The markets have seen just over a week of solid consolidation of gains first claimed in their late June rebound, and today appear to be pushing even higher resistance levels.
Market visualization from Coin360
Bitcoin is trading around $6,752 to press time, up 3 percent over the 24-hour period, bringing its weekly gains to a solid 6-7 percent. The top cryptocurrency gained over $230 in value in the space of a little over one hour this afternoon, seeing a sharp 3.5 percent gain, before trading sideways for the rest of the day.
Bitcoin price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Bitcoin Price Index
Top altcoin Ethereum (ETH) is trading around $489 to press time, up almost 5 percent over the past 24 hours, and almost 9 percent on the week. The coin's intraday high peaked at $492.56, bringing it tantalizingly close to reclaiming the round $500 price point.
Ethereum price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Ethereum Price Index
On CoinMarketCap's listings, the top ten coins by market cap are all solidly in the green, with gains of within a 2 to 7 percent range.
Among the top ten cryptocurrencies, IOTA (MIOTA) is currently seeing the most growth over the past 24 hours, up almost 7 percent and trading around $1.12 to press time.
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is up a solid 5 percent over the 24-hour period, trading around $766 to press time.
Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is now at around $276.6 billion at press time, having gained a vertiginous $13 billion in the space of about two hours earlier today to reach $279.5 billion.
Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies from CoinMarketCap
There has been a recent steady stream of high-profile positive news in the crypto and blockchain space that could account for today's wave of confidence.
Two key appointments have been announced, with Facebook's Director of Engineering of three years moving to the same position at the company's recently established blockchain team.
Meanwhile, the Winklevoss twins' Gemini crypto exchange has hired former New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Chief Information Officer Robert Cornis as its first-ever Chief Technology Officer.
Bullish news for the global crypto landscape include yet further signs that the government of South Korea -- historically a major crypto market -- is considering easing its hardline
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Security and control over your money Bitcoin transactions are secured by military grade cryptography. Nobody can charge you money or make a payment on your behalf. So long as you take the required steps to protect your wallet, Bitcoin can give you control over your money and a strong level of protection against many types of fraud.
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Choose your own fees There is no fee to receive bitcoins, and many wallets let you control how large a fee to pay when spending. Most wallets have reasonable default fees, and higher fees can encourage faster confirmation of your transactions. Fees are unrelated to the amount transferred, so it's possible to send 100,000 bitcoins for the same fee it costs to send 1 bitcoin.
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Balances - block chain The block chain is a shared public ledger on which the entire Bitcoin network relies. All confirmed transactions are included in the block chain. This way, Bitcoin wallets can calculate their spendable balance and new transactions can be verified to be spending bitcoins that are actually owned by the spender. The integrity and the chronological order of the block chain are enforced with cryptography.
Transactions - private keys A transaction is a transfer of value between Bitcoin wallets that gets included in the block chain. Bitcoin wallets keep a secret piece of data called a private key or seed, which is used to sign transactions, providing a mathematical proof that they have come from the owner of the wallet. The signature also prevents the transaction from being altered by anybody once it has been issued. All transactions are broadcast between users and usually begin to be confirmed by the network in the following 10 minutes, through a process called mining.
Processing - mining Mining is a distributed consensus system that is used to confirm waiting transactions by including them in the block chain. It enforces a chronological order in the block chain, protects the neutrality of the network, and allows different computers to agree on the state of the system. To be confirmed, transactions must be packed in a block that fits very strict cryptographic rules that will be verified by the network. These rules prevent previous blocks from being modified because doing so would invalidate all following blocks. Mining also creates the equivalent of a competitive lottery that prevents any individual from easily adding new blocks consecutively in the block chain. This way, no individuals can control what is included in the block chain or replace parts of the block chain to roll back their own spends.