Bitcoin prices are trading lower Friday, on track for back-to-back losing sessions for the first time since late October.
The world’s largest digital currency is creeping toward its lowest level of the week trading at $6,370.10, down 1.1% since Thursday at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the Kraken exchange. A move below $6,330 for bitcoin BTCUSD, -1.10% would mark a new low for the week.
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For Charles Hayter, co-founder of CryptoCompare it’s business as usual for crypto participants. “The $6k mark remains fairly solid, volumes are on the lighter side but we are still seeing some positive steps, albeit slowly,” he said, citing Fidelity’s decision to open a cryptocurrency trading business for institutional investors.
Hayter added that after the hype cycle of 2017, the market is slowly working its way out of the 2018 negative cycle.
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Ethereum upgrade set for January 2019
The long-awaited upgrade the second most popular blockchain, ethereum, has been targeted for Jan. 16, 2019. The network’s upgrade, called Constantinople, hopes to improve performance and scalability, the ability to process a larger number of transactions in a shorter space of time.
When the upgrade takes place, network participants will be required to upgrade their software together with the whole system.
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Altcoins and futures moving lower
Altcoins, the group of more than 2,100 smaller coins other than bitcoin, were mostly trading lower on Friday. Ether, ETHUSD, -1.95% the second-largest altcoin was down 1.9% at $208.69, Bitcoin Cash BCHUSD, -4.13% was off 4.2% at $564.10, Litecoin LTCUSD, -2.70% had lost 2.6% at $51.61 and XRP, XRPUSD, +0.15% was up 0.3% at 50 cents.
Futures are looking at two losing sessions to close out the week. The Cboe Global Markets November contract XBTX8, -1.28% was down 1.2% at $6,344 and the CME Group November BTCX8, -1.09% was lower by 1.1% at $6,340.
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