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Bitcoin, Ether fall; all other top 10 cryptos mixed

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Bitcoin fell in Thursday afternoon trade in Asia but is still holding above US$30,000 support level. Ether and all other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies traded mixed, with Cardano and Binance’s BNB token leading losses.

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Bitcoin market cap falls, trading volume increases

Bitcoin lost 1.21% to US$30,371 in 24 hours to 4 p.m. in Hong Kong, bringing its weekly losses to 1.39%, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

The world’s largest cryptocurrency rose to as high as US$30,959 after the release of the June U.S. consumer price index  that showed inflation in the world’s largest economy slowing to 3%.

Bitcoin’s trading volume gained 20.73% to US$14.35 billion, while its market capitalization lost 0.98% to US$590.74 billion in the past 24 hours.

“Slowing inflation could push the Federal Reserve toward a softer stance regarding monetary policy. More stable interest rates could help reduce pressure on cryptocurrencies as risk aversion could decrease among investors,” Denys Peleshok, head of Asia at London-based financial trading firm CPT Markets, said in an emailed statement on Thursday. 

“Positive economic developments could improve traders’ appetite for risky assets like cryptocurrencies and help extend this year’s recovery,” Peleshok added.

Prices of Ether, the world’s second biggest cryptocurrency, fell 1.24% to US$1,870 in 24 hours, while losing 2.8% in the past seven days.

The Serix sentiment index for European retail investors released by Frankfurt-headquartered Spectrum Markets – a pan-European trading platform for securitised derivatives – showed that retail investor sentiment towards Bitcoin and Ether has risen consistently since the index fell to its lowest in January. 

Bitcoin prices declined to a low of about US$16,500 in January while Ether was trading at US$1,200, according to CoinMarketCap.

“Interest in cryptocurrencies continues to grow, though their price volatility means investors are increasingly exploring different ways of gaining differentiated exposure to the asset class, including through derivatives,” Michael Hall, head of distribution at Spectrum, said in an emailed statement on Thursday.

“We expect this momentum to continue, supported by more diverse products coming onto the market. The fact that a much clearer regulatory regime for digital and crypto-assets is emerging in Europe with the European Council adopting new rules on markets in crypto-assets, in particular MiCAR, is another development that will give further reassurance to investors,” Hall added.

Cardano’s ADA token was the biggest loser in the past 24 hours, dropping 2.39% to US$0.2872, after falling 0.82% on the week.

BNB, the native token of world’s biggest crypto exchange Binance, was the day’s second-biggest loser, dropping 2.11% to US$244 but gaining 1.14% in the last seven days.

Binance Labs, the investment arm of Binance, announced on Thursday that it has committed US$15 million to Switzerland-based Xterio. The Web3 game developer, which allows users to earn and trade using non-fungible tokens (NFTs), plans to use the fund to explore artificial intelligence capabilities in its Web3 game development. 

Total crypto market capitalization fell 1.22% to US$1.18 trillion, while market volume rose 15.22% to US$30.47 billion in the past 24 hours.

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