Cryptocurrencies are making a cautious recovery after a week of downward trends. Bitcoin is back above the $26,000 support level, bouncing up by 0.28% in the last 24 hours. A 10.68% weekly loss had shaken the market, with Ether also on the mend but still down by 8.50% for the week.
Despite a positive turn, concerns remain. The recent retreat of Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) excitement in the U.S. is being seen as a factor behind the market’s retreat. James Butterfill, CoinShares’ Head of Research, attributes the surge in June, driven by BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF application, as a catalyst for the market spike. However, current stability suggests that immediate SEC approval for a Bitcoin ETF is unlikely.
Amid the volatility, Ripple’s XRP token emerged as a winner, gaining 3.96% despite facing SEC challenges. The legal battle between Ripple Labs and the SEC continues, with a recent ruling allowing the SEC to appeal the judgment favoring Ripple Labs.
In the NFT sector, OpenSea’s announcement to make creator royalties optional has sent shockwaves through the community. The move, effective from August 31, sparked debates about its impact on the NFT ecosystem and potential alternatives.
As financial markets follow these developments closely, U.S. stock futures remain mixed, awaiting insights from the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s speech. Powell’s address at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium could provide clues about the central bank’s future policy direction.
The cryptocurrency market’s recovery and the NFT space’s response to OpenSea’s decision continue to shape the financial landscape, highlighting both challenges and opportunities for investors.