Ethereum Classic soars 28%
While Bitcoin continues to trade sideways around its $20,000 mark, Ethereum Classic has stolen the show and soars by 28%. This is connected to the upcoming Ethereum transition from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake and Bellatrix hard fork.
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The American record company, Warner Music Group, has partnered with the NFT marketplace OpenSea. In an effort to increase fan participation and foster community, artists signed to Warner Music Group will have their own drop sites on OpenSea. This could increase the adoption of NFTs despite their massive drop in popularity in 2022.
Crypto Punks, the most popular NFT project, just reached an important milestone. The total trading volume on OpenSea crossed 1 million Ethereum today, which is more than $1.3 billion at ETH’s price now. On average, a Crypto Punk NFT sells for approximately $100k, but someone bought Crypto Punk 2924 for $4.3 million today.
Interpol issued a red notice on Do Kwon, the co-founder of Terraform Labs. Do Kwon insists that he is not hiding, but it is unclear where he is because Singaporean authorities claim he is not in the country.
Russia took the first step toward legalizing crypto, and it benefits everyone. Kommersant reported that the country’s Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev and the Bank of Russia have settled on using cryptocurrency for cross-border payments. Locals are permitted to process international payments using crypto.
All blockchains, including Dogecoin and Zcash, according to Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, should switch to proof of stake. Vitalik believes that now that the Ethereum merge is complete, other blockchains should follow. “As proof of stake matures, I expect it to just increase in legitimacy more and more over time,” said Vitalik.
Binance announced the creation of its new Global Advisory Board. Its purpose will be to advise Binance on some of the most complex regulatory, political, and social issues the cryptocurrency industry faces amid the rapid growth and evolution of the ecosystem.
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The Brazilian real increased by 4% versus the dollar, trading at about $5.2. BRL strenghtens as investors cheered an unexpectedly close outcome in the first round of the presidential elections. After no candidate receives a majority of more than 50% of the vote, the contest will proceed to a runoff scheduled for October 30.
Silver futures are up 8% and hit $20.3 per ounce on the first trading day of Q4 of 2022. Silver is up by almost 15% in just one week.
Tesla trades at $246, down 7% in a single day. Looking back, the stock dropped 10.51% over the last four weeks and is down 40% from its all-time high.
Gas prices in Europe are down 9% for the day at €171, far lower than the record highs of €340 in August. Europe managed to replace certain Russian supplies with LNG imports and was able to refill its storage facilities ahead of winter. The amount of gas reserves across Europe is currently at about 87%.
On the first trading day of Q4, the British pound climbed up near $1.12, returning to levels not seen in nearly two weeks. GBP rose right after the finance minister Kwarteng said he would not cut the top 45% income tax rate for the largest earners.
UK natural gas reached their highest level in two weeks on Friday, rising by almost 50% to 380. The surge was fueled by increased demand from gas-fired power facilities as a result of slower wind speeds. As of September 28th, gas storage facilities in the UK were 94.65% full.