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Like most leaders in the banking industry, Morgan Stanley Chair and CEO James Gorman was hesitant to give Bitcoin an endorsement.
In a conversation with CNBC this morning, Gorman said that cryptocurrencies do not "deserve the attention they are getting."
He also argued that anything that increases in value by more than 700% in a year is "by definition speculative."
But Bitcoin did receive a surprisingly bullish note by investment bank Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS). Goldman Sachs Vice President Sheba Jafari wrote that the markets may see consolidation around the $8,000 level, and the price should climb higher.
The optimism comes a day after payment-processing giant Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ) announced it was incorporating Bitcoin into its platform.
Below is a recap of the top cryptocurrency prices at 12:00 p.m. EST
- Bitcoin: $7,485,38, +3.45%
- Ethereum: $335.63, +0.91%
- Bitcoin Cash: $1,032.08, -16.14%
- Ripple: $0.234, +10.83%
- Litecoin: $64.38, +0.92%
Now that we know all of today's price movements, here's what has been moving these cryptocurrencies…
Cryptocurrency Markets Today
On Thursday, the market capitalization of the global cryptocurrency sector hit $221.84 billion.
Bitcoin's market capitalization comprised 56.3% of the total crypto market capitalization.
Top performers from the largest 50 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization included BitBay (up 65.35%), KuCoin Shares (up 24.93%), Lisk (up 19.62%), Pura (up 18.56%), IOTA (up 15.80%), VeChain (up 14.32%), and Qtum (up 12.49%).
The worst performers from the top 50 largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization included B3Coin (down -9.97%), GameCredits (down -7.89%), Metaverse ETP (down -6.55%), Siacoin (down -6.39%), Decred (down -5.45%), and Syscoin (down -4.90%).
Zeusshield Rockets 100%
With the Ethereum price locked in the $335 range, we're going to turn our attention today to a cryptocurrency that you've probably never heard of.
It's called Zeusshield, and its price has increased by more than 100% in the last 24 hours.
So, what in the world is Zeusshield?
It's a peer-to-peer platform that centers on the global insurance business.
Bitcoin Cash Craters Again
The price of Bitcoin Cash fell by more than 16% and is now on the verge of dipping under $1,000.
The offspring of Bitcoin's August hard fork has experienced significant volatility in recent days. The downturn came despite news that Blockchain Wallet has announced plans to provide full support to BCH by 2018.
Blockchain CEO Peter Smith confirmed the support Wednesday.
Ripple Nears $9 Billion Market Cap
The Ripple coin topped $0.23 after a 10% surge during Thursday trading. The price surged after credit card giant American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) announced it has established a payments corridor between the United States and the United Kingdom using Ripple's technology.
The platform enables the transfer of payments across the Atlantic Ocean in just seconds.
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The platform has the capacity to completely revolutionize trans-Atlantic payments.
More Regulation on the Horizon
Another day, another nation making headlines for trying to regulate the Bitcoin world.
This morning, the Supreme Court of India has asked the Modi government to regulate Bitcoin. The request comes after a petition circulated the country asking leadership to look into concerns around the untraceable nature of Bitcoin transactions.
The petition explicitly focused on how Bitcoin can be used for tax evasion and demands in ransomware attacks.
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About the Author
Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, and consultant with degrees from Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, and Indiana University. He is a seasoned financial and political risk analyst, with a focus on stocks, hedge funds, private equity, blockchain, and housing policy. He has conducted risk assessment projects for clients in 27 countries, and consulted on policy and financial operations for some of the nation's largest financial institutions, including a $1.5 trillion credit fund, a $43 billion credit and auto loan giant, as well as two of the largest Wall Street banks by assets under management.
Garrett joined Money Map Press as an economist and researcher in 2011, specializing in alternative strategies with an emphasis on fundamental and technical analysis.