SEC pushes decision on ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF to April 3

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has extended its window to approve the ARK 21Shares Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) originally proposed in July 2021.According to a Tuesday filing from the SEC, the regulatory body will push the deadline for approving or disapproving the ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF from Feb. 2 for an additional 60 days, to April 3. SEC Assistant Secretary J. Matthew DeLesDernier noted in the filing that it was “appropriate to designate a longer period” for the regulatory body to consider the proposed rule change, allowing the ETF to be listed on the Cboe BZX Exchange.The exchange originally filed the paperwork to apply for the ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF in July 2021, with the SEC able to delay its decision and open the offering to public comment for up to 180 days, with the option for a final 60-day extension starting on Feb. 2. After April 3, the SEC should not be able to extend the deliberation window further and will approve or disapprove of the crypto ETF.In a separate filing, the SEC also extended its window on a proposed rule change, allowing shares of an ETF tracking Bitcoin futures from agricultural fund provider Teucrium to be listed on NYSE Arca. The firm applied for the investment offering in May 2021 and will likely receive a final decision from the SEC by April 8.Related: Valkyrie aims for ETF linked to Bitcoin mining firms on NasdaqU.S. regulators have yet to approve ETFs with direct exposure to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) but gave the green light to investment vehicles linked to BTC derivatives for the first time in October 2021. At the time of publication, shares of Bitcoin futures-linked funds from Valkyrie and ProShares are currently listed on Nasdaq, with VanEck’s Bitcoin Strategy ETF trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

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Price analysis 1/26: BTC, ETH, BNB, ADA, SOL, XRP, LUNA, DOGE, DOT, AVAX

Bitcoin (BTC) and most major altcoins have bounced off their strong support levels but could the rally sustain to the extent that traders feel confident that a bottom is in place? Bloomberg Intelligence senior commodity strategist Mike McGlone said that Bitcoin’s price is “about 30% below its 20-week moving average,” roughly at the same position, which had led to bottom formations in March 2020 and July 2021.Although Bitcoin has corrected sharply in January, the exchanges’ balances dropped from 2.428 million Bitcoin on December 28 to 2.366 million Bitcoin on Jan. 24, according to data from CryptoQuant. This indicates that investors may be stashing away their recent purchases safely.Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360However, it may not be a V-shaped recovery for Bitcoin as volatility is likely to remain high. Traders will keenly watch the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision following the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting on Jan. 26. Could Bitcoin and most major altcoins extend their relief rally? Let’s study the charts of the top-10 cryptocurrencies to find out.BTC/USDTThe long tail on Bitcoin’s Jan. 24 candlestick shows aggressive buying at lower levels. Sustained buying by the bulls has propelled the price above the immediate resistance at $37,332.70.BTC/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe BTC/USDT pair could now reach the 20-day exponential moving average ($40,438), which has been acting as a strong resistance during relief rallies. If the price turns down from this resistance, the bears will try to pull the pair below $32,917.17. If they succeed, the pair could drop to the strong support at $30,000.Conversely, if the price breaks above the 20-day EMA, the pair could rally to the 50-day simple moving average ($44,935). A break and close above this resistance will be the first sign that the corrective phase could be over. The pair could then challenge the 200-day SMA ($48,750).ETH/USDTEther (ETH) sharply bounced off $2,159 on Jan. 24, as seen from the long tail on the day’s candlestick. This suggests that bulls are aggressively buying at lower levels.ETH/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewSustained buying has pushed the price back into the channel today. This is the first sign of strength. The buyers will now attempt to push and sustain the price above the overhead resistance at $2,652.If they manage to do that, the ETH/USDT pair could rise to the 20-day EMA ($2,966). The bears are likely to mount a strong defense of this level.If the price turns down from the 20-day EMA, it will suggest that sentiment remains negative and traders are selling on rallies. The bears will then again try to resume the downtrend by pulling the pair below $2,159.BNB/USDTBinance Coin (BNB) rebounded sharply off the $330 support on Jan. 24 as seen from the long tail on the day’s candlestick. This suggests that buyers are aggressively accumulating near $330.BNB/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe bulls pushed the price back inside the channel on Jan. 25 and will now attempt to drive the BNB/USDT pair to the 20-day EMA ($435). If this hurdle is overcome, the pair could rally to the resistance line of the channel.On the contrary, if the price turns down from the current level or the 20-day EMA, it will suggest that traders continue to sell on rallies. The bears will then again try to sink the pair below the strong support zone at $330 to $320.ADA/USDT Cardano (ADA) is attempting to bounce off the strong support at $1, indicating that bulls are buying on dips to this level. The relief rally could now reach the 50-day SMA ($1.28).ADA/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewIf bulls thrust the price above the 50-day SMA, the ADA/USDT pair could rally to the resistance line of the descending channel. A break and close above the channel will signal a possible change in trend.Conversely, if the price turns down from the moving averages, it will suggest that bears continue to sell on rallies to strong resistance levels. The bears will then again attempt to sink and sustain the price below $1. If they succeed, the pair could decline to $0.80.SOL/USDTThe bulls again successfully defended the support line of the descending channel on Jan. 24 as seen from the long tail on the day’s candlestick. If bulls push the price above $104.82, Solana (SOL) could reach the 20-day EMA ($125).SOL/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewA break and close above the 20-day EMA will be the first sign that the selling pressure could be reducing. The SOL/USDT pair could then rise to the resistance line of the descending channel. The bulls will have to push the price above the channel to signal a change in trend.Conversely, if the price turns down from the 20-day EMA, it will suggest that bears continue to sell on rallies. The bears will then again try to sink the pair below the channel. If they succeed, the bearish momentum could pick up and the pair could drop to the psychological support at $50.XRP/USDTRipple (XRP) has been trading inside a tight range between $0.65 and $0.54 for the past few days. This suggests that both bulls and bears are playing it safe and not waging large bets.XRP/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe downsloping 20-day EMA ($0.70) and the relative strength index (RSI) near the oversold territory indicate that bears have the upper hand. If the price turns down from $0.64, the XRP/USDT pair could plummet to the psychological support at $0.50.Contrary to this assumption, if bulls drive the price above $0.64, the pair could challenge the 20-day EMA. A break and close above this resistance could open the gates for a rise to the 50-day SMA ($0.79). The bulls will have to clear this hurdle to signal a possible change in trend.LUNA/USDTTerra’s LUNA token continues to trade inside the descending channel pattern. The downsloping 20-day EMA ($73) and the RSI in the negative zone indicate an advantage to sellers.LUNA/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewIf bears pull the price below $59.13, the LUNA/USDT pair could again drop to the support line of the channel. This level has held during the previous two declines, hence the bulls will again try to defend it.If they do, the pair could rise to the 20-day EMA and then rally toward the downtrend line of the channel. A break and close above the channel will be the first sign that the downtrend could be over. Related: Can DeFi and CeFi coexist? Three takeaways from experts panelDOGE/USDTThe buyers once again purchased the dip below $0.13 on Jan. 24 as seen from the long tail on the day’s candlestick. This started a relief rally, pushing Dogecoin (DOGE) to the 20-day EMA ($0.15).DOGE/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewIf bulls drive the price above the moving averages, the DOGE/USDT pair could rally to the critical overhead resistance at $0.19. If the price turns down from this resistance, the pair could extend its stay inside the $0.19 to $0.13 range for the next few days.Contrary to this assumption, if the price turns down from the moving averages, it will suggest that demand dries up at higher levels. The bears will then try to pull and sustain the price below $0.13. If they do that, the pair could resume its decline to the psychological support at $0.10.DOT/USDTThe bulls have successfully held Polkadot (DOT) above the critical support at $16.81 for the past few days. This could attract further buying by short-term traders propelling the price toward the breakdown level at $22.66.DOT/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe 20-day EMA ($22.77) is sloping down and the RSI is in the negative zone, indicating that bears have the upper hand. The DOT/USDT pair is likely to face stiff resistance at this level. If the price turns down from the 20-day EMA, the bears will again try to pull the pair to $16.81. If this support holds, the pair could remain range-bound for a few days.A break and close below $16.81 could start the next leg of the downtrend while a break above the 50-day SMA ($25.88) may open the doors for a possible rally to $32.78.AVAX/USDTThe failure of the bears to sink Avalanche (AVAX) below the $51.04 to $47.66 support zone may have attracted buying from aggressive bulls who have pushed the price above the 200-day SMA ($65).AVAX/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe AVAX/USDT pair could now rise to the breakdown level at $75.50 where the bears may mount a stiff resistance. This is an important level to watch out for as the 20-day EMA ($80) is placed just above it.If the price turns down from the breakdown level, the bears will try to pull the pair below the 200-day SMA. If they succeed, the pair could again drop to $51.04. Alternatively, a break and close above the 20-day EMA could open the gates for a possible rally to the downtrend line.The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.Market data is provided by HitBTC exchange.

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Valkyrie aims for ETF linked to Bitcoin mining firms on Nasdaq

Crypto asset manager Valkyrie has filed an application with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to trade an exchange-traded fund (ETF) with exposure to Bitcoin mining firms on the Nasdaq Stock Market.In a Wednesday SEC filing, Valkyrie said its Bitcoin Miners ETF will not invest directly in Bitcoin (BTC) but at least 80% of its net assets would offer exposure to the crypto asset through the securities of companies that “derive at least 50% of their revenue or profits” from BTC mining or providing hardware or software related to mining. The filing added Valkyrie would invest up to 20% of the ETF’s net assets in companies holding “a significant portion of their net assets” in Bitcoin. Valkyrie launched a Bitcoin Strategy ETF in October 2021, which offered indirect exposure to BTC with cash-settled futures contracts following SEC approval for a similar ETF from ProShares. At the time of publication, shares of the fund traded on the Nasdaq for $14.93, having fallen more than 40% since opening on Oct. 22. In 2021, the SEC approved investment vehicles linked to BTC derivatives for the first time, but hasn’t given the green light to any Bitcoin spot exchange-traded fund in the United States. The Valkyrie Bitcoin Miners ETF resembles the Digital Asset Mining ETF proposed by asset manager VanEck in December 2021, which plans to invest 80% of its total assets in securities from crypto mining firms — the regulatory body has until Feb. 14 to reach a decision on the fund or extend the deadline.Related: Why now? SEC took eight years to authorize a Bitcoin ETF in the USWhile many crypto ETF applications are still under consideration in the United States, Canadian regulators have approved ETFs with direct exposure to crypto from Fidelity, Purpose Investments and Evolve Fund Group. At a House of Representatives committee hearing in December, former Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks said the United States was “unquestionably” behind other countries in approving crypto ETFs.

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BTC price hits $38K as Bitcoin analysts focus on weekly close

Bitcoin (BTC) staged new retests of $38,000 resistance on Jan. 26 as optimism increased over a potential recovery to $40,000 and higher.BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingViewNext stop a $40,000 retest?Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it continued the rebound that began on Monday.At the time of writing, two breakthroughs of $38,000 had occurred, with the pair lingering just below that level amid further direction cues.For Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe, the signs were encouraging, with the stage being set for a potential exit from the $30,000–$40,000 corridor.“Bitcoin held $36K and tested $38K already. If that one tests again, we are likely to get a breakout and potentially test $40.7K,” he told Twitter followers.Almost as bullish on short timeframes was trader, analyst and podcast host Scott Melker, known as the “Wolf Of All Streets.”“Target is $39,600, which as you know is ‘coincidentally’ the key resistance on higher time frames,” he said as part of his latest Twitter update, identifying a cup and handle pattern on the hourly chart. Even if the overall trend demands that Bitcoin continue to fall, he added, $39,600 remained important as a zone to challenge.Here is $39,600 on the weekly. This is where bullish market structure broke down with a lower low.This is the initial target of my current longs. It “should” theoretically be retested as resistance, even if we are going down further.Never guaranteed. pic.twitter.com/4AUZRsFuF5— The Wolf Of All Streets (@scottmelker) January 26, 2022Dogecoin gains outshine major cryptosAltcoins continued to see relief, meanwhile, with Ether (ETH) gaining another 4.3% in the past 24 hours to return above $2,500.ETH/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingViewRelated: Eth2 is no more after Ethereum Foundation ditches name in rebrandThe largest altcoin by market capitalization was nonetheless outperformed by several peers, including Solana (SOL) and XRP.The top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap, however, were led by Dogecoin (DOGE), which put in around 10% gains over the same period.The move accompanied fresh publicity from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who pledged to eat one of McDonald’s Happy Meals on television should the fast-food giant opt to accept DOGE for payments.I will eat a happy meal on tv if @McDonalds accepts Dogecoin— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2022

DOGE/USD traded at $0.15 at the time of writing, still around 9% below its position a week ago.

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