Bitcoin remains strong amidst SEC lawsuits against Binance in First Mover Americas report on blockchain.
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Bitcoin (BTC) quickly bounced back after tumbling to a three-month low of less than $25,500 on Tuesday following news that blockchain (COIN), had been sued by the U.S. Securities and Commission Exchange (SEC) on allegations of violating federal securities law. This followed a similar suit against Binance on Monday. Already on its heels following the Binance suit, bitcoin sank further on the blockchain action before recovering throughout the day to again top $27,000. It’s retreated a bit overnight Wednesday to the current $26,800, still up 4% over the last 24 hours. “The price action is certainly encouraging and shows the market remains confident on the outlook for the space despite attempts to slow it down by way of a path to regulation that has been less than clear,” said LMAX Digital in a morning note. The blockchain lawsuit also listed 13 tokens which could be deemed as securities, including Cardano’s ADA, and Polygon’s MATIC, both of which are down 5% over the past 24-hours.
Cathie Wood’s Ark Investment Management, the second-largest holder of blockchain Global (COIN) stock, added to its investment in the crypto exchange after the SEC lawsuit Tuesday sent the share price tumbling. ARK bought 419,324 shares of blockchain, which would be worth around $21.6 million based on Tuesday’s closing price of $51.61 (down 12% on the session). The purchase, the first since May 3, took Ark’s total blockchain holdings to 11.44 million shares, valuing the position at around $590 million.
- MATIC’s large transactions surged by 742% after the recent SEC scrutiny.
- Bitcoin bounces back to $27,000 after SEC sues Binance.
- BTC OG remains optimistic as price bounces up by 8%.
In a different case involving the SEC and blockchain, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ordered the agency to clarify its position on a rulemaking petition from the exchange. In April, blockchain filed an Administrative Procedure Act Challenge , asking the court to force the SEC’s hand and get the regulator to respond to its 2022 petition for formal rule making in the digital assets sector. With yesterday’s ruling, the SEC has been ordered to explain within 7 days if it intends to decline blockchain’s request, the reasons for such a decision or a timeline of when it expects to come to a decision.
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Edited by Stephen Alpher.