During the daily press briefing of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, it was announced that Mexico will receive 1.4 million doses of the vaccine by the end of January. Is that optimistic enough for the peso?
Bitcoin stands still, fluctuating within medium-term band
On Thursday, crypto assets generally traded sideways.
As a matter of fact, the currency pair BTC/USD concluded the trading session at $3,656.70, heading north by 0.9% on the Kraken crypto exchange. Since this time, the number one digital coin has fluctuated within the $3,575-$3,675 band.
A Twitter user named Crypto Don revealed that a number of lower maximums has kept the most popular crypto asset at the bottom of its band, although until support at $3,380 breaks, Crypto Don actually expects the medium-term band of $3,380-$3,700 to hold.
The user stressed that the lack of direction has been the fact keeping him on the sidelines. He added that he’s reluctant to trade in the given trading band.
On Thursday, New York-based Grayscale Investments uncovered it has managed to launch its 10th investment vehicle, dubbed the Grayscale Stellar Lumens Trust. Apparently, the trust would provide traders with exposure to XLM, which appears to be the currency running on the Stellar network that turns out to be the sixth largest crypto asset by market capitalization, as follows from data provided by CoinMarketCap.
Stellar appears to be an open-sourced payment protocol often employed for facilitating cross-border transactions.
Now let’s have a closer look at futures and altcoins. In general, altcoins demonstrated mixed outcomes in Thursday trading. Eventually, the currency pair ETH/USD went down by 0.2% coming up with an outcome of $121.91. As for LTC/USD, this crypto pair headed south by about 0.8% trading at $31.03. Furthermore, BCH/USD jumped by 1.5% trading at $129.10. The currency pair XRP/USD gained 0.6% showing 33 cents.
On Thursday, Bitcoin futures surged. February delivery Cboe Global Markets futures XBTG9 headed north by 0.2% hitting $3,595. Besides this, February delivery CME Group futures BTCG9 surged by up to 1.6% showing $3,600.
Poor US data, slow vaccine distribution, rising virus cases worsened the market sentiment and underpinned safe-haven currencies like the USD, and JPY.
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.