Bitcoin bounced back above US$19,000 in Friday morning trading in Asia as Cardano announced a successful hard fork to their upgraded Vasil network. XRP led gains among the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.

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Fast facts

  • Bitcoin was up 4.2% in the past 24 hours to trade at US$19,307 at 10:30 a.m. in Hong Kong, according to CoinMarketCap. Ethereum gained 5.6% to trade at US$1,327, narrowing the decline over the past seven days to 9.6%.
  • Cardano’s token ADA was up after Input Output Hong Kong announced successfully hard forking the Cardano blockchain as part of the Vasil upgrade early this morning, a move that is expected to improve scalability and efficiency. ADA rallied 4.2% at US$0.46. 
  • XRP led gains amongst all cryptocurrencies, rising over 20% to trade at US$0.49, following the grant of another motion that set Dec. 9 as a deadline for third-parties to submit motions to seal evidence in the case. 
  • XRP’s recent gains have helped it overtake Binance’s USD stablecoin as the sixth largest token by market capitalization. BNB was trading up 3.5%.
  • Gains in cryptocurrency markets differed from declines in major US equity indexes a day after the U.S. Fed’s rate announcement on Thursday morning in Hong Kong time, with the agency signaling more aggressive monetary tightening into 2023.  
  • Overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.4%, the S&P 500 Index ended 0.8% lower, and the Nasdaq Composite Index lost 1.4%.

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