A Closer Look at Today's Steem/SBD Rise (And Groestlcoin, Powering Up, and More)

in #cryptocurrency3 years ago (edited)

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Did you too wake up to see that SBD and Steem got quite the pump overnight? This was even more the case if you happen to live in Europe.

The Rise is Here?

Here is what I woke up to today:

That's the 24 hours picture. Quite a jump, isn't it? And you can already see we were over the hump at that point.

Just how high did it go?
$3.19 per SBD, or 103% rise over the $1.57 figure we were at 24 hours ago.
$2.45 per Steem, or 58% rise over the $1.55 figure from 24 hours ago.

Time to break out the champagne, right?
Well, maybe not so soon.
Let's look at the cause of the rise first.

I've seen at least one user claim that the pump has to do with the truly exciting Hivemind Update posted on the @steemitblog account, except the times don't fit - that happened 21 hours ago, and the pump about 12 hours ago.

Moreover, let's look closer at the source of the pump, to see whether we suspect it to be a pump and dump, a random pump, or what.

Here is the market-volume image for SBD over the past 24 hours:

And here is the one for Steem:

What do they both share? Upbit.

Enter Upbit:

Upbit has been responsible for 95.15% of the SBD trading volume over the past 24 hours, and for 66.83% of the 24 hour volume for Steem.
You can also notice that on Steem in particular, where other markets still compete, they lag quite behind Upbit in how much they trade Steem for.

So what's Upbit? Upbit is a Korean exchange. Koreans have been known to drive Steem and SBD to new heights in the past. But it's important to note that this is not a global trend, but a localized one, kept that way as the exchange is locked to Koreans, so arbitrage isn't as much of an option here.

Looking at it further, most of the volume seems to be between Korean Wan and the cryptocurrencies in question, so this is money flowing back into cryptos, not money exchanged from Bitcoin. Good, right? Well, it raises the question and risk of an outside entity choosing to manipulate these relatively low-liquidity and low-volume coins (I'll show it further soon).
And, also, if you've been following the South Korean crypto news, each time their government threatens to tighten the regulatory noose, they all run out of the market, and the coins they invested in fall, like Steem and SBD did in recent months, so I wouldn't pull out the party hats just yet.

And Korea, well, let's look at some of what else they've been up to at Upbit over the past day or so (for reference, the SBD and Steem pumps began at 3 AM UTC):

See Groestlcoin? That unassuming coin enjoyed a 159% pump due to Korean involvement yesterday, between 4 and 11 AM UTC. How much of its 24h volume is coming from Upbit? Just 94.98%. Nothing major ;-)

Status? 24.69% pump at midnight UTC, with 80.95% coming from Upbit:

And it keeps looking like that.

Back to Earth:

The way the pumps happen so rapidly, and that they go from one coin to the next (they moved to Steem after they pumped Steem, and to SBD several hours after another coin, etc.) makes me think this is untrustworthy. Especially as it doesn't seem like there's any incentive for the other markets to follow along.

Indeed, we're already back down to $2.50 SBD, which is still a very lovely 57% increase in 24 hours, but still a fair sight lower than the $3.19 high (22% lower, in fact).
Steem? Down to $1.98, which again, is a splendid 27.71% higher than where we were at 24 hours ago, but 19.2% lower than the high of this morning.

If you were looking to sell anyway, and were waiting for a temporary bump, then this is it. Is it possible the markets will keep rising? Sure. But considering Bitcoin and all the large and not-so-easy to manipulate coins are showing about 4-5% increase over 24 hours, I'd expect SBD and Steemit to gradually return to where the other coins are.

Me? I sold my SBD for Litecoin, and expect to make the opposite trade in a day or two.

Powering Up:

If you Power Up right now, by way of selling your SBD for Steem, you'll gain about 1.235-1.239 Steem per SBD. This is about the best ratio we've had since February 16th, and January 24th before that.
If you've been looking for a better ratio to convert SBD to Steem Power, now is the time.

Me? I plan to wait till it looks at over 2 Steem per SBD, at least, but I'm patient like that.


I am not an analyst. This is not professional investment advice. Just my observations and thoughts.
But always, look where the money is coming from. Think whether it's indicative of a larger trend, or as the case here, is an outlier that reeks of outside manipulation.

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It's been a nice surprise for sure, and the overall market result seem favourable so far. Maybe the markets finally starting to grow again? It's about time.

Well, whenever Steem goes up, it's favourable for us, even if it's a pump-and-dump, because it means there'll be a period where the 3.5 day average is higher, which means higher rewards.

With SBD, it's not really favourable.

And if you read my post, you'll see that there are strong hints pointing at pump and dump, or at least at a stand-alone pump that is not indicative of a trend. So don't count on it.

Thing is, STEEM is not the only crypto on the rise, check out verge as well. Upbit takes less than 20% of daily volume there.

Yes, but if we look at the averages, and the behaviour of Steem/SBD, then their rises look fake.

I do expect things to rise, 4-5%. Some things will moon. But some of the mooners are manipulated, and it certainly seems to be the case for our cryptos.

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Well, I'm always glad for a pump, but like you, really expect a dump to go with it. I had noticed also that it all came out of Upbit.

Nicely written, logical post. As opposed to some of the others I've seen today :)

Thank you!

I'm not sure there'll be a dump. It seems maybe some instigators got out, but they were followed by enough other people that it held.

So why do I think it won't become the new level, from which things will go up/down a bit as normally? Because it's too localized, and the other markets didn't follow suit, so there's a gradual decline as the other markets buy/sell at the same prices as before, mostly, while the Koreans hold. So I foresee a relatively gentle slide down to normalcy.

Oh, it'll look like a pump and dump in a logarithmic or 3-month scale, but on the 24 hour, not the immediate pump and dump.

And yeah, all those "Buy! Buy! Buy!" posts whenever something goes up... and yet, they'll get more upvotes than I do :P

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My pleasure!

I'm rubbish with analysis like this Guy and was wondering what caused this pump. Thanks for illuminating what was happening in the markets like this :-)

There's definitely a market for explaining things, logically, without just telling you "Buy buy buy!" I love explaining things, after I go through the trouble of finding the answer out to myself. Glad it was of service Raj :)

Coins mentioned in post:

CoinPrice (USD)📈 24h📈 7d
SBDSteem Dollars2.487$56.33%40.55%

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