Bitcoin (BTC) remained at the $20,000 level on Thursday as U.S. stock futures traded down, suggesting U.S. markets could stumble for a second day in a row after a two-day winning streak. The dollar eased slightly after posting solid gains overnight.
Bitcoin has been trading in a $600 range over the last few days, bouncing above and below the $20,000 mark with little direction.
Ether (ETH), the second-largest cryptocurrency by market value, gained 1% over the last 24 hours. Other altcoins posting gains included Uniswap’s UNI, up 4%, and XRP, up 3%. Ethereum classic and Chainlink’s LINK also made small gains.
In the news, crypto lender Celsius Network’s top three executives withdrew $56.1 million in cryptocurrency between May and June, shortly before the company suspended withdrawals and filed for bankruptcy, new court records show.
Former CEO Alex Mashinsky, former Chief Strategy Officer Daniel Leon and Chief Technology Officer Nuke Goldstein pulled bitcoin, ether, USDC and CEL holdings from their custody accounts in May before the company suspended all customer withdrawals.
Finally, PowerTrade, a crypto exchange focused on derivatives, announced it is rolling out a request-for-quote (RFQ) model for the options market, which it says will cater to institutional investors by mirroring a widely used practice in traditional finance.