Huobi Research Weekly (Vol.148) (2021.1.4–2021.1.10)

Abstract

This week, the overall market capitalization for the top 100 cryptocurrencies increased of 17.96%, with 89 projects increased in value to varying degrees. According to coinmarketcap, as of January 10, 2021, the total market cap of cryptocurrencies was 1034.5 billion U.S. dollars, increased of 17.96%, and the total market cap of the top 100 cryptocurrencies was 1023.7 billion U.S. dollars, increased by 18.32% from last week. 4 cryptocurrency projects entered the top 100 this week, namely SOL、BCTB、BCD and SNT. As of January 10, 2021, Bitcoin was traded at 38356.44USD, 17.05% higher than its price last week. Ethereum was traded at 1262.25USD, 29.50% higher than its price last week.

The hashrate of Bitcoin increased and Ethereum increased by this week. This week, the difficulty of mining Bitcoin increased and the difficulty of mining Ethereum increased. The average number of transactions per block increased but the average block size of Bitcoin decreased. The average number of transactions per block increased andthe average block size of Ethereum increased this week.The average transaction fees of Bitcoin increased and Ethereum increased. BCH was the most active project on GitHub this week.

The average bitcoin Hashrate for the entire network reached 149.5EH/s, increased by 4.33% from the previous week. Average Hashrate for the entire Ethereum network was 307.75TH/s this week, increased by 4.37%. Average difficulty for mining Bitcoin this week was 19.36T, increased by 4.14% from last week. The average difficulty of mining Ethereum this week was 3915.42TH, increased by 4.57% from that of previous week.

In network activity, the average size of each block was 1.26MB, decreased by 10.00% from last week; there were on average 2312 transactions recorded in each block, increased by 17.48% from the previous week. The average number of transactions per block in Ethereum this week was 194.8, increased by 6.80%. The average size of each block was 43607.84 bytes, increased by 0.99% compared to last week. Average transaction fees of Bitcoin this week was $13.901, increased by 68.70% from last week. Average transaction fees of Ethereum this week was $7.159, incresead by 39.50% from last week. The total number of Bitcoin addresses was 64336534, increased by 683947 (1.07%). Bitcoin cash was the most active project on GitHub this week, with 65 commits submitted in the past week.

In terms of community activity, Tron, Bitcoin and Ethereum are the most popular communities on Facebook. On Twitter, the most popular communities are Bitcoin, Ripple and Tron.

2 investments activities took place in the blockchain industry this week, Furucombo got 1.85 million dollars in seed round investment from SevenX Ventures,Defiance Capital etc, Roxe got strategic investment from Zero to First capital.

1. Weekly Market Review

This week, the overall market capitalization for the top 100 cryptocurrencies increased of 17.96%, with 89 projects increased in value to varying degrees. According to coinmarketcap, as of January 10, 2021, the total market cap of cryptocurrencies was 1034.5 billion U.S. dollars, increased of 17.96%, and the total market cap of the top 100 cryptocurrencies was 1023.7 billion U.S. dollars, increased by 18.32% from last week, among which, SOL had the largest increased of 801.71%, bringing its market cap ranking from №112 to №42, AMPL had the largest decreased of -20.12%, bringing its market cap ranking from №71 to №89. In addition, there were 4 projects that entered TOP100, namely, BTCB (Bitcoin BEP2, increased 23.81%, Now №91), SNT (Status, increased 68.33%, Now №90), BCD (Bitcoin Diamond, increased 102.22%, Now №92), SOL (Solana, increased 801.71%, Now №42). As of January 10, 2021, Bitcoin was traded at 38356.44USD, 17.05% higher than its price last week. Ethereum was traded at 1262.25USD, 29.50% higher than its price last week.

The overall 24h trading volume increased this week. Overall, the 24h trading volume increased by 15.12% compared with the same period of last week. In this week, 65 of the top 100 projects increased in 24h trading volume, led by BTCB with a weekly increase of 23822933.33%; there were 35 projects decreased in their 24h trading volume, there were 20 projects that saw over 20% decrease in their 24h trading volume, while 4 projects fell by more than 50%, led by SC, with a decreased of -89.33%.

The top 10 cryptocurrencies’ market value increased, the market share distribution remained stable. On January 10, 2021, the overall market cap of the top 10 cryptocurrencies was 949.4 billion USD, increased by 19.04% from last week, accounting for 91.77% of the total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies, increased by 0.84% from last week. The market value proportion of TOP10 project basically stable. BTC’s dominance was 68.95%, decreased by 0.53% from last week.

1.2 Segment Analysis

Among TOP 100 cryptocurrency project segments, the total market cap of Application Project got the largest increase. The average market cap of Platform Project got the largest increase. As of January 10, 2021, the total market cap of coin projects reached 784.8 billion USD, increased by 17.29%. The average market cap of coin projects reached 15.6 billion USD, increased by 14.94%. The total market cap of platform projects reached 178.1 billion USD, increased by 28.05%. The average market cap of platform projects reached 7.12 billion USD, increased by 38.29%. The total market cap of application class projects reached 46.7 billion USD, increased by 33.30%. The average market cap of application class projects reached 2.12 billion USD, increased by 27.24%. The total market cap of asset-backed token projects reached 24.8 billion USD, increased by 13.71%. The average market cap of asset-backed token projects reached 8.26 billion USD, increased by 13.71%.

The market segment distribution of the top 100 cryptocurrencies remained stable. As of January 10, 2021, among the top 100 projects, the number of coin class projects increase 1, application class projects increase 1, platform class projects decrease 2 and asset-backed token class remain the same.The largest overall market cap by segment was still coin projects, accounting for 75.86% of the total market cap of top 100 projects.

Note: According to the different attributes of cryptocurrencies, Huobi Academy of Blockchain Application will divide them into four categories: Coin, Application Class, Platform Class and Asset-backed Token.

Coin Project: Refers to a type of asset developed based on blockchain technology that does not correspond to a specific use scenario and whose main function is only the transaction target. Its asset value is mainly reflected by liquidity.

Platform Class Project: A type of asset that is associated with the development of the underlying technology of the blockchain and is supported by the right to use or participate in the platform.

Application Class Project: Refers to a type of asset that is associated with a specific application scenario and is supported by a certain right of use, participation, or dividend.

Asset-backed Project: Refers to a class of assets that is linked to actual assets such as gold and US dollars and supported by the value of physical assets.

2. Technical Statistics

The hashrate of Bitcoin increased and Ethereum increased by this week. From January 4, 2021- January 10, 2021, the average bitcoin Hashrate for the entire network reached 149.5EH/s, increased by 4.33% from the previous week.

Average Hashrate for the entire Ethereum network was 307.75TH/s this week, increased by 4.37%.

This week, the difficulty of mining Bitcoin increased and Ethereum increased. As of January 10, 2021, average difficulty for mining Bitcoin this week was 19.36T, increased by 4.14% from last week. The average difficulty of mining Ethereum this week was 3915.42TH, increased by 4.57% from that of previous week.

The number of blocks in Bitcoin increased by 2.56%,Top 5 rankings had changed. The overall distribution of the Ethereum mining pools rankings not changed, the number of blocks decreased by 1.59%. In the past week, Bitcoin mined 1121 blocks, increased by 2.56% from the previous week. Among the top five pools were F2Pool、Binance Pool、Poolin、BTC.com、AntPool, these 5 pools mined 189、140、125、111 and 104 blocks respectively, accounting for 16.86%、12.49%、11.15%、9.90% and 9.28% of all Bitcoins mined this week. The Hashrate was 25.35EH/s、18.78EH/s、16.77EH/s、14.89EH/s and 13.95EH/s, respectively.

In the past week, Ethereum’s entire network mined 48188 blocks, decreased by 1.59% in the previous week. The top five pools were SparkPool, Ethermine, F2pool,Zhizhu.top, and Nanopool, each mined 12399、9982、4981、3897 and 2374 blocks respectively, accounting for 25.7305%、20.7147%、10.3366%、8.0871% and 4.9265% of all Ethereum mined this week, respectively.

2.2 Activity Statistics

The average number of transactions per block increased but the average block size of Bitcoin decreased. The average number of transactions per block increased and the average block size of Ethereum increased this week. According to blockchain.info, from January 4, 2021- January 10, 2021, the average size of each block was 1.26MB, decreased by 10.00% from last week; there were on average 2312 transactions recorded in each block, increased by 17.48% from the previous week.

According to etherscan, the average number of transactions per block in Ethereum this week was 194.8, increased by 6.80%. The average size of each block was 43607.84 bytes, increased by 0.99% compared to last week.

Number of unconfirmed transactions in Bitcoin increased by 73.25%. Number of unconfirmed transactions in Ethereum increased by 4.21% from the previous week. As of January 10, 2021, the number of 7-day average unconfirmed transactions in Bitcoin network was 37561, increased by 73.25% from last week. There were 155420.58 unconfirmed transactions in the Ethereum network, increased by 4.21% from last week, with the lowest amount of unconfirmed transactions in the week being 103707 and the highest amount being 183418.

Total transaction fees of Bitcoin increased and Ethereum increased. As of January 10, 2021, average transaction fees of Bitcoin this week was $13.901, increased by 68.70% from last week. Average transaction fees of Ethereum this week was $7.159, incresead by 39.50% from last week.

The average number of distinct miners per day in Ethereum decreased. From January 4, 2021- January 10, 2021, the average number of distinct miners per day in Ethereum this week was 52.8, decreased by 9.28% from last week.

The number of nodes in Bitcoin decreased ,The number of nodes in Ethereum increased this week. As of January 10, 2021, there were 8703 Bitcoin nodes, decreased by 22.89% compared to last week, of which 1935 nodes were in the U.S, 1736 nodes were Germany, and 212 nodes were in China(№10), each accounting for 22.23%, 19.95% and 2.44% of the total number of Bitcoin nodes, respectively.

As of January 10, 2021, there were 11680 Ethereum nodes, increased by 14.24% from the previous week. Specifically, there were 3153 nodes in the U.S, 1834 nodes in Germany, and 1171 nodes in China, each accounting for 26.99%, 15.70%, 10.03% of total number of nodes, respectively.

This week, the growth rate for new addresses of Bitcoin increased. According to the data on blockchain, as of January 10, 2021, the total number of Bitcoin addresses was 64336534, increased by 683947 (1.07%).

BCH was the most active project on GitHub this week. From January 4, 2021 — January 10, 2021, Bitcoin cash was the active project repository on GitHub with a total of 65 commits.

2.3 Community Activity Statistics

The top three most popular cryptocurrencies on Facebook were Tron, Bitcoin and Ethereum in descending order, with 950k, 625k and 185k fans respectively. The top three most popular cryptocurrencies on Twitter were Bitcoin, Ripple(XRP) and TRON, with 1.2million , 1million, and 576k followers, respectively.

3. Weekly Blockchain News Review

1. Visa-backed Bitcoin startup to launch Lightning-based global payments app

2. Vietnamese bank issues its first letters of credit on the blockchain

3. Iconloop secures gov backing to test blockchain driver’s license project

3.2 International Policies

1. South Korea to introduce a 20% tax on crypto trading profits in 2023

2. Italian Banking Association launches experimental digital euro project

3. Kyrgyzstan’s central bank opens up crypto draft laws to public discussion

4.Weekly Investment Activities

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