Bitcoin is stirring (possibly), Aptos is recovering, Bitboy is fuming, earnings calls are looming and Dogechain is wagging its tail. Welcome to another week in crypto.

We’ll start with Bitcoin and the endless speculation around what the hell it’s likely to do next, if anything at all.

The leading digital asset has become less volatile than both the Nasdaq and the S&P 500, it’s been reported by CNBC and others just lately – the first time that’s happened since 2020, apparently.

Is something about to give? Or is that something finally giving to your portfolio as we speak? Analysts have been calling for a significant break to the upside or downside for more than a week. BTC has made a bit of a move up over the past few hours, so let’s see what some expert chart watchers have been saying.

Van de Poppe is optimistic.

As is Kevin Svenson, possibly.

Meanwhile Credible Crypto is calling for a US$100k Bitcoin in 2023. Although he, erm, predicts a “blow-off top” there and then a worse bear market than the one we’re currently in. Jeepers.

Lastly, Crypto Ed has his eyes on a “green week ahead” and “il Capo of Crypto” is sticking to his US$21k relief bounce outlook, followed by a dump back down to the US$14k-US$16k range.

Predictions, predictions, predictions. Whatever happens in the short term, here’s hoping Larry Lepard’s six-year vision for Bitcoin plays out.

So what’s coming up, though, that could shape the more immediate narrative? There are a few things. The US Federal Reserve’s next FOMC meeting is on November 2. To pivot or not to pivot? That is the question.

Another factor could be this week’s tech-stock earnings calls. On Tuesday, Microsoft and Google will announce how they’ve been faring in Q3, and Apple and Amazon will do the same on Thursday.

This will likely have some effect on stock market sentiment. And like it or not, crypto is still heavily correlated to the performance of tech stocks. Just something to watch out for.


eToro’s earnings call take

In fact, while we’re on the subject of earnings calls, eToro market analyst Josh Gilbert just now shared these observations with Stockhead via email:

“US earnings season moves into full swing, with all the mega tech names reporting, including Apple, Amazon, Meta, Alphabet and Microsoft… Investors should expect volatility. These are four of the biggest companies on the S&P500, and their results will likely lead market performance for the week.

“Plenty of companies have cited the effects of the surging US dollar on earnings, and this could be a similar story. As a result, downgrades heading into Q4 will be heavily in focus, but many of these tech companies have so far shown they can navigate the murky waters. This leaves room for potential upside surprises, given low expectations and sentiment heavily depressed.”


What’s all the fuss about Bitboy, FTX and SBF?

Widely followed, loudmouth crypto content creator/influencer Bitboy has been ear-steamingly ranting and fuming on his YouTube channel just lately about the influential FTX crypto-exchange boss Sam Bankman-Fried (aka “SBF”).

The beef partly stems from a tweet Bankman-Fried made about FTX potentially delisting crypto assets that it might deem as securities.

Bitboy (aka Ben Armstrong) is a big supporter of not only XRP but Cardano (ADA), which he believes FTX and SBF is trying to nullify in the US.

SBF had posted a blog last week in which he broke down his preferred regulatory framework for the crypto industry, and it included a push for regulation using blacklists or blocklists – in which individuals may freely trade unless explicitly sanctioned.

SBF’s vision hasn’t gone down overly well with large parts of the crypto community – fans of decentralisation, decentralised finance and a libertarian view of the world.

“You can advocate Effective Altruism, or you can advocate banning 80 million innocent Iranians from the future of global finance,” tweeted the founder of ShapeShift, Erik Voorhees. “You can’t do both.”

Anyway, let’s skip to the juicy bit, which is Bitboy’s rant (including a crack at the Bankless podcast host Ryan Sean Adams). You can see some of it at the bottom of this fresh Twitter thread from SBF, which attempts to address much of the crypto community’s concerns.

Onto some daily price action.



Top 10 overview

With the overall crypto market cap at US$981 billion, up roughly 2.2% since this time yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

Bitcoin made a push above US$19,600 about an hour ago at the time of writing. It’s heading towards the weekly close and if it can do that in the green, then perhaps we can get some bullish momentum happening for the week.

Vailshire Capital CEO Dr Jeff Ross wants a daily close above US$21k before becoming bullish again, though. Bit of work to achieve that at the time of writing.


Uppers and downers: 11–100

Sweeping a market-cap range of about US$6.9 billion to about US$413 million in the rest of the top 100, let’s find some of the biggest 24-hour gainers and losers at press time. (Stats accurate at time of publishing, based on data.)


• Klayton (KLAY),(market cap: US$575 million) +33%

Token XChange (TKX), (mc: US$1.15 billion) +20%

Aptos (APT), (mc: US$1.26 million) +10%

• Casper Network (CSPR), (mc: US$495 million) +9%

• Aave (AAVE), (mc: US$1.25 billion) +8%



• Chain (XCN), (market cap: US$1.25 billion) -3%

Maker (MKR), (mc: US$873 million) -2%

Quant (QNT), (mc: US$2.54 billion) -2%

• Huobi (HT), (mc: US$1.13 billion) -1%

• Chiliz (CHZ), (mc: US$986 million) -1%


Dogechain pumps on burn-proposal news

Looking a lot further down the market cap list (no. 394 on CoinGecko’s list) is Dogechain (DC) and a short while ago it was leading the daily pumpers for all altcoins, with a near 40% 24-hour gain.

It’s currently up more than 250% across seven days.

What is it again?

Launched in August this year, Dogechain is an Ethereum-compatible smart contract network built using Polygon Edge and it’s being marketed as a “layer 2” network for Dogecoin (DOGE).

It’s essentially all about bringing smart-contract capabilities to the Dogecoin community and allows users to bridge DOGE onto the Dogechain network in order to access its applications – such as Uniswap-style AMMs (DogeSwap and DogeShrek) and maybe NFT/GameFi offerings in the future, among other protocols.

Why’s it pumping? Very likely because there’s a Dogechain Foundation proposal to burn a whopping 80% of the total supply of the DC token, as well as dramatically reduce the vesting period on an airdrop for early supporters of the chain.


Around the blocks

A selection of randomness and pertinence that stuck with us on our morning moves through the Crypto Twitterverse…

Some more Bitboy hilarity…