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The Bitcoin ecosystem saw a surge in activities in June following BlackRock’s proposal for an exchange-traded fund (ETF) to invest in the Bitcoin spot. However, things took an unexpected turn in July as Bitcoin’s price fell, and the broader crypto market moved on a downtrend.

The latest ruling in the lawsuit between the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Ripple Labs caused the XRP price to soar, with the token’s price recording a spike of 49%. However, the market’s response to the lawsuit’s outcome contradicted observers’ expectations.

The prices of other crypto assets didn’t surge as expected following the court’s ruling. As a result, the SEC’s upcoming appeal is the subject of anticipation, while summer market dynamics have been relatively calm so far.

The “Investor Insights Report” by top market analysts, which examines the performance of various segments within the digital asset ecosystem, offered a concise summary of the events in the cryptocurrency landscape for the previous months.

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Crypto Stocks’ Renewed Spike

In the last few months, cryptocurrency-related stocks have performed impressively amidst happenings in the crypto market and industry. The most notable performance has been from crypto mining stocks, which consistently outperform Bitcoin (BTC).

The report has closely followed the development of these stocks since the start of their impressive rise early in the year. A similar pattern continued throughout last month as token and coin market prices lagged behind the gains of crypto stocks.

By the end of the month, the average stock price of publicly traded crypto companies had increased by 23.9%. Likewise, Coinbase’s shares experienced a sharp rise last month after the Ripple lawsuit’s settlement, maintaining a value above $100 per share for a week and eventually ending the month with a remarkable 32.19% gain.

Furthermore, MicroStrategy ended the month with a notable increase of 27.25. Nevertheless, the share prices of mining firms were the top performers during this period.

In addition, the share price of Stronghold Digital Mining increased in value by almost 75%, with TeraWulf and Riot Platforms posting gains of more than 50% from their July 1, 2023 prices.

Analyzing The Performances Of The NFT And DeFi Markets

During the bear market period, the popularity hype surrounding nonfungible tokens (NFTs) dropped drastically. Surprisingly, the appeal of NFTs also dropped in July, with renowned classic collections seeing their prices fall to levels similar to the periods before the 2021 NFT buzz.

Notably, the floor price of the Bored Ape Yacht Club also dropped below 30 ETH. Also, the five most notable NFTs, as measured by their cumulative lifetime earnings, generated a meager $800,000 in monthly royalties.

Despite the poor market performance of NFTs, members of the blue-chip NFT project Azuki and the project’s founder are also having a stand-off with one another. The AzukiDAO organization has filed a legal action against the project’s founder and his executive to recoup a sizeable sum of 20,000 ETH that was allegedly misappropriated through rug pulls.

Meanwhile, the decentralized finance (DeFi) market continues to struggle with its fair share of difficulties, including major security flaws that hackers exploit to steal funds from projects in this space.

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George Ward

By George Ward

George Ward is a crypto journalist and market analyst at Herald Sheets, known for his engaging articles on the latest digital currency trends. With a background in finance and journalism, he presents complex topics accessibly. George holds a degree in Business and Finance from the University of Cambridge.