Analyst: “We retain our view that Avangardco securities are not investable.”


MasterCard isn’t the only major credit card issuer experimenting with blockchain technology to develop ways to help merchants cut down on fraud and better retain their customers. As CCN reported, American Express recently announced that it was using blockchain technology to revamp its loyalty rewards program.


Earlier today [May 31], IOTA announced it partnered with Norway’s largest bank. Also, as CCN reported on May 24, IOTA partnered with a key logistics arm for the United Nations. 

The EOS software is scheduled for an early June release, though questions have mounted over whether the development team — led by Daniel Larimer — will be able to meet that target.

The UX bucks the trend led by Raiffeisen Bank Aval (BAVL UK, +6.6%)


UX closed for holiday Monday after Friday’s loss extended its loss streak to four sessions at an 11.7% plunge.

In April, the BoE released a proof on concept analyzing ways to allow customers to share information in a secure network. The bank enlisted the services of Chain, a blockchain services provider, to develop a solution. The bank said maintaining data network wide and improving user privacy was in a preliminary stage, but the possibility of accomplishing these goals still exists.


Based on the failure of bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies to sustain any momentum at current levels, it is highly likely that the valuation of the cryptocurrency market falls below the $300 billion mark, possibly to mid $200 billion in the upcoming weeks. However, analysts are still optimistic about a potential rally in the third quarter of 2018 that may send the price of bitcoin back to the $14,000 region.


If the bitcoin price drops below $7,000 and to the higher end of $6,000, the market will likely experience a strong bounce and record a major rally throughout the third quarter of 2018, potentially back to the $10,000 and $12,000 region, as it did in March. 


UX shaken by administrative problems related to Ukraine sanctions on Russia


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