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BAYC bullish, but APE takes a hit as SEC hovers around NFTs

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) are making headlines again — but together. As per Bloomberg’s latest report, the SEC was looking into Yuga Labs.

The SEC wished to determine if particular NFTs had similarities to stocks than other financial instruments and whether the sale of specific digital assets was against the law. 

Here’s AMBCrypto’s Price Prediction for ApeCoin (APE) for 2022-23

Per Bloomberg, the SEC’s inquiry into Yuga Labs was actually a component of a larger inquiry into the NFT market, which was first made public in March.

Furthermore, the purpose of the inquiry was to determine whether or not the BAYC NFT collection was in violation of any federal law. It was also stated that the SEC was investigating the distribution of ApeCoin, which was distributed to the holders of BAYC.

BAYC turns a deaf ear

Data from dapp tracker Dappradar showed that the BAYC floor prices fell by over 6% in the previous 24 hours, while the average price plummeted by 17%. The floor price was seen at over $96,000 while the average price stood at $98,000. 

However, BAYC’s daily volume increased by 102.09%, with trade volume hitting $1.66 million in the preceding 24 hours. However, market capitalization fell by 6.74%. Overall, BAYC still remained the top NFT collection according to Dappradar, indicating the dominance of the Yuga Labs NFT.

But APE may be affected

Looking at the price action over a 12-hour time frame, it was clear that the news had a negative impact on the market. During that trading session, APE lost 8.64%, from an opening price of $5.137 to a closing price of $4.692.

Additionally, APE lost about 42.99% of its value from the trend line’s peak to where it was at the time of this writing. Considering that APE was unable to test it, the trend line also acted as resistance. 

The altcoin encountered quick resistance at both the short 20 Moving Average (MA) (blue), and the long 50 MA (yellow). So, between $5.172 and $5.418, one might observe the resistance level. At the time of writing, the support was between $4.371, and $4.641 and appeared to be stable.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicated that the asset’s overall trend was bearish. A significant bear trend was evident by the RSI being near the oversold area.

The placement of the yellow and blue MAs further supported this. However, a possible pullback might be imminent considering RSI’s attempt to move upward. 

Source: TradingView

The SEC is reportedly also investigating whether or not ApeCoin behaves like security. Could we have SEC vs. APE in the future? Only time will tell. 


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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