This article is originally posted at cointelegraph.com  

          Bitcoin (BTC) is trading at around $7,016 at press time, up around 4.2 percent on the day, according to Cointelegraph’s Bitcoin price index.

          The top coin has seen several days of recovery since its brief price dent August 22 in the wake of toughened anti-crypto measures in China and a fresh series of disapproval orders for several Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Bitcoin’s 7-day price chart

Bitcoin’s 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Bitcoin Price Index

          On the week, Bitcoin is up a strong 4.1 percent, with its monthly gains now around 9.1 percent.

         Ethereum (ETH) is trading around $289 at press time, up a solid 3.4 percent on the day.

          While, the coin has yet to reclaim the $300 price point — which it last held August 20 — today, August 28, has seen the first persuasive upswing in price performance after a jagged and tentative week range bound between $270-280. Ethereum is now up 3.4 percent on the week; on the month, losses are just slightly down and remain at a stark 37.8 percent.

Ethereum’s 7-day price chart

Ethereum’s 7-day price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Ethereum Price Index

        Among the top ten coins by market cap, Cardano (ADA) is up over 9 percent to trade at $0.10 at press time, with Litecoin (LTC) up 7.64 percent and Ripple (XRP) up 7.3 percent to trade at $61.88 and $0.35 respectively.

         The strongest top ten performer is IOTA (MIOTA), soaring a staggering 19.4 percent on the day and capping two days of rapid growth to trade around $0.71 at press time.

IOTA’s 7-day price chart

IOTA’s 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

       IOTA’s growth has skyrocketed since August 27’s announcement that Japanese ICT conglomerate Fujitsu is launching an IOTA-based proof-of-concept (PoC) for audit trail processes in the manufacturing industry.

          Among the top twenty coins on CoinMarketCap, TRON (TRX) is up 14.5 percent on the day to trade around $0.03, NEO is up 15.77 percent at $21.18 and DASH, ranked 13th, has outstripped all the top 100 cryptos on the day by rising 27 percent to $186.54.  

Dash’s 7-day price chart

Dash’s 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

         Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is at around $230.55 billion at press time, up around $15 billion since the start of trading Monday 27th.

7-day chart of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies

7-day chart of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies from CoinMarketCap

        As the crypto spot markets rally, and Bitcoin reclaims ground above $7,000, fresh data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTCshows that bearish positions for non-commercial contracts of Bitcoin (BTC) futures are also on the decline.

        As shown by the negative total tally on the CFTC’s latest Commitments of Traders (COT) report, the market is still overall net short, yet the new figure of -1266 indicates a sharp turnaround from the -1926 recorded earlier this summer.

       Blockchain, meanwhile, has this week drawn the attention of two of the "Big Four” global audit firms, Deloitte and PwC, both of whose fresh reports revealed high percentages of enterprise executives convinced by technology’s potential.

          In the banking sector, JP Morgan CIO Lori Beer has this week said that blockchain will "replace existing technology” within a few years, and today, Germany’s joint stock company Deutsche Boerse (DB) furthered its partnership with blockchain-based liquidity provider HQLAx by making a million euro investment to become a minority shareholder.

       To cap it off, the South Korean government has just announced its state-sponsored blockchain hackathon to encourage the technology’s inroads into the public and private sectors.