Bitcoin At A Two-Month Low Following SpaceX Selloff, Liquidations, Regulatory Issues

Bitcoin witnessed a rapid decline of 7% within a mere 20 minutes on Thursday, momentarily dipping below the $26,000 mark. The ripple effect extended across the cryptocurrency realm, including Ethereum, which experienced a cascade of liquidations totaling a staggering $800 million.

The dominant cryptocurrency by market capitalization closed on Thursday at $26,627.50. At its lowest point during the afternoon, Bitcoin touched $25,649, but has since demonstrated a modest rebound. This price level hasn’t been observed since the inception of June, putting the current price at a two-month low.

This abrupt plunge in Bitcoin’s value coincided with the news of China’s Evergrande Group, a significant property developer, filing for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in New York. Concurrently, reports emerged regarding Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which disclosed a write-down of its Bitcoin assets by $373 million, followed by an undisclosed amount of sales.

The broader cryptocurrency landscape mirrored the decline, with Ethereum, the second-largest digital asset, encountering a nearly 10% drop over the past day, closing on Thursday at $1,681.42. This downtrend pushed Ethereum’s value as low as $1,576 on Thursday, based on data from CoinGecko.

Other prominent cryptocurrencies, including Ripple (XRP), Shiba Inu (SHIB), and Litecoin (LTC), witnessed declines exceeding 14% in the past 24 hours. Despite recent periods of substantial upward momentum, these tokens succumbed to the prevailing market pressures.

$800 million liquidations

Coinglass data reveals that the widespread plummet in prices spurred a wave of liquidations for overleveraged positions, with an astonishing $801 million worth of liquidations taking place within the first hour of the decline.

Bitcoin had previously experienced a surge in value, largely attributed to heightened interest from institutional investors. Notably, BlackRock’s application for a spot crypto exchange-traded fund (ETF) had significantly propelled the pioneer cryptocurrency to an annual peak surpassing $31,000 per coin.

However, investor enthusiasm is waning as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) exhibits a measured pace in approving high-profile applications, such as a Bitcoin ETF. This hesitancy from regulators contrasts with the eager anticipation of investors, who are keenly awaiting the introduction of this investment vehicle in the U.S.

Josh Gilbert, a market analyst at eToro, cautioned that Bitcoin might witness further decline if global risk assets continue their downward trajectory, potentially ushering in a bearish phase should the $25,000 support level be breached.

The broader financial markets experienced a moderate reprieve as the dollar weakened, yet the digital token sell-off persisted unabated on Friday. Notably, the top 100 digital tokens gauge plummeted over 5%, eclipsing the marginal 0.2% dip observed in a regional stock index.

A significant liquidation, amounting to $55.92 million, occurred on Binance, as reported by Coinglass, underscoring the magnitude of the trading activity during this period of high volatility.

Adding a glimmer of optimism, Bloomberg News unveiled reports that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is poised to greenlight the creation of the first exchange-traded funds based on Ether futures, potentially ushering in a new era for the cryptocurrency market.

Bitcoin’s decline follows a phase of prolonged stability, characterized by a narrow trading range over several months. Gauges measuring the price volatility of the original cryptocurrency have shown a consistent downward trend, with the 90-day volatility index reaching its lowest point since 2016, according to Bloomberg data.

Information for this briefing was found via Financial Times, Bloomberg, Decrypt, and the sources mentioned. The author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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