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By Will Feuer
July 20, 2021 | 8:16am | Updated July 20, 2021 | 3:19pm
About $40 billion has been wiped off the cryptocurrency market in the past 24 hours as bitcoin slumped below $30,000 per coin again, pressuring the price of other cryptos as well.
Bitcoin fell more than 3 percent Tuesday and was last seen trading at about $29,700 per coin, according to data from Coinbase.
It’s the first time the price of bitcoin has fallen below $30,000 per coin since about a month ago. Some investors view that price as a key support level for the digital coin.
Ether was down about 2 percent to $1,790 per coin, according to Coinbase, while binance coin and cardano were both down 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively.
As of 3 p.m. ET, the value of the total crypto market dropped by about 3 percent in just 24 hours, according to data from CoinMarketCap.
The value of all cryptos, according to CoinMarketCap, stood at about $1.2 trillion as of 3 p.m.
That’s down about $40 billion from about $1.24 trillion the same time Monday. At one point Tuesday morning, the crypto market had dropped by over $80 billion in the same amount of time. The drop in bitcoin and other cryptos came after a big sell-off in stocks on Monday that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average book its worst day since last October.
“Yet, stocks are rising today, so why isn’t Bitcoin rising?” asked Anthony Denier, CEO of Webull. “With Bitcoin falling through the support level of $30,000, this kind of move just builds momentum. As for the other cryptos, Bitcoin is the market bellwether, so where Bitcoin goes, others follow.”
The plunge comes after weeks of steady declines that’s seen bitcoin drop more than 50 percent from its all-time high of almost $65,000 per coin reached in April.
However, the price of bitcoin is still up more than 220 percent from this time a year ago.
Denier predicted that the “next support level is between $22,000 and $25,000” per coin.
“I think the market will be trade bound between $20,000 and $40,000 for a while,” he said.
The recent declines in price have come as regulators around the world take a harder look at the crypto space and bitcoin, in particular.
Regions in China that were once major homes to the bitcoin mining industry have recently banned the activity and Beijing has instructed financial companies not to offer crypto-related services.
The crackdown even led to more than 1,000 arrests last month.
Elsewhere in the world, Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, has been the target of renewed scrutiny in Europe and Asia.
Regulators in the UK barred Binance last month from carrying out any regulated activities in the country.
Authorities in at least three other countries, Japan, Canada and Thailand, have also issued warnings about the exchange.
Crypto enthusiasts have often called regulatory crackdowns a boon for the industry and a sign that the sector is becoming normalized and regulated.
But skeptics largely view regulation as an unknown with regard to cryptos — and a factor that could prevent widespread adoption of the digital coins.
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