Bitcoin Drops Below USD 10,000, Erases 24 Hour Gains in Minutes

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After staying above USD 10,000 for around half a day, bitcoin (BTC) dropped below this important level once again, in 10 minutes erasing all its gains in the past 24 hours. (Updated at 15:51 UTC: updates throughout the entire article).

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At pixel time (15:07 UTC), BTC trades at USD 9,557 and is unchanged in a day. The price is still up by 8% in a week and 14% in a month.

Other coins from the top 10 are down by 1%-3%, while the total market capitalization is now also unchanged in day (USD 272 billion).

BTC price chart:


As reported today, after BTC surpassed the USD 10,000 level, the BTC chart was showing signs of a possible major breakout after a series of failed attempts at moving higher. However, it seems that this recent breakout has also failed.

While crypto analysts are looking for reasons that prompted the selloff, earlier today, crypto researchers at Santiment warned to stay “cautious” and watch BTC metrics such as daily active adresses, trading volume and “an up-and-down social volume” in order “to see which way momentum begins moving over this next week.”

“It will be crucial to see whether [fear of missing out] kicks in now, or profit takers end up taking the safe route with the expectation of buying below USD 10,000 again,” they said.

Also, on the major crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX, the selloff caused a large amount of “sell liquidations”, with USD USD 269 million in sell liquidations seen in an hour.