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Bitcoin Price Update: BTC Erases Recent Gains, Drops Three Percent in Minutes as Cryptocurrency Market Suffers Fresh Plunge

Bitcoin is currently on a downward trajectory and could easily fall below $7,000 for the first time since the start of September. The price decline comes as other cryptocurrencies are also currently experiencing significant price reductions.

Bitcoin in Danger of Falling Below $7,000

As at press time, Bitcoin was valued a little above $7,000 on Coinmarketcap and has already slipped below the price mark on Bitfinex. The top-ranked cryptocurrency slipped by more than three minutes in ten minutes, erasing the steady gains of the past few days. This reduction takes BTC’s 24-hour price decline to above four percent.

A look at the BTC RSI shows that is currently at 20. The rule of thumb for RSI is that a value below 30 means the asset is oversold. As at press time, the exact for the increased BTC selloff is unknown.

Cryptocurrency Market Shrinks

The current decline isn’t restricted to BTC alone. Ethereum and all other top ten altcoins have also suffered significant declines. Only a handful of the top 100 cryptos have been able to post positive price growths for the last 24 hours.

As at press time, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Cardano, Monero, and Dash have all plunged by more than 10 percent in the past few minutes. This nosedive has negatively impacted their 24-hour and seven-day trading performances.

Litecoin and XRP aren’t left out from the price reduction group. LTC has shrunk more than eight percent while XRP is down by almost ten percent.

What do you think is the reason for the latest BTC price plunge? What is your forecasted BTC price bottom for this decline? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Ethereum Price Falls Below $300 as Cryptocurrency Market Tumbles

The price of Ethereum has fallen below $300 as the cryptocurrency market enters a more intense bearish pullback. Except for Tether, all other top ten coins have experienced significant negative price movements within the last 24-hour trading period.

Ethereum Tumbles 17 Percent

Ethereum, the second-ranked cryptocurrency according to market capitalization sunk to its lowest 2018 valuation on Monday afternoon UTC. ETH has not traded below $300 since the start of November 2017. At press time, ETH has dipped more than 17 percent to take its 2018 decline to 60 percent.

The decline in the price of ETH is being attributed to the disillusionment of ICO investors. The sheer number of ICO exit scams and the amounts being siphoned by these pump and dump schemes has created negative sentiments in the ETH market.

Ethereum, the preferred platform for most ICO projects benefited from this fact reaching above $1,000 in February 2018. At the time, BTC was declining below $6,000. However, the tide seems to have turned as many of the ICO projects that generated interest in ETH, driving up its price have begun to cash out to cover expenses. Thus, the ETH is is starting to slide. Commenting on the issue, BloomWater Capital chief, Biswas Das said:

These startups are raising a lot of funds, but they don’t have treasury management or enough cash management experience, so they’re selling too early and causing a lot of pressure in the market. It was fine last year, but right now, the market is so fragile that it causes a lot of pressure.

The general bearishness perhaps exacerbates the ETH decline in the market occasioned by stricter regulations and the slow pace of institutional adoption. Experts believe that projects aren’t done cashing out and thus predict even more pain for ETH investors as prices sink even lower.

Bitcoin Dips More than 20 Percent in August as Altcoins Continue to Bleed

Bitcoin briefly slipped below the $6,000 mark in the early morning on Tuesday (August 14, 2018). The top-ranked cryptocurrency is now back above $6,000 at the time of writing this article. BTC has dropped more than 20 percent in August eroding most of the gains accrued in July. Bitcoin’s year-to-date decline now stands at 57 percent.

Positive sentiments leading up to the SEC’s decision on numerous ETFs drove prices up to $8,400 in late July. However, the Commission has either rejected or delayed approving the various filings brought before it. The consensus is that an SEC-approved Bitcoin ETF in 2018 is highly unlikely.

The altcoin market, in general, appears bleak as well with prices depreciating significantly. Cardano leads the decline in the top ten, falling more almost 20 percent within the last 24 hours. Outside the top ten, Ethereum Classic has been unable to maintain its upward price trajectory after a raft of platform adoptions. The 13th-ranked cryptocurrency is currently down by more than 19 percent in the last 24 hours.

How low do you expect the price of Ethereum to reach in this current decline? Keep the conversation going in the comment section below.

Image courtesy of Coinmarketcap.

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