Bitcoin (BTC) Loses $50 Billion in a Week: Chart Breakdown
Bitcoin News and Talking Points
- Bitcoin market capitalization slashed by $50 billion in a week.
- Cryptocurrency market a sea of heavy losses.
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Bitcoin (BTC) Market Capitalization Slashed by $50 Billion This Week
The cryptocurrency market heavyweight Bitcoin (BTC) has suffered heavy losses this week with the price on the coin falling by around $3,000 this week – a near 25% drop - knocking $50 billion off its overall market capitalization. Falls of 20% in most asset classes traditionally spark multiple ‘Bear Market Territory’ headlines although due to the volatile nature of BTC, weekly moves of 20% in either way are commonplace.
The worry in the market is that while there has been a regular drip of negative news, there has been no stand-out event that should have prompted support levels to crumble. A look at the chart below shows both Zone 1 and Zone 2 support has been taken out while BTC has now re-entered the downtrend started on December 17, 2017. The next level of support is $8,523 the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement of the November 11 – December 17 rally, while the February 6 low of $6,000 may provide support lower down. Worryingly the last five candles on the chart show lower highs and lower lows, a negative technical set-up.
We highlighted the weak technical set-up of various cryptocurrencies at this Wednesday’s Weekly Cryptocurrency Webinar.
Bitcoin (BTC) Price Chart in US Dollars(October 17, 2017– March 9, 2018)
Top 10 Cryptocurrencies by Market Capitalization in US Dollars – March 9, 2018
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--- Written by Nick Cawley, Analyst.
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