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Sudden crypto market drop sends bitcoin below $22,000

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Bitcoin on Friday fell to its lowest level in greater than three weeks, dipping below $22,000 amid a sudden crypto sell-off in early European trading. 

Bitcoin plunged from $22,738 to below $21,453.59 at 12:17 p.m. ET, in keeping with CoinDesk data. Earlier within the morning, the cryptocurrency fluctuated between $21,500 and $22,000.

It comes shortly after the world’s largest digital coin surpassed the $25,000 level for the primary time since June following an increase in U.S. stocks.

Ether fell from $1,808 to $1,728 at the identical time before staging a muted rebound. It had slipped again, falling further to $1,697.90 by 12:17 p.m. ET.

A selected cause for a drop at the moment, which also sent Binance Coin, Cardano and Solana falling, was not immediately clear. 

“It is not showing the pattern of a flash crash, because the assets didn’t immediately rebound sharply but sank even lower within the hours that followed,” said Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown. “It seems likely that’s was consequently of a giant sale transaction, within the absence of other more external aspects.”

Bitcoin and ether ended Thursday within the red, but ether has surged greater than 100% since mid-June.

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Streeter said it appeared Cardano made the primary plunge downwards, followed by Bitcoin and Ether after which smaller coins like Dogecoin.

“This fresh chill has descended amid fears that the market is heading for a crypto winter,” she added. “Although at $21,800 Bitcoin remains to be a way off its June lows of under $19,000, volatility is once more wracking the market.”

The digital coins may be following equities lower.

“US equity markets have pulled back since Wednesday’s release of the July Fed meeting minutes, the important thing takeaway being that the Fed likely won’t be finished with rate hikes until inflation is tamed across the board, with no guidance offered on future rate increases either,” Simon Peters, crypto market analyst at eToro, told CNBC.

“With the tight correlation between US equities and crypto in recent months I believe this has filtered through to crypto markets and it’s why we’re seeing the sell-off. The trend has also perhaps been exacerbated by liquidation of long positions on bitcoin perpetual futures markets.”

Citing Coinglass data, Peters said Friday had been the largest liquidation of long positions on futures since June 18, also the date bitcoin reached its lowest price of the yr around $17,500.

Bitcoin and ether ended Thursday within the red, but ether has surged greater than 100% since mid-June as investors prepare for a large upgrade to the ethereum network.

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