Bitcoin slips to a one-week nadir below $3,400


Bitcoin prices on Wednesday traded below $3,400, hanging around the lowest level since Jan. 29.

One bitcoin,
BTCUSD, +0.08%
 the world’s largest digital currency, was changing hands at $3,364.70, down 1.7% since Tuesday at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the Kraken crypto exchange. The cryptocurrency reached an intraday low at $3,341.60.


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What are analysts saying

“Bitcoin keeps muddling along near the lows. If dip buyers are waiting to buy the dip, they are not tempted by these prices,” wrote Jani Ziedins of the Cracked Market blog.

“Those who wanted to buy bitcoin already bought bitcoin and there is no one left to buy. That is why this cryptocurrency has been so lifeless. The only thing that will save BTC at this point is spreading adoption of it as a currency, which so far doesn’t seem to be gaining traction. Without new money coming in, expect the price to keep drifting lower,” he said.


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Altcoins and futures

Altcoins — the group of digital currencies other than bitcoin — traded lower on Wednesday. Ether
ETHUSD, +0.51%
fell 2.9% to $102.90, Litecoin
LTCUSD, +0.83%
was lower by 4.6% at $32.31, Bitcoin Cash
BCHUSD, +0.70%
was off 1.6% at $114.70 and XRP,
XRPUSD, +0.74%
was down 3.1% at 29 cents.


The broad-based selloff has the market value of all cryptocurrencies at $111.7 billion, down from a 2019 high of $138 billion, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

Futures were in the red early on Wednesday. The Cboe Global Markets February contract
XBTG9, +0.07%
ended 1.2% lower at $3,352.50, while the CME Group February contract
BTCG9, +0.30%
was off 1.6% at $3,345.


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Aaron Hankin


Aaron Hankin is a MarketWatch reporter in New York who covers cryptocurrency and financial markets.

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