Bitcoin opens lower Friday and is on track for a second consecutive losing weeksomething that hasnt happened since early Marchas investors brace for what could be a momentum shift for digital currencies.
The price of a single bitcoin
slumped below $8,000 overnight to an intraday low of $7,931.43, its lowest level since April 18.
The No. 1 digital currency has since regained $8,000, last trading at $8,111.09, down 1.2%, since Thursdays levels at 5 p.m. Eastern time on the Kraken exchange.
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What are analysts saying?
With bitcoin now down by more than 15% from its early May high, when it traded near the $10,000 psychological level, one analyst thinks the market suffered from over-exuberance. Throughout the year, each time market participants have expected growth, the trend has reversed into a decline, wrote Alexander Kuptsikevich, analyst at FxPro.
Bitcoin in particular, after having experienced growth for 3 weeks and attempted to move above $10,000, is now in a downward trend that has already lasted for two weeks.
Read: Is Jamie Dimon doing a U-turn on bitcoin?
What are futures and altcoins doing?
Altcoins, or those considered alternatives to bitcoin, are under pressure Friday, tracking bitcoin lower. Ether
has lost 1% to $679.01, Bitcoin Cash
has slumped 4.1% to $1,177.40, Litecoin
is of 1.9% at $132.02 and Ripples XRP coin
last traded at 67 cents, down 0.4%.
Futures are on track for another losing day. The Cboe June contract
is down 1.4% at $8,110, while the CME May contract
is down 0.9% at $8,105.
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Quote References BTCUSD -126.82 -1.55% ETHUSD -14.33 -2.09% BCHUSD -82.40 -6.71% LTCUSD -3.14 -2.33% XRPUSD -0.01 -1.75% XBTM8 -127.50 -1.55% BTCK8 -105.00 -1.28% Show all references
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