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Market Turbulence Continues: Crypto Experiences $40 Billion Loss in 24 Hours

The global cryptocurrency market has witnessed a significant downturn, losing $40 billion in the past 24 hours amidst sustained market-wide turbulence. This ongoing turbulence, initiated on January 12 following the initial excitement surrounding the approval of the spot Bitcoin ETF, has persisted amid widespread selloffs from both institutional and retail investors. The continuous wave of selling pressure has contributed to a sense of panic across the cryptocurrency market.

Bitcoin Leads Market Decline:

The downtrend intensified as Bitcoin (BTC), the leading cryptocurrency, breached the crucial support level of $40,000. Bitcoin had maintained this level since the beginning of the year until January 22 when it dropped to $39,700. While Bitcoin quickly recovered the $40,000 support, renewed bearish pressure triggered another market drop. At the time of reporting, Bitcoin is trading at $39,734, reflecting a 3.7% decline over the last 24 hours.

Impact on Ethereum and Broader Market:

The decline in Bitcoin’s price has had a ripple effect on the broader market, with Ethereum (ETH) experiencing a 4.11% drop in the past 24 hours, reaching $2,307. ETH recorded a substantial 5.11% intraday loss, as sellers aim to breach the $2,300 support to trigger further declines.

GBTC Selloffs Aggravate Market Conditions:

The market turbulence has been exacerbated by significant selloffs from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) shortly after the approval of the Bitcoin ETF. FTX, Grayscale’s sister firm, sold off 22 million GBTC shares, adding to the bearish pressure on Bitcoin and the overall market. Institutional investors have also continued to divest their GBTC shares, resulting in additional Bitcoin selloffs.

Market Sentiment and Potential Recovery:

Despite the challenging market conditions, sentiment analysis indicates that market participants are leaning towards “buy the dip” tendencies. “Buy” mentions have increased to 2,431, accounting for 3.61% of total social volume, while “sell” mentions have risen to 1,230, representing 1.83% of social volume. Additionally, CryptoQuant data suggests that exchange net flows have turned bullish, with deposits on exchanges currently lower than the weekly average, indicating a potential slowdown in the selloff campaign.

The market’s response to Bitcoin’s price movement, institutional selloffs, and shifting sentiment underscores the dynamic and interconnected nature of the cryptocurrency landscape.

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