Tuesday Dec. 17 – Bitcoin (BTC) is retracing rapidly from around the $6,950 price mark to below $6,600 in the past few hours.
Cryptocurrency market daily overview. Source: Coin360
Bitcoin price is taking a painful nosedive, dropping close to $350 in just a few hours. BTC started the day at $6,915, at which point the world’s largest crypto coin continued to trade sideways before crashing down to its current trading price below the $6,600 price mark. BTC is showing a loss of nearly 5% for the day.
Bitcoin daily price chart. Source: Coin360
BTC at $2,800 could be next
Cointelegraph contributor Horus Hughes wrote that if BTC fails to hold the $6,600 price level, “traders will look for the price to follow the familiar pattern of dropping to the long-term descending channel trendline support at $6,400.”
Even more pessimistic, Cointelegraph analyst Keith Wareing wrote that BTC continues to be resoundingly bearish and could even see extreme lows of around the $2,800 price levels. “As things stand, the downside could be as low as $2,800 over the coming months,” he said.
Both Bitcoin and Ether (ETH) are getting spanked today. The top altcoin is creeping dangerously close to double-digit losses for the day, with losses of more than 8% on the day. The coin is currently trading just below the $122 price mark.
Ether 7-day price chart. Source: Coin360
Meanwhile, XRP, the third-largest coin by market capitalization, is already showing double-digit pain, with losses of more than 12% on the day. XRP currently sits at $0.018 per coin, having dropped below the $0.20 mark for the first time since October 2017.
XRP 7-day price chart. Source: Coin360
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Altcoins are bleeding hard. Chainlink (LINK) is taking the brunt of the pain with losses of more than 13% on the day, while Cosmos (ATOM) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) are showing losses of 12% and 10% respectively.
The overall cryptocurrency market cap currently sits around $176.5 billion, with Bitcoin making up 67.6% of the total.