Bitcoin holiday sale-off
December 28, 2018 @ 12:35 UTC
Markets have taken a renewed plunge, with virtually all of the top 100 cryptocurrencies in the red and many high market cap alts seeing losses of between 5 and 12 percent, as data from Coin360 shows. Fourth-largest cryptocurrency Bitcoin Cash (BCH) has led the downturn, seeing a steep 12.15 percent loss on the day to trade at $126. Today marks a low-point on the alt’s 7-day chart, at the start of which it was trading over $220.
Bitcoin (BTC) has seen a more moderate loss of around 4 percent on the day, and is trading at $3,605 to press time. Having hit intra-week levels as high as around $4,230 on Dec. 23, the top coin’s renewed downturn have all but reversed recent gains and Bitcoin is back trading close to its value mid-December. Bitcoin’s losses remain a mild 2.4 percent on the week and 3.6 percent on the month.
Second-largest crypto by market cap Ripple (XRP) is down over 5 percent on the day, according to Cointelegraph’s Ripple Price Index. Notwithstanding an intraweek spike to $0.45 on Dec. 23, Ripple has mostly been trading range bound between $0.35 – $0.39. The alt has today come close to the price point it held on Dec. 21 — weekly losses are at a mild 1 percent; on the month, the Ripple is down over 4 percent. Ethereum (ETH), ranked third by market cap, is down over 7 percent and trading at $115 at press time. Following intra-week highs of over $150, the alt has virtually come full circle on the week, reversing recent growth.