LONDON — Cryptocurrencies are falling on Thursday morning, as the sector’s prolonged slump deepens.
Ethereum has hit a new low for the year and Bitcoin has breached what analysts say is a key support level. Here’s the scoreboard at 8.45 a.m. GMT (4.45 a.m. ET):
Analysts at the London Block Exchange said in their daily market email on Thursday that $7,700 is a “key support level” for Bitcoin and the fact that it has broken below it appears to be denting sentiment across the market.
Crypto markets have been sliding all year after a bull run up to Christmas. The total market value has declined from a peak of $800 billion in December to around $280 billion as of Thursday, amid concerns about regulation, scams in the market, and falling consumer interest.
The CEO of crypto wallet startup Abra told Business Insider this week that he believes the market will recover this week as more institutional money invests in the asset class. Bill Barhydt said: “I talk to hedge funds, high net worth individuals, even commodity speculators. They look at the volatility in the crypto markets and they see it as a huge opportunity. Once that happens, all hell will break loose.”
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