Digital currencies have taken a further pause Thursday, with most major assets trading in relatively tight ranges.
The No. 1 digital currency, Bitcoin
slipped back below $9,000, trading to its lowest level of the week at $8,660.87. A single Bitcoin last traded at $8,847.25, down 2.5%, since Wednesday levels at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Kraken.
Despite the decline Wednesday, industry participants remain upbeat, with the price of Bitcoin still 30% off its April low.
“Overall things remain positive,” said Charles Hayter, co-founder of CryptoCompare. “The Nasdaq’s holistic approach to Bitcoin and digital currencies where everything should trade anywhere at anytime shows a long-term vision for the space.”
Hayter added that the news Revolut had raised $250 million shows venture capital money is slowing increasing its push into the cryptocurrency and fintech industry.
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Bitcoin rejects at 200-day MA—again
The one concern for crypto investors is on the technical front. After a good two-week run, traders had hoped the momentum would take Bitcoin through its 200-day moving average and test the psychological $10,000 level. Moving averages tend to be used by market technicians as a gauge of bullish and bearish momentum.
However, Bitcoin’s uptrend halted in its tracks Wednesday, just shy of the crucial level, falling more than 10%.
The 200-day moving average has provided stiff resistance in the past. A mid-March rally took Bitcoin above $9,000 before failing shy of the momentum indicator.
What are altcoins and futures doing?
is relatively unchanged at $636.77, Bitcoin Cash
has added 1.2% at $1,346.60, Litecoin
is lower by 1.3% at $147.09 and Ripple’s XRP
is off 1.6% at 81 cents.
Bitcoin futures are slightly lower to begin Thursday. The Cboe’s May contract