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Bitcoin breaks below $30,000 for first time in four weeks

written by Bella Palmer
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The cryptocurrency has been locked in the price range of $30,000 to $40,000 since mid-May, and briefly dropped below the $30,000 mark on June 22

Bitcoin fell below $30,000, for the first time in past four weeks and potentially setting up the cryptocurrency for deeper price declines.

The world’s largest cryptocurrency was trading around $29,998 and is down nearly 5% over the past week.

Bitcoin has been locked in the broad price range of $30,000 to $40,000 since mid-May, and briefly dropped below the $30,000 mark on June 22. The cryptocurrency traded at $29,700 a day for some time after the People’s Bank of China ordered the country’s major financial institutions to stop facilitating crypto transactions.

I am expecting a strong dip towards $22K, said Patrick Heusser, head of trading at Crypto Finance AG, in a telegram interview on Monday.

Wall Street is seeing too much froth and current virus jitters are triggering widespread panic selling of every top performing asset, with bitcoin being right at the top of this list, according to Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda.

Moya said that bitcoin could be vulnerable to a flash crash towards the $20,000 level which should attract many institutional buyers that have been waiting patiently on the sidelines. If the stock market selloff intensifies, bitcoin and Ethereum will easily extend their declines.

Katie Stockton, founder and managing partner of Fairlead Strategies, said that the consolidation phase bitcoin is currently experiencing is “neutral.”

But in her view, she said, a breakout is more likely than a breakdown.

In April, the bitcoin network was so vibrant, it wasn’t difficult supporting prices above $50K, said Charles Morris, founder of ByteTree Asset Management. However, in recent weeks, Morris said, the level of network activity has collapsed.

Now it is more in keeping with a $15K bitcoin price than a $50K, he said.

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