Market Wrap: Bitcoin Briefly Breaks Below $9K, but Markets Remain Comatose
Bitcoin briefly broke below $9,000 on Thursday, but the markets remain quiet.
Bitcoin broke below $9,000 Thursday afternoon as the leading cryptocurrency has continued to trade in a tight range just above $9,000 for several weeks.
- Bitcoin at $9,060 as of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET), down 2% over 24 hours
- BTC trading range (past 24 hours): $9,300 - $8,900
- Ether down 3% trading, at around $225
- Institutional investment continues despite sleepy market
- Nearly all cryptocurrencies down over 24-hour period
Despite the brief 3% afternoon drop, however, the cryptocurrency markets continue to stay eerily calm as volatility drops and traders continue to expect a big move. Bitcoin was changing hands at around $9,060 as of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET).
Ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, dropped 3%, trading around $225 as of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET), according to Coinbase.
Bitcoin teased bearish traders Thursday with a 3% dip from $9,250 to $8,930 in afternoon hours. The move sparked a series of liquidations on BitMEX, spiking to $30 million after the afternoon price move, according to Skew. Liquidations had been fairly flat for several days on the largest bitcoin derivatives platform.
Despite the afternoon drop, spot trading volumes were relatively stable relative to the preceding few days. Coinbase volume, for example, just barely edged out its Wednesday’s volume, reporting a total of $78 million traded.
Despite the quiet price action, institutional investors continue to make moves in crypto markets.
Norwegian crypto investment firm Arcane Crypto is planning to list on Nasdaq Nordic’s alternative stock exchange, CoinDesk reported Thursday. Arcane plans to issue 6.6 billion new shares – each at half a U.S. cent – to fund a $32 million take over by Swedish firm Vertical Ventures, which is facilitating the listing.
- S&P 500 flat, gaining less than 0.2%
- FTSE 100 up 1.3%
- Nikkei 225 down less than 0.2%
- Gold up 0.5% trading at $1,777
As bitcoin dipped, some of the darlings of the equities markets continued to soar. Tesla made a new all-time high for the second consecutive day Thursday, climbing to $1,228 in early trading hours. The technology stock opened 5% higher than its Wednesday close as its bullish momentum continues with ferocity. Zoom also made a new all-time high, trading at just below $264 during afternoon hours.
Social media stocks weren’t quite as lucky, dipping a bit on Thursday. Twitter dropped more than 1% Thursday. Facebook dropped 2.2%.
In commodities, gold gained 0.5% on the day after recovering from 1% drop during afternoon trading hours. Crude oil gained more than 2%.
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