First Mover Asia: Crypto Prices Plunge Late After Weak Meta Earnings

Bitcoin and ether fell sharply after the company formerly known as Facebook said its virtual/augmented reality division lost $10 billion in 2021.

AccessTimeIconFeb 2, 2022 at 11:28 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 4:59 p.m. UTC

Good morning. Here’s what’s happening:

Market moves: Bitcoin ended its two-day winning streak with heavier selling pressure during late U.S. trading hours.

Technician's take: BTC's pullback could continue into the Asia trading day; initial support at $35K.

Catch the latest episodes of CoinDesk TV for insightful interviews with crypto industry leaders and analysis.


Bitcoin (BTC): $37,031 -4.5%

Ether (ETH): $2,690 -3.8%

Top Gainers

Asset Ticker Returns Sector
Internet Computer ICP +8.4% Computing
Ethereum Classic ETC +2.1% Smart Contract Platform
Algorand ALGO +0.2% Smart Contract Platform

Top Losers

Asset Ticker Returns Sector
Solana SOL −6.2% Smart Contract Platform
Cosmos ATOM −6.0% Smart Contract Platform
Stellar XLM −4.3% Smart Contract Platform


S&P 500: 4,589 +0.9%

DJIA: 35,629 +0.6%

Nasdaq: 14,417 +0.5%

Gold: $1,807 +0.3%

Market moves

Bitcoin (BTC) and the broader crypto market faced heavier selling pressure in late U.S. trading hours on Wednesday, ending the oldest cryptocurrency’s two-day winning streak.

The late afternoon price drop in crypto came after Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) delivered disappointing Q4 earnings with weak guidance for the current quarter. Meta shares dropped by more than 18% in extended trading on Wednesday.

At the time of publication, the largest cryptocurrency by market value is changing hands at $37,031, down 4.5% in the past 24 hours, according to CoinDesk data. Ether, the second-biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, was trading at $2,690, off 3.8% for the same period.

According to data compiled by CoinDesk, bitcoin’s trading volume across major centralized exchanges on Wednesday continued to drop.

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In broader cryptocurrency markets, most alternative cryptocurrencies (altcoin) were also in the red on Wednesday. At the time of publication, some of the day's biggest losers were tokens associated with the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector, including loopring (LRC), curve (CRV) and solana (SOL), based on data from Messari.

Ether suffered more losses than bitcoin during the late trading after a “potential exploit” of more than 120,000 ether (worth more than $326 million in total) was discovered on cross-chain bridge Wormhole. The popular bridge for connecting Solana and a few other major networks is attempting to negotiate on-chain with the hacker, as CoinDesk reported.

The event is ongoing, with Wormhole tweeting its network is "down for maintenance" as the team looks into the issue.

Technician's take

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Bitcoin four-hour price chart shows support/resistance with RSI on bottom (Damanick Dantes/CoinDesk, TradingView)

Bitcoin (BTC) failed to sustain a bounce above $38,000, although short-term buyers could remain active above the $35,000 support level. Momentum was starting to fade on intraday charts, which means the pullback could continue into the Asia trading day. At the time of publication, bitcoin was trading at about $37,000.

The relative strength index (RSI) on the daily chart approached overbought territory on Tuesday, which preceded the current pullback in price. Additionally, the 100-period moving average on the four-hour chart, currently at $38,220, continues to cap brief price gains.

Bitcoin remains in an intermediate-term downtrend since November and has consolidated between $35,000 and $38,000 over the past week. Buyers will need to make a decisive move above $40,000 in order to reverse the downtrend.

Important events

8:30 a.m. HKT/SGT (12:30 a.m. UTC): Australia imports/exports (Dec.)

8:30 a.m. HKT/SGT (12:30 a.m. UTC): Jibun (Japan) bank services purchasing managers index (Jan.)

8:30 a.m. HKT/SGT (12:30 a.m. UTC): National Bank ANZ (New Zealand) commodity prices (Jan.)

8:30 a.m. HKT/SGT (12:30 a.m. UTC): National Australia Bank's Business Confidence (Q4/QoQ)

5 p.m. HKT/SGT (9 a.m. UTC): Markit Economics services purchasing managers index (Jan.)

CoinDesk TV

In case you missed it, here is the most recent episode of "First Mover" on CoinDesk TV:

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Said and heard

“The focus has clearly turned to earnings. We’ve seen strong results from big tech companies. But at some point we might have sentiment turning back to macro data and the [U.S. Federal Reserve] – we think we will oscillate between these two points. For financial markets, this means more volatility.” (Luc Filip, head of investments at SYZ Private Banking to The Wall Street Journal) ... "The carnage marks one of the worst starts to a year for fundamental stock pickers in recent memory. It adds to rare losses many growth and technology hedge funds suffered last year, as expectations of higher interest rates hit many of the stocks they favor." (The Wall Street Journal) ... "There is a fairly large supply and demand gap in the Indian [non-fungible token] market. NFT creators here are proliferating while collectors remain nonexistent. Both sides paint a different picture of how they see the NFT opportunity in India." (Tanvi Ratna for CoinDesk) ... "But if you’ve ever had to transact with a Swiss crypto exchange, you probably breathed a sigh of relief upon reading the news, because getting your crypto off a Swiss exchange is a pain in the bum." (CoinDesk columnist Leah Callon-Butler)


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