Bitcoin Suffers Biggest Drop in Four Weeks, Nearing $40K

The 6.6% drop for the largest cryptocurrency was bitcoin’s steepest since Jan. 21.

Feb 17, 2022 at 9:26 p.m. UTC
Updated Feb 17, 2022 at 9:33 p.m. UTC

Brian covers bitcoin on the markets team

Bitcoin (BTC) plummeted in late trading Thursday to below $41,000, the biggest daily dip since Jan. 21.

BTC was changing hands at $40,983 at the time of publication.

  • "Bitcoin was the victim to a major de-risking environment on Wall Street as investors view short-term geopolitical risks and potential overly aggressive [Federal Reserve monetary] tightening as a risk to all risky assets," said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at the foreign-exchange brokerage OANDA.
  • Bitcoin is down 6.6% on the day after a roller-coaster week of trading.
  • The largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization posted its strongest gain in weeks on Wednesday before Thursday's skid.
  • Markets are currently weighing growing tensions in Europe as Russia continues its standoff with Ukraine.
  • Other popular cryptocurrencies including ether (ETH) and solana (SOL) posted losses both near 7%.
  • The price drop extended bitcoin's losses so far in 2022 to about 13%.

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