Bitcoin Recovers to $32K After Dipping Below $30K to 10-Month Low

The last time the largest cryptocurrency by market cap traded under $30,000 was in July 2021.

May 10, 2022 at 12:34 a.m. UTC
Updated May 10, 2022 at 8:02 p.m. UTC

Helene is a U.S. markets reporter at CoinDesk, covering US economics, stablecoins, and Wall Street. She is a recent graduate of New York University's business and economic reporting program.

Shaurya is an analyst/editor for CoinDesk's markets team in Asia.

Bitcoin (BTC) recovered to around $32,000 on Tuesday morning after a temporary fall to under $30,000 on Monday night amid a sell-off in broader markets caused by the U.S. Federal Reserve's aggressive monetary tightening as well as recession fears.

Monday's decline left bitcoin at a 10-month low and set its lowest price this year. The last time the largest cryptocurrency by market cap fell below the $30,000 threshold was on July 20, 2021, when it hit $29,301 before rebounding.

However, bitcoin recovered in European hours on Tuesday as global sentiment slightly improved. European index Stoxx 600 rose 1.46%, while Germany's DAX added 1.92%. Meanwhile, futures on Nasdaq 100 Index rose 1.86% a day after valuations plummeted to the lowest in two years. S&P 500 futures were up 1.15%.

BTC down: What experts are saying

Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda, said:

"The recent crypto slide is strictly based on the tech share-led sell-off and not fundamentals for the cryptoverse. Bearish momentum could take bitcoin towards the $28,500 level, but that might start to be where some long-term bets come into play. The long-term fundamentals remain in place for bitcoin, but a return to record highs will take a long time. Bitcoin will start to stabilize when the bloodbath on Wall Street ends and right now many investors are still in panic-selling mode."

Steven McClurg, Valkyrie chief investment officer and co-founder, told CoinDesk TV on Monday:

"If the Fed continues to raise rates through June and July, we'll probably continue to get markets going down all the way through the summer. My expectation though is that due to midterm elections coming up in November, we'll probably see the Fed pausing or even lowering rates starting at the September meeting, so that will be the catalyst. We could see the market going back up at that point."

Jeff Dorman, chief investment officer at Arca, wrote in a report:

"This is just a buyer strike of ultimate proportions, and it remains to be seen what (if anything) will bring buyers back."

This month the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points (0.5 percentage points) and will likely do so again at its next meeting in June.

As part of this market sell-off, the correlation coefficient between bitcoin and the Nasdaq hit an all-time high of 0.8, according to data firm Kaiko. This is considered to be a strong positive correlation.

UPDATE (May 10, 13:01 UTC): Updated with latest price and stock market information.


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