Bitcoin Buckles Below $69K as Crypto Bulls Endure $175M Liquidations

Bitcoin is showing resilience despite the slip, but the corrective period might continue for a while before a return to growth, one observer noted.

AccessTimeIconApr 9, 2024 at 3:57 p.m. UTC
Updated Apr 11, 2024 at 12:44 p.m. UTC
  • Bitcoin and ether dropped 4%, while SOL and DOGE lost 6%-7% in the past 24 hours.
  • The move lower triggered the largest amount of leveraged long liquidations in a week, CoinGlass data showed.

Bitcoin (BTC) buckled below $69,000 as cryptocurrencies slid Tuesday, paring optimism after Monday's rally.

BTC slipped as low as $68,580 from above $71,000. The largest cryptocurrency by market cap was recently priced near $69,000, down about 4% over the past 24 hours, CoinDesk data shows.

The drop echoed through the crypto markets, with the broad-market CoinDesk 20 Index (CD20) losing 3.2% in the same period. Ether (ETH) fell below $3,500, almost 4% lower, and major altcoins solana (SOL) and dogecoin (DOGE) slid as much as 6% to 7%.

The declines led to almost $200 million worth of leveraged derivatives trading positions being liquidated across all digital assets as of 15:45 UTC, CoinGlass data shows. The overwhelming majority, some $175 million worth of positions, were longs betting on prices to rise. This was the largest daily leveraged long flush in a week, the data show, suggesting that leveraged traders were caught off-guard.

While bitcoin's Monday breakout above $70,000 prompted some analysts to predict higher prices, some technical analysis indicated a different conclusion. Monday's high price was below the record highs recorded in March, meaning that the subdued prices might continue for a while before targeting fresh highs, according to Joel Kruger, a market strategist at LMAX Group.

"Bitcoin continues to demonstrate remarkable resilience, finding support amidst a period of consolidation," he said in an emailed note. "The daily chart hints at a potential lower top around $71,800, suggesting the possibility of corrective price action before a fresh attempt at record highs.

Edited by Sheldon Reback.


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Krisztian  Sandor

Krisztian Sandor is a reporter on the U.S. markets team focusing on stablecoins and institutional investment. He holds BTC and ETH.