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Nightmare Before Christmas? BTC Loses $24K as Crypto Tumbles into the Red

Published on:
December 21, 2020

Bitcoin hit $24,000 over the weekend — but looking at the price right now, you wouldn't guess that.

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What goes up must come down, as the saying goes.


And true to form, a little bit of heat has started escaping the crypto markets after last week’s blockbuster bull run.


After hitting highs of $24,209.66 on Sunday — another new price record — Bitcoin tumbled by as much as 8.4%, taking it to lows of $22,181.


But it’s important to note that this doesn’t put us in correction territory, which is where prices slump by 10% or more.


That said, it’s worth noting that several other cryptocurrencies have experienced far worse losses than BTC as the week began… and have technically suffered a correction.


As of 1pm in London on Monday, ETH was down 7.7% over the past 24 hours. XRP and Litecoin – both altcoins that had outpaced BTC in terms of price growth last week — fell by 12.14% and 11.96% over the same period.


It’s not necessarily a case of running to your panic stations just yet.


BTC dipped back down into the $22,000s several times last week after surging to $23,000, and establishing support at lower levels can make bull runs a lot more sustainable. Some analysts are even suggesting we might see a return to $20,000 at some point or another.


According to Bloomberg, research from JPMorgan suggests that the likelihood of a Bitcoin correction increase if flows into the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust slow significantly.


The bank’s analysts warned that it is difficult not to describe BTC as “overbought” right now, and said that the sell-off could be akin to what happened in 2019, when the world’s biggest cryptocurrency slid 44% from June highs and finished the year at $7,158.


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