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Key Reasons Why Bitcoin Just Tanked to $42K

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Thu, 01/06/2022 - 05:38
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Alex Dovbnya
These are the top reasons why Bitcoin is under severe pressure right now
Key Reasons Why Bitcoin Just Tanked to $42K
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The price of Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, plunged to a daily low of $42,412 on the Bitstamp exchange, which marked a 7.5% daily drop.    

The crypto king is struggling to recover, currently trading at $42,927.

Alternative cryptocurrencies have taken an even harder beating, with Solana (SOL), Terra (LUNA) and Polkadot (DOT) recording double-digit losses.

The Fed unnerving stock market investors  

The market turbulence comes after minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s December meeting, which were released on Wednesday, showed that the central bank could hike interest rates as soon as this March.

The news sent U.S. equities sharply lower. The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite index, which is known for its strong correlation with Bitcoin, pulled back 3.34% to close at 15,100. The shares of Nvidia, AMD and Adobe were down more than 5%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 also closed in the red.

Protests erupting in Kazakhstan

Bitcoin is also facing another headwind in the cryptocurrency mining sector due to a wave of protests erupting in Kazakhstan, the second-largest Bitcoin mining hub.  As reported by U.Today, the country’s government imposed a nationwide internet shutdown to quell unrest, forcing local miners to switch off their equipment.    

According to data provided by Coinwarz, the network’s hashrate has now dropped to 165 EH/s after peaking at 229 EH/s on Jan. 1.

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Bitcoin breaking below a pivotal support level  

Mark Newton, managing director Fundstrat Global Advisors, notes that $45,655 was an important support level for Bitcoin.

Now that it has been violated, the flagship cryptocurrency appears to be on track to dip below the $40,000 level for the first time since September 2021.
 

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.