Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin’s drop to an 11-day low of $7,438 is hogging the limelight, as usual, but other cryptocurrencies are struggling, too.
Today, ether (ETH), Ripple’s XRP and bitcoin cash (BCH) all dropped to fresh lows for the year so far. Thursday’s market developments highlight the continued crunch in the crypto markets, which has solidified in the months since many crypto-assets soared to all-time highs.
Indeed, during the first week of January, the overall market capitalization of the cryptocurrency market exceeded $800 billion – as of today, that figure has dropped to roughly $275 billion, according to data from CoinMarketCap.
Ethereum’s ether token, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, continues to take a beating, and as of press time threatens to drop below the $400 mark. ETH has depreciated by 10 percent in the last 24 hours and is down 47 percent on a year-to-date basis.
XRP fell to $0.53 soon before press time – the lowest level since Dec. 14, according to CoinMarketCap. The cryptocurrency’s value has depreciated by 8.8 percent in the last 24 hours and, on a year-to-date (YTD) basis, it is down 76 percent.
Meanwhile, bitcoin cash dropped to $757 today, the lowest level since Nov. 10, and was last seen trading at $785. Cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay announced yesterday that it has added support for bitcoin cash – however, the news has failed to put a floor under prices.
The RSI was bearish and well above the oversold territory on March 20, so the death cross seems to have had an effect – contrary to evidence that it tends to be a lagging indicator arising before an upturn.
A close (as per UTC) below $758 (Feb. 6 low) could yield a deeper sell-off to $719 (September 2017 high). Further losses are unlikely, as the RSI would show oversold condition by then.