Bitcoin price news live: BTC and Ethereum slide continues after sudden crypto crash

After a surge in Bitcoin’s value on Monday following a major upgrade to its network, the cryptocurrency has plunged by over 6 per cent in the last 24 hours to below $59,000 on Wednesday.

Several other leading cryptocurrencies, including Ethereum (ether), Solana (SOL), and Cardano (ada), as well as the meme coins dogecoin and shib inu, have also dropped in value this week.

Most of the top 10 cryptocurrencies are down by between 6 to 10 per cent, with a flash crash on Tuesday coming less than a week after several of them hit all-time highs.

Bitcoin’s price has held firm above $58,000, bolstered by the rollout of the long-awaited Taproot update over the weekend, which improves both the privacy and security of BTC.

The price falls wiped more than a hundred billion dollars from the overall crypto market, though it remains above $2.5 trillion.


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Bitcoin price pullback over?

With bitcoin tentatively returning back above $60,000 – though still within the $59,000 to $61,000 range – some analysts are hopeful that the price correction may be over.

Katie Stockton, founder and managing partner of Fairland Strategies, believes technical indicators are signalling “signs of intraday downside exhaustion”, meaning the pullback could be over.

“Short-term oversold conditions are within reach for bitcoin, ether, and many altcoins, so we would look for their collective pullback to mature later this week,” Stockton wrote in a note shared with MarketWatch.

Anthony Cuthbertson17 November 2021 19:11

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Bitcoin price in limbo

The price of bitcoin briefly rose above $60,000 earlier but has since dipped back below.

It has now traded within the relatively narrow band between $59,000 and $61,000 for the last 24 hours. Investors will be keeping a close eye on which way it breaks out, as the direction could prove telling for the short-to-medium term momentum of BTC and the overall crypto market.

(CoinMarketCap)

Anthony Cuthbertson17 November 2021 16:05

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Bitcoin Fear & Greed Index flips to neutral

The Bitcoin Fear & Greed Index has switched to neutral today for the first time in more than a month.

The index aims to measure market sentiment by analysing various factors, including emotions across social media. It has been trending on ‘Greed’ for the last few weeks and was ‘Extreme Greed’ in October.

Crypto author Glen Goodman is one of several bitcoin analysts to suggest that the change is a positive thing for the market.

Anthony Cuthbertson17 November 2021 13:44

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Perth Heat baseball team becomes first professional sports club to pay players and staff in bitcoin

Australian Baseball League team Perth Heat has announced that it will become the first professional sports outfit to pay its players and staff in bitcoin.

From Friday, salary payments will be using the cryptocurrency, while fans will also be able to buy merchandise, tickets and club membership with BTC.

The ‘Bitcoin Baseball Team’ has appointed a chief bitcoin officer to usher in the change and shift the team’s corporate treasury from Australian dollars to bitcoin and “Hodl bitcoin on the club’s balance sheet”.

You can read the full story here.

Bitcoin-themed merchandise on sale on Perth Heat’s online store

(Perth Heat)

Anthony Cuthbertson17 November 2021 12:13

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Bitcoin price dips below $59k

The price of bitcoin has fallen below $59,000 on Wednesday morning, reaching its lowest point since late October.

It marks a trend for most of the leading cryptocurrencies, with Ethereum (ether), Cardano (ada) and Solana (SOL) all slipping slightly further from the heavy losses they saw yesterday. Losses over the last 24 hours average around 2 per cent.

The combined price drops have pushed the overall crypto market back to the $2.5 trillion level, which is still up more than 250 per cent since the start of the year.

(CoinMarketCap)

Anthony Cuthbertson17 November 2021 10:54

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Bitcoin is better than gold, Michael Saylor says

As bitcoin continues to steadily clamber back the losses it suffered earlier today – it just returned above $61,000 – MicroStrategy boss Michael Saylor has claimed that the cryptocurrency is better than gold.

Under his leadership, the software company has become the biggest corporate investor in bitcoin, holding roughly $7 billion worth of the cryptocurrency.

It means the company’s value tends to fluctuate with the price of BTC, put this hasn’t put Saylor off his belief that bitcoin is a better store of value over the long term than traditional assets like gold.

Anthony Cuthbertson16 November 2021 15:14

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Bitcoin continues to hold above the $60k mark, but only just.

As is customary following sudden price falls, the staunchest BTC advocates and most optimistic bulls are celebrating the opportunity to “buy the dip” and stock up on the cryptocurrency while its price is relatively cheap – at least compared to last week.

I’ve lost count of how many times bitcoin and other altcoins have suffered flash crashes during the various market rallies in 2021. It seems I’m not the only one:

If it is just a dip, and not a sustained drop, then the key is always timing:

Anthony Cuthbertson16 November 2021 14:23

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Bitcoin price bounces back above $60,000

Bitcoin is back above $60,000 – at least for now.

It is currently trading at around $60,500, having achieved the first significant reversal of this dip. The next hour or so will prove crucial to see whether the recovery can be sustained .

(CoinMarketCap)

Anthony Cuthbertson16 November 2021 11:55

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Crypto crash caused by ‘excessive optimism’

Social media is filling with hot takes from analysts and market commentators on what caused the crypto crash.

Market analyst and crypto author Glen Goodman believes bitcoin’s latest dip is caused by “excessive optimism”.

He tweets: “Corrections last as long as it takes for most traders to start losing hope and stop buying dips.”

The current bitcoin Fear and Greed Index, which measures crypto market sentiment, is currently swinging more towards greed than fear.

(Bitcoin Fear & Greed Index)

Anthony Cuthbertson16 November 2021 11:24

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BREAKING: Bitcoin price plunges below $60k

Bitcoin has dropped below $60,000, taking the total price losses to more than 10 per cent in this latest crash.

It is the first time since late October that BTC has fallen below this level, and it is not yet clear where the bottom of this dip is.

The world’s most valuable cryptocurrency fell to $59,016, according to CoinMarketCap’s price index, though it is too early to tell if there is any significant support at this level to prompt a rebound.

Anthony Cuthbertson16 November 2021 10:27