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Bitcoin slides below $7,000 as a slew of major cryptocurrencies fall sharply

Bitcoin dropped below $7,000 on Wednesday as the price of several major digital currencies fell.

The world’s largest cryptocurrency by market value fell 8 percent to as low as $6,782.64, according to data from industry website CoinDesk, which tracks the price across a number of exchanges.

Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro, said that the move was less correlated to recent fears of a global trade war and more associated with traders evaluating the assets in their portfolio and trying to assign value to them.

“I think that there is a big connection in the way that people are managing their portfolios and the cryptocurrencies have been increasingly correlated with the stock markets especially in the last few weeks,” he told CNBC in a phone interview.

“This (comes) as more and more brokers add bitcoin, the liquidity bridges are being built.”

Ethereum and ripple, the second and third-largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization respectively, both saw sharp drops on Wednesday. Ethereum fell more than 9 percent to $375.31 while ripple fell more than 10 percent to 50 cents.

Author: Currency

Updated: April 5, 2018 — 6:37 am

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