Newsflash: Bitcoin Price Dives Below $7,900 after New York Opens Probe into Exchanges

Bitcoin price dove below $7,900 on Tuesday after the New York Attorney General's office announced that it had opened an inquiry into the cryptocurrency exchange industry.

The flagship cryptocurrency had traded above $8,000 for most of the day, with many analysts arguing it would embark on a bull run now that tax season is coming to a close in the US.

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However, on Tuesday afternoon the Bitcoin price took an unexpected turn, plunging from $8,090 to $7,855 in a matter of minutes on Bitfinex. At present, Bitcoin is trading at $7,877, which translates into a $134.2 billion market cap.

The drop followed the announcement that the New York Attorney General's office had opened an inquiry into the operations of 13 cryptocurrency exchanges -- some located in New York, some not. While it is unclear if the probe will result in any enforcement action, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has a reputation as an activist official and could seek to make a statement.

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Josiah Wilmoth
Josiah Wilmoth

Josiah is the US Editor at CCN, where he focuses on financial markets and cryptocurrencies. He has written over 2,000 articles since joining CCN in 2014. His work has also been featured on ZeroHedge, Yahoo Finance, and Investing.com. He holds bitcoin, but does not engage in day trading. He lives in rural Virginia. Follow him on Twitter @y3llowb1ackbird or email him directly at josiah.wilmoth(at)ccn.com.

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