Newsflash: Bitcoin Price Drops $380; Ethereum, Ripple (XRP) Plunge 9%

Cryptocurrency analysts had predicted that the bitcoin price was about to break away from its $6,550 peg, and those predictions came true early Thursday morning. Unfortunately for investors, though, this movement did not occur to the upside.

After briefly making a push toward $6,700 earlier in the week, the bitcoin price was holding steady between $6,550 and $6,600 leading into Thursday morning. Shortly before 1:00 UTC, however, BTC/USD took a steep downward turn, plunging from $6,594 to $6,252 in just 35 minutes. As of the time of writing, the flagship cryptocurrency was priced at $6,288 on Bitfinex, representing a daily decline of about five percent.

bitcoin price chart
BTC/USD | Bitfinex

The drop was even more pronounced in altcoin markets, with ethereum and ripple (XRP) both taking a nine percent haircut, and bitcoin cash dropping a full 10 percent to $462. As of the time of writing, the cryptocurrency market cap stood just below the $206 billion mark.

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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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