By CCN: In the past several hours, the bitcoin price has dropped from around $8,500 to $7,732, by nearly 14% against the U.S. dollar.
The bitcoin price has dropped by nearly 14 percent in the past 24 hours against the U.S. dollar (source: coinmarketcap.com)
A pullback for bitcoin was generally anticipated by technical analysts following its 130 percent year-to-date gain.
Traders were taken aback by the magnitude of the drop of the dominant crypto asset in a short time frame and if the asset does not demonstrate a speedy recovery, several technical analysts forsee bitcoin testing support levels in the $7,100 to $7,300 range.
Why bitcoin price fell and what it would need to rebound
Some investors have speculated that the abrupt drop in the bitcoin price was caused by manipulation by whales or investors holding large amounts of bitcoin in the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.
“About 20-30 mins before the dump, a whale moved 25k BTC (worth $215M) to Coinbase. About an hour after the dump, a whale moved 14k BTC (worth $112M) from Coinbase to another wallet,” one user on Reddit wrote.