Why Bitcoin Price Is Falling Sharply Today?

Bitcoin (BTC) has experienced a significant drop, falling below the $68,000 mark, a stark contrast to its earlier price of around $70,000. This decline in Bitcoin’s value can be attributed to several key factors that have influenced the broader cryptocurrency market.

Source: CoinMarketCap

Factors Influencing Bitcoin’s Price Drop

Today’s pullback in the Bitcoin price can primarily be attributed to the S&P Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) report suggesting a hot US economy. This has led to a surge in the dollar which has in turn put pressure on risk assets such as cryptocurrencies.

In the PMI report, the economy was reported to be growing at its fastest pace in two years, which caused traders to shift their expectation of interest rate cuts, thus exerting more pressure on Bitcoin and other digital currencies.

At the same time, there is expectation about the decision of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on spot ether (ETH) exchange-traded funds (ETFs). This could be due to the fact that market participants are on the lookout for decisions that may affect the market significantly. Crypto analyst Kaleo said that the market reaction could be drastic depending on the decision that has been made. He said

“If the ETH ETF could be denied today, I wouldn’t be surprised to see prices nuke as violently as they ripped the other day.”

Crypto Market Sentiment and Regulatory Landscape

The cryptocurrency market is also influenced by regulatory news and general market sentiment. The SEC has been fairly conservative in its response to the crypto bill that has recently been approved by the House of Representatives.

SEC Chair Gary Gensler pointed out that the agency is ready for dialogue but will continue to enforce the law to ensure that token operators provide disclosures which are helpful to investors and legally required.

Apart from the regulatory issues, other factors that have been seen to have led to the drop include large selling orders in the market. For instance, trading firm Symbolic Capital Partner sold 6,968 ETH worth $27 million in a single minute, which has led to increased selling pressure in the market.

ETH Price Performance and Market Speculation

The anticipation surrounding the SEC’s decision is also seen in the context of the “buy the rumor, sell the news” phenomenon observed in financial markets. This behavior, where prices increase in anticipation of an event and drop after the event occurs, is prevalent in the crypto market.

Concurrently, this week, the Ethereum market has been quite high volatile, and ETH prices increased more than 22% in expectation of an ETF approval. This was marked by a short squeeze and intense buying which was instrumental in causing large price swings in the market.

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Source: CryptoQuant

CryptoQuant also reports that the ETH futures market has been quite active with total open interest reaching 3.2 million ETH- valued at $11 billion, the highest since January 2023. This rise is mainly due to the strong buy orders that push the price up which led to one of the biggest hourly liquidations of the year with 9.3K ETH.

Further, the ETH-BTC Open Interest ratio has also risen from 0.54 to 0.67 suggesting more investors are leaning towards Ethereum than Bitcoin. Moreover, the discount on the ETHE fund has further reduced to 17%, its lowest in two months, pointing to increased interest in Ethereum compared to Bitcoin among investors.

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