Crypto market-cap dips below $300 billion as Bitcoin nears long-term support


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Ethereum is a good buy at these levels, says Tom Lee

The total value of digital currencies fell below $300 billion overnight as more broad-based selling pushed some major digital currencies to multimonth lows.

The No. 1 digital currency, bitcoin

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 remains under $8,000, nearing long-term support, which will have the eye of many traders. Bitcoin was last traded at $7,913.85, down 2.7% on the day.

“The declining overall market cap is a reflection that people are withdrawing capital from the space,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda.

“After steadying we are not seeing the same optimism as before and the path of least resistance is lower not higher.”

Long-term support in focus

The fall in bitcoin has wiped out many short and long-term support levels. In addition, each relief rally has met resistance at key moving averages. The current selloff has bitcoin is nearing a further long-term trend line that, if broken, could leave it vulnerable for to retest the Feb. 6 lower under $6,000.

Moreover, since testing the 200-day moving average on March 21, bitcoin has fallen nearly 15% and is on track for its fourth consecutive losing day. A breach of that trend line could spell further danger for crypto traders.

Read: Ethereum chief warns cryptocurrencies could ‘drop to near-zero at any time’

Ether the big loser

The big loser among major cryptocurrencies continues to be Ether. The smart-contract currency has failed to stabilize and overnight reached its lowest level since Dec. 11, 2017. Ether is down 6.8% on the day, trading at $456.80.

Elsewhere, Bitcoin cash is off 2% at $901.88, Litecoin has shed 5.9% trading at $140.41 and Ripple last traded at 58 cents, down 3.5% on the day.

Futures markets are so far fearing a little better than spot. The Cboe Global Markets April

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 is up 0.3% at $7,940 and the CME Group Inc. March contract

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is up 0.7% at $7,960.  

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