Bitcoin Falls Suddenly, Dragging Ripple (XRP) And Ethereum Down–But Tron Leaps Higher – Forbes


Bitcoin has dropped suddenly this morning, dragging down the wider cryptocurrency market, including Ripple’s XRP and ethereumthough tron, currently the 8th largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, has leaped higher.

Bitcoin has sunk back to around $3,800 according to latest prices from the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange, down around 5% over the last 24 hours, after rising sharply earlier this week. Ripple (XRP) is down just over 2%, while ethereum is off by a little over 8%. Bitcoin cash is leading the major coins lower, dropping over 10%.

The bitcoin price has been bouncing around the $4,000 mark for months, since falling from around $6,000 in November.Getty

It was not immediately clear what had sparked the sudden sell-off, though last night the Bloomberg newswire reported it could be “make or break time for bitcoin.”

According to Bloomberg analysis, bitcoin is on the verge of major move that could see it rise sharply higher, or ditch suddenly lower.

“It’s unlikely that the bottom is in for bitcoin,” Travis Kling, founder of the crypto hedge fund Ikigai, told Bloomberg. “I am certainly willing to change my mind, but the preponderance of evidence leads us to believe that we’ll see more lows before we head higher.”

The cryptocurrency sector has been on edge this week since ethereum classic, an off-shoot of ethereum, suffered a so-called 51% attack. Many traders and investors are fretting over the possibility of bitcoin or another major token being hit by a similar attack, something that’s deemed highly unlikely by analysts.

Ethereum classic, which split from ethereum in 2016, is currently the 18th largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization.

The bitcoin price suddenly gave up recent gains earlier this morning.CoinDesk

Meanwhile, bitcoin and cryptocurrency investors who have weathered the so-called crypto winter have been somewhat cheered by a positive start to 2019, with many eagerly looking forward to major global stock exchanges offering bitcoin futures contracts and the highly-anticipated Bakkt bitcoin platform.

The bitcoin price is now down almost 80% from the near $20,000 peak it hit in December 2017, though many of bitcoin’s biggest supporters continue to talk up the digital currency’s long-term prospects.

Tron, which is today the lone major cryptocurrency in the green, has doubled its price over the last month, as investors are lured to the token.

Tron is the only major coin to have risen today, breaking ranks with the likes of ethereum and Ripple’s XRP.CoinMarketCap

The Tron blockchain platform, led by sometimes controversial chief executive Justin Sun, is aiming to unseat ethereum as the biggest platform for decentralized applications. Tron celebrated its one millionth user account last month.

Last night it was reported Tron has hired a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission supervisory attorney David Labhart as its chief compliance officer.

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