17:04Bitcoin price drops to $22.4K after weekend all-time highs
BTC dips below an essential level to preserve upside chances with volatility reappearing in Monday trading.
Bitcoin (BTC) lost $23,000 support on Dec. 21 as Monday trading saw a long-awaited correction begin to take shape. The move comes as U.S. futures also dropped in pre-market hours by roughly 2.5% on concerns over the new coronavirus strain in the U.K.
BTC price falls to $22,400
Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView showed BTC/USD hitting lows of $22,410 at press time, with 24-hour losses totaling around 3.3%.
BTC/USD hourly chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
The move confirms suspicions among analysts that Bitcoin is due for a retracement after a week of near-constant gains. Traders are now eyeing $20,000, which orderbook data paints as a potentially formidable support level.
At the start of last week, the largest cryptocurrency was still at under $19,500, a level which Cointelegraph Markets analyst Michaël van de Poppe believes could now form a short-term price target.
$22,800, he added in comments over the weekend, forms a crucial area to hold in order to preserve the prospects of further upside.
Altcoins feel the pain
Major altcoin tokens saw a swift knock-on effect from Bitcoin's losses, with leader Ether (ETH) seeing a 6% daily dive.
Cryptocurrency market overview. Source: Coin360
Litecoin (LTC) was down 8.5% at press time, while XRP lost 7.4% to hit $0.53.
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