Crypto markets have suffered heavy losses in the past few days, with major cryptocurrency prices plummeting. Bitcoin price tumbled to its lowest level in April, after reaching its highest point since June 2022 the week before, touching $31,000. Bitcoin price fell below the $27,500 level on Monday, struggling to hold above $27,000. BTC’s recent bullish run seems to be over for now, although some investors believe it will soon regain the $30,000 mark.
Bitcoin price continued to decline on Monday, dropping below $27,300. If the BTC price declines, support can be found near $27,000, while resistance may be encountered near $30,500.
Ethereum price also retreated on Monday, dropping to $1,820. If Ethereum's price declines, it may encounter support near $1,760; if it increases, resistance may be encountered at $2,120.
The recent banking crisis has undermined trust in the banking system, raising the appeal of investing in less conventional assets, such as cryptocurrencies. Many investors have turned towards cryptocurrencies fearing a globalized meltdown in the banking system.
Increased rate hike expectations put pressure on cryptocurrency prices, however. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by only 25 basis points at its meeting in March, bringing the benchmark interest rate to a target range of 4.75% to 5.00%. Market odds currently favor another 25-basis point rate hike at the Fed’s next meeting in May.
Ethereum price went up in the past few weeks, as the highly-anticipated Shanghai upgrade took place on April 12th without incident. This upgrade allows Ethereum network validators to withdraw their staked Ethereum from the blockchain network, effectively completing its transition to a proof of stake model. The anticipation leading up to the upgrade boosted the currency considerably. Ethereum's price deflated in the past week as the news of the successful upgrade was no longer sufficient to sustain the market’s interest.
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