Bitcoin lost almost 5 percent in minutes on October 11th, dragging altcoins down as cryptocurrency markets followed stocks in a fresh tumble.
$13 Billion Disappears in 30 Minutes
Data from Coinmarketcap captures a sudden slide for BTC/USD taking the pair down over $400 in a 30-minute window beginning around 11:00 p.m. on October 10th.
By 12:00 a.m. EST, Bitcoin (BTC) [coin_price] had reached a low of $6087 – a maximum drop of $470 – while managing to sustain support to keep trading above the $6000 barrier.
On social media, commentators scrambled to find a cause for the sudden volatility impacting the market.
As Twitter account Whale Alert noted late Wednesday, events followed on from a transfer of over 15,000 BTC to an unknown wallet in a single transaction, sparking suspicions about market manipulation.
🚨 🚨 15,220 #BTC (100,317,283 USD) transferred from Unknown wallet to Unknown wallet
— Whale Alert (@whale_alert) October 10, 2018
Another theory focused on the current stock market volatility, specifically in Japan as traders attempted to cover their positions, Bitcoin having previously reacted to bouts of unpredictability in traditional markets. Tone vays chimed in on this via Twitter.
Very Interesting but makes sense. I've said for years #Stocks & #Bitcoin are positively correlated as they are both Private Assets. #Gold Bugs always want stocks to crash but are still clueless why $Gold fell 33% in '08
"People Sold #Gold to Put Food on Table" $BTCUSD —> Lower https://t.co/12AJ2aljC1
— Tone Vays [@Bitcoin] (@ToneVays) October 11, 2018
‘Last Chance Saloon?’
In terms of broader sentiment, analysts also appeared rattled by the dip, Real Vision Group CEO Raoul Pal summarizing it as Bitcoin “drinking at the last chance saloon.”
Bitcoin is drinking at the last chance saloon… pic.twitter.com/UdFVspuXaI
— Raoul Pal (@RaoulGMI) October 11, 2018
Chances among altcoins were decidedly fewer and further between, however. Ether (ETH), the largest altcoin asset by market cap, more than doubled Bitcoin’s losses to shed 9.2 percent of its value at press time Thursday, taking it to $205.
Ripple (XRP) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH), the second and third largest altcoins respectively, fared even worse, both losing just short of 11 percent.
The end of the curiously non-volatile period for both Bitcoin and altcoins meanwhile had been broadly predicted. Earlier this month, Bitcoinist reported, technical fundamentals had been slowly converging to suggest a return to more frenetic activity was soon due.
October 10 itself could also be a significant date, signaling the presumed deadline for the Economist’s 30-year prediction of a “new world currency” originally made in January 1988.
In an ironic twist, Bitcoinist had earlier noted that Bitcoin markets were too “sleepy,” and were failing to rise to the occasion.
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Images and media courtesy of Shutterstock, Twitter/@RaoulGMI/@ToneVays/@whale_alert.