Bitcoin, the world’s No. 1 crypto currency, fell to its lowest level since January on Tuesday, extending a price drop that has wiped out more than $1.3 trillion in market value for the broader crypto complex since a peak in May.
At last check, bitcoin
was changing hands at $29,666.59 on CoinDesk, marking its lowest price and its first breach of the psychologically significant value at $30,000 since January, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Bitcoin is down 54% from its mid-April peak, paring its year-to-date gain to 4.4%.
on the Ethereum blockchain, the No. 2 most valued crypto, was deepening a slide below $2,000 and trading at $1,761.57. Ether is down about 60% from its peak, though it is up 150% on the year to date.
“Bitcoin has violated an important support level and it is likely that we may see more panic in the market as investors will think that it may be the end of Bitcoin,” wrote Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at AvaTrade in a Tuesday note.
“But investors should remember that Bitcoin is a kind of asset which has fought many similar pessimistic views many times. The current sell off could be the opportunity for many investors to load their portfolio with Bitcoin which is selling at a huge discount,” the analyst wrote.
the popular meme asset, was changing hands at around 17 cents, down 23% on the session and 76% from its early May peak.
The decline for the crypto has been attributed to regulatory action by China, where regulators have imposed restrictions on digital mining and trading of crypto in the People’s Republic.
Crypto’s price correction also comes as traditional markets are trying to recover from a brutal selloff last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
the S&P 500 index
and the Nasdaq Composite Index
saw a powerful rebound from last week’s slide on Monday as digital assets sank, leading some analysts to speculate that bitcoin might be experiencing a rotation out of the crypto and into equities.