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Bitcoin tests $8000 levels as sell off spill into third week

Bitcoin Tests $8,000 Level as Sell-Off Spills Into Third Week
Vildana Hajric

November 18, 2019, 3:43 PM EST
  • Largest digital coin tests key technical level and bounces off
  • China takes new steps to crack down on crypto trading

As Bitcoin’s recent sell-off accelerates, some technical indicators are pointing to further pain ahead.
The largest cryptocurrency’s slide snowballed on Monday, with the price dropping as much as 5% to test the key $8,000 level, which it hasn’t breached since the end of October. Bitcoin also bounced off its 200-day moving average line -- a drop below it could trigger a sell signal.
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The digital currency slumped after China took steps to crack down on the space. While the Asian nation said it may start to embrace the blockchain technology that supports cryptocurrencies, it has since taken fresh steps to curb trading. Watchdogs in Shanghai in recent days issued notices calling for a cleanup of companies involved in trading of digital assets, while one in Beijing warned against illegal exchange operations. In addition, the official accounts of exchange operator Binance and blockchain platform Tron were suspended by Weibo last week.
Bitcoin was down 3.3% as of 3:41 p.m. in New York on Monday to trade around $8,177 and has dropped nearly 11% this month, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Peer coins including Dash and Ether also retreated, with the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index losing close to 3%.
— With assistance by Kenneth Sexton