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Bitcoin Loses 17 Percent Following Elon Musk’s Comments

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Bitcoin Loses 17 Percent Following Elon Musk’s Comments

Elon Musk’s embrace of Bitcoin earlier this month week rocketed the cryptocurrency almost 50% higher to more than $58,000. His cold shoulder this weekend whipsawed the largest digital asset.

Bitcoin trimmed losses to 8% after plunging as much as 17% earlier Monday. It briefly came back below $50,000 in New York, giving up more than $8,000 in a matter of hours after the world’s richest man tweeted his concern that the price had risen too high too quickly.

“Whatever he (Elon) does is going to dominate the news stream,” said Ed Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda Corp

The world’s largest cryptocurrency has been on a tear this month, propelled by purchases from Musk’s Tesla Inc. and institutional investors who say Bitcoin is an attractive alternative to gold and the dollar.

In February alone, Bitcoin was up more than 60%, prompting commentary that the run-up is excessive. The digital token hit a new all-time high on Sunday and came close to surpassing $59,000. It traded at around $52,782 as of 10:20 a.m. in New York.

It’s widely believed that volatile weekend swings are driven by individuals trading the cryptocurrency at home. So it’s also possible that prices fell on Monday as institutional crypto traders, who follow normal business hours, responded to Musk’s Saturday tweet that Bitcoin prices “seem high.”

Meanwhile, JPMorgan Chase & Co. strategists have warned about Bitcoin’s declining liquidity. Strategist Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou wrote in a note on Friday that liquidity for the digital coin was lower than that for the S&P 500 Index and gold, meaning “even small flows can have a large price impact,” he wrote.

“It should go without saying that new investors to Bitcoin should be prepared for major volatility and for prices to drop suddenly and as sharply as they have risen,” according to Neil Wilson, chief analyst at Markets.com.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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MicroStrategy Dumps Over $1 Billion on Bitcoin, Now Holds $4.78 Billion BTC

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MicroStrategy Dumps Over $1 Billion on Bitcoin, Now Holds $4.78 Billion BTC

MicroStrategy, a business intelligence firm, announced it has purchased another 19,452 Bitcoin worth $1.026 billion.

The company joined Square and other companies that bought the dip witnessed earlier this week after Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Janet Yellen commented on the fast-rising digital currency.

MicroStrategy now holds 90,531 Bitcoin worth $4.78 billion, more than Elon Musk’s Tesla acquisition of $1.5 billion.

Michael Saylor, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MicroStrategy continues to pursue a coin acquisition strategy now codified in the business intelligence company’s mission.

Square purchased 3,318 Bitcoin at an estimated $170 million value on Tuesday when the world’s most dominant cryptocurrency dipped to $45,000 before rebounding to the current level.

Bitcoin presently trading at $49.233.71 per coin as of the time of writing.

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Bitcoin Rebounds To $50,881 Per Coin on Wednesday

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Bitcoin Rebounds To $50,881 Per Coin on Wednesday

Following Elon Musk, Janet Yellen and Bill Gates’ comments that plunged the world’s new gold, Bitcoin, on Monday, the digital asset has rebounded from $48.321 per coin to $50,881.63 as of 10 am Nigerian time on Wednesday.

Bitcoin gained 5 percent in the last 24 hours due to the surge in transactions by investors after Square, a payments giant, announced it has added 3,318 Bitcoin valued at $170 million to its holding of the coin on Tuesday.

Investors carried out 288,011 transactions valued at $16.91 billion in the last 24 hours.

Bitcoin briefly rose to as high as $51,413.61 to pare losses and extend year-to-date returns to 72.29 percent.

The digital currency was trading at an all-time high of $58,332.36 per coin before Elon Musk, the then world’s richest man said the dominant cryptocurrency is “too high too fast”.

Also, Bill Gates, in a recent interview with Bloomberg, said he is not bullish on Bitcoin. The third richest man in the world and the founder of Microsoft said, bitcoin uses too much energy and can cause a lot of trouble for investors who may not have much money to spare like Elon Musk.

He said “Elon has tons of money and he’s very sophisticated, so I don’t worry that his Bitcoin will sort of randomly go up or down,” Gates said during the interview. “I do think people get bought into these manias, who may not have as much money to spare, so I’m not bullish on Bitcoin, and my general thought would be that, if you have less money than Elon, you should probably watch out.

Janet Yellen, the former Chair of Federal Reserve and the present Treasury Secretary of the United States has been vocal about the environmental impact of Bitcoin given the amount of power needed to mine digit tokens.

I don’t think that bitcoin is widely used as a transaction mechanism,” Yellen told the New York Times on Monday. “It’s an extremely inefficient way of conducting transactions and the amount of energy that’s consumed in processing those transactions is staggering.

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Elon Musk Net Worth Tumbles With Bitcoin Value

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Elon Musk Net Worth Tumbles With Bitcoin Value

The now second richest man in the world, Elon Musk, has experienced a decline in his total net worth following a comment he made that Bitcoin value is too high and too fast.

Elon Musk’s net worth plunged by $15.2 billion in the last 24 hours to N183 billion, according to the latest data from Bloomberg.

The former world’s richest man has grown his net worth by $13.6 billion in 2021 alone. This represents an over 61 percent decline from over $20 billion gain posted last week.

In early February, the value of Tesla and Bitcoin rose substantially immediately Tesla announced it invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin.

Cryptocurrency-focused investors jumped on Tesla stocks because of its exposure to Bitcoin, these same investors have started dumping the company’s stocks following Musk’s comments.

Tesla stocks dropped by $66.80 or 8.55 percent to $714.50 per share.

While Bitcoin valued plunged by over 17 percent from $58,000 to $47,226.88 with market value declining from $1 trillion to $880.11 billion.

 

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