Bitcoin drops $1,500 in 9 minutes causing $1 billion in longs liquidated


The crypto market is not one for the faint-hearted. And in true fashion, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies suddenly plunged over 10-15% earlier today before quickly recovering.

But the recovery didn’t necessarily bear well for some traders: Close to $1 billion worth of Bitcoin and Ethereum longs were liquidated in the move.

A $1,500 drop

On Sunday morning at 4:30 UTC, Bitcoin saw a move down from $11,429 to $10,550 at 4:33 UTC. Prices were quick to partially recover, as the next 30 mins saw buyers push prices to $11, 236.

Bitcoin dropped $1,500 in minutes. Image; TradingView

At press time, Bitcoin trades at $11,280, with short-term charts pointing to further downside. However, the four-hour and daily charts continue to indicate strength, with the pioneer digital asset remaining above its 34-day and 50-day exponential moving averages (EMAs).

Long term action continues to show an uptrend, for now. Image: TradingView.

The move took out over $800 million to $1 billion in longs. The Block director of research Larry Cermak tweeted:

He noted that the largest single liquidation order (worth about $10M) happened on BitMEX’s Bitcoin perpetual swap, adding:

“Most of the liquidations, about $647 million, came from Bitcoin’s futures, followed by Ethereum with $165 million of liquidations.”

The volatile move was the most in recent weeks. Bitcoin largely traded between $9,200 – $9,500 for most of June and July, but developments around Ethereum and the DeFi market has resulted in positive inflow towards the broader cryptocurrency market.

A similar move was last seen in mid-March on “Black Thursday,” when Bitcoin fell over 45% in two trading sessions for no fundamental reason. Prices slowly recovered at the time and even surged in the run-up to Bitcoin’s halving event on May 12, but ranged in a narrow price band since.

Today’s drop comes after Bitcoin rose nearly 30% in the past week from $9,300 to over $12,000. Other cryptocurrencies followed suit, with Litecoin, Zcash, Ethereum rising between 20-35%.

Meanwhile, data shows American citizens have poured in over $67 billion into Bitcoin and other large-cap cryptocurrencies since the start of 2020; indicating massive retail interest and new money entering the market.

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