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Bitcoin retreats from recent highs as market faces liquidations

Downward market graph with Bitcoin logo in the middle.

Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency, has experienced a notable pullback from its peak last week, when it approached $38,000, a level not seen since the bear market of May 2022. In the past day, Bitcoin’s value dipped under $36,550, marking a slight decrease of 1%. This follows a month-long rally that saw Bitcoin’s price jump by over 30%, igniting discussions around the potential onset of a new bull market.

Despite the recent decline to $35,100 today, the crypto market has largely managed to hold onto its gains from the rally. The technical landscape suggests that there could be more room for growth and an end to the period of low volatility and trading volumes that had characterized the market.

Last week, on Thursday, Bitcoin hit a 1.5-year high at $37,800 amid growing anticipation for a U.S. spot Bitcoin ETF approval. However, JP Morgan analysts expressed caution, suggesting that the impact of an ETF on Bitcoin’s valuation might be overestimated.

Today’s downturn has resulted in significant liquidations across the cryptocurrency market. In just one day, over $367 million were wiped out from the market, including a staggering $200 million within a single hour. More than 103,000 traders were caught in these liquidations, with the largest reported loss being a $9.45 million BTC-USDT swap on the OKX exchange.

The initial surge in Bitcoin’s value earlier in the day was linked to positive U.S. CPI data which saw it start trading around $36,700. Nevertheless, it has since retreated to trade near $35,400.

In related news impacting the crypto space, BlackRock (NYSE:BLK)’s recent Ethereum ETF filing contributed to Ether crossing the $2,000 threshold. However, Ether has also seen a pullback and is currently trading at $1,974 after falling by 6%.

The fluctuations in cryptocurrency values are indicative of the volatile nature of digital assets and highlight the impact of macroeconomic factors and market sentiment on their prices. As investors navigate this dynamic landscape, all eyes remain on potential regulatory developments and their subsequent influence on cryptocurrency valuations.