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Crypto markets see a sharp decline over 24 hours, almost all of top 100 altcoins on Coinmarketcap are in the red.
Market visualization from Coin360
After losing the $9,000 support on May 11, Bitcoin (BTC) continued its fall, now approaching the $8,000 level. Having lost almost 3 percent of its value in 24 hours to press time, the original cryptocurrency is currently trading at $8,288. Despite this most recent fall, Bitcoin has seen over 3 percent gains over the last 30 days, according to Cointelegraph Price Index.
Bitcoin price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Bitcoin Price Index
Ethereum price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Ethereum Price Index
Total market cap has lost nearly $100 bln over the last 10 days, dropping to as low as $381 bln at press time.
Total market capitalization chart. Source: CoinMarketCap
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is down almost 7 percent over a one-day period, trading at $1,269 at press time. Yesterday, May 15, BCH implemented a hard fork that increased its block size from 8MB to 32MB and reactivated Bitcoin script operation codes (Op codes) – an upgrade, which has so far apparently failed to produce a positive effect on the price.
The decline in crypto markets coincided with the recent decision by Microsoft-owned search engine Bing to join the ranks of other internet giants in banning crypto-related ads from its network by July 2018.
Cryptocurrencies also came under criticism by European financial authorities. Monday, May 14, European Central Bank (ECB) board member Yves Mersch claimed that banks should “segregate” their dealings in cryptocurrencies from other activities, citing high volatility of crypto markets and stressing that digital tokens “do not qualify as money.”